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Cape Fear Fair and Expo Supports CFCC Scholarships

February 26, 2021

Wilmington, NC – The Cape Fear Fair and Expo recently awarded over $11,000 to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation to be used for student scholarships. For every ticket purchased at the Cape Fear Fair and Expo, the group donates a dollar to its scholarship fund. Over the past several years, CFCC students have received over…

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Bridge Preservation Contract Awarded in Pender, Duplin Counties

February 25, 2021

BURGAW – The life of two southeastern North Carolina bridges will be extended thanks to a recently awarded contract by the N.C. Department of Transportation.  Buckeye Bridge LLC contractors will rehabilitate the Duplin County bridge on N.C. 903 over Interstate 40, constructed in 1987, and the Pender County bridge on U.S. 117 over I-40, built in…

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Wilmington Chamber of Commerce recognizes winners of the Duke Energy Lifetime Achievement in Business Award and Corning STEM Educators of the Year Award at their 154th Annual Meeting

February 25, 2021

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing Robert S. Rippy, owner of Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park as the 2021 recipient of the Duke Energy Lifetime Achievement in Business Award at their 154th Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 25. The Duke Energy Lifetime Achievement in Business Award recognizes a local business leader who best…

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Groups see opportunity to persuade conservatives to back carbon tax

February 25, 2021

by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A former South Carolina congressman says it’s possible to get N.C. conservatives to back a carbon tax and other progressive climate change policies if the left uses an economic argument to do so. “It’s possible to bring America together if we can first speak to our tribes in…

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PPD to Present at Barclays Global Healthcare Conference

February 25, 2021
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WILMINGTON, N.C. – PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPD), a leading global contract research organization, will present virtually at the Barclays Global Healthcare Conference. David Simmons, chairman and CEO, and Chris Scully, CFO, are scheduled to participate in a fireside chat on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 3:35 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time). The presentation can be accessed live on…

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Cardinal Foods Doubles Workforce in Pender County

February 25, 2021

Cardinal Foods, a Burgaw agribusiness company, will create 48 new jobs as it launches a $15.5 million expansion at its Pender County operations, Governor Roy Cooper announced February 17. The project doubles the company’s current 48-person workforce. “The significant expansion of Cardinal Foods is good for farmers and workers in Pender and other eastern North Carolina counties.…

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PPD reports fourth quarter and full year 2020 results

February 25, 2021
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WILMINGTON, N.C.  – PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPD), a leading global contract research organization, reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020. Highlights Fourth quarter net authorizations of $1,297.6 million, representing 28.1% growth and resulting in a net book-to-bill ratio of 1.30x on a historical basis Full year net authorizations of $4,613.7 million, representing…

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Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry Hosts Riccobene Smiles on Us – A Day of Charitable Dentistry in Wilmington, NC

February 25, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C., — Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry is proud to announce “Smiles on Us Dental Day” in Wilmington, NC, where they will provide complimentary dental services to the local community Saturday, February 27th from 8am – 1pm. The event, which is open to the public, will be hosted at their Monkey Junction practice located at 6132 Carolina Beach Rd.…

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FCANC Price Survey Protects Consumers’ Rights to Affordable Funerals

February 25, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C., — Funeral Consumers Alliance North Carolina (FCANC) has released its first funeral price survey, a compilation of costs for basic services, cremations and burials from 728 funeral homes in 263 cities and towns across the state. The nonprofit, all-volunteer consumer advocacy group posted the 2021 price survey on its website www.funeralsnc.org as part of its dedication…

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A New Standard: Nursing Education Unites Behind Real Vaccination ID to Prove COVID-19 Vaccination Status

February 25, 2021

OADN, AACN Partner with CastleBranch to Provide Real Vaccination ID Cards to Member Schools, Faculty & Students WILMINGTON, N.C., — The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), together representing over 80% of nursing education in the United States, have chosen Real Vaccination ID to help students, faculty and staff prove they…

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Governor Cooper Announces Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions as North Carolina Trends Stabilize

February 24, 2021

Key indicators used to guide decisions throughout pandemic show state’s trends are moving in the right direction As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26th at…

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NC Communities Awarded $282 Million for Water and Sewer Improvement Projects

February 23, 2021

Governor Roy Cooper announced today $282 million in loans and grants to help pay for 94 drinking water and wastewater projects statewide.  The project funding was approved at the State Water Infrastructure Authority’s Feb. 10 meeting. The Authority is an independent body with primary responsibility for awarding federal and state funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Other responsibilities include…

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Business Advice & Expertise

7 Device Settings to Change this Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2021

INE Shares Specific Ways to Safeguard Your Privacy & Keep Hackers at Bay CARY, N.C., – Thursday, January 28th is Data Privacy Day, the official global initiative that aims to provoke dialogue and empower people and companies to take action. Millions of people have no idea how much of their personal information is being collected, stored &…

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Is the Written Word Becoming a Lost Art?

January 27, 2021

When I was a college student at N.C. State University in the early 1990s, communication professor after communication professor emphasized that writing was the most important skill for an aspiring public relations professional to develop. I was fortunate that writing had always been one of my strong suits, and I’ve worked to develop that skill…

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The “R” in RPIE

December 17, 2020

During the course of my public relations training, I’ve studied a four-step process dubbed “RPIE.” The four steps are: R = Research P = Planning I = Implementation E = Evaluation. The research phase is intended to ensure that a client or organization builds its campaign based upon valid assumptions and informed insight, not guesses…

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Opinion & Commentary

Opinion: Bah, humbug from your HOA

December 22, 2020

by Daniel Gibson Imagine opening your mailbox one blustery December morning to find a letter from your homeowners’ association. For a passing moment, you think it may be a Christmas card. Your naive hopes are dashed when you open it. No, they are fining you $100 a day for putting up a cross at Christmas…

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Opinion: Curfew is Cooper’s latest move in state’s fight against bars, alcohol

December 17, 2020

by John Trump Gov. Roy Cooper — and scores of politicians like them — have since March imposed noxious closures and lockdowns with the altruistic goal of keeping us safe. In reality, these government-imposed suppressions have done little but wreck our mental and physical health and devastate our economy. About 100 Triangle restaurants, bars, and similar service businesses…

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Opinion: Compensate victims of regulation

December 14, 2020

by John Hood As of November, North Carolina’s state government has some $4 billion in unreserved cash in its General Fund, plus well north of $1 billion in its rainy-day account and other reserves. Other states would dearly love to be in North Carolina’s shoes. They’re looking at large budget deficits with woefully insufficient savings to close…

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