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Corning cuts took place in Wilmington on Wednesday

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Corning said it would reduce its global workforce by 3,500 employees. Sources told WWAY, some of those layoffs happened here in Wilmington on Wednesday.

The line at the Employment Securities Commission Office hasn’t gotten any shorter the past four months. With new layoffs at Corning, it may get longer.

“We have a good working relationship with them and they actually do good by their employees because they just don’t say ok we are going to lay you off, you’re gone,” said Walker Biggs the NHC employment security commission manager. “They’ve had us go in on what to expect with unemployment insurance and they had other providers go in to let them know what is available to them.”

In December, the first round of layoffs were geared toward offering early retirement packages, as well as cutting hourly paid staff. This week’s round of layoffs focused on salaries workers. It is part of the global reduction of 3,500 workers.

Corning would not comment on just how many people that will impact at their local fiber optical plant. According to the Wilmington Industrial Development website, Corning employs 950 people locally.

Former employees reported more than 100 hourly employees and around 20 salaried employees were laid off.

A spokesperson told WWAY the recession is impacting all of Corning’s locations, and added during these difficult times, Corning is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect.

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videoCorning said it would reduce its global workforce by 3,500 employees. Sources told WWAY, some of those layoffs happened here in Wilmington on Wednesday.

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Second headliner named for Azalea Festival

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Surprises keep coming for this year’s Azalea Festival.

The board announced Thursday that American Idol fan favorite, Kellie Pickler will headline a concert on April 1st. American Idol winner, David Cook will headline a show at Trask Coliseum the next night.

“When you are able to bring in stars who have been on American Idol, the number one show in the country, you are kind of piggybacking on what they are doing. Plus, as the show has just started back since January the excitement is building, so these stars will be capitalizing on that, and hopefully we will be able to capitalize on that as well,” said Azalea Festival president, Sherman Criner.

The Azalea Festival will run from April 1st through the 5th. To order tickets, you can contact the Azalea Festival Office at 910-794-4650.

WWAY will bring you much of it live as the Azalea Festival’s official station.

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The board announced Thursday that American Idol fan favorite, Kellie Pickler will headline a concert on April 1st.

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WPD statistics review shows burglaries and larcenies up

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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The Wilmington Police Department spent part of Thursday morning crunching numbers in hopes of making our streets safer.

In it’s monthly crime statistics review, lieutenants from each of the city’s six districts presented data analyzing rises and drops in certain types of crimes.

The meeting celebrates successes, like notable arrests, and the challenges the WPD faces. In some districts, burglaries and larcenies were up, in some cases more than double from this year to last.

“Because of the economy, larcenies are really increasing, home burglaries, commercial burglaries, and this shift in crime pattern, we have to respond quickly to re-deploying resources address them,” said Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous.

Chief Evangelous suggested holding the meetings more frequently going forward, possibly once every week or two weeks to target those specific rises in crimes. Strategies include more plain clothed officers and more unmarked cars.

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The Wilmington Police Department spent part of Thursday morning crunching numbers in hopes of making our streets safer.

In it’s monthly crime statistics review, lieutenants from each of the city’s six districts presented data analyzing rises and drops in certain types of crimes.

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Unforeseen power outage causes problems downtown

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Construction crews began repairing a bulkhead on Water Street about two months ago. Since the work began they’ve been forced to shut off the power on two different occasions.

There were no plans to shut it off at around eleven o’clock on Thursday morning, however an accident caused power outages around the area of the construction causing headaches for shoppers and business owners alike.

Area employees say they were hoping the nice weather would bring some business into their stores, but without electricity, they were helpless. “We were hoping for a great day today and we can’t do anything. There’s nothing we can do we don’t have any electricity so no scales, no registers, nothing,” said Juliana Jones of Kilwin’s.

No power and store closings left many of the folks wandering down Market Street disappointed. Carol Hicks was looking for her birthday lunch. “Everything’s closed on this block, we’ve been to three restaurants. I’m starving it’s 2 o’clock.”

Jones says construction crews told her the power would return around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Judging by signs on other businesses she wasn’t the only one with that understanding.

At the intersection of Market and Front streets, no power meant no lights. Luckily there were no major accidents reported.

The construction crew would not comment and city officials did not return our calls.

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videoConstruction crews began repairing a bulkhead on Water Street about two months ago. Since the work began they’ve been forced to shut off the power on two different occasions.

There were no plans to shut it off at around eleven o’clock on Thursday morning, however.

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Representatives from transportation industry meet in Wilmington

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Representatives from various transportation industries around the country are gathered in Wilmington. They make up the National Multi-Modal Transportation Steering Committee. Among the industries represented are ports, rail systems, airports, and transit systems.

Thursday and Friday, the committee members will work to come up with recommendations they will make to Congress in March. They will make funding recommendations as well as offer a needs assessment about the nation’s transportation systems.

Wilmington City Council member, Laura Padgett is one of the committee’s vice-chairs and said they hope to come up with a comprehensive plan based on the country’s needs. “We have a number of different modes of transportation in this country. They need to be connected, hence the title multi-modal. We need to seamlessly be able to go from a subway or a bus to a train to a taxi to a highway.”

Committee members also said transportation infrastructure is an important way to create jobs.

The current federal funding bill for transportation expires in September, so Congress will consider the committee’s recommendations for the new funding bill.

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Representatives from various transportation industries around the country are gathered in Wilmington. Among the industries represented are ports, rail systems, airports, and transit systems.

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