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Southport’s first black police chief remembered, laid to rest

Friday, June 21st, 2013

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Southport's first black police chief, George McCracken, 72, died in his sleep Monday. Today, he will be laid to rest.

McCracken's funeral will be held today at Southport Baptist Church on Howe Street at 2 p.m.

Thursday, friends and family gathered to mourn the loss of McCracken. They say he was a family man who excelled in all aspects of his life, especially his police work.

"Right now I'm just thinking about what I'm going to do now that he's gone," McCracken's widow Addie said.

Addie was George's high school sweetheart, and they had just celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this month.

"He gave me this card, and when I opened it, lottery tickets fell out, and I just bust out laughing," she said. "I said, 'Well, he did get me something I like.'"

But she had no idea that would be the last anniversary they would spend together.

"It would touch my heart when I read it, but I didn't know it would be the last," Addie said.

George McCracken was more than just a family man. Those who knew him as police chief say he would try to stop trouble before it happened.

"He handled the position even handedly," family friend Tommy Harrelson said. "No matter who you were, what race you were, what class you were, how rich or how poor, he treated everybody the same."

And back in the '70s, a time when racial tension was high in the area, it was not always an easy job.

"He served in challenging times, too. He stood with the innocent against the guilty, the peaceful against the violent, and the righteous against the unjust," current Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said.

Family members say he spent his last day doing exactly what he loved to do: watching sports and spending quality time with his friends and family.

Even his dogs sits by the door waiting to join his master for their daily ritual of sitting on the front porch together.

Family members say McCracken had many health problems that caused him pain over the years. They say they will miss him deeply, but are happy that he no longer has to feel any pain.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brown's Chapel AMEZ Church at 745 Jabbertown Road.

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WEATHER: Wet this weekend?

Friday, June 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) The pesky trough locked over the nearby Atlantic shelf waters will slowly work its way back to the north over the next couple of days. This means the potential for showers and thunderstorms

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Commissioners plan unique State of the County Address

Friday, June 21st, 2013

New Hanover County Commissioners will each be featured in thirty minute segments as part of a new State of the County Address.

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Lucky fans join Stephen King, cast for a first look at ‘Under the Dome’

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Some lucky Stephen King fans got a first look at the new TV show based on one of the famous author's books.

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UNC escapes sanctions from accrediting body

Friday, June 21st, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The agency that accredits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says the school will not be sanctioned for the academic scandal involving its athletic department.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges announced the decision Thursday. It said the commission will monitor UNC for a year as it carries out reforms it says will “make whole” the academic degrees of former students who took fraudulent African studies classes.

The university will have to submit a report next April on its progress toward that goal.

A months-long investigation of academic fraud at the state’s flagship school showed problems were confined to wrongdoing by the former chairman and an administrator of the school’s African studies department and didn’t involve other faculty or members of the athletic department.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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