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SECU Announces Retirement of CEO

February 18, 2021

Board initiates national search for new leader as part of ongoing succession planning RALEIGH, N.C.  – State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) announced today President and CEO Michael J. Lord is retiring effective Aug. 31, 2021 and will remain in his current role through the transition period to his successor. The credit union’s board of directors has initiated a nationwide search with the help of Russell Reynolds Associates – a search firm with experience in the credit union industry – as part of the board’s long-term CEO succession plan. Lord joined SECU in 1975, holding many leadership roles and helping the organization navigate numerous changes…

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Cardinal Foods to Invest $26 Million in Burgaw, Becoming One of the Largest Sweet Potato Fry Production Facilities in the World

February 18, 2021

Wilmington, N.C., Cardinal Foods LLC, a Burgaw-based food processor, announced today significant plans to expand its facility and services in Pender County. The company currently provides growers across the eastern US with solutions for fruit and vegetable processing, marketing and distribution. Company plans call for expanded capacity to better serve blueberry, sweet potato and butternut squash growers from Florida to New Jersey, providing the largest benefit to North Carolina growers. An additional 56,000-sq.-ft. of food grade processing will be added to Cardinal Foods’ existing facility at 201 Progress Drive in Burgaw. The company plans to invest more than $26 million and…

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Duke Energy projects nearly 1 million power outages in Carolinas due to approaching winter storm; company ready to respond

February 18, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today projected that the hazardous wintry precipitation and high-winds from the approaching winter storm could cause nearly 1 million power outages – some lasting several days – beginning Thursday in North Carolina and South Carolina, based on the storm’s current forecasted track. Duke Energy has thousands of employees supporting the company’s response, including 5,400 line technicians and vegetation workers. More than 1,300 of those workers are from the company’s Midwest and Florida service areas and from other companies providing assistance. Ice buildup causing trees and branches to fall on power lines is usually the culprit…

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PPD Honored for Employee Development Programs that Deliver Results for Customers

February 18, 2021

Training magazine recognizes PPD for innovative training practices for 10th consecutive year WILMINGTON, N.C.  PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPD) has been recognized for the 10th consecutive year as one of the leading U.S. businesses for employee learning and development. PPD was named to Training magazine’s Top 100 list, which honors companies that demonstrate measurable results from effective employee learning and development tied to strategic goals. “Earning this recognition for the 10th year in a row underscores PPD’s commitment to achieving effective training and employee development outcomes that provide tangible benefit to our customers and their drug-development initiatives,” said Jay Dixon, senior vice president of quality and enterprise learning at PPD.…

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UNCW’s Cameron School of Business Offering Free Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

February 18, 2021

UNCW’s Cameron School of Business is offering free tax assistance as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. Starting February 10, 2021, taxpayers can receive a link to file their own return with Free Federal and State Tax Return software, and if needed, sign up for an appointment for virtual assistance from IRS Certified Volunteers. Click on the link below to learn more. Free Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

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Brunswick Electric Restoration Efforts Continue in Tornado Stricken Areas

February 17, 2021

Supply, N.C. – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) continues its restoration efforts in the areas hit hardest by last night’s severe weather. As of 11 am on February 16 the cooperative is reporting around 3,000 outages, down from a peak of 35,000 less than twelve hours ago. BEMC is working with county and city officials to expedite the final restoration efforts. The storm’s strength caused extensive damage to the cooperative’s transmission system, including downed poles and trees, with the most significant impact felt in the communities around Ocean Ridge in Ocean Isle Beach. “We’ve put the full strength of our resources…

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Physician assistant joins Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care

February 16, 2021

BOLIVIA, N.C., – Novant Health is pleased to welcome Katy Johnson, certified physician assistant, to Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care in Shallotte. She joined the clinic in January. Johnson received her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Medical Science in physician assistant studies from Emory University in Atlanta. She previously worked as a physician assistant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and is nationally certified with National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine & Convenient Care…

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Little improvement in N.C. job market expected until 2022

February 16, 2021

by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina’s heavy-fisted response to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a delayed economic recovery, reports from state and national economists show. Things won’t speed up for a while. The latest projections call for relatively high unemployment through next year. School closures and business restrictions led to an “unprecedented drop in economic activity,” says the N.C. Department of Commerce. Now, jobs are still more than 5% below where they were before COVID, totaling 241,500 “missing jobs,” as Wells Fargo economists put it. The majority of these are in places like restaurants, bars, hotels,…

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REPLAY: BRUNSWICK COUNTY PRESS BRIEFING ON TORNADO EVENT IN OCEAN ISLE BEACH (FEB. 16, 2021)

February 16, 2021

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. – A recording of Tuesday afternoon’s press briefing about Brunswick County’s response to a tornadic event impacting the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood in Ocean Isle Beach is now available on the Brunswick County YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/HewR5pTKQkM

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Tornadoes Bring Destruction to Brunswick Electric’s Service Area

February 16, 2021

Supply, N.C. – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation(BEMC) is currently reporting over 7,000 power outages caused by severe weather that raged through their service area before midnight. The storm’s strength caused extensive damage to their transmission system by toppling poles and trees, impacting around 35,000 members at its peak. Crews are out in force, working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to cooperative members. With backfeeding technology, power was restored to around 10,000 members before 2 a.m. BEMC estimates that some of these outages will extend into the afternoon hours of Tuesday, February 16, 2021. “Our priority is to…

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