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Archive for May, 2009

Editor’s Note – Son’s chef journey poignant on this day

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I know every parent feels an intense pride in the accomplishments of their sons and daughters, but I wonder whether moments resonate deeper for those who have fought adversity or difficulties along the way?

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Pender County has its first State of the County Address

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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It was a packed courtroom in Burgaw Thursday night, as Pender Commission Chair Jimmy Tate delivered his State of the County Address. He touched on several issues, and his underlying message was that Pender County is planning for the future despite tough times.

“We will have our own county water system in 24 months; we are looking forward to the water plant opening. That’s going to be a new day for economic development in our county,” said Tate.

With cosmetic company Coty recently announcing cutbacks at its Rocky Point plant, Tate said the county will work with Coty employees to help them find jobs. “We are now aggressively, very aggressively, looking at other businesses and already are in possibly discussions of bringing businesses here to our county.”

Residents who attended came with specific topics in mind. Burgaw resident Alex Dobson said, “One of the biggest issues for me right now is the tax situation, knowing where we are with that and how our money is being spent.”

“Growth is the biggest issue as far as Pender County is concerned,” said Barbara Baker of Burgaw. “That they’re going to do it in a controlled manner and be able to support the growth that they do receive.”

Tate stressed the importance of raising the quality of life and standard of living in order to keep the county moving forward. “I feel quite good about Mr. Tate’s explanation of where we are and where we’re going and I think it’s kudos to the county commissioners as far as being able to hold the line,” Baker said.

Tate said a strong relationship between Pender County and community colleges will help the job force. He also said the board of commissioners understands the importance of a high quality education for the county’s students to be able to compete globally.

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videoThursday night folks got to size up life in Pender County. Commission Chair Jimmy Tate delivered Pender County’s first ever State of the County Address. Community leaders and residents attended to hear where things stand, and where things are going.

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NC DOT to ease Memorial Day weekend road work

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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RALEIGH — Good news for North Carolina drivers on the road Memorial Day weekend: Officials plan to halt most road construction projects to ease traffic.

The state Department of Transportation said suspensions will begin Friday at 4 p.m. and conclude the morning after Memorial Day at 9 a.m.

Officials said the suspensions will be along major routes and interstates. Two exceptions will be a pavement project on Interstate 85 North between mile markers 206 and 214 and
construction on the U.S. 311 Bypass on I-85 North and I-85 South.

Law enforcement agencies will also conduct the annual “Click It or Ticket” program that includes stepped up patrols for motorists not wearing seat belts.

AAA Carolinas expects around 754,000 North Carolina drivers to travel beginning Friday.

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

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Good news for North Carolina drivers on the road Memorial Day weekend: Officials plan to halt most road construction projects to ease traffic.

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Film incentive bills aim to keep crews in state

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Some lawmakers and, of course, those in the film business, want to make changes to North Carolina’s film incentives package. And the battle has been colorful.

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NC utility improving nuclear plant near Raleigh

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina utility is making progress in upgrading equipment at a nuclear plant in order to meet federal safety standards.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that Progress Energy is working to improve its Shearon Harris nuclear plant southwest of Raleigh.

Progress is making 45 safety changes at the nuclear plant as part of a five-year, $32 million project that is to be completed late next year.

Some of the changes are designed to meet new fire safety standards approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The newspaper reported one of the main problems concerns the material
used to wrap electrical conduits, to ensure it can withstand fire damage.

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

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A North Carolina utility is making progress in upgrading equipment at a nuclear plant in order to meet federal safety standards.

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