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Archive for October, 2013

Only one seat challenged in Southport races

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Three candidates are in the race for an open Ward 1 seat on the Southport Board of Aldermen

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Emergency managers learn from colleagues who dealt with the Boston bombing

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Events like April’s Boston marathon bombing have shaped the way emergency responders react.

This week in Wilmington one of the men who dealt with the bombing is among a group of experts sharing tips of the trade to improve emergency response.

From floods to explosions, shootings and more, emergency responders have to be prepared for just about anything.

No one knows this more than Massachusetts Emergency Management Director Kurt Schwartz.

As emergency responders rushed to the scene of the April 15th Boston marathon bombing, Schwartz was behind the scenes, planning each move.

“I and others were working on such adrenalin in those first 24 hours and then again the 24 hours in the manhunt,” Schwartz said. “The adrenalin was carrying us.”

Another man who knows about the adrenalin rush is Frank Patterson, Emergency Management Coordinator for Waco/McLennan County, Texas.

Just days after the Boston marathon bombing, Patterson had to deal with an emergency of his own when a fertilizer plant exploded.

“When the explosion occurred, the city of West lost its command structure,” Patterson said.

Many first responders were killed in the explosion. Patterson says those who survived managed to form a command center, which helped in the effort.

Schwartz says with the bombings, setting up a command post was the most important part of staying organized.

“It’s the value of incident command, and standing up a command structure, and making sure all of our first responders are trained,” Schwartz said. “And then the other piece of that is exercises.”

Schwartz says having emergency plans in place is important.

But Warren Lee, New Hanover County’s Emergency Management Director says what’s most important is keeping up with our changing environment, and making sure emergency plans will be successful.

“The main thing is that you never stop planning,” Lee said. “The biggest thing we take away from something like this is that you have to continually tweak your plans you have to look for ways to improve every day.”

The conference wraps up tomorrow with discussions on gangs as well as natural disasters like sinkholes and flooding.

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Teacher of the Week: Penny Wolff

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

NORTH TOPSAIL, NC (WWAY) – Penny Wolff is a basketball fan, but she’s not letting a team rivalry stand between her and students.

Though a Tar Heel fan at heart, she bonds with her students over the “Wolff” Pack. The clever play on her last name helps get kids excited about homework. She sends them home with a Wolff Pack of assignments each night.

But the theme carries over into classroom responsibility as well.

“I have a greeter,” she laughed, “and hopefully when you walk into the room they’ll say ‘Welcome to the Wolff Pack!’”

Ms. Wolff’s laughter is contagious. She keeps kids smiling and learning by keeping the energy level high. She truly believes if kids are having fun while they learn, the lessons will stay with them longer.

Teaching is an exciting ride for Ms. Wolff. She made several stops before landing in the fourth grade, including kindergarten.

And she has been no stranger to awards along the way. Her classroom wall is decorated with recognitions and awards. But the Teacher of the Week award stands out; thanks to the WWAY sponsors, including Teacher’s Aid, Corning Credit Union, Scarless Vein Care and McDonald’s, GMC anchor Ashley Jacobs could present her with a $400 gift card to Teacher’s Aid.

The kids won too: each got a certificate good for a free happy meal from McDonald’s.

Ms. Wolff is in good company at North Topsail Elementary. Her principal, Mr. Peter Wildeboer, was recently named Pender County Principal of the Year for 2013-2014.

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Police seek to identify suspect accused of stealing Easy-Bake Ovens

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Authorities with the Wilmington Police Department are asking for help in identifying a man whom they stole two Easy-Bake Ovens recently.

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Two men charged with shooting at man on bike

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Two men were in custody, charged in a shooting in which a man on a bicycle was shot at by people in a passing car.

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