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Archive for June, 2013

Conn. lawmakers join fight over who was first to fly

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The measure is the latest twist in an effort to credit the first successful airplane flight to Gustave Whitehead.

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WECT’s Ben Powell busts a move during Sounds of Summer

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Reporter Ben Powell hosted Thursday evening's Sounds of Summer concert and let the spirit of the music move him!

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Former NC Gov. Holshouser remembered in service

Friday, June 21st, 2013

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (AP) — Family, friends and politicians of the past four decades are gathering to say goodbye to former North Carolina Gov. Jim Holshouser.

A memorial service was scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Presbyterian church which Holshouser attended in Southern Pines.

Holshouser died Monday at age 78. He was the first Republican elected governor in North Carolina in the 20th century. He served one term from 1973 to 1977 and ushered in slowly an era of two-party politics after decades of dominance by Democrats.

Current GOP Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to attend the service, where the church’s minister and Holshouser’s daughter are expected to speak.

Holshouser is a Boone native who won statewide election the same year the late Jesse Helms was elected to the Senate.

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Stephen King attends screening of Wilmington shot series

Friday, June 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new science-fiction series filmed here in the Port City will soon make its way to a small screen near you.

“Under the Dome” is based on the best-selling Stephen King novel about a small New England town that is mysteriously shut off from the world.

Natalie Martinez plays a tough cop on the series. Thursday Martinez, along with her fellow cast members, watched a screening of their new show at Thalian Hall.

“Wilmington is one of those hidden gems that I really don’t want people to find out about,” Martinez said.

Dozens of media outlets from across the southeast were on hand for Thursday’s screening. Even King made his way to Wilmington to promote the series. Mayor Bill Saffo presented the legendary author a key to the city.

Nikki Blount made the journey from Greenville for the event.

“I wouldn’t have missed it,” she said. “That was fabulous. Seeing the screening of ‘Under the Dome’ was the highlight of my entire day.”

One of the things the cast members and crew said was that they loved shooting in our area, because people are so friendly and that Wilmington is a great place to live and work.

Filming for “Under the Dome” began in February in Southport and is still going here in Wilmington. The 13-episode miniseries premieres next week.

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Salvation Army finds a new way to serve the homeless

Friday, June 21st, 2013

From the streets to the classroom and even the computer lab, the Salvation Army is changing the way they serve the homeless in Wilmington.

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