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Wachovia says focus will remain local

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Wachovia Corp. regional presidents came to Wilmington this week to cement relations with customers and leaders, assuring them that the bank will keep and expand its local focus even as parent Wells Fargo & Co. prepares to retire the Wachovia name.

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WPD honors retirees

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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Nine employees of the Wilmington Police Department were honored at their retirement ceremony Tuesday.

Between them, they have almost 200 years of service with the department.

Those saying goodbye include members of the police force as well as other employees of the department. Each retiree was presented with parting gifts and Chief Ralph Evangelous and some of their friends shared funny stories and kind words about them.

For many, retirement is a bittersweet experience. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. All the men and women of the police department working at the police department have been absolutely phenomenal to work with,” said Capt. Bruce Hickman.

“Law enforcement is a huge family, lots of brothers and sisters and there’s captains here that I worked for 25 and 30 years ago, so it’s great,” added Sgt. Melissa Perkins.

Of the nine retirees, Sergeant Melissa Perkins has been with the department the longest at 30 years. She was the second female to ever be promoted to a sergeant at WPD.

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Nine employees of the Wilmington Police Department were honored at their retirement ceremony Tuesday.

Between them, they have almost 200 years of service with the department.

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Internet sales tax to take effect in North Carolina

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

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There are new taxes for those who live in North Carolina and are Amazon.com users.

North Carolina state legislature enacted a new tax last week that affects people who buy and sell on Amazon.com.

Users are subjected to the sales tax when they purchase items from Amazon.

It also affects businesses who use the website to sell their own materials or services. One local woman who uses the site to sell her online art classes received a letter from Amazon stating the new law.

In response, she wrote a letter to the state’s senators describing how the tax will dramatically affect her business.

Other local online businesses who are Amazon associates should expect to receive the same letter.

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North Carolina state legislature enacted a new tax last week that affects people who buy and sell on Amazon.com.

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Wilmington PD says goodbye to two centuries of service

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

In a ceremony that was part roast and part tribute, family, friends and peers revealed humorous, embarrassing, and at times, emotional stories about the retirees.

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UPDATE: 1 killed, 4 injured in 4-car crash on Market Street in Wilmington

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The Wilmington Police Department has released the identities of those involved.

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