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Archive for August, 2013

Utility worker killed when hit by car, driver charged

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

A man was killed Tuesday afternoon when a car hit two utility workers at Hwy. 17 and Sloop Point Loop Road.

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NC reverend recalls March on Washington 50 years ago

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

50 years ago, the Rev. Edmond Coston took the day off work and drove from his then home in Wilmington, DE to Washington, DC. Looking back, he tells his story.

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50 years later, impact of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech still felt in Wilmington

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wednesday marks the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched on Washington for one of the country’s largest political rallies, which also happened to be a turning point in the civil rights movement.

Students in the Port City are honoring Dr. King by dreaming dreams of their own.

“Because of his dream coming true, I think my dream will come true,” fifth grader Tamya Williams said.

It was August 28, 1963, and the world watched history in the making.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed,” King said.

Hollis Briggs was just a young boy at the time, he but remembers the mood of the city after that historic event.

“I remember the city of Wilmington after that instance,” said Briggs, who now organizes the city’s MLK Day Parade. “I was getting ready to go to school at that time, but it was very uplifting to say the least.”

Dr. King had ties here in the Port City and was making his way to the Eastern Carolina’s when tragedy struck.

“There was a lot of racial unrest in Wilmington at that time. He was on his way to Wilmington, NC, when he met his early demise,” Briggs said.

Briggs says it’s important for students like Tamya to understand the importance of the civil rights movement, a movement that continues to inspire people of all ages.

“In 50 years, we can do what he did and kids younger than me can do what he did. I want to do what Dr. King did,” fifth grader Kaleem Griffin said.

To honor the 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream,” WWAY NewsChannel 3 will air the entire speech uninterrupted tonight at 5:30.

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Brunswick Co. Board of Education approves employee bonus

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Teachers and principals in Brunswick County will soon see an increase in pay, and employees can also expect a bonus check, according to a release from a spokeswoman with the school system.

District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki says the boost in pay comes after the Brunswick County Board of Education approved the 2013-2014 budget during a retreat held Wednesday.

According to the release, Swencki said “the most noted in the [budget] approval was a revision to the 2013-2014 supplement schedule which provides an increase for teachers, assistant principals, elementary, and middle school principals.” She added that the Board also approved a one-time $1000 bonus for employees.

The release goes on to say that “spending efficiencies are credited for the ability to provide this one time bonus for all full-time employees,” according to finance officer Freyja Cahill. “Part-time employees will receive a pro-rated amount.”

Swencki also included a break-down in how the pay increases will effect teachers who are just beginning their career in the classroom. According to the release, “For a beginning teacher the bonus equates to a 3.2% pay increase.” The release says that number, “combined with the revised supplement schedule rate of 7.7%, a beginning teacher in Brunswick County receives a 10.9% local supplement to the state’s base salary.”

Finally, once the bonus is combined with the supplement schedule, the boost will “equate to a 7% pay increase for an employee making $20,000 per year,” according to the release.

School district Superintendent Edward Pruden says he’s happy to reward such hard workers with the bonus. In the release, Pruden said, “The bonus in no way mitigates the need for significant and permanent increases to teacher salaries. North Carolina is $10,000 behind all border states.”

Board of Education Chairman Charles Miller agreed in the release, adding that the money is worth every penny, in an effort to keep outstanding teachers in the classroom.

According to the release, employees can expect the bonus in November.

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Music supporters hold local forum

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Musicians, business owners and music lovers gathered tonight for a forum called, Tunes in Town. Sponsored by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, on how Wilmington could grow its music scene.

The discussion, led by John Staton from the StarNews looked at ways we could get more live music in the city and how that addition would help local businesses.

“I think one of the things that came out was that people wish we had a larger venue,” said supporter Ian Oeschter. “Based on hands clapping and raised hands, people seemed supportive of the idea that Wilmington could have a larger musical venue and if we did it would redound to all the local businesses.”

Supporters hope to get a 5,000 seat music venue.

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