WILMINGTON, N.C. – The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development released the “2011 Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties” study, which was prepared by the U.S Travel Association, on Friday. According to the study, the economic impact from domestic travel in New Hanover County for 2001 is estimated $425.84 million, a 6.2% increase over revised 2010 revenues. New Hanover ranks as number nine among North Carolina’s 100 counties in tourism expenditures.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Chamber Foundation has announced finalists for the Karl Davis Leadership Wilmington Alumnus of the Year Award for 2012. The following persons have been named: Anne Patterson (New Hanover Regional Medical Center),Margaret Robison (Cape Fear Community College), Jimmy Hopkins (Intracoastal Realty Corporation), Dana McKoy(Cape Fear Community College), and Kip Damrow (Interstate Hotels and Resorts).
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Cape Fear Community College Foundation raised over $185,000 for student scholarships during its seventh annual “Changing Lives through the Gift of Education” luncheon on May 19. This brings the CFCC Foundation’s yearly fundraising total to more than $1.2 million.
In his keynote address, Dr. Mike Wilkinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of PPD, outlined the merits of community college education to an audience of more than 600 businesspeople gathered at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Dr. William Hope, a surgeon at University Physicians, a service of South East Area Health Education Center, was recently initiated into the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Allison Dunlap, who co-owns Wilmington-based Cheer Infinity Allstars with her husband, Billy, received a Leadership Award at the recent All Star Challenge competition in Raleigh.
“At Cheer Infinity, all of our coaches and athletes work hard to improve and win with integrity,” says Allison Dunlap. “While I was proud to receive this Leadership Award, it belongs to the entire Cheer Infinity family.”
RALEIGH, N.C. — The United States Attorney’s Office announced that a Federal Grand Jury returned a 74-count Criminal Indictment on February 23, 2011, charging JAMES WALTER GODDARD, 40, of Wilmington, North Carolina, with bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344; wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343; money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1956(a)(1); aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A; and obstruction of justice, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1519. The Indictment was unsealed at his Initial Appearance in federal court yesterday.
Members of the Home Services Team of Coastal North Carolina (HSTNC), a group of southeastern North Carolina businesses that provide home services such as roofing and appliance repair, recently donated $3,000 to Step Up for Soldiers. The funds were raised through the group’s “Helping Heroes for the Holidays” campaign, during which they contributed $5 for each new customer to Step Up for Soldiers, a New Hanover County-based non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled veterans and their families. HSTNC members presented a check to Tom Russell, founder of Step Up for Soldiers, in late January.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – K and M Speed Networking is hosting its monthly speed networking luncheon in Wilmington on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 11:45 a.m. The event will be held at Harold W. Wells & Son, located at 5 North 3rd Street in downtown Wilmington. K and M annual members and first-time guests attend at no cost; lunch is $10 for guests who have previously attended.
WILMINGTON, NC – On Friday, January 7, Karen Parkin of Wilmington’s Best Rentals was officially sworn in as the 2011 President for the Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® (WRAR) at the organization’s annual Installation and Awards Banquet.
With Parkin being originally from England, the banquet featured a British theme complete with authentic British cuisine, bagpipes, some attendees in traditional British attire and even a resounding rendition of “God Save the Queen” as the “new queen” and her fellow officers and directors were sworn into office.
Members of the Home Services Team of Coastal North Carolina (HSTNC), a group of southeastern North Carolina businesses that provide home services such as roofing and appliance repair, are in the midst of a campaign entitled “Helping Heroes for the Holidays.” Between now and Christmas, each of the group’s member will contribute $5 for every new customer to Step Up For Soldiers, a New Hanover County-based non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled veterans and their families. Step Up For Soldiers is an all-volunteer organization that places special emphasis on helping disabled veterans who were involved in Operation Enduring Freedom and subsequent combat operations. For more information about Step Up For Soldiers, visit http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark recently participated in the ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening of Cheer Infinity Allstars’ newly renovated gym in Wilmington.
“These renovations are a critical step forward in our ongoing efforts to provide each of our students with a safe, comfortable place in which they can improve their skills, learn to compete at a high level and win with integrity,” says Allison Dunlap, co-owner of Cheer Infinity Allstars. “We are grateful to Mayor Bill Saffo and Councilman Charlie Rivenbark for their willingness to participate in our ribbon-cutting and help us celebrate this important milestone.”
WILMINGTON, N.C. — As the opening of the Wilmington Convention Center nears, the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau and SMG, the center’s management company, are pleased to announce that more than 35 contracts have been issued to date. In addition, another 65 tentative events (22 of which are conventions) are pending, several of which would take place during 2011 and 2012.
WILMINGTON, N.C. –Republican Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano will debate incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre this Friday, Aug. 20 at the McKeithan Center on the Cape Fear Community College North Campus.
The debate, which begins at 7 p.m., is sponsored by the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., and the forum will air live on WECT-TV6. WECT news anchor Jon Evans will moderate the debate.
Seating for the Congressional Forum is limited. Wilmington Chamber members who make reservations will have reserved seating.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The immigration issue will be front and center on this week’s Byline: Wilmington. The show airs on WILM-TV10 at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, with an encore at 11 a.m.
This week’s topic is “Immigration: The Local Issue.” The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners recently voted 3-2 to support Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070. The show’s guests will be Ken Hatcher an attorney with the New Hanover County public defender’s office, and Jonathan Barfield, a member of the board of commissioners.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Work on Wilmington 2011, an annual community service event in which hundreds of volunteers complete in just four hours projects that make Wilmington a better place to live, has been scheduled for April 16, 2011. On this day, volunteers will gather at various locations throughout New Hanover County and work from 8:00 a.m. to noon on projects of lasting value to the community.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Several local commercial fishermen will begin distributing 2,000 bushels of oyster shells in Middle Sound on Monday, July 19, to build habitat and supplement their income.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will pay the fishermen $2 a bushel to distribute the shells as part of the N.C. Coastal Federation’s $5 million federal economic recovery grant. The grant also included building two large oyster reefs covering 48 acres in Pamlico Sound. That work was completed in May. The project has so far created about 135 jobs.
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, announces that the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCFCCVB) recently received a Destination Marketing Achievement award and an Innovation Award from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC, formerly known as NCACVB). The 2009 awards were presented at a ceremony held on June 7, 2010 during the joint DMANC/NCTIA Annual Meeting at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Kim Hufham and Marketing Manager Paige Somervell accepted the award.
Local taxes and fees in Wilmington topped $2,125 per person in the 2008 budget year, according to a new John Locke Foundation report. That total placed Wilmington at No. 5 in a ranking of the state’s larger cities.
Charlotte topped the rankings again in 2008, followed by Mooresville, Asheville, and Chapel Hill. The list compared 32 municipalities with at least 25,000 residents. Jacksonville, Indian Trail, Thomasville, Fayetteville, and Goldsboro ranked lowest among the larger cities. Jacksonville, at $1,092 per person, ranked No. 32.
KURE BEACH, NC — The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hosting its annual “Alligator Egg Hunt” for kids ages 3-10, who will meet a live baby alligator and create an alligator egg basket. Then the hunt is on to collect candy filled “gator eggs” hidden in our garden.
According to a press release from the Aquarium space is filling up quickly, but room is still available at the following programs:
- Friday, April 2 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Talk, Inc. received a Gold ADDY award for its recently redesigned website (http://www.talkinc.com), and a Silver ADDY award for its 2009 holiday card from the American Advertising Federation of the Coastal Carolinas. The ADDY Awards, which recognize creative excellence in all forms of advertising, were presented on Feb. 6 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. As a Gold ADDY winner, Talk’s website will automatically be placed into the next round of competition at the district level, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Wilmington, NC – Time Warner Cable digital customers can watch even more local high school sports on Demand. Time Warner Cable is now the Official Corporate Sponsor of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) and the Official Television Sponsor of the NCISAA. With this new partnership, Time Warner Cable has exclusive broadcast rights to NCISAA Championship Events on Carolina On Demand, channel 1234.
Local Cape Fear Region schools which belong to NCISAA include; Cape Fear Academy – Wilmington, Harrells Christian Academy – Harrells, Waccamaw Academy – Whiteville.
Carolina Beach Author & Trainer Releases 10th Book
News content: Author, Speaker, and Trainer, John Fuhrman has announced the release of his latest book. “YES!” is his 10th published book and has gotten rave reviews from industry leaders in finance, real estate, and the auto industry. Since it’s recent release, over 30,000 copies have already been sold, with many being bought by companies for their own people.
Wilmington, NC – Outstanding fishing, hunting, boating, and camping opportunities in Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast provide an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. On March 20-21, the 2nd Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo comes to Wilmington, North Carolina. During the 2-day expo, more than 100 exhibitors will showcase products and services for outdoor enthusiasts. Billed as a family event, the expo will feature wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings by regional outdoor writers; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; conservation exhibits; outdoor sports guides and outfitters.
NEW YORK – Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) today provided its 2010 full-year business outlook. The Company expects its 2010 full-year growth rate in Adjusted Diluted Income per Common Share from Continuing Operations (“Adjusted EPS”) to be in the mid-teens, off a 2009 Adjusted EPS base of $1.83.
Wilmington, NC – Whole Foods Market will celebrate, one of Italy’s most famous culinary jewels, Parmigiano Reggiano, throughout the month of February with in-store events and an online customer recipe contest.
“Whole Foods Market salutes Parmigiano Reggiano each year because it is truly one of the incomparable cheeses of the world,” says Cathy Strange, global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market. “We take extraordinary measures to work with a small group of artisan producers in Italy to hand-select the very best Parmigiano Reggiano. Our chosen wheels are carefully aged for two years to bring out the best of Parmigiano Reggiano’s nutty and sweet flavors and creamy and crystalline textures.”
The following is a letter sent to CFBN by The Coalition for Economic Advancement. This group was begun to support Titan Cement’s plans to build a cement manufacturing plant in New Hanover County. Bob Warwick, Coalition President, is a lifelong resident of New Hanover County, former member of the Wilmington committee of 100 and a partner of RSM McGladrey, an accounting, tax and business consulting firm.
January 28, 2010
Governor Bev Perdue
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Wilmington, NC – Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast is among the most historically significant African-American regions in the United States. African-American ancestry is traced back to the 1700’s, and although much important history left no visible landmark, several historical sites still exist, such as the Cape Fear Museum, Bellamy Mansion, and Thalian Hall, as well as churches, cemeteries, homes and historical markers. A new interpretive marker for the Orange Street Landing at Cape Fear site (part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, a National Park Service program) was unveiled in mid-January at the corner of Orange and Water streets. During the month of February, festivals and special events will celebrate Black History Month. Other events that commemorate African-American heritage take place throughout the year.
By Mary Martin, SRS
President, Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS®
With the New Year off to a promising start, our local residential market offers some exciting news and trends for both buyers and sellers in the Wilmington area for 2010. During the 4th quarter, our local market showed improvements in numbers of homes sold and seller’s asking price over 4th quarter 2008. These are strong indicators that the housing market is stabilizing and progressing towards a recovery.
Wilmington, NC – AmeriGas Propane, Inc., general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APU), reported net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2009 of $84.0 million compared to $124.0 million for the same period last year. The Partnership’s earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $123.0 million for the first quarter of 2009 compared to $164.1 million for the same period last year. Results for the prior-year period include the impact of a $39.9 million pre-tax gain on the sale of the Partnership’s California propane storage terminal.
Fourth Quarter Highlights:
•Net Income was $358 million compared with a loss of $74 million in the fourth quarter 2008
•Oil and gas production was 415,000 barrels per day, up from 379,000 in the fourth quarter 2008
•Capital and exploratory expenditures were $992 million, down from $1,250 million in the fourth quarter 2008
•Year end total proved reserves were 1,437 million barrels; reserve replacement for 2009 was 103 percent