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UNCW announces additional “drop-in” vaccine clinic dates

October 20, 2021

UNCW’s Student Health Center will host a series of “drop-in” vaccine clinics over the next two weeks. Students, faculty, staff and community members interested in receiving a vaccine are encouraged to attend. The university COVID-19 Campus Vaccination Clinic will be held on the dates below. No appointment is necessary, and all are welcome. There is…

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PPD announces third quarter 2021 earnings conference call

October 18, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPD), a leading global contract research organization, will host a conference call on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 8 a.m. (U.S. Eastern Time) to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results. Investors and other interested parties may listen to a live webcast of the conference call by logging on to the…

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Brunswick County surpasses $2 billion in year-to-date residential sales; market ahead of record 2020 pace

October 18, 2021

“Nothing short of amazing” SHALLOTTE, N.C. — Brunswick County’s residential real estate market saw record sales last year, topping $2 billion for the first time. This year’s market is well ahead of last year’s record pace, and total sales in 2021 have already crossed the $2 billion threshold with three months to go. Year-to-date residential…

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Wilmington Chamber of Commerce to host groundbreaking ceremony for The Metropolitan at the Riverwalk

October 18, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new mixed-use development project downtown known as The Metropolitan at the Riverwalk on Tuesday, October 19, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. The construction site is located near the intersection of Harnett and Nutt Streets at the entryway of Riverfront Park. …

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North Carolina businesses encouraged to provide insight into state business conditions

October 18, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Commerce invites employers across the state to participate in an innovative new survey to measure current business conditions in North Carolina. The new ‘Business Pulse Survey,’ conducted by the Commerce Department in partnership with the NCWorks Commission and myFutureNC, will offer timely insights into the state of the economy and…

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Fall medication disposal event will be drive-thru, contactless

October 18, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — To encourage the proper disposal of unwanted medications, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, now part of Novant Health, is holding a fall medication disposal event Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All medications are accepted, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins or herbal supplements. Syringes and other sharps will be accepted, along with…

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Wilmington Chamber of Commerce to host ribbon-cutting for Classic Kitchen and Bath, Inc.

October 18, 2021

WILMINGTON, NC. — The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Classic Kitchen and Bath located at 5529-A Business Drive Wilmington, North Carolina 28405 on Wednesday, October 20, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Classic Kitchen & Bath was born from first-hand knowledge of the challenges homeowners face as they…

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Cucalorus Film Festival rumbles into 27th year with Racer Trash, Porcupine, Giving Birth to A Butterfly and more

October 18, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The official schedule for the 27th annual Cucalorus Film Festival has been released and tickets are now on sale for all events. The festival will showcase 126 films ranging from insane comedies to intense dramas and daring documentaries to just plain weird cinema. Screenings will take place at Thalian Hall and also…

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Dosher welcomes new Foundation Board of Director

October 18, 2021

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation welcomes new Board of Director Edgar Haywood III. Haywood served as CEO and Administrator at Dosher Hospital from 1992-2012 until his retirement. The Dosher Foundation volunteer Board of Directors is made up of a broad spectrum of community members and is charged with the responsibility of managing donations and…

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SECU Foundation Provides Grant to Help Charlotte Non-Profit End Homelessness

October 14, 2021

Raleigh, N.C. – SECU Foundation recently announced a $2 million grant to Roof Above, a Charlotte non-profit working to end chronic homelessness through innovative housing solutions.  The Foundation joins numerous state government and community donors in funding the project to create a new 88-unit permanent affordable housing facility and supportive services center. Roof Above was born…

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Top Paddlers Signing Up for Carolina Cup – The Only Official APP Event in 2021

October 14, 2021

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. — “The Carolina Cup is the only official Association of Paddlesurf Professionals event in 2021,” said Tristan Boxford, CEO of the APP. “This event will feature both distance and sprints with APP prize money. However, due to extraordinary circumstances, we are not moving forward with a World Tour this year.” The APP is recognized…

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UNC System Announces Committee for UNCW Chancellor Search

October 14, 2021

University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans and University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees Chair Gidget Kidd today announced the formation of an 18-member chancellor search committee. “UNC Wilmington’s all-around excellence will attract a strong pool of potential chancellors,” Hans said. “This search committee is passionate about public higher education, and I…

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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: 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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OPINION: Court opinions highlight importance of separation of powers, economic liberty

October 13, 2021

By Mitch Kokai, Carolina Journal North Carolina’s Supreme Court has been attracting negative attention in recent weeks. Its Democratic justices stand accused of plotting to boot two Republican colleagues from an important case dealing with voter ID. Amid the controversy, which has generated national headlines, it’s nice to see two positive court-related developments this month. Both involve North…

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OPINION: Court opinions highlight importance of separation of powers, economic liberty

October 12, 2021

By Mitch Kokai, Carolina Journal North Carolina’s Supreme Court has been attracting negative attention in recent weeks. Its Democratic justices stand accused of plotting to boot two Republican colleagues from an important case dealing with voter ID. Amid the controversy, which has generated national headlines, it’s nice to see two positive court-related developments this month. Both involve North…

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