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Unemployment rate down 12.5% for Brunswick and 11.8% for New Hanover over the year

June 10, 2021

Year over Year unemployment numbers in the Cape Fear region saw decreases according to the April report from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased 12.5%, while New Hanover County’s rate decreased by 11.8%. In addition, Bladen County decreased by 5.1, Columbus County decreased by 6.4 and Pender County decreased by…

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Brunswick County welcomes newest deputy county manager Haynes Brigman

June 8, 2021

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County welcomes Haynes Brigman as the organization’s newest deputy county manager this month, bringing more than 12 years of experience in local government leadership to the team. Brigman joins Brunswick County after serving as town manager for the Town of Harrisburg since 2016. He also previously served as town manager for the towns…

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North Carolina legislative chambers agree to spending amount

June 8, 2021

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — With the end of the state’s fiscal year just three weeks away, the N.C. House and Senate have reached a deal for the next budget. After weeks of closed negotiations, N.C. Senate and House leaders have agreed to a top-line spending number of $25.7 billion in the first…

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Dr. Michael Cobb Named CFCC’s Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Compliance

June 8, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC — Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Cobb as Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Compliance. As Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Compliance, Dr. Cobb will implement the College’s strategic plan to achieve the College’s goals and objectives. He will direct the College’s planning and research activities; direct annual…

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UNCW Learn to Swim Program Offering Free Lessons to D.C. Virgo Students

June 8, 2021

Twenty-four students from D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy will get two weeks of free swimming lessons as part of a pilot program that aspires to build swimming into the public school curriculum. The UNCW Learn to Swim program is being offered thanks to a partnership involving UNCW Athletics, the Chancellor’s Office, the Office of Community Engagement…

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Ground Breaking Ceremony at Mansfield Sales and Service

June 7, 2021

On June 2, the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ground Breaking Ceremony at the future site of Mansfield Sales & Service. Mansfield Sales & Service, Inc. has been in business for over 37 years and as the area has grown, so has their business. Matt Mansfield, Owner and General Manager is excited about…

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CFCC to Hold Lineworker Graduation Ceremony Tuesday, June 8

June 7, 2021

WHAT: Cape Fear Community College Electrical Lineworker Graduation WHEN: Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 10:00 AM EST WHERECape Fear Community College North CampusBB&T Auditorium – NA 1124500 Blue Clay RoadCastle Hayne, NC 28429 DETAILSCFCC’s Electrical Lineworker program attracts students from North Carolina and beyond. Since its onset in 2018, the program has graduated 341 students. On June…

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House votes to cut off expanded $300-a-week unemployment benefits

June 7, 2021

by David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The state House has voted to make North Carolina the 26th state to withdraw from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which provides an extra $300-a-week in jobless benefits to the unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 116 passed in a largely party-line 71-36 vote on…

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Wilmington and Beaches CVB Relocates Administrative Offices and Visitor Information Center to Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Building

June 7, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. — Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority [TDA], and Natalie English, President & CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau [CVB] administrative offices and year-round visitor information center have relocated to the Wilmington Chamber of…

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Duke Energy announces $1 million in grant opportunities for North Carolina nonprofits dedicated to social justice, racial equity

June 3, 2021

Nonprofits serving communities of color will receive $25,000 grants for general operating funds. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today announced its second annual $1 million grant opportunity through the Duke Energy Foundation for North Carolina nonprofit organizations working for social justice and racial equity.  Applications will be reviewed through a competitive grant cycle, and $25,000…

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UNCW Part of National COVID-19 Vaccination Challenge

June 3, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. – UNCW has joined colleges and universities nationwide that are participating in the White House’s College Vaccine Campus Challenge, an effort to help the United States reach at least a 70 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate. Participating colleges and universities commit to three key actions: engaging every student, faculty and staff member; organizing their college communities;…

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LAW ENFORCEMENT STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM NEW DETENTION DRIVING TACTICS COURSE AT CFCC

June 3, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC — Cape Fear Community College celebrated the graduation of eight area detention and law enforcement students from its new Detention Driving Tactics course on Friday, May 28, 2021. This 40-hour Detention Driving Tactics course is designed for detention officers and deputies to drive through various courses to enhance their skill set using cars and…

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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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