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Archive for March, 2014

Wrightsville Beach to serve as backdrop for LL Bean catalog

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

According to a film permit, the retail store will shoot still photos for its catalog at several Wrightsville Beach locations.

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Business Notebook – Four join Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Ralph "Trey" Blincoe III, Kara Gansmann and Elizabeth King have joined the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP

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20 validated gang members in high school, parents unaware

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

New Hanover County Schools will alert parents when buses are late, or when there is mold, but they have no plans to alert parents as to how many gang members are in the schools.

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Ola Lewis says ‘political gamesmanship’ influenced her decision to run for chief justice

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County said “political gamesmanship” influenced her surprising decision to run for the top seat on the state's top court, though she wouldn't elaborate about the accusation during her first interview since entering the race on the last day of the filing period.

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Teacher of the Week: Jessica Marks

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An anonymous student within the walls of New Hanover High School wanted his or her teacher to be recognized. So, we showed up to surprise math teacher Jessica Marks.

She was surprised to see us and emotionally impacted by it all. “It makes me feel really good actually,” she said through tears. “It makes me want to cry because these kids are half my life. I love everything…I wouldn’t come if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t show up to work everyday.”

Ms. Marks hopes each day she shows up, another chair doesn’t go empty. She believes in her students and knows they want a good education.

The nomination sent to WWAY pointed out incidents in which students made headlines for the wrong reasons; it referenced gangs and violence. But it also pointed to Ms. Marks and said she doesn’t let any teen fall through the cracks.

“My students are wonderful. They’re smart, they’re driven,” she explained. “They wouldn’t come to school if they didn’t want a good education thats our job as teachers to give them what they need.”

Student Keshaun McCallum described Ms. Marks, “She’s one of those teachers who likes to keep everybody lifted up,” he said. “She keeps everybody active so we can have a better learning environment.”

Ms. Marks is the 5th teacher the students have cycled through this year alone, but she said she’s here to stay. Because she loves her students.

“All of my kids make me so happy,” she said. “This is what teachings about: showing more of my relationship side with them rather than teaching them Math, which some of them might not like that we have to teach them.”


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