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Archive for February, 2009

Southeastern Mental Health Center looking for public input

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Last week, New Hanover County Commissioners decided to return 2 million dollars to the Southeastern Center for Mental Health.

It was money that had originally been earmarked for building a new facility. That facility is on hold, and Southeastern Center wants your input on how to best utilize the funds instead.

The second of three public meetings takes place tonight. Administrators want the public’s thoughts on Southeastern’s gaps in service – what’s missing, and who needs help the most.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 at the Pender County Library in Burgaw. Another meeting will happen Wednesday at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

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Last week, New Hanover County Commissioners decided to return 2 million dollars to the Southeastern Center for Mental Health.

It was money that had originally been earmarked for building a new facility. That facility is on hold, and Southeastern Center wants your input on how to best utilize the funds instead.

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Downtown Wilmington home hit by car Sunday night

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Residents of one downtown Wilmington home were quite startled after a Cadillac crashed into their living and dining room late Sunday night.

The occupants of the home on Willard Street were on the other side of the house when it happened. The car drove into their house, demolishing half of the structure, before catching on fire. Three people were in the car, and two left the scene running.

The residents are lucky to be alive today. “It sounded like a freight train, it looks like a tornado hit it. It sounded like a tornado hit the house, it’s scary, just scary,” said home owner, John Senes.

Police are investigating what caused the crash. No one has been charged in the incident.

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Residents of one downtown Wilmington home were quite startled after a Cadillac crashed into their living and dining room late Sunday night.

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Award parties in Hollywood East

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Wilmington is known as Hollywood East, so it only makes sense that there were several Academy Awards viewing parties Sunday night around the Port City.

Our John Rendleman attended one that was fun… and green. Click on the video icon to his escapades.

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Wilmington is known as Hollywood East, so it only makes sense that there were several Academy Awards viewing parties Sunday night around the Port City.

Our John Rendleman attended one that was fun… and green.

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Goodwin defends insurance hike for coastal areas

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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North Carolina’s new insurance commissioner is defending the so-called ‘Beach Plan.’

The plan would dramatically raise insurance rates for homeowners who live in coastal counties.

Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said today legislative efforts to freeze the rate increases risks making policies less available, and less competitive for all residents.

There’s a lawsuit in process opposing the increase.

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North Carolina’s new insurance commissioner is defending the so-called ‘Beach Plan.’

The plan would dramatically raise insurance rates for homeowners who live in coastal counties.

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International Paper announces week long layoffs

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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International Paper employs more than 700 in Columbus County. Monday, the company laid off 130 of them for the rest of the week.

A spokesperson for IP declined an on camera interview, but said the company would shut down one of its paper machines for the week because a lack of demand. Because of the shutdown, 130 employees will be out of work until Sunday.

IP filed an Attached Claim for those effected by the shut down. That means employees won’t have to file for unemployment during the temporary layoffs.

ESC Director, Charles Garrett said the attached claim is a silver lining for the employees. “Normally, in a case like that, you really have good workers that you don’t want to lose. So by your filing they can actually still be eligible for the unemployment without having to go out and seek employment elsewhere, he said.

The ESC requires a 1-week waiting period before anyone receives unemployment benefits, so unless workers have filed unemployment in the past year, they will not be paid for the week.

Employees with vacation time can use the days to get paid for the week. If International Paper has another temporary shutdown, or worse, during the next twelve months, the employees effected by this shutdown won’t have to go through another waiting period before receiving unemployment benefits.

International Paper recently closed several plants throughout the country.

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Columbus counties largest employer announced temporary layoffs for more than 100 employees Monday.

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