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Archive for March, 2009

NC job agency organizes slate of career fairs

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A workshop on how ex-convicts can find a job in this tough economy is part of a steady stream of events trying to connect North Carolina’s unemployed workers to companies with jobs to fill.

The career expo Wednesday at North Carolina State University’s McKimmon Center is open to the public. The usual array of learning to network and writing winning resumes will be joined by a seminar offering job-hunting tips for ex-offenders.

The Raleigh event is part of a long list of events put on by the state’s JobLink employment offices. Another job fair was held Tuesday at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Two more are scheduled for Thursday in Morehead City and Winston-Salem. Others later this month are in New Bern, Kinston, Concord and Charlotte.

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

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A workshop on how ex-convicts can find a job in this tough economy is part of a steady stream of events trying to connect North Carolina’s unemployed workers to companies with jobs to fill.

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Southeastern hopes to get its workers on state insurance plan

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Sen. Julia Boseman, D-New Hanover, introduced a bill Wednesday intended to help Southeastern Center for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services save on its health insurance bill.

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Oak Island council approves $2.6M for new town hall

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Oak Island | The town council on Tuesday approved spending almost $2.6 million to build a new Oak Island Town Hall.The bid from Paragon Building Corp. came in under the engineer’s $4 million estimate for the project. The town will apply for Local Government Commission approval of the project.

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Wilmington’s own Spokesmen fighting for national championship

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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Wheelchair basketball is just what the name implies, but for the players on the Port City Spokesmen it is not just a friendly game of hoops, it is a rough, intense, and physical competition.

The basketball goal is regulation – ten feet tall, and most of the rules are regulation as well. One exception is traveling. These guys have to shoot, bounce or pass the ball after they have touched their wheels twice, otherwise it is a violation.

“The wheelchair in wheelchair basketball is part of the body and the rules of our game are based on that,” said Tim Corbett of the Port City Spokesmen.

The Port City Spokesmen finished up their final practice of the season Tuesday. They have qualified for the Division 3 National Wheelchair Tournament in Colorado, and their goal is quite simple, win the Wheelchair National Championship; a feat some of the players accomplished back in 2003 & 2004.

Freddie Smith said, “We’re going there to come back home with a win. I was always told nobody knows who number two is, so you’re first or last and we want to be first.”

Tim Corbett added, “We’ve all been injured and it’s been a really good thing for me – a brotherhood. It’s something positive and it brings me a great deal of motivation.”

Good luck guys! Bring that championship home!

If you want to help the Port City Spokesman, you can send checks to the Wilmington Disabled Athletic Association at 108 Belvedere Court, Leland, NC 28401.

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videoA Wilmington-based basketball squad is just days away from competing in the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

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NC agency says Jan. jobless rate hit 9.7 percent

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment jumped in January to the highest rate in more than a quarter century, hitting 9.7 percent.

North Carolina’s Employment Security Commission said Wednesday the state’s jobless rate hit the highest level since March 1983, when the country was mired in a serious recession.

North Carolina’s highest recorded jobless rate was 10.2 percent in February 1983.

Official records go back only to 1976.

The January unemployment rate jumped from 8.7 percent in December.

North Carolina shed jobs along with the rest of the country in January, when the national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent.

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

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North Carolina’s unemployment jumped in January to the highest rate in more than a quarter century, hitting 9.7 percent.

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