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Archive for August, 2009

Shoe repairer’s business survives construction, thrives in downturn

Friday, August 7th, 2009

By Brandon Sneed, StarNews Correspondent

It’s been 12 years since Josh Spake was working three-hour afternoons taking out trash and shining shoes at Long Leaf Shoe Repair. He now works as the store manager nearly 50 hours a week.

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New Hanover County Schools offer help meeting dress code

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Families who may need financial assistance with purchasing clothing that adheres to the new dress code should contact their high school’s Student Support Department for assistance options.

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Judy Royal looks for tax-free deals. See what she found

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Retail Details columnist Judy Royal was out and about Friday morning looking for tax-free shopping deals. She blogged about what she found on Twitter. Follow her at @StarNewsShop. Use #starshop to contribute to the discussion.

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Historic Burgaw Depot renovation near complete; fundraising continues

Friday, August 7th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The last train left the Burgaw station in 1986, but the Historic Burgaw Depot is poised to become a community hub once again.

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Tax-Free Weekend is here

Friday, August 7th, 2009


Shoppers will fill the isles of stores across North Carolina this weekend to take advantage of the sales tax holiday weekend. It means good deals for shoppers and good business for stores. Target manager Chris Hall said, “This weekend will be a phenomenal weekend for us. It will be one of the busiest leading up to the day after Thanksgiving.”

“It’s great, especially since the state sales tax is about to go up, so try to take advantage of it,” said shopper Robin Burriss.

Others got their shopping in before the deals start. “I don’t mind paying the tax today because I just have one child and I don’t find that the savings is really worth fighting the crowds for,” said Angela Rigsbee.

The state sales tax is 6.75% and will go up one percent September 1st, so many are looking forward to this weekend. “It really does help families out, times are tough,” added Hall.

Here’s what you can save on:

-Clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item.
-School instructional materials of $300 or less per item.
-Sports and recreation equipment of $50 or less per item.
-Computers of up to $3,500.
-And computer supplies of $250 or less per item.

For more information you can go to: www.dornc.com/taxes/sales/salestax_holiday.html

Stores have plenty of items in stock and plan to have extra staff on hand. The sales tax holiday started at 12:01a.m. Friday morning and runs until 11:59 p.m. Sunday night.

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videoThis weekend, stores across the state will be full of bargains for shoppers looking for a good deal, especially for back to school shopping. With the sales tax about to go up a penny thanks to the new budget, the tax holiday is especially timely.

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