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Archive for September, 2009

More NC companies behind on unemployment tax

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina companies are falling behind on paying unemployment insurance taxes, meaning laid-off employees are waiting longer for unemployment checks or not getting them at all.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that more than 11,300 businesses statewide were delinquent as of the end of the June, owing $13.5 million. That’s about 6 percent of the businesses that contribute the payroll taxes that fund jobless benefits.

The delinquency also affects the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, which must borrow more from the federal government.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate in July was 11 percent, the sixth consecutive month the number hovered above the previous historic high. Before this year, the state’s highest unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in March 1983.

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

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North Carolina companies are falling behind on paying unemployment insurance taxes, meaning laid-off employees are waiting longer for unemployment checks or not getting them at all.

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NC dental clinic to close next week

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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LUMBERTON, N.C. — A dental clinic in southeastern North Carolina that provides care for 1,500 patients is scheduled to close next week because of financial losses.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the C.I. Smith Dental Clinic in Lumberton is scheduled to close Thursday. The clinic cares for low-income families in Robeson and surrounding counties.

CEO Jinnie Lowery says the clinic lost $205,000 last year. At least 60 percent of the clients are uninsured or are on Medicaid.

The clinic is working with U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s office, the Office of Rural Health and Community Care, and several foundations to try to remain open.

In addition to the financial problems, Lowery says the clinic’s dentist plans to leave Thursday.

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

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A dental clinic in southeastern North Carolina that provides care for 1,500 patients is scheduled to close next week because of financial losses.

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Wilmington police search for woman reported using stolen cards

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Wilmington police are searching for a woman accused of using a stolen credit card, check and identification.

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NC’s Cape Hatteras Lighthouse open to moonlight

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. — Visitors to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse can find out for themselves why the Outer Banks landmark was so important to coastal navigation.

The National Park Service on Friday offers nighttime tours of the lighthouse to coincide with the full moon rising over the Atlantic Ocean. There are no lights inside the lighthouse stairs, so visitors will climb the 210-foot brick tower using flashlights.

At the top, visitors will be able to view the working light up close and in motion. If weather allows, climbers stepping out on the balcony will get a glimpse of what lighthouse keepers in the 19th and 20th centuries saw as a powerful beam of light reaching out to sea and to the full moon.

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

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Visitors to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse can find out for themselves why the Outer Banks landmark was so important to coastal navigation.

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Three interesting exhibits coming to a close at Cape Fear Museum

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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“Toy Time” features toys that spin, walk and roll; toys that are really larger than life. “It’s just a lot of fun, it’s filled with opportunities for families to get together, play, more importantly have fun here at the Cape Fear Museum,” said Jacob Rudolph of Cape Fear Museum.

It is an exhibit that catches the attention of both young and old. “There’s been some squealing, there’s been responses from grandparents talking to children about how these are the kind of toys they played with when they were a child,” said Rudolph. “There has been amazement from children that there are toys that run on things other than batteries – that run on pure old fashioned laws of physics.”

While the toys might make you relive your youth, the next exhibit will make you go a little farther back in time, by a few thousand years.

“The Ancient Carolinians” shows the life of people who lived and thrived in this region 12,000 years ago. “You learn about what a scientist does to dig up archaeological dig sites and a lot about what the culture of people who lived here 12,000 years ago would have done, cooked with, carried with them and how they lived,” Rudolph said.

The last exhibit also focuses on people, but these folks are a little more modern and quite athletic. The Sports Hall of Fame showcases memorabilia from well known sports personalities from the region like Althea Gibson, Meadowlark Lemon and NASCAR great Hoss Ellington. “These athletes, these sports figures, that went on to larger cities and other places around the country and truly around the world were diplomats for this region,” added Rudolph.

Much like the athletes, these three exhibits will also move on, and once they are gone – they are gone.

Here is an added incentive. New Hanover County residents can get into the museum for free Sunday. These three exhibits will end on Labor Day.

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videoTime is running out to catch not one, but three unique exhibits at the Cape Fear Museum. This weekend, it is your last chance to check them out before they are gone.

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