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Archive for July, 2009

Plastic-packaging company to add jobs in NC city

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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RAEFORD, N.C. — A plastic-packaging company is bringing jobs to a North Carolina town.

Alpha Inc. said Wednesday the Austria-based company will open its first manufacturing facility in the state in Raeford. The company will invest $7.2 million and create 40 jobs in the next three years.

The new employees will create plastic bottles for shampoo, conditioners and body wash products.

Alpha received a $120,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The state grant will require the company to meet job creation and investment standards.

Alpha has more than 10,000 employees worldwide with clients in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Raeford is located about 20 miles west of Fayetteville.

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

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A plastic-packaging company is bringing jobs to a North Carolina town.

Alpha Inc. said Wednesday the Austria-based company will open its first manufacturing facility in the state in Raeford.

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NC businesses to present home to military family

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE — Local businesses leaders in North Carolina will present a new house to the 2008 Military Spouse Magazine Spouse of the Year.

Local businessman Ralph Huff’s company, H&H Homes, and approximately 20 subcontractors will give Chelle Brewer’s family the house on Wednesday. It was built with special modifications
that limit her daughter’s exposure to infection. Lorelei was born with a heart condition in 2005.

Local businesses donated general contracting services, appliances, landscaping and a moving company.

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

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Local businesses leaders in North Carolina will present a new house to the 2008 Military Spouse Magazine Spouse of the Year.

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NC man pleads guilty to murder of theater manager

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Raleigh theater manager last year.

WRAL-TV reported that 40-year-old Anthony Joseph Bimbo was sentenced to life in prison by a Wake County judge Wednesday for fatally shooting 48-year-old Mark Douglas Buhaug in a robbery at Marquee Cinemas in October. Buhaug died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Authorities say Bimbo fled the scene, broke into a home and held a family at gunpoint. He stole a minivan and drove to New Jersey where he was arrested by authorities.

Two other men also face murder charges in the case.

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

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A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Raleigh theater manager last year.

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NHC School Board approves budget, cuts may come

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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Despite not knowing how much money it will get from the state, the New Hanover County School Board Tuesday night approved its 2009-2010 budget.

Board members unanimously approved the $211 million budget. But because there is not yet a finalized state budget, there may have to be some amendments down the road.

Depending on how much money the board gets from the state, 33 employees may have to be let go, which would include 21 teaching assistants and the rest clerical and maintenance positions.

Nick Rhodes of the New Hanover County School Board said, “We have prioritized things and the things that are below the line, we’re trying to move them back up. Our main objective is to protect the classroom and make sure there’s no impact on instruction delivery.”

The school board expects to learn about its state budget allocation by July 15th.

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Despite not knowing how much money it will get from the state, the New Hanover County School Board Tuesday night approved its 2009-2010 budget.

Board members unanimously approved the $211 million budget. But because there is not yet a finalized state budget, there may have to be some amendments down the road.

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NC county Web site lets citizens track spending

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Citizens in a North Carolina county now have a Web site that allows them to track government spending, from travel and welfare costs to the county manager’s postage bill.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that Wake County’s new system was started after excessive travel costs were revealed last year. Two managers lost their jobs because of the spending.

The system is called WATCH, or Wake Accountability Tax Check.

County officials say there are only a few similar systems around the country. County Commissioner Joe Bryan says the site will serve the citizens’ desire for transparent government.

Most government information is public, but it can take days or weeks to get it after making a written request. Now in Wake County, it just takes the click of a mouse.

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

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Citizens in a North Carolina county now have a Web site that allows them to track government spending, from travel and welfare costs to the county manager’s postage bill.

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