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Extraordinary People Next Door

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Woman creates 'katchy' invention

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video Inside a Whiteville home, one woman spends her days brainstorming and testing ideas for her latest inventions. Anne Wheeler has been an innovator of baby products and now she's hoping to succeed in other markets. Today, two-year-olds Ellie and Chloe are using Wheeler's invention, the Katchit Tray, designed to cut down on kids' messes. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: CFCC student excels in academics, volunteership

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video Cape Fear Community College student Malik Abdul-Rashid says he believes if he works hard enough, he can accomplish his greatest dreams. On an average day, you can find Malik walking from class to class on the CFCC campus. But in a short conversation with him, you'll discover he's no average student. With wisdom beyond his years, Malik says people should be thankful for every moment. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Raising quintuplets

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video Any parent can tell you having their first baby comes with challenges. Now, imagine that times five. Carmen and Mike Matthews say raising their quintuplets is all about routine. They are this week's extraordinary people next door.. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Grief counselor turns words of comfort into poetic prose

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video She’s a grief counselor turned author. Katherine Roberts Moore of Ocean Isle Beach turned her words of healing into poetic prose. In the world of words, Katherine finds herself right at home. Influenced by her mother's love for vocabulary, ideas and imagination run wildly through Katherine’s head and flow straight to her pen. It lights a fire in her soul. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Former drug dealer aims for second chance

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video Petey Powell, 38, grew up on Red Bug Road, in the small town of Hallsboro. He remembers his dad doing whatever he could to keep his family out of poverty but was eventually lured by the money he could make in dealing drugs. Petey was just a little boy when he drugs became a regular part of his life. Full story...
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Cheerleader faces paralysis, tumbles to another national championship

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video She’s a tiny athlete with one heck of a talent. Taylor Reece, 11, has been jumping, flipping and spinning since the tender age of five. By age 10, she was even a national champion. But her high-flying success came to a screeching halt last May. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Young artist finds inspiration in nature

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video For some people, it takes them years to find their true passion life. That's not the case for Britt Harrison. The 24-year-old finds her joy in painting unique works of art. Among the nature in the backyard of the beach home where Harrison lives, one will find brush strokes and a young woman full of artistic expression. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Husband, wife aim to restore lives through food and shelter

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video One man's mission to reach out to the homeless and hungry in our community has developed into a full-time ministry. Rick Stoker has teamed up with his wife LeeAnna to impact lives for the better. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Pastry chef makes sweet works of art

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video A young pastry chef is quickly making her way up the culinary ranks in the Port City. At age 25, Rebeca Alvarado Paredes is already baking up quite the reputation in the kitchen. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: First black contractor in New Hanover County

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videoInside a quaint brick home in Wilmington is a man with quite the story and an abundance of talents. At 86 years old and battling Alzheimer’s, Alfred Mitchell spends his days pursuing his passion of writing songs and poetry. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Wilmington man has close ties to family feud between Hatfields and McCoys

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video The clash between the Hatfields and McCoys is the most well-known family feud in American history. It's a true tale: one of vengeance, courage and most importantly, family pride. The feud was between two families, who lived along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River. The Hatfields were from West Virginia, the McCoys from Kentucky. Their relentless rivalry began in the late 1800’s and stretched for decades. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Wilmington war vet remembers D-Day on Utah Beach

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video A very special man can be found at the Woods at Holly Tree retirement facility. What many may not know is that John DeChesere was a young Army officer on Utah Beach during the Normandy Invasion. At 101 years old, he has seen a lot in his time. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE NEXT DOOR: Sergio's caddy

It was just about a week ago that Sergio Garcia rolled to a two-stroke win at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro. But what you may not have noticed is the Wilmington man who caddied Garcia to the triumphant win.
Cacky Catlett introduces us to David Faircloth.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE NEXT DOOR: The Snake Man

When many people think of snakes, they don't exactly have warm and fuzzy feelings. But for Dean Ripa, the slithery creatures are beautiful and majestic.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Wilmington filmmaker to document charity's work in Africa

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video A Wilmington man has teamed up with a local ministry to capture its impact in Africa. Curtis Thieman will take his video camera to Rwanda and Kenya this weekend. He hopes to put together a touching video showing how Zoe Ministry is helping orphans struggling in poverty. Full story...
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