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Extraordinary People Next Door

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The many hats of Jim Leutze

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videour Extraordinary Person of the Week has penned a new book with his perspective on where North Carolina once was and is now. His experience in the Tar Heel State is vast and has him thinking we're headed in the wrong direction. This week we introduce you to the many hats of Jim Leutze. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Her horses help heal

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videoKim Niggel is our Extraordinary Person of the Week, because of her efforts to help all walks of life enjoy some of the simple pleasures of life. She does so with the help of horses and a few other animals. Full story...
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Extraordinary People: Married couple finds harmony on stage

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video They come from two different worlds. Yet they play in perfect harmony. Danijela Zezelj Gualdi was born in Croatia. She was just a teenager when she became a refugee of the Balkan Wars, eventually escaping to Serbia in 1991. Full story...
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Extraordinary People: Bootleg Dynasty brings unique sound to Cape Fear music scene

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video Rowdy Americana, some homegrown hootenanny with a Johnny Cash twist. That's how you could describe the hot tunes from Wilmington group, Bootleg Dynasty. From Brad Lackey on lead vocals and acoustic guitar to Ryan Curry not missing a beat on the drums, these guys truly love playing together. Full story...
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Extraordinary People: From Gang to God

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video Hope can seem to be lost in some Wilmington neighborhoods riddled by bullets and haunted by gang activity. It’s in these dark, dismal places that you'll find Rev. James Jamison. Full story...
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Extraordinary People: Young ballerina overcomes tragedy to dance on world-renowned stages

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video It was a big dream for who was once a little girl. Dara Holmes wanted to one day dance for the world to see. Today, at 21, Holmes shows off effortless precision in her pointe work. Her days in the ballet studio began when she was eight years old. Full story...
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Extraordinary People: UNCW Vice Chancellor humbled by prestigious honor

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video Andy Griffith, Maya Angelou and even the talk show queen herself, Oprah Winfrey, have been recognized with one of the state's highest honors: the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Alongside these Hollywood names is UNCW Vice Chancellor, Mary Gornto. She discovered the news of her award a few weeks ago at a reception in honor of her upcoming retirement. Full story...
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Extraordinary People: Family of eight ditches city for country life, prepares to grow by 7

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video Goats, chickens and even “Riblet” the pig. This is life on "Faith Grown Farm." With six kids to raise, Dustin and Andrea Bestul are aiming to become completely self-sustaining. "We have started doing our laundry on the line and if it's not good weather, we hang it up in our house," Andrea said. "By doing that, we save 50 dollars a month." Full story...
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Extraordinary People: Female fighters knock out stereotypes

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video Port City Boxing boasts some excellent fighters, but you may not expect some of its top contenders to be women. These girls with gloves bring fierce determination to the ring. At one time, Antoinette Smith thought she would become a cheerleader. That is until she discovered boxing. By 11 years old, she was training to get in the ring. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Street musician brightens downtown with smooth sounds

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video As the sun sinks down over downtown Wilmington, sweet sounds swing up and down Front Street. At the mouthpiece is saxophonist Glen McRae. "It’s about joy, gets the mess out of the world sometimes," McRae said. McRae takes his place on the street stage every day, collecting tips from passersby who may be out shopping or to get a bite to eat. But while many may hear his bright tones, what they may never hear is hi past near fatal battle with alcoholism. Full story...
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