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Archive for March, 2009

Local hospital welcomes first pediatric endocrinologist

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Kateryna Kotlyarevska began work last month as New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s first pediatric endocrinologist, the first of several specialists being recruited to the hospital to treat more childhood diseases locally.

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NC gives tips on building at-home food business

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — North Carolina startup food companies that have found their footing are getting help to take the next step toward growth.

The state Agriculture Department hosts a workshop in Greensboro on Thursday targeting at-home food product producers who have found a market for their products and want to move from part-timer to professional.

The agency’s marketing division is offering the free advice after noticing there’s lots of resources for early stage operations, but little help available for entrepreneurs who have
reached the end of the startup phase and seek potential growth.

The program is designed to cover the basics of a business plan, with a focus on growth stage. Entrepreneurs will hear from producers of ice cream, seasonings, and pound cake.

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

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North Carolina startup food companies that have found their footing are getting help to take the next step toward growth.

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NC authorities investigate Durham police shooting

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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DURHAM — State police in North Carolina are investigating the shooting of a man by a Durham police officer.

Durham police said a man was being treated for life-threatening injuries at Duke University Hospital after being shot by a city police officer. Neither the names of the victim nor the officer were immediately released.

The officer shot a man shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday after responding to reports of shots fired in a neighborhood just off Interstate 85.

The State Bureau of Investigation was reviewing the shooting, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting.

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

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State police in North Carolina are investigating the shooting of a man by a Durham police officer.

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With 100 positions unfilled, NHC manager talks of challenges ahead

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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More than 100 job positions are, or will soon be, unfilled. As a result, departments are being restructured. Despite the changes, county leaders stress that public safety will not be compromised.

New Hanover County Manager, Bruce Shell, has had to make some tough decisions as he and his department tackles the county’s budget crunch. “It is difficult but it is the duty that we have and so we rise to the occasion to do what we need to do,” he said.

Forty-five positions have already been frozen for some time. Forty-two employees recently accepted an early retirement package. Tuesday, twenty-seven people were laid off. That is a total of 114 positions that will be unfilled.

Steve Smith oversees the 911 center. After 32 years with the county, he chose to take an early retirement package. Smith said, “With the incentive the county provided financially, it just seemed like a good time to do it.”

When Smith leaves, his department will be combined with the Emergency Management Department, currently overseen by Warren Lee. After the consolidation, Lee will manage both. “The department that I’ve had for the past six years has four of us. We’ll be adding 56 more members to our family,” said Lee.

The department heads said the transition should be seamless. “There won’t be any negative impact to the public, as far as public safety is concerned,” Lee said.

Shell added, “The important thing for the public is services will not be significantly reduced, it’ll be a little more challenging for the remaining employees.”

With 114 of their co-workers soon gone, everyone will have to pick up the slack.

Other changes within the county:

The Human Relations Department, which investigates unfair housing and employment discrimination claims, will close June 30th.

Also, starting in July, the county library will cut its hours.

New carpet for the Government Center

In the midst of the layoffs and department changes, something at the Government Center is catching the attention of some employees. New carpet is being put down.

County Manager, Bruce Shells, said it’s needed after the Water and Sewer Department moved to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority location. “We moved walls and we moved partitions and it left holes in the carpet and so people walking through there could easily trip, so we’re not replacing all the carpet, just the carpet in those areas,” said Shells.

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videoMore than 100 job positions are, or will soon be, unfilled. As a result, departments are being restructured. Despite the changes, county leaders stress that public safety will not be compromised.

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$140,000 grant to help reduce diesel emissions at port

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The N.C. State Ports Authority has been awarded a $140,000 grant to reduce diesel emissions at the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City.

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