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Boundary between NC, SC to be subject of program in Raleigh

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The boundary between North Carolina and South Carolina will be the subject of a program sponsored by the North Carolina State Archives.

The program will be Monday afternoon in the State Archives Search Room at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources in Raleigh. The chief of the North Carolina Geodetic Survey will provide an overview of the boundary between the Carolinas.

Several maps illustrating the shifting boundaries will be on display. North Carolina and South Carolina were recognized as separate entities by the late 1600s, but the exact boundary was disputed for nearly 200 years.

In 1994, the two states began working together to re-establish the boundary, an effort that took almost 20 years and is still playing out. The program will examine how the dispute worked out.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Alice Walker will speak in Wilmington

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The author of The Color Purple is coming to Wilmington.

The co-chair of the Civil and Human Rights Award Luncheon, Stanley Moses, says the Pulitzer Prize winners visit stems from a controversy in our area over one of her books.

"She had heard about a person in Brunswick County that wanted to ban her book The Color Purple," Moses said. "She had followed that and was very interested in that."

The luncheon will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Countywide Community Development Corporation tried to find speakers that have national notoriety.

"Getting people on board seems to be a little toll, a little challenge, I guess you'd say," Moses said.

Event organizers even tried to reach out to speakers like Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Carter and Colin Powell. Because there is also an event commemorating that day in Washington, DC, they were unavailable. Organizers say Walker and a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Dr. Cordy Tindell Vivian, are more than happy to speak at this event. Moses says he really just hopes they are able to bring the community together to remember.

"It is a collaboration among the various counties and the various people to pull together a project to help the younger people," he said. "It is to understand where we came from, what we have achieved and what we're looking forward to doing.”

Afterward the luncheon Walker will meet with teachers to show them her own teaching techniques. The event is at noon on July 2 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

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UNCW senior is 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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Crews investigate late night fire near Monkey Junction

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Investigators with the New Hanover County Fire Department are working to determine what started a house fire Saturday night.

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First Alert Forecast: Slight “cool” down Monday before typical Summer pattern returns

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

A weak high pressure system will build across southeast North Carolina, bringing slightly cooler temperatures and lower rain chances. By mid-week, the warm, tropical air mass returns and the mercury in the thermometer will rise once again into the mid 90s.

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