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UNCW hosting drop-in vaccine clinics Nov. 4-5

November 3, 2021

UNCW’s Abrons Student Health Center will host two “drop-in” vaccine clinics this week for students, staff, faculty and community members interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccines or boosters. All three vaccines and boosters will be available. Individuals interested in receiving a vaccine or booster can obtain one on the following dates: Thursday, Nov. 4 from…

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Blue Cross NC extends telehealth policy through March 2022

November 3, 2021

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) recently announced its expanded telehealth policy will remain in place through March 31, 2022. The telehealth policy covers doctor visits by video or phone the same as face-to-face visits. In 2020, Blue Cross NC saw members’ telehealth usage increase by more than 7,500%. “The…

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UNCW College of Health and Human Services Receives $100,000 Grant to Help Fund Human Cadaver Lab

November 2, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The UNCW College of Health and Human Services has received a $100,000 grant from the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation South East Area Health Education Center Legacy Fund to help support the construction of an on-campus human cadaver laboratory. The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation SEAHEC Education Legacy Fund grant,…

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Farmland preservation grants available through NCDA&CS

November 1, 2021

New funding program available County governments and nonprofit groups may now apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund for farmland preservation projects. Applicants have until Friday, Dec.17, to apply. Grants are available to secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production; to support public and private…

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Christmas by the Sea Parade celebrates coastal living, set for Dec. 4

November 1, 2021

OAK ISLAND, N.C. — The Christmas by the Sea Parade will be on Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oak Island Town Hall on 4601 E. Oak Island Drive and continues to the intersection of Oak Island Drive and McGlamery Street. The Christmas by the Sea Parade on Oak Island showcases coastal living…

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Longtime Dosher Physician, Douglas Hiltz, MD, announces retirement

November 1, 2021

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Douglas Hiltz, MD, an internal medicine physician who has practiced in Southport since 1989, announced his retirement this week. Dr. Hiltz will continue to treat patients through January 14, 2022. Hiltz graduated from Albany Medical College and completed his internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After his residency at the University…

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Dosher names Dr. G. Thomas Holland Chief Medical Officer

November 1, 2021

Dr. Holland to transition into role upon Dr. Brad Hilaman’s retirement SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Dosher Memorial Hospital recently announced that Board-certified family medicine physician G. Thomas Holland, MD, has been appointed as the organization’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Holland will transition into this role, where he will work closely with Dosher Medical Staff leaders and…

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Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau receives NCTIA Tourism Marketing Achievement Award

November 1, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, is pleased to announce that the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently received a Tourism Marketing Achievement Gold Award in the Leisure Marketing category for the organization’s “Fall is the New Summer” campaign. The 2020-2021 Tourism Marketing Achievement…

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N.C. tobacco growers to vote on research assessment Nov. 18

November 1, 2021

North Carolina tobacco growers will vote November 18 on whether to continue a self-assessment of 10 cents per 100 pounds of flue-cured and burley tobacco sold to support tobacco research and education. The check-off program started in 1991 and allocates about $200,000 annually to tobacco-related research and extension projects at N.C. State University. State law…

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State Attorney General Stein Awards UNCW Researchers More Than $92,000 Environmental Enhancement Grant

October 29, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. — UNCW faculty members Michael Mallin and Lawrence Cahoon have been awarded an Environmental Enhancement grant, totaling $92,192 from the North Carolina Department of Justice to study the water safety of wet detention ponds. State Attorney General Josh Stein announced the grant during a visit to UNCW’s Center for Marine Science on Oct. 28. Stein…

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CAMS’ President Dave Orr Assumes Role of CEO

October 29, 2021

Wilmington, N.C. — Community Association Management Services (CAMS), an industry leader in community association management throughout the Carolinas, is recently announced that President Dave Orr has taken over as CEO, a position previously held by current Co-owner Dave Sweyer. Orr joined the CAMS team in 2019 as Executive Vice President of Community Management and was promoted…

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NC Holiday Flotilla and Enchanted Airlie Launch the Carolina Holidays

October 29, 2021

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C., — Thanksgiving week, known as Flotilla week in Wrightsville Beach, launches the Carolina holiday season with two long-running traditions: The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla and Airlie Gardens’ Enchanted Airlie. Introduced in 2020, the Wrightsville Beach Door to Dock Decorating Contest will return. Celebrating a 38-year tradition, the Holiday Flotilla attracts an estimated 50,000 visitors…

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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: Public Conflicted on Housing Markets

November 2, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — As they witness rapidly escalating costs for building, buying, and maintaining homes, the vast majority of North Carolinians clearly want their leaders to do something about affordable housing. What that something ought to be, however, remains far from clear. In a recent Elon University survey, for example, 66% of respondents…

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OPINION: Medicaid Expansion Remains Unwise

October 25, 2021

By John Hood RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are reportedly considering some form of Medicaid expansion as part of a final budget deal with Gov. Roy Cooper that would also bring tax cuts and other free-market policy gains on key issues. The prospect of such a deal disappoints me. But it doesn’t shock me.…

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OPINION: School Closures Were a Mistake

October 13, 2021

By John Hood RALEIGH, N.C. — Closing down school buildings for many months last year — and offering poorly planned and executed virtual schooling as an inadequate substitute — proved to be a disaster for North Carolina children, families, and the education system itself. We can say this now with great confidence. When the COVID-19…

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