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Archive for March, 2009

Shallotte teacher to make ‘Jeopardy!’ debut

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Heather Menzel, who teaches U.S. history at South Brunswick High School, will appear on the popular game show on Tuesday. Here, it airs at 7:30 p.m. on WECT-TV.

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Forbes reports North Carolina a good place for business

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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Despite the troubling unemployment numbers, Forbes magazine reported North Carolina is still a good place to do business. The magazine released its rankings for the best places for business and careers.

The survey looked at 200 metropolitan areas, and six Tar Heel cities cracked the top twenty.

Raleigh took the top spot and was joined by Durham, Asheville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte in the top 20 places for business and careers.

The Port City finished thirteenth in the entire nation; third for the cost of business, thirty-fourth for job growth projections, and 107th for education.

Wilmington Industrial Development’s Scott Satterfield said the fact that we have a state port, an international airport, and interstate access helped boost our rankings.

Quality health care is one of the biggest benefits for new businesses in our area. Experts say the industry is only going to continue to grow over the next few years right here in the Port City.

There are also a few unique industries in our area that make southeastern North Carolina appealing. “We’ve got a great film studio and the opportunities that are coming though there as well as a great tourism environment,” Satterfield explained.

Satterfield added a diverse economy, which includes everything from film to pharmaceuticals, helps draw other businesses to the area and is a good indicator for future growth.

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videoDespite the troubling unemployment numbers, Forbes magazine reported North Carolina is still a good place to do business. The magazine released its rankings for the best places for business and careers.

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Associated poll

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Wilmington cop plans appeal of drunken driving conviction

Friday, March 27th, 2009

A Wilmington police officer found guilty on Friday of driving drunk and speeding is appealing a judge’s decision.

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Columbus County schools Celebrate the Arts

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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What makes Columbus County schools unique goes beyond the hallways. Out of the 115 school districts in our state, only 15 of them are run by cities. Whiteville is one of them. That means two school systems, a county and a city, oversee education in Columbus County.

Current legislation in Raleigh is aimed toward a merger. “Ultimately, if we force consolidation among cities that don’t want it, ultimately the children are going to suffer,” said Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Randy Shaver.

The bill has failed to pass in the legislature a few times already and Shaver said there’s no need for change indicating the school systems have a great working relationship.

Columbus County Superintendent, Dan Strickland agreed. “We do have a great partnership with Whiteville city schools and one of those partnerships indefinitely is this weekend.” That’s when both school systems will come together and ‘Celebrate the Arts’.

It’s a program where students from both school systems showcase their talents. “The arts program is the one program where they learn to be creative completely,” said George Nickerson, the West Columbus director of bands.

The Columbus County school system is of only seven school systems in the state to require arts to graduate. “To me as a student, the arts is very important to me because its fun you can sing and dance and act, so its like, awesome,” said East Columbus High senior Anita Greene.

Celebrate the Arts has been a part of the educational system for about 20 years now. It begins Friday night with choir and band performances and runs through Sunday.

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videoWhat makes Columbus County schools unique goes beyond the hallways. Out of the 115 school districts in our state, only 15 of them are run by cities. Whiteville is one of them. That means two school systems, a county and a city, oversee education in Columbus County.

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Rondo Words: Time to stop and smell the azaleas

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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As daunting the economy may be, Mother Nature is forging onward, right on schedule.

She is not to be deterred by misplaced bonuses, rising unemployment, or trillion dollar deficits. Temperatures are climbing, trees are budding, and the azaleas are bursting into glorious bloom.

That’s worth celebrating… and celebrate it we shall in the next week in Wilmington.

There is a sense of renewal that comes with spring. It puts a spring in your step and pollinates one with the feeling that life springs eternal.

Nature works in cycles. So too economies.

We can only hope the rebirth that comes with spring spawns a similar uptick in America’s finances. In the meantime, may I suggest that you savor the city at the heart of our region when it is at its absolute prettiest.

Wilmington’s Azalea Festival starts in just a few days.

There’s plenty of hoopla… a parade, garden party, ball, concerts, a street festival.

But the flowers and the gardens, nature’s handiwork, are the stars of this event.

Let them sweep you away.

Economy? What economy?

I’m taking time to stop and smell the azaleas.

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videoAs daunting the economy may be, Mother Nature is forging onward, right on schedule.

She is not to be deterred by misplaced bonuses, rising unemployment, or trillion dollar deficits. Temperatures are climbing, trees are budding, and the azaleas are bursting into glorious bloom.

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Associated poll

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