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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

Lessons Learned from 20 Years in Business

July 26, 2021

I have a hard time believing that Pioneer Strategies is celebrating 20 years in business this August. On the one hand, it seems like I just started the firm, but on the other hand, it’s hard for me to remember doing anything else. Anyone who has been in business for more than a few weeks…

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Don’t Confuse Them with the Facts

May 27, 2021

We’ve probably all heard the saying, “don’t confuse them with the facts.” When I Googled the phrase while writing this article, I found another article entitled “My Mind Is Made Up. Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts.” In his timeless classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie said that when you directly tell…

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Paint Your Own Barn

April 23, 2021

Over the course of my career, I’ve seen far too many organizations allow a reactive mindset and slow response time to hamper their public relations efforts. One organization (we’ll call it Company One) was subjected to a barrage of criticism from other organizations that were affected by one of Company One’s decisions and chose to…

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Opinion & Commentary

OPINION: Nonprofits Must Go the Distance

February 8, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — The COVID-19 crisis has brought death, economic destruction, and wrenching social change. As a combination of post-illness immunity and rising vaccinations begins to suppress the pandemic, we’re going to feel a powerful impulse to put as much of this horrendous experience as possible behind us. As well we should. But…

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OPINION: Build on North Carolina’s Strengths

February 3, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — When will North Carolina’s economy return to normal, or at least to a “new normal”? Unfortunately, that destination is many months away, if not years. Still, we’ll know we’re making progress when we can see the most damaging events of 2020 only in our rearview mirrors. For example, entrepreneurs, investors,…

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Opinion: Legislators Should Reclaim Their Power

February 1, 2021

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH — Among the many reasons the political discourse in Washington has gotten so toxic, and at the same time so unproductive, is that the legislative branch of our federal government has allowed itself to become increasingly irrelevant. It isn’t just that the presidency and the courts have usurped policymaking authority that…

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