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Archive for February, 2014

Century Mills building could be used as storage or beer garden

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The 52,000-square-foot Century Mills building in Wilmington’s Southside neighborhood has been purchased,

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The battle of Moores Creek Bridge lives on

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — History came alive at the 283th anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge.

Attendees of all ages got a taste of what it was like to live in 1776.

From cooking lessons to candle making, music, and even cannons firing, this educational event takes you to the front lines of a battle that ended royal authority in the North Carolina colony.

But Holly Hickman says there is more to the event than recreating a historical time.

“You can pick up life lessons,” Holly Hickman said. “Okay, what did this person do wrong, what did this person do right, and how did they change it and how did they help the people around them, and on a bigger scale, how did they affect their county.”

Hickman says she has made it out to the celebration several years in a row, but this year she wanted to share the experience with her friends.

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Elizabethtown Baptist Church finishes restoration of damaged buildings

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Nearly three years ago, a string of deadly tornadoes tore through Bladen County leaving the Elizabethtown Baptist Church in shambles. Since then, the church has worked hard to rebuild, and now renovations are complete.

“When we first arrived on campus about five minutes after the tornado hit, it was complete devastation,” Chris Carroll, Elizabeth Baptist Church’s minister said. “The buildings were nearly destroyed; we had lost a lot of trees. We’ve also lost a lot of the buildings, 80% of the buildings were destroyed.”

Carroll says buildings were not the only things lost after the storm.

“There was a feeling of hopelessness,” Carroll explained. “There was a feeling that we will never be able to rebuild. How will we move forward?”

But that hopelessness quickly faded as community members came together to clean up debris, and rebuild.

“It was amazing to see how many people came within an hour and were cleaning out here so we could have church the next morning,” church member Tommy Hatcher recalled.

And now, less than 3 years after the tornado, the damaged buildings have been restored.

“There were a lot of tears, a lot of struggles. But today we celebrate for we are revitalized,” Carroll said. “This is the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Elizabethtown Baptist Church.”

And both Carroll and Hatcher say they have one man to thank for the blessings they felt Sunday.

“It’s all for the honor and glory of God to be a great witness for Jesus,” Hatcher said. “It’s his and it is just a blessing that we utilize to get his word out.”

Carroll says he is overjoyed to see how far the church has come, and he says he cannot wait to see what the future has in store.

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Spring Home Show wraps up

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

The Wilmington Spring Home Show wrapped up Sunday afternoon after a weekend of featuring the latest trends for homeowners.

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Woman shot in Houston Moore neighborhood

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police are investigating after a 22-year-old woman was shot in the Houston Moore neighborhood Saturday night.

Police say they received a ShotSpotter alert just before 10 p.m. followed by several 911 calls that someone was shot.

When police arrived to 1514 Kennedy Plaza, they found a woman shot one time.

Police say several shots were fired into the apartment where there were multiple people inside, including children.

The victim was taken to New Hanover County Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say she is in stable condition and doing much better.

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