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Archive for June, 2014

Officers won’t be charged in shooting

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Hampstead man died in April shooting

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Oak Island to discuss ‘no dogs on the beach during peak hours’ policy

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

“No dogs on the beach.” That's a discussion item now on the July 8 agenda for the town of Oak Island.

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DA to update investigation into Hampstead man shot, killed by trooper

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — District Attorney Ben David will meet with reporters today to update the investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Pender County this spring.

A Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed Maynard Thomas, 67, at a home in Hampstead April 13. Officers who responded said at the time that Thomas was shot after he pointed his gun at them.

David’s news conference starts at 10 a.m. in Burgaw. Stay with WWAY NewsChannel 3 for updates.


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Life rolls on to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries at Carolina Beach

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY)– What happened on Carolina Beach this weekend would once be considered impossible. Forty participants got to hit the waves in a very different way.

Life Rolls On is an organization that raises awareness about spinal cord injuries. This weekend 40 people that have been constrained to a wheelchair were able to experience the freedom of mobility.

For Whitney Cranford, this is a break from reality. She started three years ago with Life Rolls On. This year she invited her childhood friend Mary Gainey to see what riding the waves is like.

“When I got here I was overwhelmed,” Gainey said. “Wow. So many people just like me. That’s not normal for where we are from.”

It’s the kind of reaction that keeps volunteers coming back.

“One of them said to me, ‘Just anything to get out of this chair,” volunteer Scotty Diamond said. “I mean it’s got to really hit you with that.”

More than 200 volunteers like Diamond assisted paraplegics and quadriplegics with adaptive equipment to ride the waves Saturday.

Jesse Billauer started this program after he had his own spinal cord injury.

“It took me a few years after my accident, but I figured out how to adapt a surfboard, had some friends, and they helped push me into waves, and that’s when I realized this is what I love,” Billauer said. “So that’s when I started Life Rolls On.”

For Cranford and Gainey, this is a way to delete the stress in their lives.

“It’s my reset button,” Cranford said.

The event is more than just for the participants though. The families, friends and volunteers alike get to experience the freedom and the support.

“Just seeing them, I see that they see us all helping, and we’re all like one big family,” Diamond said. “We’re all in it together. You know, life rolls on.”

Some of the participants even said it was the only chance they have had to be on the beach. The event is completely run off of donations and sponsors. The participants did not have to pay anything.


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UNCW Senior, Miss Greater Sampson Co., is the new Miss NC

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A senior at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is the new Miss North Carolina.

Beth Stovall won the pageant Saturday night in Raleigh. She will go on to the Miss America pageant in September.

Stovall was Miss Greater Sampson County. She won both the preliminary talent and lifestyle and fitness awards.

Stovall says her platform will be getting children inspired and interested in art.

Miss Cabarrus County McKenzie Faggart finished second, Miss Johnston County Kensley Leonard finished third, Miss Central Carolina Victoria Huggins was in fourth place and Miss Thomasville Kacy Lee came in fifth.

Stovall finished in the top 10 in last year’s state pageant. She says she wants to be the first Miss America from North Carolina since 1962.

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


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