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President Obama comes to Lejeune, announces combat mission in Iraq will end

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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In his first visit to a military base since becoming commander in chief, President Obama made a huge announcement at Camp Lejeune Friday. The end of the Iraq war is in sight.

“Let me say this as plainly as I can, by August 31st 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end,” President Obama proclaimed Friday while at Lejeune.

Marines, veterans and their families waited in anticipation for their Commander in Chief to make a monumental announcement.

“It was a big honor to receive him. I know everyone who was in there was excited to hear him first hand,” said Marine Nathan O’Hara.

President Obama said the end of the combat mission means the beginning of a transitional force.

Many of the 142,000 troops stationed in Iraq will head home by 2010; 35,000 to 50,000 will remain to train, equip and advise Iraqi troops.

The President’s plan has all U.S. Forces home by the end of 2011.

Mr. Obama’s exit strategy includes building a diplomatic future across the Middle East including fighting Al Queda in Afghanistan.

The President’s remarks weren’t all about the war. He said taking care of our military members once they’re home is a top priority.

Next month marks the six-year anniversary of the war in Iraq.

President Obama said now, marks the beginning of the end.

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videoIn his first visit to a military base since becoming commander in chief, President Obama made a huge announcement at Camp Lejeune Friday. The end of the Iraq war is in sight.

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Authorities nab burglary suspect after foot chase

Friday, February 27th, 2009

New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man suspected of burglary early Friday morning after a short foot chase.Deputies responded to 4413 Brigdeport Drive after the homeowner called 911 and reported someone attempting to gain access to the residence, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

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Early retirement deadline passes for NHC employees

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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The deadline has passed for New Hanover County employees looking to cash in on the early retirement package.

New Hanover county commissioners offered long-time county employees a severance package if they retired early as part of their budget cut plan.

Employees had until 5:00pm Friday to decide.

After county leaders see how many employees opted for early retirement, they’ll know how many involuntary layoffs are necessary. They expect to make that announcement by March 9th.

“There are a lot of department heads and supervisors with twenty years in, and it’s a tough decision to have to make in especially with the economic times the way they are,” said NHC Public Information Officer Mark Boyer.

Sheriff Sid Causey announced his retirement earlier this week after 39 years with New Hanover County. He said the retirement package came at the right time for him and his family.

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The deadline has passed for New Hanover County employees looking to cash in on the early retirement package.

New Hanover county commissioners offered long-time county employees a severance package if they retired early as part of their budget cut plan.

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Reverse immigration taking place in Wilmington and around US

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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Finding a job in these economic times is tough enough if you’re a US citizen, but what about all the immigrants who come to our country seeking jobs?

With layoffs happening left and right, more people are looking for work across the nation. But with so few jobs, and so many applicants, some immigrants feel they will have more luck finding employment back home.

Most immigrants who settle in the US send most of the money they make back home to their families.

“Back there they have their property, they are building their homes, putting their kids through school, so when they go back they have their land. They have their work, their homes, and their families,” said Lucy Vasquez of Amigos International.

This is known as reverse immigration. It’s not just happening here in Wilmington, immigrants are headed home across the country.

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Finding a job in these economic times is tough enough if you’re a US citizen, but what about all the immigrants who come to our country seeking jobs?

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Coming attractions, the future of Wilmington

Friday, February 27th, 2009

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Taking a trip through Wilmington is like watching the previews at a movie theater. With plenty of projects like the convention center and a marina already underway, and several more in planning, you get a sneak peak into the city’s future.

One of the big projects in planning is the North Third Street Streetscape.

“This is a gateway into the community, and by enhancing this gateway it will improve the aesthetics of the area, it will help to spur redevelopment, and investment into northern downtown,” said Mike Kozlosky of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Some of that investment is already underway. In just a few months, Marriott will beak ground on a new hotel planned to open in 2010.

That should coincide with the opening of the new convention center.

The downtown development should help lure more companies like PPD and Corning to the Port City.

The future won’t be all work and no play. As part of vision 2020 the city plans to expand the river walk from bridge to bridge. Even though it’s yet to be completed, visitors are already praising the idea.

With so many plans for new development, the city will face the challenge of holding onto it’s past.

“Our downtown is rich with supporters who preserve and take pride in historic properties,” said John Hinnant.

Placing value on the past should continue to draw newcomers to the area.

It seems like everyone supports the city’s ongoing development, even residents of Old Wilmington, a community group that supports historic preservation said they are happy with the re-development that will support the south side historic district of Wilmington.

And the city has taken measures to preserve the district. Plans for the Gateway Project recently made several concessions that included a designated area for parkland.

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videoTaking a trip through Wilmington is like watching the previews at a movie theater. With plenty of projects like the convention center and a marina already underway, and several more in planning, you get a sneak peak into the city’s future.

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