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Duke Energy begins construction on largest solar plant in Surry County, N.C.

June 22, 2021

Stony Knoll project continues company’s solar expansion in N.C.  Joins more than 40 other Duke Energy solar plants in the state CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy continues to expand solar power in North Carolina with construction starting on its 22.6-megawatt (MW) Stony Knoll Solar power plant. Once completed, it will be the largest solar plant…

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ZZ Top Returns to the Wilson Center Stage in November 2021

June 22, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilson Center is thrilled to announce that Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ TOP will be returning to the Wilson Center stage this fall. The iconic trio will bring their distinctive rock and blues sound to the Wilson Center on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” lay undisputed…

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North American Partners in Anesthesia launches partnership with Wilmington Eye Surgery Center, Wilmington, NC

June 21, 2021

MELVILLE, N.Y. — North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) and Wilmington Eye Surgery Center have agreed on a partnership to serve ambulatory surgery center patients at Wilmington Eye’s new location in Wilmington, NC. Beginning in August, NAPA anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), and certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) will provide anesthesia and perioperative care at Wilmington Eye Surgery…

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State Senate to propose 10-year, $12 billion alternative to bond package

June 21, 2021

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — State Senate leaders will propose spending $3 billion over the next two years on capital and infrastructure projects. That money is part of a larger 10-year, $12 billion “cash” plan tied to the Senate’s budget. Senators teased the capital plan as they announced a 2 p.m. Monday news…

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Alcohol-related bills moving through General Assembly

June 21, 2021

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Several bills to help N.C. distillers and to loosen alcohol regulation in the state are moving through the General Assembly. Some have progressed to the floor, of both or one of the bodies, while others are mired in committee. One measure, House Bill 693, on Wednesday, June 16,…

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Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® Director of Operations Charley Axsom Earns Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) Designation

June 17, 2021

SHALLOTTE, N.C. – Charley Axsom, Director of Operations for the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS®, recently earned the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) designation from NonprofitCPAs, a nationwide network of CPAs who are committed to growing their practice, providing impactful advisory services to clients, and improving the depth and expertise in the matters that are most…

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UNCW to Install Public Artwork Representing Black Lives in Wilmington

June 17, 2021

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is working on public artwork to highlight the core belief that Black lives matter. Award-winning sculptor, artist and illustrator Dare Coulter has been commissioned to create the piece.  “The goal of the project is to use art as a tool for social change; to emphasize awareness about race, identity and the…

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CFCC’s Wilson Center Awarded $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

June 17, 2021

Wilmington, NC— The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce that it has been awarded national support by the National Endowment for the Arts for $10,000. This project will support a production and community dance residency of the Invertigo Dance Theatre during the 2022-2023 season. The Wilson Center project is among…

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State tax collections spike, opening door for tax-relief measure

June 16, 2021

by Dallas Woodhouse, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina has collected more than $6 billion in state taxes than was originally forecast in May 2020 by state economists. That’s the finding of a report presented to members of the Joint Full Chairs Appropriations Finance Committee by the nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division at the General Assembly…

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First Bancorp Announces Cash Dividend

June 16, 2021

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., The Board of Directors of First Bancorp (NASDAQ – FBNC), the parent company of First Bank, has declared a cash dividend on its common stock of $0.20 per share payable on July 25, 2021 to shareholders of record as of June 30, 2021.  The $0.20 dividend rate represents an 11.1% increase over the dividend rate of $0.18 paid in the comparable period…

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Gov. Cooper Commits to Offshore Wind Power as N.C. Creates Jobs by Transitioning to a Clean Energy Economy

June 16, 2021

Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 218 on June 9, highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to offshore wind power as the state transitions to a clean energy economy. The Executive Order directs actions to help North Carolina secure the jobs and economic development expected from this industry’s estimated $140 billion investment over the next 15 years to develop…

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Novant Health hits COVID-19 vaccine milestone of 500,000 administered doses

June 16, 2021
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 15, 2021 Nearly 16 months after the first COVID-19 cases hit North Carolina and six months into vaccine distribution, Novant Health announced today that it has administered over 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which represents more than 253,000 fully vaccinated individuals. To mark this milestone, Novant Health has provided additional data…

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Business Advice & Expertise

Tough Love for the Entrepreneurs Can Hack the Complacent Startup Ecosystem

March 12, 2021

The startup ecosystem is a living and growing organism that most cities are trying to add to their modern economic development strategy for job creation. The startup ecosystem is typically a very positive kumbaya environment. There are lots of smiles around town while people with rose colored glasses are selling more commercial and residential real…

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How Changes in Purchasing Decisions Could Affect Your Business

March 11, 2021

Yesterday I was a last-minute speaker for a business group, filling in for a planned speaker who was under the weather. I had to put on my thinking cap and come up with an interesting topic with little time to spare. Given that we are now at the one-year anniversary of COVID-19’s initial impacts on…

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Owned Media: Don’t Put All of Your Eggs in a Basket Controlled by Someone Else

March 5, 2021

When I first entered the public relations profession shortly after college, we typically heard about two types of media: earned media and paid media. Thanks to technology-driven changes, social media and owned media have become increasingly prevalent communication tools in recent years. Paid media refers to tools such as traditional advertising and direct mail. While…

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Opinion & Commentary

OPINION: Government Shouldn’t Set Prices

June 16, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — I once found a $20 bill on a sidewalk in Washington, D.C. I picked it up, thus ruining the punchline of an old joke. Two economists are walking along when one points to a $20 bill. The other shakes his head. “That’s not really there, because if it were someone…

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OPINION: Cutting Corporate Tax Helps Consumers

June 10, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — With negotiators for the North Carolina House and Senate confirming that they’ve agreed on the broad outlines of a state budget for next year, the prospect of ending the state’s 2.5% corporate income tax is one step closer to becoming reality. A phase-out is already in the Senate’s budget plan,…

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OPINION: Will Hybrids Drive the Economy?

June 3, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — Plenty of politicians, planners, and business folks think they know what North Carolina’s post-pandemic economy will look like. But few seem entirely sure. They are noticeably hedging their predictions, which I consider to be a wise precaution. They ought to be hedging their bets, as well. There are unanswered questions…

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