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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

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: Unemployment News Isn’t So Rosy

May 27, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — The latest estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show about 251,000 North Carolinians unemployed as of April, down about 58,000 since the beginning of 2021. Alas, the news about our labor market isn’t as good as you might think. Of those 58,000 fewer unemployed North Carolinians, some 31,000 actually…

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OPINION: Still Room to Improve on Regs

May 19, 2021

by John Hood RALEIGH — When it comes to our business climate and economic prospects, North Carolinians are used to receiving accolades. Let’s add another to the list. The Cato Institute just released a study of regulatory barriers facing entrepreneurs. North Carolina fared well in the analysis, ranking 12th-best in the nation. No, we weren’t…

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OPINION: Enforce Rules to Ease Labor Shortage

May 13, 2021

by John Hood   RALEIGH — President Joe Biden wants you to believe that there is no relationship between the extra $300 a week many are receiving in enhanced unemployment-insurance benefits and the shortage of workers now manifest in stores, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses here in North Carolina and across the country. But doesn’t…

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