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Elon University staff member dies in boating accident

CASWELL COUNTY, N.C. – An automotive mechanic in Elon’s Physical Plant department died Friday in a boating accident in Caswell County, according to Elon University officials.

The school said that Ed Watkins was fishing with Elon groundskeeper James Moore at Farmer’s Lake when their boat overturned.

Officials said Moore was able to swim to safety and call 911, but Watkins drowned. A volunteer firefighter on the scene was reportedly unable to revive him.

Watkins had been an Elon staff member since 2007 and was described by the school as a dedicated worker and friendly colleague.

Plans are being made for a Gathering of Friends in memory of Mr. Watkins at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Numen Lumen Pavilion. 

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Burlington Easter egg hunt rescheduled for Sunday

BURLINGTON, N.C. – The city of Burlington has rescheduled its annual Easter egg hunt for Sunday.

The event was originally planned for Saturday, but is now planned for 6 p.m. Easter at North Park at 849 Sharpe Road in Burlington.

Organizers said the Easter Bunny will be there and people will have the chance to find four golden eggs, worth a $25 savings bond.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring Easter baskets.

Alamance Co. sailor returns home, surprises family

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A Navy sailor from Alamance County returned home from deployment in Afghanistan just in time to surprise his family for Easter.

Jeffrey Speicher hadn’t seen his children, 5-year-old Taylor and 3-year-old Justin, in 11 months. His wife, Kirsten, helped plan the surprise at Ace Speedway Friday evening.

Michaels security breach affects Triad locations

Michaels stores in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Burlington are on the company’s list of locations where debit card numbers were compromised.

In a statement posted online, Michaels CEO Chuck Rubins apologized and said 2.6 million cards may have been impacted.

They do not believe personal information like names, addresses or pin numbers were stolen.

The malware breach took place during a nine-month time period between May 2013 and the end of January 2014.

According to the website, the following local Michaels locations were affected:

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Elon baseball player wins battle with cancer, team shaves heads

ELON, N.C. — John McGillicuddy has experienced a few lonely times in the past few months.

He’s used to having his twin brother Joe around. They grew up playing on the same team in northern Virginia.

They went to college together at Marshall and Louisburg. But now they’re apart: John is at High Point, Joe at Elon.

McGillicuddy had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had to go through three rounds of chemotherapy over a nine week period. After his final treatment in February, he was cancer-free.

The brothers recently met on the diamond but it was so much more than a game.

After the Elon victory, the entire team and coaching staff had their heads shaved to help raise money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, led by cancer survivor Chase Jones.

Foodservice manufacturer to bring 100 new jobs to Alamance Co.

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A food service manufacturer is slated to bring about 100 jobs to Alamance County over the next three years.

Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced Thursday that Cambro Manufacturing Company will move their manufacturing operations to Alamance County.

Along with the addition of jobs, the company plans to invest more than $30.4 million over the next three years in Mebane.

The Cambro Manufacturing Company has been in business since 1951 and offers a wide range of trays, table service and display items, storage, shelving, merchandising and insulated transport products.

“North Carolina has a strong legacy in manufacturing,” said Governor McCrory. “Our talented and knowledgeable workforce is a top reason companies choose to locate in North Carolina. Cambro Manufacturing’s announcement brings well-paying manufacturing jobs to Alamance County.”

Freeze endangering crops and vineyards

BURLINGTON, N.C. — In a typical year, you could expect the small crew at GlenMarie Winery and Vineyards to be going all out to protect their grapes from the April frost but a harsh winter has made this an atypical year.

“Our grapevines have just started putting out new growth for this year so there is some green on these leaves,” said Jordan Walker, a GlenMarie winemaker

Because the grapes are just budding, the company is forced to take a wait and see approach with the freezing temperatures and its crops.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, it got lucky.

“These grapes they look healthy and green. They just came out in the last couple of weeks there’s no frost damage on them at all,” said Walker.