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Archive for May, 2009

Unemployment rate remains the same

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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The jobless rate in North Carolina is not getting any better, but it is not getting any worse, either.

Unemployment has been relatively flat for the past few months, at 10.8 percent. Nearly 493,000 North Carolinians were out of work in April. The State Employment Security Commission said about 800 more people re-joined the work force between March and April, but that was not enough to change the unemployment rate.

A year ago, the jobless rate in our state was just 5.7 percent.

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The jobless rate in North Carolina is not getting any better, but it is not getting any worse, either. Unemployment has been relatively flat for the past few months, at 10.8 percent.

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Wilmington officials worry about cuts in revenue from state government

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

At a budget work session, city officials warned that drastic steps such as a property tax increase and layoffs or salary cuts for city employees might be necessary if the General Assembly passes its financial woes to municipalities.

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Johnnie Mercer’s is a landmark pier for fishermen and beach goers

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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This month’s Cape Fear Pride series takes us to Wrightsville Beach where the surf is up, and the beach is pristine. Johnnie Mercer’s pier is a point of reference for most beach goers, but fishermen come from all over the country to fish off the pier.

When you think Wrightsville Beach, you think Johnnie Mercer’s pier. It is a landmark on the beach. When you are meeting somebody there, you’ll usually say, “We’re hanging out to the right or left of Johnnie Mercer’s.” But the pier is really there for the fishing crowd. Owner of Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, Matthew Johnson said, “You’re out here possibly with hundreds and hundreds of people fishing, who all have something in common. It’s extremely social.”

Fishermen looking to hook their catch off this pier feel like their fishing off solid ground. “I’m used to the wooden piers, and I don’t know, I just feel safer on it,” said Anne Pittman.

Bill Liford said, “The other piers in this state are wooden and they rock and shake with the wind.”

It was double trouble for the pier back in 1996, when hurricanes Bertha and Fran destroyed the old wooden pier. The original Johnnie Mercer’s dates back to the 1930s, and even with it’s new look, owner Matt Johnson hopes the pier will keep it’s community charm well into the future. “Mercer’s is a good association; we’re that place at the beach that gives people something to do other than the beach.”

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videoThis month’s Cape Fear Pride series takes us to Wrightsville Beach where the surf is up, and the beach is pristine. Johnnie Mercer’s pier is a point of reference for most beach goers, but fishermen come from all over the country to fish off the pier.

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New Hanover County pools to open for swimmers; one remains closed

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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New Hanover County pools will be open to swimmers Saturday, with one exception.

The Northside Pool on Bess Street will remain closed for the summer season. City officials say budget cuts, coupled with low attendance, are the reasons why it is not opening. The splash pad, located next to the pool, will be open for play and is free.

City pools cost one dollar for kids, and two dollars for adults.

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New Hanover County pools will be open to swimmers Saturday, with one exception. The Northside Pool on Bess Street will remain closed for the summer season.

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Whats Happening: Memorial Day events

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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If you are shopping in southern Brunswick County Saturday and see veterans handing out poppies, feel free to accept one. Veterans are handing out the flowers to get donations to help fellow veterans who are in need.

On Monday, Memorial Day events are spread throughout the area. At 11:00 a.m., a ceremony to honor fallen soldiers will take place at the Wilmington National Cemetery on Market Street in Wilmington.

Also at 11:00 a.m. Monday morning, there is a Memorial Day remembrance in Brunswick County. It is at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 in Calabash. It is located on Carter Drive.

Later that afternoon, ceremonies return to Wilmington. American Legion Post 10 will hold a Memorial Day service at Hugh MacRae Park at 3:00 p.m.

Remember those who gave their lives in service and honor veterans at the Battleship North Carolina. There will be a military guest speaker, Color Guard, military band and a 21-gun salute. The program begins at 5:00 p.m. on the fantail of the battleship.

More than 170 veterans are buried in the Burgaw Town Cemetery. So on Monday, there will be a veteran’s memorial dedication. The dedication ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoThis weekend, many people are gearing up for the beach and barbeques. Others will spend time focusing on the true meaning of the holiday. WWAY’s Marcy Cuevas runs down a list of Memorial Day observances taking place.

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