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Archive for November, 2009

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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Congregation member gets pastor facing child-sex charges released

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Leland | A pastor who faces allegations of sexually abusing a child was released on bond this week, according to court documents.

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Small cruise ship makes visit to Wilmington

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Wilmington | Dozens of tourists will descend upon Wilmington’s historic downtown Riverfront Thursday during a scheduled stop by the American Cruise Line ship American Spirit.

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St. James, Oak Island square off in court over annexation

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The annexation dispute between St. James and Oak Island over who will get the right to annex the N.C. 211 and Midway Road intersection went to court this week, but no final decision was reached.

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