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Archive for May, 2009

Local business shows how thank you can go a long way

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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Mom always taught us to say words like “please” and “thank you”. These words are a regular part of the vocabulary for one local business. The store owners go out of their way to let customers know how much they are appreciated.

“It’s the only gas station I’ve ever been to where they come out and thank you for buying gas,” said loyal customer Annie Gray.

Tommy and Nancy have run the Early Bird Gas Station on Wrightsville Avenue since 1987. Their loyal customers keep coming back. They say it is because the owners take a couple seconds out of their day to put a smile on their customers’ faces. “We come because they’re like family, they’re super friendly, and we like helping out local people,” Michael Carter said.

“Most people when they pay at the pump, they don’t pay inside,” said owner Tommy Early. “Nine out of ten people do not come inside. So if they’re to be thanked then that means Nancy and I walk out and thank people.”

Duane Ingram stopped by for the first time a year and a half ago. Now, he will not fill up anywhere else. “Anytime I’m at the beach, I will come by even if gas is a penny more, somewhere else, I’ll always make an effort to come by and see them, they’re the nicest couple.”

They are not just coming by for the gas. “I bought all my Christmas presents here this past year. I bought 30 jars of vegetable soup, and I gift-wrapped them and gave them away. I just love this gas station, they’re my friends,” said Gray.

“They could go to 25 other places within a half a mile of here and do business with them, so if they’re going to come and do business with us, we’re going to do our very best to say ‘thank you’ and show appreciation,” said Tommy Early.

The owners are so humble they didn’t even want us to do this story, because they thought it would seem like they were “tooting their own horn”. But we felt their kindness and business savvy was exceptional, and deserved to be acknowledged.

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$15,000 spent on Oak Island bridge jumper ‘hoax’

Friday, May 15th, 2009

A man jumped off the Oak Island bridge Friday afternoon, hopped into a boat and sped off.The problem? Rescue workers from across Southeastern North Carolina spent four hours searching for the man before finding witnesses who had seen him jump and leave the scene.

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Maides Park re-opens Friday

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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The City of Wilmington re-opened another public park Friday. After a year of construction and renovations, the park on Princess Place is officially back open.

The $1.4 million project was funded by the 2006 bond referendum. Residents are looking forward to taking advantage of the park where they used to spend time. “We had our 25th family reunion here, we had a great time,” said Geraldine Pollock. “I came back to see the re-opening, so I came just to see how it looks, hopefully we have another one in the next 3 years.”

During the renovation, the recreation center was expanded, the trails were improved, and there is a new playground, all of which are now open to the public.

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The City of Wilmington re-opened another public park Friday. After a year of construction and renovations, the park on Princess Place is officially back open.

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Rescuers search for man who jumped from Oak Island bridge

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Rescue workers in Brunswick County are searching for a person who reportedly jumped into the Intracoastal Waterway off the Oak Island bridge this afternoon.

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General Motors announces rounds of cuts

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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Thursday it was Chrysler, Friday it was General Motors telling their dealers they are out. Eleven-hundred dealers got letters today.

Three dealers control the GM franchises in Wilmington proper, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, Bob King GMC, Buick, Pontiac, and Rippy Cadillac, Saturn, Hummer, and Saab. That is a mouthful of models, which GM says is part of the problem.

There was no letter for Jeff Gordon Chevy. Although, it’s a stand alone brand dealership, it’s a big time, well financed, high volume operator. The kind GM is trying to nurture, rather than take out.

The same goes for Bob King, although GM is shutting down the Pontiac line. Rippy Cadillac is secure, but GM is actively looking to sell its Saturn, Hummer, and Saab lines. Those dealerships will remain open for now.

GM said it has targeted underperforming operations in this round of cuts. Unlike Chrysler, which gave dealerships like D&E Dodge a short termination deadline of June 9th, General Motors is offering a much longer wind down time, into late 2010.

GM Vice President Mark LaNeve said, “It’s a much better situation for us in terms of inventory disposal. Better for the dealer in terms of more time to transfer his business. And better for employees to find other jobs.”

The National Auto Dealers Association estimates that as many as 150,000 people could lose their jobs if GM and Chrylser cut all of the dealerships they’re planning on.

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videoThursday it was Chrysler, Friday it was General Motors telling their dealers they are out. Eleven-hundred dealers got letters today.

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