Stories for August 5, 2012
The mass murder and mayhem in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has once again brought out the “If-only-we-all-had-pistols-in-our-pockets-none-of-this-would-have-happened” crowd. It is certainly not that simple.
Throw in some good music, a few 19th century belching smokestacks, Sir Paul McCartney leading a world-wide sing along plus the traditional, never-ending parade of nations athletes, and the Brits kicked off the XXX Olympics with one big bang-up of an opening show.
The three boys remember playing as six and seven year olds at Pinehurst Elementary, where one of only two primitive rinks in town was located at the time.
The clay pigeon shoot, sponsored by DeWitt Outdoor Sports, treated those who attended to a great evening by the water with a pig-picking dinner, facility tours and casual front row seating to some great shooting exhibitions, according to a CHP spokesperson.
The 6-foot-3 rising senior accepted a scholarship offer by phone Wednesday evening to begin playing for the Division I Ospreys in the 2013-14 season. The school, located in Jacksonville, is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference that includes among its members Stetson, USC Upstate, Lipscomb, Belmont and East Tennessee State.
The Roukemas are proud of their daughter for displaying social awareness at such a young age. They believe that raising her between two countries has helped her have a broader, more humanitarian perspective.
Local veterans and their supporters became upset when it was learned that the parcel being considered for sale was adjacent to the veterans’ memorial near U.S. 15-501, too close to an area that is considered “sacred ground” by many in the group.
Overhead, Charles “Chuck” Lunney was bound for Honshu, the main island of the empire, piloting his B-29 Superfortress. The mission: weather reconnaissance. Check out two targets and pick the best one. Behind him, he assumed, would be the usual pack of 500 or so bombers making the raid. But not this mission. Instead, there was only one plane, the Enola Gay.
The last time we tried a family beach gathering in August, it worked reasonably well though ended rather horribly.
Congratulations to the two Moore County high school athletic teams recognized for the distinguished honor of having the highest GPA in the state among teams of the same sport.
When I graduated from college 50 years ago and left North Carolina, I knew I would come back someday. Fortunately, the opportunity for work here did allow me to return. Now I’m retired after graduate school, service in the Army, and an over-40-year career in industry.