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Retirees fill time, make money playing fetch

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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Playing fetch just got a little sweeter. A group of local retirees have the right idea when it comes to caring for animals; they work for Fetch Pet Care. Owner, Eddy Solis began his professional pet walking and pet sitting company in 2007. “It’s a great way for animal lovers to earn that extra income to help them out,” said Solis.

Solis said his pet care staff has recently changed. Many employees seeking work are retirees looking for a fun way to get a little exercise and supplement their incomes in a tight economy.

Robert and Margaret Pratel have been working for Fetch Pet Care since January. “The economy really pushed us over the line,” Robert said. “It’s very hard when you are retired and you start losing a lot of your savings over the years.”

“It’s nice to be in a situation with the economy the way it is right now and be able to provide a service that is good for animals. It also gives jobs to people in the community in a time like this too,” added Solis.

Bert Blake, a retired American Airlines pilot said he could not think of a better way to spend his free time. “I love animals obviously, so I thought that would be something interesting to do.”

Considering most households have a least one pet, these folks may have found the right niche. In a good month, Fetch Pet Care employees could make up to $300.

Fetch Pet Care was featured on Good Morning America as one of five top part-time jobs you can join into today that is defying the economy.

If you are interested, you can call 1-866-FETCH-ME.

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videoThese days, just about everyone is looking for ways to make a little extra cash. One group in particular may have found their niche. Area retirees are finding an in with from some four-legged friends.

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As wounded Sgt. Fey retires, colleagues laud career

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Among the many friends, family members and colleagues attending Sgt. Mike Fey’s retirement ceremony Friday afternoon was a man who met him during a life-changing experience.

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Economic boost sails into Wilmington

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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Of all of the ships in and out of the Port of Wilmington Friday, one in particular was the center of attention.

The Maersk Tangier made its maiden docking Friday afternoon. Maersk is the world’s largest container shipping operation and will now open a direct connection to Central America for North Carolina shippers.

That’s good news for North Carolina’s textile and apparel industries, along with the Port of Wilmington.

“Certainly it opens up an opportunity for North Carolina businesses to benefit from lower costs by having their cargo handled through the Port of Wilmington,” said port CEO Tom Eager. “Certainly it brings a lot of economic impact to the local area, jobs primarily. There’s a lot of activity.”

The Maersk ships are scheduled to call at the Port of Wilmington on a weekly basis. On the other end they will dock in Honduras and Guatemala.

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Of all of the ships in and out of the Port of Wilmington Friday, one in particular was the center of attention.

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Lawyers across NC help with free legal advice

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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Anything free in today’s economy is a good thing, especially pricey legal advice.

Lawyers from across North Carolina participated in Free Service Day. People could call in and get free legal counseling. The event was intended to help people who ordinarily can not pay legal fees. Attorneys with different specialties were on hand to take calls.

“The majority of the questions have been related to family law issues; child custody, going through a divorce, going through a separation and also some criminal law matters. Someone hasn’t paid their taxes, someone hasn’t paid their speeding ticket. Those kinds of things come up pretty regularly,” said Ryan Rhodenhiser.

Wilmington was one of five cities across the state with a call center.

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Anything free in today’s economy is a good thing, especially pricey legal advice. Lawyers from across North Carolina participated in Free Service Day.

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Sheriff Sid Causey sends his recommendation to NHC

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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Sheriff Sid Causey recommended Chief Deputy Ed McMahon take over as his successor. Sheriff Causey sent that recommendation to the New Hanover County Democratic Party.

The party will make a final nomination to the county commissioners by July 1st. If he is chosen, Chief Deputy McMahon said he is ready for the opportunity. “I will be excited. I will be privileged and honored, and I will lead this department with integrity. I will do my best to serve each and every citizen in this county to the best of my ability,” he said.

McMahon is a seventeen year veteran of the sheriff’s office. He was promoted to chief deputy in 2007.

If McMahon is nominated as the new sheriff, he will serve the remainder of Sheriff Causey’s term. After that, there will be an election.

Sheriff Causey was unavailable for comment.

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Sheriff Sid Causey recommended Chief Deputy Ed McMahon take over as his successor. The party will make a final nomination to the county commissioners by July 1st.

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