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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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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…

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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.…

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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…

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Chief justice highlights right of petition in N.C. Supreme Court ruling

June 14, 2021

By Mitch Kokai Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit against owners of an Orange County quarry. Chief Justice Paul Newby’s opinion in the case focuses attention on the fundamental importance of the right to petition government. The quarry owners had been sued because of comments their representatives made…

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Cooper again extends North Carolina’s mask mandate

June 14, 2021

By John Trump Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper issued his first executive order of the pandemic in March 2020, at the time implementing a interminable state of emergency, a move that’s typically reserved for hurricanes and other natural disasters. On Friday, June 11, Cooper issued yet another order in the long series.…

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Business Advice & Expertise

A Refresher in Media Relations

November 17, 2020

Technology is transforming the world of public relations and strategic communication, and many now view the press release as a relic of ages past. At the start of my public relations career over two decades ago, much of my work revolved around traditional media relations. These days, more and more of our work is digital…

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When Tensions are High, Think Before You Speak, Post, or Send

July 15, 2020

The events of 2020 have dramatically altered the communication landscape in which leaders must operate. This year has been so filled with crises that memes speculating on what could be next are a prevalent feature in my social media feeds. As leaders, we must understand that emotions run high during a crisis, with fear and…

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Leadership, Communication and Setting the Tone During a Crisis

May 13, 2020

by Frank L. Williams During a crisis, people expect leaders to lead. Whether you are a business owner, association director, elected official or Rotary president, those under your leadership will look to you for direction and hope during a crisis. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, people are craving security and stability during a crisis that…

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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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