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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 important to nonprofit owners.  “Strong leadership is one of the foundations of any successful association, and Charley continues to prove herself as a strong leader within BCAR,” said Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO. “Charley is my right-hand man, and the effort and dedication she put into…

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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 Black experience; and to increase awareness of Wilmington’s history of racial violence,” said Fidias Reyes, director of arts engagement in the UNCW Office of the Arts. The commemorative artwork, called “Because It’s Time,” has been developed with student and community input, with installation planned for…

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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 one of 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding. “As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for…

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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 and the Office of State Budget and Management. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021 North Carolina has collected $7.3 billion more than the state has budgeted to spend, with revenue collections totaling $29.5 billion. Some of the over-collection is the result of delayed…

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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 of 2020. First Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with total assets of approximately $7.7 billion. Its principal activity is the ownership and operation of First Bank, a state-chartered community bank that operates 101 branches in North Carolina and South Carolina.  First Bank…

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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 projects from North Carolina up the Atlantic Coast. “Offshore wind power will help North Carolina create jobs and generate economic development while helping us transition to a clean energy economy,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolina’s national leadership in clean energy and manufacturing plus our highly trained…

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

June 16, 2021

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 that summarizes its efforts to-date of managing COVID-19 testing and treatment, as well as vaccine distribution. Half-a-million doses is an incredible achievement and represents the countless hours of planning, implementation and dedication that went into our pandemic response, said Carl S. Armato, president and CEO…

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Truist announces second-quarter 2021 earnings call details

June 16, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC) will report second-quarter 2021 financial results before the market opens on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King, President and Chief Operating Officer William H. Rogers, Jr., and Chief Financial Officer Daryl N. Bible will host a conference call to review the company’s financial results at 8 a.m. ET. Investors can access a live audio webcast of the earnings call and view the news release and presentation materials at ir.truist.com under “Events & Presentations.” The conference call can also be accessed by dialing 866-519-2796 and using passcode 391805. A replay of the call will be available by…

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CFCC Information Technology Students Build Online Management System for CFCC Food Pantry

June 14, 2021

Wilmington, NC — CFCC’s Information Technology students spent the past year building a robust online management system to support the efforts of the CFCC Food Pantry, Ray’s Tray. In search of a simplified system that would streamline food-pantry order processing and inventory management, the CFCC Food Pantry team approached CFCC’s Information Technology Program Director, Sohail Sukhera. Sukhera turned this request into a project for his Database Programming I (DBA 120) and Database Administration (DBA 210) classes. “It was a great collaborative effort between my two classes,” said Sukhera. At the end of this semester, Sukhera’s class presented the prototype to the…

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OPINION: Users Should Pay for Highways

June 14, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — As a fiscal conservative who thinks government is generally too large and taxes too high, I am grateful for the gas tax. You should be, too. When Oregon instituted the first state tax on motor fuels in 1919, and North Carolina followed suit two years later, their leaders were solving a longstanding problem. Toll roads had been around for decades but struggled to cover their costs, in part because of rampant toll evasion. With automobile ownership surging — North Carolina registered some 127,000 vehicles in 1920 — state lawmakers could see the practical impossibility of…

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