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Archive for May, 2014

Teacher of the Week: Sheila Sokolinsky

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sheila Sokolinsky combines a love of technology with a love of teaching to make learning fun for students at Isaac Bear Early College High School in Wilmington.

In the numerous entries received nominating her for Teacher of the Week, she was described as helpful, funny, smart and cool!

She teaches Digital Integration and says she starts every day wanting her kids to realize they have potential, something she says they often don’t realize they have.

Through the use of digital portfolios and blogs, among other things, Mrs. Sokolinsky sants her kids to do some self exploration using technology.

Students also give back to the teacher by sharing the stories and their challenges.

It’s something Mrs. Sokolinsky says helps her think on a different level.

She is sending her kids off this summer with two pieces of advice: challenge yourself and believe in yourself!

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Body found in area where Marine fell from Osprey

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County coroner says a body has been recovered in the area where a Marine fell out of an Osprey during a training mission last night. He will not, though, confirm yet if it’s the body of that Marine.

This afternoon, the Marine Corps said search for the Marine remained a rescue operation, but around 5 p.m., several bus loads of fellow Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River and some of the equipment used in the search began to leave a command post set up near White Lake.

Search crews resumed their search early this morning using search and rescue dogs, ATVs, helicopters and radar tracks to find the Marine, whose name has not been released.

The Marine Corps says the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday north of White Lake near the Bladen-Sampson County line.

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marine was the crew chief on board the MV-22B Osprey, which means he should have been tethered in the back of the aircraft, which has the ability to take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane.

During a news conference this morning, USMC Lt. Col. Christian Harshberger said that everyone on board the Osprey had a restraint system. He said the crew of the Osprey noticed while still in flight that the Marine was no longer on board.

Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw said this morning Bladen and Sampson County emergency units were helping military crews in the search.

Searchers started this morning at Turtle Cove on the west bank of White Lake and headed toward Autrytown Road. They say the search area includes several blueberry fields and Carolina Bays. That means crews had to deal with thick, marshy areas, which could make the search difficult, Kinlaw said.

Kinlaw says the Osprey crew was doing touch and go training at the airport in Elizabethtown, when the crew noticed the Marine missing near Maple Bay about five miles from White Lake.

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Brain Aneurysm victim shares story of survival, warns of silent killer

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Brain aneurysm victim talks about her survival and how she wants to educate others about a condition that affects one out of 50 people.

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Full NC House gives initial OK to tax bill

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

BY GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina House has tentatively agreed to a wide-ranging tax bill that caps municipal business privilege taxes and places an excise tax on electronic cigarettes.

The chamber voted 83-35 for the measure Tuesday after a majority turned back an effort to remove the e-cigarette tax from the bill. A final House vote is expected Wednesday before the bill heads to the Senate.

The bill limits local privilege taxes to $100 per year and puts a 5-cent tax on certain-sized cartridges of nicotine inserted into an e-cigarette holder.

Rep. Becky Carney of Charlotte says the House was acting hastily on the e-cigarette tax while federal officials are working on how to regulate them. But bill sponsor Rep. Julia Howard of Mocksville suggested it was better than collecting no excise tax.

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

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Marine missing after fall from aircraft

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Fall occurred during training mission

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