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Archive for September, 2009

Last day for dozens at Mead Westvaco Corp.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Friday marked the last day for dozens of employees at a Wilmington factory. Fifty-six employees at the Mead Westvaco Corporation said goodbye today.

This is the first of a series of layoffs. More employees will leave by October 15th, with the full factory shutting down by November 30th. In all, 105 employees will lose their jobs.

Nearby businesses said they could already see a noticeable drop in foot traffic in and out of their doors.

Mike Burton was there Friday hauling away scrap metal, including employee’s desks. “Well they call us up and they tell us they need to get rid of all their scap metal, so we come and get it,” he said.

The layoffs were announced earlier this year giving many employees enough time to line up new jobs or request transfers to other offices.

Those who lost their jobs were eligible for severance packages.

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Friday marked the last day for dozens of employees at a Wilmington factory. Fifty-six employees at the Mead Westvaco Corporation said goodbye today.

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Swimmer goes missing during stormy weather at Wrightsville Beach

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Friday afternoon’s stormy weather caused a life and death situation at Wrightsville Beach. A swimmer went missing after a lightning strike.

Just after 4:00 Friday afternoon, lightning hit the water near Beach Access 36 near the Oceanic Pier.

It is not known whether it hit the area near the swimmer, or the swimmer himself. The bad weather forced his friends out of the water, when they got to shore they realized he was not with them.

Coast Guard and Ocean Rescue searched for the swimmer for about an hour.

A couple visiting from Raleigh actually spotted his blue swim trunks, and pulled him out. Ocean Rescue quickly began CPR.

The swimmer’s name and condition have not yet been released.

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Friday afternoon’s stormy weather caused a life and death situation at Wrightsville Beach. A swimmer went missing after a lightning strike.

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Children at Yahweh Center find inspiration in mural

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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There is a new source of inspiration at the Yahweh Center in Castle Hayne. A team from BB & T Bank painted a mural at the center’s psychiatric residential treatment facility.

It is a secured facility that provides treatment to abused and at-risk children ages five to twelve; one of only three in the state. The images on the wall inspired the kids to create their own artwork.

“This place was just bare and had cinder block walls, and the children would come out here, no trees, no shrubs, just some grass and bare walls,” described BB & T executive Phil Marion. “We all tend to perform better with happy surroundings, and this brightened up the entire area, and made it a much more pleasant place to play.”

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There is a new source of inspiration at the Yahweh Center in Castle Hayne. A team from BB & T Bank painted a mural at the center’s psychiatric residential treatment facility.

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UPDATE: Swimmer pulled from ocean at Wrightsville Beach

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Witnesses said the swimmer, who has not been identified, was swimming near a group of surfers when lightning struck the water about 3 p.m.

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UNCW Police bid farewell to one of their own

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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It was a bittersweet and dignified farewell Friday for a veteran of the UNCW Police force. The campus police department honored Major Robert Riley for 23 years of service on the force.

Friends and family gathered to celebrate his career, which has seen the campus grow from a relatively small school to a thriving university. Friday, Major Riley was presented with the flag that flew over the police department.

“Being in a paramilitary organization it means, it means a ton,” said Major Riley.

Officers on the force said Riley will be missed around the station, and that it is hard to imagine working without him.

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It was a bittersweet and dignified farewell Friday for a veteran of the UNCW Police force. The campus police department honored Major Robert Riley for 23 years of service on the force.

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