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Archive for July, 2014

News & Notes – The Holiday Band performs July 26; Amber Carrington of ‘The Voice’ to perform

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The East Coast Shag Classic Summer Chill Concert series continues with The Holiday Band performing Saturday, July 26

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How your legislators voted – July 14-18, 2014

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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Woman continues fighting to get book banned in Brunswick County

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Francis Wood wants "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" off Brunswick County School shelves.

"This book is not morally acceptable," Wood says.

She's appealed Cedar Grove Middle School's decision to keep the book, taking her effort to the superintendent.

The book is acclaimed as an accurate depiction of bullying and racism, but she says if it were a movie it'd be rated "R" making it inappropriate for 8th grade students.

She highlighted sections she considers inappropriate:

          'Indians are living proof that n****** f*** buffalo … Rodger and his friends were laughing like crazy. I couldn't let them get away with this s***.'

                                                             -The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian        


She's not the first fighting against this piece of literature. Sherman Alexie is a highly decorated writer, he's also one of the most banned living authors.

'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian' has been banned from schools in at least three states. Parents in a Chicago school district tried fighting it in '09. Wood's husband Caroll says, this should be a no-brainer in the "bible belt."

"If a city like Chicago says that a book like this is not satisfactory for their children," Wood said. "Why in the world would we in Brunswick county say it's acceptable for our children?"

Wood worked with children for 40 years. She says ultimately, she's worried about the impression it could make on young minds.

"It's ok in the book and they read it, why isn't it ok for them? That's unacceptable in any category. Everything in it is degrading. There's nothing uplifting in it," Wood said.

If Dr. Pruden decides to keep the book Wood's appeal will be taken to the school board. 



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Wrightsville Beach Inshore Fishing Challenge reels in crowd

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH (WWAY) – The tournament kicked off early Saturday morning with a total of 70 boats participating in hopes one of them would claim the top prize.

Prize money was awarded to winners in two categories, flounder and red drum. The biggest flounder weighed 10.31 pounds and the largest drum weighed 7.45 pounds. The top leader walked away with 1000 dollars along with other sponsor prizes. The tournament also offered an extra bonus for participants who kept their fish alive

Max Gaspeny, editor of the Fisherman’s Post, said, “We have a live bonus pay out on our leader board. If you weigh in a flounder or red drum that makes the leader board, we’ll pay you and extra 20 bucks, so we try to encourage people to keep them alive. The flounders go to UNCW for future aquaculture research and we the drum go. We encourage that to conserve resources.”

This tournament was one of 5 other events on the inshore tournament trail. The next one will be august in Topsail, then to Carolina Beach in September.


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Channel changes not likely to affect Bald Head Island

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

"The goal is simply to improve the efficiency of navigation for the vessels calling on Wilmington Harbor."

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