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‘In the zone’: Lifeguards focus on swimmers’ safety

Safety in the water is one of the main goals at Wet n' Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park. / Jordan Carey, Times-News correspondent

By Jordan Carey
Times-News correspondent

   What is one of the top priorities while swimming? Staying safe.
Ever since Wet ’n Wild Emerald Pointe opened in 1984, safety in the water is the main goal of the 168 lifeguards who work there. After completing 25 hours of qualification training, every lifeguard must continue training four hours each month at the park. During their shift, lifeguards must stay focused on the job to ensure the safety of more than 300,000 guests who visit each year.
Lifeguards must be “100 percent in the zone, 100 percent of the time,” said aquatics manager, Kristy Spivey. Her job as the aquatics manager is to supervise all the lifeguards. Part of that includes training them each month so that they can perform their job well. Perhaps one of the hardest tasks to do is watching out for each swimmer. Lifeguards constantly watch out for signs of distress, such as facial expressions, body positions, and dark spots that could be swimmers at the bottom of a pool.
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Greensboro concert delights ‘Beliebers’

Reviewed by Presley Mauney
Times-News correspondent

   GREENSBORO – Justin Bieber rocked the Greensboro Coliseum stage on Wednesday night. Fans from all across North Carolina, which call themselves ‘beliebers,’ stood up and screamed when Bieber rose from the stage, coming out of a rectangular box. He opened with the single “Mark My Words.” Bieber amazed the fans with his incredible singing, and also dancing with his back-up dancers.
Throughout the concert, Bieber sang songs from his most recent album, “Purpose” including “What Do You Mean,” “Where Are U Now,” “Company,” “Love Yourself” and many more. He also performed such tunes as “Boyfriend” and “As Long as You Love Me” from the “Believe” album. But the song that had almost every person in the stadium singing along was “Baby,” his smash hit from 2010. Some audience members could be seen singing, dancing, or even crying.
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City of Brotherly Love is rich in history & culture

Friendship Gate into Chinatown can be found in Philadelphia, Pa. / Chandler Holland, Times-News correspondent

By Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent

   One of the oldest cities in the United States, our first capital and the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia is as diverse as they come. In 1682, the city was founded by William Penn as the capital of the province of Pennsylvania. The province was offered to settle a debt the king owed him, and Penn bought the land from the Lenape Tribe. To this day our colonial heritage is easily visible everywhere you look. There are so many layers of hidden gems in Philly, they can easily be overlooked in such a rich cultural and culinary landscape.
If you are driving into the city from the west, take the scenic Kelly Drive route. This curving road is named for Princess Grace’s brother, and is a stone’s throw from where she grew up. “The Drive” read more…

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