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Archive for July, 2009

Calabash administrator needs to earn trust back

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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The seaside town of Calabash is buzzing over the new town administrator and his less than perfect past.

Jeremy Cribb has only worked for the town for a few months, and officials have already found some skeletons in his closet.

“It caught us all very much off guard,” said Michael Abushakra, a Calabash business owner.

An anonymous letter was sent to town officials requesting they take a closer look at Cribb’s work history and criminal past.

Turns out, Cribb lied about prior work experience on his resume and has had several run-ins with the law, including impersonating law enforcement and writing worthless checks.

“It’s like lying to your parents. You have to regain that trust, it’s not something that’s just given back to you. So he’s got a hard road ahead of him,” Abushakra said.

Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said, “Everyone deserves a second chance.”

That’s just what Cribb is getting. The town is giving him the benefit of the doubt and extending his probationary period, simply because he has exceeded their expectations in fulfilling his job requirements.

During his short time in calabash, Cribb was instrumental in forming a merchant alliance among the town’s businesses.

He also put together the Fourth of July fireworks show that brought more than 10,000 people to Calabash.

Now, he has to regain the trust of the town’s residents.

Cribb wouldn’t appear on camera, but has apologized to the town and his co-workers, and hopes to get a fresh start.

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The seaside town of Calabash is buzzing over the new town administrator and his less than perfect past.

Jeremy Cribb has only worked for the town for a few months, and officials have already found some skeletons in his closet.

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Some believe new fishing regulations are off the hook

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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A new federal regulation could have crippling effects on the local commercial fishing industry. Come the end of this month, Amendment 16 will put limits on snapper and grouper fishing.

After a trip out to sea, employees at star seafood count their bounty.

Local fisherman Bill Greer is part owner of the only snapper, grouper house in Brunswick County. He says there’s a lot of fish in the sea, but the government says not so.

According to NOAA, “We’re removing fish at too fast of a rate. And all of these fish stocks have a certain productivity and if you remove fish at too high a rate, then you’re going to drive their populations downward.”

Come July 29th, an amendment to the government’s fishery management plan will not only place limits on how many snapper and grouper can be caught, but it will also halt fishing all together several months out of the year.

NOAA says is it necessary for preserving the ecosystem; maintaining fish populations is their responsibility.

Greer’s not convinced. “The ocean is slap jam full of fish, my guys can prove it.”

He believes the snapper population might actually be increasing. “Yeah, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to make it. They’re railroading us out of business on faulty data. It’s not right, it’s un-American as far as I’m concerned.”

Greer says about 80 percent of the fish you see on a menu are imported. He says when these regulations go through, it may be impossible to get a local catch on a menu.

NOAA stated, “We’re willing to accept short term losses that could have long term economic gains by having high stocks, high yields and health ecosystems.”

But in a down economy, Greer says the losses mean his business might go under.

Amendment 16 will also affect recreational fishermen; it will limit catches to three grouper and five snapper per day.

Reeling in these fish also is prohibited all together several months out of the year.

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A new federal regulation could have crippling effects on the local commercial fishing industry. Come the end of this month, Amendment 16 will put limits on snapper and grouper fishing.

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The newest kid on the block at Mayfaire

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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People lined up early to welcome the newest retailer to town and take advantage of some big sales Thursday afternoon.

The grand opening of hhgregg at Mayfaire saw hundreds of people lined up early for the 3:00 p.m. opening, looking for deals on appliances and electronics.

“We have lines rapped around the building, but you know each and every time we appreciate it, we’re excited about it,” said hhgregg VP Gregg Throgmartin.

Once the ribbon was cut, people were off to find the savings.

Plenty of sales people, including Jeffrey Pauk, were on hand to help the customers find what they were looking for. “Quite frankly, I’ve been with the company for 18 months and we get a tremendous amount of training, so we’re able to put them in the right direction.”

Some used carts, others carried what they could, but everyone was happy to welcome the store and stimulate the economy.

“I just got wind of it today, from us coming out here to Barnes and Noble. We were like ‘wow, what’s the hype?’ So my wife and I just walked over and it’s like wow-wee,” said Terrence Williams.

“What our model is, is we compete on price, nobody’s going to pay us a single dollar more for better customer service. But we differentiate on our knowledge and our service,” Throgmartin said.

hhgregg has 16 stores throughout North Carolina. The new store will employee 40 commission based sales people as well as several management positions.

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People lined up early to welcome the newest retailer to town and take advantage of some big sales Thursday afternoon.

The grand opening of hhgregg at Mayfaire saw hundreds of people lined up early for the 3:00 p.m. opening, looking for deals on appliances and electronics.

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AAI Pharma pharmaceutical development division aquired

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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There are some changes today for the Wilmington branch of AAI Pharma. The company’s pharmaceutical development division has been acquired by a private equity firm called, Water Street Healthcare Partners.

The company’s goal is to eventually become the leading provider of pharmaceutical development services. Water Street eyed AAI Pharma because of it’s growth potential.

An AAI Pharma spokesperson said it will essentially be business as usual for the approximately 400 people who work at the Wilmington location.

The pharmaceutical division also operates out of Charleston and Chapel Hill.

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There are some changes today for the Wilmington branch of AAI Pharma. The company’s pharmaceutical development division has been acquired by a private equity firm called, Water Street Healthcare Partners.

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New sheriff restructures department, announces promotions

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has promoted six of its highest ranking deputies to new positions.

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