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Monday’s layoffs at LP not surprising

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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Construction spending is down, and new home building is way down. For construction supply companies like Louisiana-Pacific, adding it all up has equaled employee layoffs.

Monday, LP Corporation announced temporary layoffs for 91 workers at its laminated veneer lumber mill off Route 421.

Plantation Building Corporation owner David Spetrino said he’s surprised the LP announcement didn’t happen sooner. “Especially framing lumber and structural lumber would have fallen off at least a year-and-a-half to two years ago. It’s probably more of a testament to them doing what they can to keep their employees in check and stay in play.”

LP is the second major construction supply company in New Hanover County to recently fall victim to a slumping housing market. National Gypsum, a dry wall company on Carolina Beach Road laid off more than sixty people when it closed last month.

We’re not alone here in this area. Last year, national construction spending fell by a record 5.1 percent. New home construction decreased by nearly 30 percent during the same period.

Both LP and National Gypsum say they will re-hire the laid off employees when the housing market turns around.

For the employees of National Gypsum, Louisiana-Pacific, and their families, it’s a challenge that now hits too close to home.

Spetrino said while new home construction is way down, high-end custom homes are the exception, and even though many people aren’t building from scratch, he’s seen an increase in renovation projects.

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videoLP is the second major construction supply company in New Hanover County to recently fall victim to a slumping housing market. National Gypsum, a dry wall company on Carolina Beach Road laid off more than sixty people when it closed last month.

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HERE NOW: Club makes plans for 30th annual Coastal Living Show

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

The 30th annual Coastal Living Show will be April 18-19, but planning for it began just as soon as last year’s show ended.

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City council to vote on issues Tuesday night

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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Wilmington city council members are expected to vote tonight on a number of items that have peaked public interest lately including annexation, taxi rates, and panhandling.

There will be two annexation items. First, the city council will vote to set up a public hearing about a developer who wants to voluntarily annex into the city before building a mixed-use development on River Road.

Then there’s the forced annexation issue surrounding Monkey Junction. Council must vote on a plan presented by city staff about extending city services to the area.

Increasing taxi rates by a dollar, and in turn getting rid of the one-dollar fuel surcharge is also on the agenda.

Council is also expected to vote on changing the city’s panhandling laws regarding where street performers and other solicitors can be on downtown streets.

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Wilmington city council members are expected to vote tonight on a number of items that have peaked public interest lately including annexation, taxi rates, and panhandling.

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Third group interested in SC’s Hard Rock Park

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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MYRTLE BEACH — A third group is interested in buying the bankrupt Hard Rock theme park in South Carolina.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that the new Coastal Entertainment LLC on Monday filed an objection to the proposed sale of the 55-acre theme park to FPI MB Entertainment LLC.

Hard Rock Cafe International also objected to the sale, saying it wants to make sure the license to use its brand name doesn’t automatically transfer to a new owner.

FPI MB Entertainment wants to buy the park for $25 million and wants the sale approved quickly so the park can reopen by Memorial Day.

The $400 million park opened in April and closed in September.

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A third group is interested in buying the bankrupt Hard Rock theme park in South Carolina.

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Attempted abduction has NHC sheriff’s looking for two suspects

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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New Hanover County sheriff deputies are looking for two suspects in an attempted abduction late Monday night.

The victim told deputies two black men approached him in the parking lot of his apartment complex off North College Road. He said they asked him for help with their vehicle, a silver SUV with the back window covered in plastic.

He said the men then pulled a gun, and told him to get in their car. The victim refused, and managed to get away.

One suspect is about 5 feet 5 inches and 200 pounds. He was wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. The other man was about 5 feet tall.

If you have any info, call the sheriff’s department at 910-798-4270.

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New Hanover County sheriff deputies are looking for two suspects in an attempted abduction late Monday night.

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