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Archive for March, 2009

New Hanover announces cuts as of July 1

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

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New Hanover County government has lost more than 100 employees recently. Between layoffs, hiring freezes, and early retirements in the midst of a budget crunch, the county is having to reorganize the employees they have left.

The county froze 45 vacant positions, had 42 early retirements, and has now laid off 27 employees. That means the county will have 114 vacant positions.

The Emergency Management and the Public Communications Safety departments will be consolidated as of June first. On June 30th, the Human Relations Department will be eliminated.

Also beginning July first, New Hanover County public libraries will be open fewer hours.

All remaining county employees will be required to take ten furlough days. With the reorganization the county will be able to balance the budget without a property tax increase.

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New Hanover County government has lost more than 100 employees recently. Between layoffs, hiring freezes, and early retirements in the midst of a budget crunch, the county is having to reorganize the employees they have left.

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Online marketing the topic of conversation at a local breakfast

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

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Business owners are recognizing the importance of marketing their companies on the internet. A crowd of more than five hundred gathered at the Hilton in Wilmington Wednesday to talk about it.

A panel of online business owners provided their internet marketing expertise for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s quarterly Power Breakfast.

Panelists focused on the significance of businesses having an online presence. They talked about marketing your business online, utilizing social networking sites to drive traffic to your company’s website, and how to optimize your business’s presence in search engine results, like Google, Yahoo, and MSN.

“The internet is a powerful tool personally, and for businesses, and you know coming to something like this panel, whether you’re a small business owner or a major corporation you can get all kinds of tips on how to focus your marketing dollars on the internet,” said Director of Marketing of Signal, Bryan Kristof.

At the breakfast, business owners also learned the best way to use and promote their company’s website.

If you missed the power breakfast, it will be uploaded online for you to watch at www.wilmingtonbiz.com.

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Business owners are recognizing the importance of marketing their companies on the internet. A crowd of more than five hundred gathered at the Hilton in Wilmington Wednesday to talk about it.

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Attempted bagel store robbery proves fruitless

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Wilmington Police Department officers responded late Tuesday night to an alarm at Ken’s Bagels, 5906 Oleander Drive. The first officer on the scene found the front door of the business smashed, and it appeared that an intruder gained entrance to the building. Nothing was reported stolen and the case is under investigation.

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Man assaulted on South Kerr Avenue

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Wilmington police are investigating an assault Tuesday night in the 300 block of South Kerr Avenue.A woman was arguing with a man when her male friend intervened, according to the police report.

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Cape Fear Pride Whiteville Stories – History of Whiteville

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

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Each week during March, we take a trip to Whiteville for Cape Fear Pride. Tonight we take travel back in time. Here’s a history lesson from Akil Greene, of Central Middle School, about the origins of the growing Columbus County town.

Hi. I’m Akil Greene, and I’m here to talk about how Whiteville was formed. Though roads were established in this area as early as 1759, there is no documentation that it was ever called White’s crossing. The location was actually a courthouse before it was a town. James B. White allowed by state law to sell 100 lots to lay off a town to be called Whiteville, the money from sales going to him. Businesses located to support the legal and real estate professions, and the area around the courthouse grew in population, which allowed incorporation in 1833. By 1847, talk of a railroad caused much interest in Columbus County and the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad became a reality by 1853, building a depot a mile south of the courthouse. The track followed a latitude line from Wilmington for the location.
The courthouse area became known as uptown, and the railroad area became known as ‘Downtown’ or ‘Whiteville Depot.’ The name Vineland came into use early because of the boxcar loads of grapes shipped out from local vineyards. Mail became a confusion because the post office was uptown even thought the mail arrived by trail downtown. By 1883, Vineland had its own post office, though it was never incorporated as a town, and for decades the Whiteville Town Hall was located there. The two post offices operated separately until 1929 when they were consolidated.

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Each week during March, we take a trip to Whiteville for Cape Fear Pride. Tonight we take travel back in time. Here’s a history lesson from Akil Greene, of Central Middle School, about the origins of the growing Columbus County town.

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