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August 07, 2015

We spent part of the afternoon Thursday filming a spot in downtown Wilmington.

Something big is brewing at WECT News, which you’ll find out more about soon!

These “promos” will start airing next Friday, so I’ll be able to reveal more then. 

All I can say is that we have some exciting things in the works in the newsroom. So, stay tuned!

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August 05, 2015
I spotted this neon green creature today and thought it wanted a bite of my basil! Turns out: it's after my parsley!     I did some research and this guy is a Parsley Caterpillar. So, I went back outside and noticed most of them were indeed on my parsley plant. They mainly eat plants in the carrot family, including Queen Anne's Lace.     Check out what it will become: a beautiful Black Swallowtail Butterfly!   I guess I'll sacrifice my parsley so I can have a few pretty butterflies in my backyard. For more information on the butterfly from the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, click here.   Copyright 2015 More
Coming soon: Liza, Lily and live theater

July 31, 2015
I'm pretty excited about the opening of CFCC's new Humanities and Fine Arts Center in downtown Wilmington. While I don't go to as many shows as I'd like to, I am a supporter of local theater and think we have some major talent here in Wilmington (still kicking myself for missing Heather Setzler as Mary Poppins!). I hope the new center only enhances the arts in Wilmington. I can't wait to see some of the Broadway shows on tour, which normally, you'd have to travel to DPAC to enjoy. Although, after typing DPAC, I do wish CFCC's spot had a cooler acronym. HAFAC just doesn't have that same ring to it. Three Broadway productions are already on the schedule, Disney's Beauty and the Beast (October 5 & 6), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ...
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Seeing The Rolling Stones: You can get what you want

July 28, 2015

You know you’ve been to a good concert when the songs from the show are buzzing in your head days later.

The Rolling Stones rocked Carter-Findley Stadium as part of its Zip Code Tour and it was pure Satisfaction from start to end.

When we heard the Stones were coming to Raleigh, Brian and I were sitting with our friends, Rob & Paige, in Chapel Hill, drinking wine and bourbon on their back porch. We said something probably every Stones fan has said at one point, “This could be our last chance to see them!"

The sticker shock of the tickets almost kept me away - but this is a bucket list show. Plus, it fell the night before my hubby's birthday, so we thought it would be a great way to celebrate.

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May 23, 2015

My cousin, Shannon Sweeney, has served our nation in the US Marine Corps for 26 years now.

If you tried to give her praise for the work she’s done, including leading the rescue of 200 people who were trapped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she’s likely to brush it off, telling you she was just doing her job.

While Shannon doesn’t like the spotlight, she asked me to help her shine one on a friend of hers who is doing something great for his fellow veterans.

Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Wesley Roy Brady, Jr., is traveling across the country on a “Walk for Warriors.” Brady is raising money for the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, which provides helps wounded military veterans with treatment for ...

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United Way Pajama Party

April 21, 2015
Give me an excuse to stay in my pajamas all day and I’ll take it.
That’s why I was thrilled when the United Way of the Cape Fear Region invited me to “model” in its annual Pajama Party fashion show.
The event raises money and awareness about the United Way’s efforts to help the homeless in our community.
The day started for us models (just had to say that) with a trip to Hypnotix Spalon in Wilmington for hair & make up. In Holly DeCastri’s chair, there was curling and ...
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Happy Birthday to Archie!

April 15, 2015
Today is Archie's 5th birthday. Where does the time go?!
This German Shepherd has brought so much joy into our lives.
Archie was my husband's wedding gift to me when we got married in 2011.
I'll never forget the first time we met Archie, in a field outside of Mooresville, NC, where we had a training session with him, using his German commands. At that point, Archie already had a few homes. He didn't make it as a police/military dog because he didn't bond with his trainer. Then, he went to an elderly couple, but had too much energy for them. He was living back with his sister.
The trainer told us what a good dog he was and I swear I think I saw him tear up as we were driving away with Archie (who was then ...
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Another Azalea Festival is in the books

April 14, 2015

Another Azalea Festival is in the books!

This year's event wasn't without controversy. We had the Azalea Queen, Mallory Hagan, using the "B-word" in a social media post and Nelly getting busted on felony drug charges just hours after his show.

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Feeling 16 again

March 28, 2015

I’m feeling 16 again.

Do you remember the freedom you felt when you first got your driver’s license?

That’s what it’s like to be back behind the wheel after almost 5 months of not being able to drive.

It’s like riding a bike - which is a good thing - you certainly don’t forget how to drive.

My surgeon, Dr. Neil MacIntyre, cleared me to drive, once I felt like I could slam on the brakes if I needed to do so. My husband took me for a practice spin in the Forged parking lot at CastleBranch. I had no problems slamming on the brakes. So, don’t worry, Wilmington drivers, I’m good to drive.

It feels great to be back in the driver’s seat. My first night driving home from work, I sang ...

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February 06, 2015

Today is National Wear Red Day, a day to raise awareness about the number one killer of women: heart disease.

I was lucky enough to be the emcee of today’s New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation Red Dress Project Luncheon.

In its 10th year, the lunch has raised thousands of dollars for the Marlene Sigler Cardiac Endowment, which pays for staff education at the NHRMC Heart Center. The money also pays for education campaigns to help women identify the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease.

This year’s lunch was both moving and motivational.

Deb Goughnour shared her heartbreaking story of losing her husband to a heart condition when he was only 41. Deb highlighted how critical it ...

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