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Archive for February, 2014

Beekeepers Association spreads buzz with Bee Buddies program for kids

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWYA) — The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association plans a sweet deal for local elementary students.

About 450 kids will take part of the first “Bee Buddies” program. The program will educate students on every aspect of the insect and their importance in nature.

“We want them to be beekeepers, and if they don’t develop into a beekeeper, maybe they’ll develop into a research person,” Beekeepers Association member David Bridgers said.

Fifth grader Caroline Sawyer got to see what the buzz about. She held a frame of bees unprotected with the help of local association members

Sawyer said the best part was watching a drone bee hatch.

“I felt nervous and super excited at the same time,” Sawyer said. “I was like, ‘Cool. I’m doing this!’ And, ‘Oh, my gosh. There’s bees!'”

The program will run in conjunction with the NC State Beekeepers Association Convention. It’s March 5 and 6 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

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First Alert Weather: spring-like weather rolls on!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Got spring fever? A warm air mass will promote above-average temperatures through the week.

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ONLY ON 3: Sheriff Benston still won’t talk about issues inside Bladen County Jail

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — For months we’ve tried speaking with Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston several times since first looking into problems at the county jail.

In November, he referred us to County Attorney Leslie Johnson. So we sent Johnson a long list of questions and concerns about the jail in November, December, January and now February. Today we got some answers. Sort of.

In a letter to WWAY NewsChannel 3, Johnson says that the 50-year-old jail needs to be modernized. Johnson says county leaders were already taking measures to find a solution long before problems arose. He says county commissioners approved money for a feasibility study for construction of a new jail or improving the old one and hiring architects.

We tried once again Wednesday to speak with Sheriff Benston, but once again he did not want to talk. Instead he said everything we need to know is in Johnson’s letter. But by not talking to us, Benston again refuses to answer our questions about complaints from current and former inmates that include mold, human waste being thrown, a lack of medical care and other concerns about the safety and upkeep behind the walls of the Bladen County Jail.

We asked the sheriff if we could go inside the jail and see the conditions for ourselves, but he declined for security reasons saying inmates could throw things at our reporter.

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American Boychoir to perform Saturday

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church

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‘Experience 1776’ is the theme of the observance of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Organizers want attendees to get a feel for the everyday life of a Revolutionary War soldier

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