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Archive for June, 2009

Educators give Perdue poor grade after visit to Ashley H.S.

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Gov. Beverly Perdue’s brief stop at Ashley High School on Monday morning left some teachers still looking for answers.

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Printing instead of clipping coupons

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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Coupons can be especially helpful on a tight budget, and now they’re accessible at the click of a mouse.

Instead of flipping through coupon books, now you can just print out specific coupons you plan to use on a website called wilmingtoncoupon.com.

Buy one entrée get the second one free! Antonio’s Pizza and Surf’s Bar and Grill both have coupons promoting this deal, but you don’t have to search through coupon books to find them. You can print them directly off wilmingtoncoupon.com.

The site posts free coupons for local businesses.

“For the visitor that comes to the site, there’s interesting tips on ways to save money which everybody’s interested in in these times, and also great coupons to save money and they’re all in one place so you don’t have to go thumbing around different magazines and clip, if you feel like going out that night you can just go to the restaurant section, find a coupon to a place you’d like to go to and print it out right there,” said Tim Nelson.

Business owners like the idea because as of now, they can sign up for free and only pay for results. “Every time somebody prints it, I pay a fee, so I really don’t have to pay until somebody prints it, and most people are only going to print it if they’re going to use it,” said Michael Paul of Hot Wax Surf Shop.

Paul pays a dollar every time somebody prints his coupon. He set a cap on the number of coupons allowed to print every month so he can stay within his budget.

Gia Long collects coupons and says now she’s found another place to bargain hunt. “I will probably still buy the coupon books because they support different charities and what not, but this is good as well.”

From cleaning services to sailing charters, you’ll likely find something worth printing.

Right now, there are about 25 local businesses offering coupons, but more are being added every week.

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videoCoupons can be especially helpful on a tight budget, and now they’re accessible at the click of a mouse.

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Cooperative Bank opens Monday as First Bank, but little besides the name is different

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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After months of financial problems, a longtime staple of Wilmington commerce reopened its doors Monday morning with new owners and a new name.

First Bank took over for the recently failed Cooperative Bank on Monday. Cooperative is the second North Carolina bank to fail in just over two months, but there’s no need to worry since customers and employees business won’t miss a beat.

In April, Cape Fear Bank failed and was quickly bought by First Federal. Friday, First Bank purchased Cooperative, the second North Carolina bank to fail.

First Bank bought all 24 Cooperative branches in North and South Carolina.

For customers, all that changes initially is the name on the bank.

Monday, First Bank opened it’s doors for regular business hours and customers hardly noticed the difference. “Everything seems to be the same, normal operations. Everyone’s friendly, all the same staff is are here that were here Friday. It seems like business as usual really,” said Gene Merritt.

First Bank’s president said all Cooperative employees will keep their jobs at First Bank.

As for customers, they’ll still be able to use their ATM cards, checks, and make loan payments at the same locations.

“Whatever services that were available to them before Cooperative closed, those same products and services are available to them now,” said Marvin Payne of the FDIC.

Despite the failure of two local banks in just the past few months, other banks still plan to open up new branches in the area. Experts say that could be a good sign for the local economy.

“They think it’s a growth opportunity for them. They’ve gone and they’ve done their research and they’ve decided that this market is a good fit for the products and services that they offer,” Payne said.

Which has customers optimistic about new banks in the area.

“Sort of under the impression that first bank will have a little more flexibility in it’s ability to do loans and things,” Merritt stated.

And there’s no need to worry about your accounts; all FDIC insured money remains safe.
Since buying Cooperative from the FDIC, First Bank is now the fourth-largest bank headquartered in North Carolina. The Troy based bank now has 99 offices in three states.

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videoFirst Bank took over for the recently failed Cooperative Bank on Monday. Cooperative is the second North Carolina bank to fail in just over two months, but there’s no need to worry since customers and employees business won’t miss a beat.

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McIntyre talks local economy in Brunswick County

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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Congressman Mike McIntyre stopped by one Brunswick County town to shed some light on the local economy.

The Southport and Oak Island Chamber of Commerce held their 34th annual chamber meeting Monday. The meeting took place at the Southport Community Building.

McIntyre’s speech tried to give a shot in the arm to the local economy. “Part of the challenge in dealing with a tough economy is getting that sense of optimism, getting people excited about being able to go and generate business and get out and make sure their business can succeed, making sure they have access to capital” McIntyre said. “We want to make sure that’s being done and that small business can get a step ahead.”

McIntyre also mentioned a reason to be optimistic was the start of tourism season, an industry that has helped sustain the local economy in these tough times.

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Congressman Mike McIntyre stopped by one Brunswick County town to shed some light on the local economy. The Southport and Oak Island Chamber of Commerce held their 34th annual chamber meeting Monday.

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A look at HIV cases in the US

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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A new website offers the first of its kind county – a level look at HIV cases in the US.

According to www.MapHIV.org, the infection is concentrated in about 20 percent of American counties, with the highest numbers of cases in population centers like New York and California.

The map was put together by the National Minority Quality Forum, a nonprofit research organization that has done other disease maps.

For more information you can visit the website as www.MapHIV.org.

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A new website offers the first of its kind county – a level look at HIV cases in the US. According to www.MapHIV.org, the infection is concentrated in about 20 percent of American counties, with the highest numbers of cases in population centers like New York and California.

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