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Archive for February, 2009

Louisiana Pacific laying off

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announced Tuesday plans to temporarily curtail production at its laminated veneer lumber mill off Highway 421 in Wilmington.

Ninety-one employees will be placed on temporary layoff at the end of this month. The company says the weak housing market is to blame.

About 20 employees will be retained to operate the distribution center and maintain the mill.
A company spokesperson says once business picks up, they hope to bring those laid off employees back to work.

Last month, another local company that makes construction materials shut down. Sixty-three people lost their jobs when National Gypsum closed. The company also cited the slumping construction business as it’s reason for closing.

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Louisiana-Pacific Corporation announced Tuesday plans to curtail production at its laminated veneer lumber mill off Highway 421 in Wilmington.

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NC college fund seeing more unapproved withdrawals

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — Officials from the state’s college savings program say people stretched thin by the economy are taking money out of their accounts for things other than tuition.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Saturday that $2.1 million has been withdrawn from the College Foundation of North Carolina’s 529 Plan in fiscal year 2009, but has not been spent on college expenses.

That is the highest in the eight years that the NC 529 Plan has existed.

Program services manager for the savings plan, Jim Sutton, tells the newspaper that the foundation has no way of tracking where the money is being spent, but does know when it’s not being used for college.

There is a 10 percent penalty for unapproved withdrawals and regular taxes on the interest earned.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Officials from the state’s college savings program say people stretched thin by the economy are taking money out of their accounts for things other than tuition.

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Elderly NC man’s death in grease trap accidental

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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MONCURE, N.C. — The death of an 80-year-old man found in a grease trap behind a North Carolina country store has been ruled accidental.

Capt. Mike Roberson of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Earl Gardner fell into the 24-square-inch shallow pit Wednesday. Gardner’s daughter Marcie Lorbacher said she suspected her father had a heart attack while cleaning a drain and fell.

Roberson said an autopsy would not be conducted.

Gardner had worked at Ray’s Super Market for about 50 years in the Moncure community, about 27 miles south of Raleigh. Friends said he was known for making sausage, his 60-year marriage to his high school sweetheart, Hilda, and his 11-year-old mixed breed dog Missy.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Officials talking trash

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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Trash was on the agenda for New Hanover County Commissioners on Monday. They held a solid waste work session to continue discussion of how to best handle the county’s trash disposal.

Commissioners heard from the Solid Waste Advisory Board, as well as members of the public.

The next step in the process… the county manager’s office must come up with a request for proposal to send out to interested waste haulers.

County staff and commissioners want to hear how the various companies would approach issues such as recycling, incorporating new technology, and handling the county’s landfill and incinerator.

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Trash was on the agenda for New Hanover County Commissioners on Monday. They held a solid waste work session to continue discussion of how to best handle the county’s trash disposal.

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Southeastern mental health center to get back $2 million

Monday, February 16th, 2009

The New Hanover County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to return $2 million of Southeastern Center’s money that the county had been holding.

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