U.S.S. North Carolina (Wilmington, North Carolina)

In this episode of 27:Fifty, join host Rich Panter as he takes viewers on a tour aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina, also known as “The Show Boat.” She is a World War II era U.S. Navy battleship, permanently berthed in the Cape Fear River, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Today, she is a naval maritime museum, and memorial.  Brenda Johnson, a resident of Houston, Texas, is considered a hero in her own right, by her local community, for taking efforts to improve the lives of those who live in the apartment complex she manages. Pritchard's Island is a barrier reef island just off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina. The island was donated to the University of South Carolina, and serves as a nature reserve, where students and researchers can study marine ecology and oceanography. Camp Happy Trails is a summer camp where children diagnosed with pediatric cancer can go to learn how to live; participating in morale-boosting extra-curricular activities, and having hope rekindled. Skydiving is a sport which caters to adrenaline junkies everywhere, and with state of the art equipment, and proper training, pretty much anyone can participate. Roger Miller is the assistant director at the U.S.S. North Carolina Memorial, and he briefly talks with Rich about preservation of the ship, and future plans for her. 

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Brenda Johnson - Local Hero | 27:Fifty
Brenda Johnson - Local Hero | 27:Fifty

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Brenda Johnson, a resident of Houston, Texas, is considered a hero in her own right, by her local community. Like other inner city neighborhoods in Houston, the Fifth Ward has had its problems with...
Pritchard's Island - Nature Reserve | 27:Fifty
Pritchard's Island - Nature Reserve | 27:Fifty

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Pritchard’s Island, which is off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina, is one of hundreds of barrier reef islands scattered along the entire southeastern coast. Pritchard’s Island is only accessible...
Camp Star Trails | 27:Fifty
Camp Star Trails | 27:Fifty

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Treatment for pediatric cancer has made tremendous progress over the past few years. Unfortunately, societal attitudes have often lagged decades behind. Many view these children as being “hopelessly...
Skydiving | 27:Fifty
Skydiving | 27:Fifty

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What would make someone jump out of a perfectly good airplane? For many people, the experience of “free-falling,” or skydiving, is a necessary habit for many people. Thanks to state-of-the-art...