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Archive for April, 2009

UPDATE: Another severe thunderstorm warning issued for Columbs County

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Columbus County at 6:47 p.m. Tuesday.The warning, which also is in effect for northern Horry County, S.C., is in effect until 7:45 p.m. The weather service says the storm is capable of producing quarter-size hail.

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Warsaw drug dealer sentenced to 14 years in prison

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

A 26-year-old Warsaw man who had been a fugitive has been sentenced to 14 years in prison followed by five years supervised release after he was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine.

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Background check business is growing for Wilmington-based company

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Ever wonder who your employer calls when they do a background check? It could be Castle Branch. The Wilmington-based company is the tenth largest employment screening company in the US and they are about to get bigger. Vice President of Castle Branch, Joe Finley said, “We’ve just continued to expand throughout this space, unfortunately were now at a place where we’ve run out of room up here.”

The company, located at downtown’s Cotton Exchange, does background checks for consumers, colleges, lawyers and employers. “With all of that we’re just basically providing a background check on an individual that will allow them to get a job or get into school,” said Finley.

With a high unemployment rate throughout the country, Finley said Castle Branch provides a timely and valuable service. ”It’s important when there’s a lot of people out there looking for a job, which is where it is right now, just to help weed out those folks that may not be the right fit for your particular company.”

Finley also said that while they were happy with the place downtown, Castle Branch had just grown to the point where they had to branch out. He said the new unique office space will make work fun and hopefully inspire employees. “The design overall is somewhat unique and I think that instills a pretty creative kind of atmosphere.”

With the added room, the company plans to double its workforce. “If you have got a great attitude, you’ve got good energy about you and you’re willing to come in and work hard we are going to be able to find a spot for you,” he said.

Castle Branch plans to hire more than 100 employees. The starting salary for sales and operations professionals is just under $30,000 a year.

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videoOne Wilmington business will be hiring more than 100 new employees. Castle Branch moved to Wilmington seven years ago and continues to grow.

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Here Now: ‘Story yeller’ makes learning, reading fun

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Scooter Hayes, a literacy consultant, may be the only New Hanover County Public Library staffer who stars in his own rap video.

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Mobile home fire in Oak Island claims one life

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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A mobile home fire claimed the life of one Oak Island resident Tuesday.

The body of 51-year-old Trina Villarreal was found inside her charred mobile home at 7806 East Oak Island Drive around 5:30 this morning. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the cause.

One possibility is a burning cigarette.

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The body of 51-year-old Trina Villarreal was found inside her charred mobile home at 7806 East Oak Island Drive around 5:30 this morning.

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