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Archive for October, 2013

Annual walk to raise arthritis awareness, research funds

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The community is coming together this weekend to fight against a disease that affects almost 50 million people in the US.

“When I was 19-months-old I was diagnosed with JRA,” arthritis patient Kensleigh Ables said.

When she was just over a year old, doctors diagnosed Ables with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It affects 8,700 kids in North Carolina alone and nearly 300,000 nationwide.

“Most people do consider it just something that just old people get, not something you get when you can barely walk,” Ables said.

Now that she is old enough to walk and run, Ables controls the pain by playing sports. Although she pushes through her discomfort, her best friends say it’s a helpless feeling to sit back and watch.

“When you see her in pain, it’s just bad,” Katie Campana said. “You can’t do anything about it. All you can do is support, which is why I joined the arthritis foundation.”

Together, the pair serve as youth co-chairs of the Wilmington Arthritis Foundation to raise awareness of the crippling disease. Sunday the foundation will hosts its eighth annual walk at Hugh MacRae Park, where the community will literally take steps toward putting an end to the most common cause of disability in the United States.

“A cure is definitely needed and that is what the walk is all about,” said the Arthritis Foundation’s Claude Riley. “Walking by itself does not cure arthritis. Fundraising does.”

Sunday’s walk kicks off at 1 p.m. If you would like to participate you can register Sunday afternoon for a $20 donation or visit WilmingtonArthritisWalk.org.

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Church receives two laptops for tutoring program

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

The Wilmington Chamber Education Foundation recently donated laptops to the Mount Olive A.M.E Church.

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Burgaw man sentenced on child sex charges

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Cheyne Martin Potrafka was sentenced Friday to 40 to 66 months in prison

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Admitted Blood, SBI expert provide perspective on gangs

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s gang problem has dominated the news the last couple of months. Now we are getting an inside look at the issue.

Last night we talked with an admitted gang member. And today we heard from an expert about what you can look out for.

“Man I was a Blood,” said admitted gang member Kolton Thompson. “I am not going to say was, I mean, I am a Blood.”

As Thompson sits in jail on attempted murder charges, he reflects on his life and the gang members he calls his family.

“They told you on the news that they are trying to snatch up everybody that’s gang related up,” he said. “They are looking at us. We can’t even go into public parks just because of what we chose to be in our past.”

Thompson says he chose life as a Blood because he had no one else to turn to for support.

“I got in it because I have been in foster care all my life. No real family, no real love, so when I hit the streets, my family that I did have, it’s like they turned their back all the way on me,” Thompson said.

Wednesday a gang expert from the State Bureau of Investigations told the North Carolina Emergency Management Association meeting in Wilmington what they should be looking for.

He says logos for sports teams like the Chicago Bulls and Kansas City Chiefs are sometimes worn by known gang members. The team names and logos take on special meaning, like KC for “Killing Crips” and Bulls standing for “Bloods Usually Live Longer.”

“To tell you the truth, they got so many people back there on charges that they don’t even know where they came from,” Thompson said of his fellow inmates at the New Hanover County Jail. “You want to know why they are back there? Because they are Blood.”

Experts say the Bloods are the largest gang in North Carolina.

Last week, Wilmington City Council approved more than $140,000 for a new WPD Gang Investigative Unit to focus on the Port City’s gang problem.

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Local artists showcased on tonight’s Nashville

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On tonight’s episode of “Nashville,” the song “Dirty Little Secret” by Madonna Nash will be featured at the end of the show in a promo spot for the following week’s episode. The promo will also air throughout the week on ABC. (Nashville airs tonight at 11 p.m. on WWAY NewsChannel 3.)

The song was written and performed by Madonna Nash, a Wilmington resident and native. It was produced by Wrightsville Beach resident Charles Fulp.

Nash and Fulp recorded the song in Nashville a few years ago, and released it independently on Fulp’s label Mad Charm Records.

The song charted in MusicRow magazine, and the video for the song aired on CMT and CMT PURE.

Nash was the winner of the Female Country Artist of the Year at the 2010 Carolina Music Awards and was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2012 Independent Music Awards.

The video for “Dirty Little Secret” can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/MadonnaNash


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