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Archive for February, 2009

Smithfield to close many plants

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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Smithfield Foods announced they will close six plants around the country, including the one in Elon that produces country ham. One hundred sixty employees there will lose their jobs by the end of the year.

Nationwide, about 1,800 employees will be affected.

The biggest blow comes to Smithfield’s South Facility, in Virginia, where nearly 1,400 people work. The company plans to offer more than a thousand of those employees transfers to other plants, which means the Tar Heel, Wilson and Kinston plants could actually see a bit of growth down the line.

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Smithfield Foods announced they will close six plants around the country, including the one in Elon that produces country ham. One hundred sixty employees there will lose their jobs by the end of the year.

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In building lull, Oak Island tries to stem clear-cutting

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

A large live oak tree stands not far from a house on Oak Island. Its long and twisting limbs stretch over a chain-ink fence reaching toward a small dock. It’s trees like this that gave the island its name.

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Students at Noble Middle take part in National Engineer Week

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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Instead of Career Day, it was Engineer Day at a local middle school.

Representatives from the United States Army Corp of Engineers paid students at Noble Middle School a visit Tuesday. It was part of National Engineer Week.

The visit was geared toward students who are focusing on careers in math, science, and technology.

“It makes a big difference because they can answer questions that the students might have and get information that they don’t have to look up somewhere. They can interact with people that are in the field,” said 7th grade teacher, Wayne Gingle.

Students also had a chance to work on projects to understand basic concepts of civil engineering.

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Representatives from the United States Army Corp of Engineers paid students at Noble Middle School a visit Tuesday. It was part of National Engineer Week.

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Southeastern Center for Mental Health getting boost

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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The ongoing financial crisis at Southeastern Center for Mental Health may be one step closer to sorting itself out.

Last night, New Hanover county commissioners returned two million dollars to Southeastern to help them get through the fiscal year.

Southeastern had asked the county to hold onto 5 million dollars, for construction of a new facility. That facility is now on the back burner, and the money is desperately needed.

Two million dollars may not solve all of Southeastern Mental Health’s financial problems, but they said that money would help.

“Because there are people knocking on our door, knocking on other people’s doors, calling, needing help, and without those funds it becomes and very insecure environment,” explained Kenny House of Coastal Horizons.

Southeastern Mental Health Director Foster Norman said, “The issues that we’ve had the past two fiscal years will be corrected to some extent.”

Southeastern starting cutting their budget in October of last year; they were having a hard time paying their providers, so they asked affiliated mental health agencies to cut back on their client services. This 2 million will help fill in the budget gaps.

Jason Thompson, a NHC commissioner, said, “One of the reasons I voted for it is because there are a lot of providers that just aren’t getting paid, those are people who live in our community and provide a service, and there need to be funds there.”

Coastal Horizons is one of the largest mental health and substance abuse providers in the tri-county area, serving Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick counties. During the financial crisis, they had to cut back on some of their services.

The fiscal year lasts through June 30th. Southeastern’s new director Foster Norman said he is making every effort to even out their financial problems for the year to come. “It’s a band aid for this year.”

Foster Norman also said by the end of this fiscal year, the providers that weren’t paid for their services this past year, will be.

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videoLast night, New Hanover county commissioners returned two million dollars to Southeastern to help them get through the fiscal year.

Two million dollars may not solve all of Southeastern Mental Health’s financial problems, but they said that money would help.

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Associated poll

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In building lull, Oak Island tries again to stem clear-cutting

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

A large live oak tree stands not far from a house on Oak Island. Its long and twisting limbs stretch over a chain-ink fence reaching toward a small dock. It’s trees like this that gave the island its name.

More: continued here

 

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