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ONLY ON 3: Murdered Proutey’s mom moves to Wilmington to make a difference

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Josh Proutey was shot and killed leaving Wilmington’s Community Arts Center in December 2012.

Now his mother is back in Wilmington with hopes of turning his death into something positive.

“In the darkest, deepest, loneliest place on earth is where a mother must go when someone takes their 19-year-old son away,” Patty Proutey said.

It was all over $10, a cell phone and a sandwich. Quintel Grady shot CFCC student Josh Proutey, 19, in the head after he hesitated when Grady and two other men demanded his wallet.

Proutey’s mother said after the murder, it was hard to find the will to live.

“I couldn’t stand being in Wilmington,” Patty Proutey said. “It was painful. The last time I was here, I left Joshua off in August to go to school, and then I never saw him again.”

But after time Proutey says she realized how much Josh loved the Port City, and she knew what she had to do.

“I moved to Wilmington so that I could launch a foundation called Journey for Josh, and it is my hope to take this tragedy and turn it around to make an opportunity for other children that don’t have or didn’t have the same opportunities that josh may have had growing up,” Proutey said.

She says the foundation’s first project is to send five at-risk kids to day camps for 10 weeks over the summer.

“I think that getting them out of their own environments, keeping them from being bored, keeping them from feeling like the only thing they have to do is what everybody else around them is doing,” Proutey said.

She hopes this will keep kids from getting into trouble, like her son’s killer.

“If you only change the life of one child, that’s enough,” she said. “That’s worth it.”

Proutey says her greatest goal is to set up a program where kids in the Port City can choose any activity they want to do free of charge.

For more information on Proutey’s foundation visit Journey4Josh.org

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Topsail High’s electric vehicle program wins national championship again

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Topsail High School’s electric vehicle class has won nearly 200 awards since 2001. Last month, students in the course were named national champions for the 11th year in a row.

“It’s like any other class that you can take in high school,” student Zac Bender said.

Class starts at 7:30 a.m. each days ahead of the school’s official start time.

“We meet before school every day for an hour,” instructor Stephen Jeffcoat said.

For an hour a day, five days a week, 11 students build electric cars.

“We take out the gasoline engine, and we put in an electric motor and add batteries. That powers the motor. It will turn the transmission and make the car go,” senior Grant Simme said.

Students have already transformed two vehicles that ran on gas to battery powered, and they created what they call the “Stem Cycle” from scratch.

Most of the students agree they are lucky to have this engineering experience.

“I’ve always been a gear head, so I knew I would be working on cars, but not anything like this,” Bender said.

This year the class took it up a notch and added a few features to the cars; features many drivers may take for granted.

“A heater for the winter time, and other things to make it more comfortable to drive,” Jeffcoat said.

It’s a drive that certainly fuels their passion.

“The obvious thing is driving the cars. It’s probably one of the best parts,” Bender said.

The program kicks students’ minds into high gear; kicking gas one class at a time.

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US Marshals arrest fugitive wanted for close to 40 sex crimes

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

A man wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for close to 40 sex crimes was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Wilmington.

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UNCW’s Batts Named CAA Pitcher of the Year For Second Time

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

UNCW senior Mat Batts was named Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher-of-the-Year for the second consecutive season at the league's awards banquet on Tuesday at the Burney Center on the campus of UNCW.

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AAA: 980,000 North Carolinians driving on holiday

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Gas prices are up an average of 20 cents a gallon more than last year, but AAA-Carolinas reports the highest number of North Carolinians in nine years will take to the highways this Memorial Day weekend.

The Charlotte-based motor club said almost 980,000 North Carolina motorists will drive more than 50 miles during the long weekend marking the start of the summer vacation season.

AAA says the average price for a gallon of gas in North Carolina is $3.62 a gallon. Gas is highest in Boone at $3.71 a gallon and cheapest in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem area at $3.59 a gallon.

The most popular destinations for North Carolina motorists this weekend will be Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, followed by Charlotte, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Williamsburg, Virginia.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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