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Archive for June, 2009

Marino on Money: June 17

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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This week, we are talking about repairing your credit once it’s been damaged. The first step is to obtain your free report from annualcreditreport.com. This is important. Your credit score effects many areas of your life, including interest rates and insurance rates. One or two errors may cost you a significant amount of money. Who knows, you may have been paying higher rates for some time just because there are errors on your report. As always, this is about you, so you need to take control of the situation. Get a copy of your report and make sure it’s accurate.

Many employers run a credit report before they hire someone. Poor credit may signal irresponsibility. Sometimes life happens, and people end up in a financial crisis that results in poor credit. But other times it’s not about life, it’s about the person. I spent many years helping people budget and plan. In my experience, almost everyone I worked with who had poor credit brought it on themselves. It was pattern of poor decisions. Some employers have a similar perspective, and as a result, bad credit may hurt your ability to get a job.

Poor credit will also hurt your ability to buy a home. You may not get approved or end up paying a much higher interest rate. And, landlords may become hesitant if you want to rent from them. The decisions I made yesterday determine my options today. The decisions I make today will determine the options I have tomorrow. If you want to improve your credit so you have more options in the future, now is the time to start.

Tomorrow I’ll discuss specific strategies to help you improve your credit.

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videoThis week, we are talking about repairing your credit once it’s been damaged. The first step is to obtain your free report from annualcreditreport.com.

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Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Sites around the courthouse

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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This month, our Cape Fear Pride series focuses on Burgaw. Today we take a closer look at some of the recognizable sites around the Pender County Courthouse. Damaris Griffith of Burgaw Middle School explains.

Three points of interest located on the Courthouse Square include areas of history from 1861 to present day. A grave marker honors Company K. This company, known as the Holly Shelter Volunteers was organized in New Hanover County and enlisted at Dogwood Grove on June 1, 1861. Research indicates that this piece of history was uncovered from the Murraytown area and permanently located on the square. The inscription summarizes its importance. ‘Let future generations remember that these were men whom death could not terrify, whom defeat could not dishonor, that truth, courage and patriotism endure forever’.

The John T. Wells Post 9826 on the south side of the square erected the Veterans of Foreign War Monument on May 29, 1989. Its purpose continues to honor those from Pender County who died while serving their country. The honored names list three from World War I, 44 from World War II, nine from the Korean War and 15 from the Vietnam War. Today this area is used on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veteran’s Day as the focal point for patriotic celebration to remind us of the dedication of our forefathers.

The gazebo on the courthouse lawn was given to the town when crews filmed Date with an Angel in 1987. The gazebo is maintained by the town and is currently the site of weddings, prom pictures and children talking with Santa at Christmas.

Just a reminder we’ll be in downtown Burgaw for the N.C. Blueberry Festival this Friday for our Cape Fear Pride series. We’ll be live for our 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 shows.

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videoThis month, our Cape Fear Pride series focuses on Burgaw. Today we take a closer look at some of the recognizable sites around the Pender County Courthouse. Damaris Griffith of Burgaw Middle School explains.

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Former NC State chancellor going before grand jury

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The former chancellor of North Carolina State University has arrived to testify before a federal grand jury that is seeking details about former first lady Mary Easley’s employment at the school.

James Oblinger entered the federal courthouse in Raleigh shortly before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. His lawyer would not comment.

Oblinger was subpoenaed last month, with federal investigators requesting access to all documents related to Easley’s hiring and benefits.

Oblinger resigned last week as the university released e-mails showing that he played a role in Easley’s hiring. He said he did not recall his contribution until reading the e-mails and said the hiring involved no impropriety and no coercion.

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

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The former chancellor of North Carolina State University has arrived to testify before a federal grand jury that is seeking details about former first lady Mary Easley’s employment at the school.

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Topsail Beach permitted to renourish

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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The process has been five years in the making; now it finally looks like Topsail Beach will get some new sand.

Permits were issued this week, to allow Topsail Beach to renourish a five-mile stretch of beach.

There are still a few steps to go before the sand will start piling up, like securing financing, and finding a firm to do the dredging.

Topsail Beach is working to share costs with Bald Head Island, which is also planning renourishment.

Town Manager Steve Foster said a public hearing will take place July 7th. If all goes as planned, renourishment should start in February or March.

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The process has been five years in the making; now it finally looks like Topsail Beach will get some new sand.

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Blueberry Festival chairman ready to retire at end of June

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

By K.J. WilliamsCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

As chairman of the annual N.C. Blueberry Festival, Wayne Batten has helped guide the increasingly successful event in Burgaw. On June 30, he’ll retire as director of Pender County’s cooperative extension service,

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