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Archive for November, 2009

County officials weigh possibility of additional smoking restrictions

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

Local county health officials are considering new smoking restrictions once the statewide ban on puffing in bars and restaurants takes effect Jan. 2.

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Update – Recount will decide Leland race

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

The canvass results show Martha Currie with 563 votes and Roy Lettieri with 562. They had been tied before provisional ballots were tallied.

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$95 million veterans clinic planned for Wilmington

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By Gareth McGrath Gareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Rep. Mike McIntyre visited the interim Veterans Affairs clinic on Medical Center Drive to discuss plans for a brand-new 100,000-square-foot super clinic that is scheduled to open by July 2011.

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Burgaw sets hearing on tax rate hike for drainage work

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Burgaw officials want to know whether residents would support a tax increase to do drainage work.During a discussion Tuesday on drainage problems in ditches and waterways, Interim Town Manager Martin Beach suggested the board raise the property tax rate by a penny to create a fund designated for drainage projects.

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Employ a Vet Week can help thousands in NC

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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This week is Employ a Vet Week across the state, encouraging employers to consider hiring veterans.

With six major military bases in the state, the Armed Forces pump millions of dollars into local economies. More than 20,000 veterans leave the military every year in North Carolina, many looking for work.

With a ten percent unemployment rate, at least one thousand vets in the greater Wilmington area are trying to find jobs.

“These folks have proven themselves quite often in combat. They’ve proven they have the soft skills they need, being to work on time, understanding how to work with supervisors, and subordinates,” said veterans employment consultant Dan Peninger.

Frank Roberts, a construction company president said, “When you hire a veteran, you’re going to get somebody who’s on time, used to working and completing a mission, completing a task, they’re going to be loyal to you and they’re going to fulfill whatever task it is that you assign them.”

Each year, the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina is successful in placing nearly 18,000 veterans in new jobs.

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This week is Employ a Vet Week across the state, encouraging employers to consider hiring veterans.

With six major military bases in the state, the Armed Forces pump millions of dollars into local economies.

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