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Archive for November, 2009

Wrightsville Beach approves events center at Olympia building

Friday, November 13th, 2009

By Patricia E. MatsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The Wrightsville Beach aldermen approved a meeting and events center, named Lumina Hall, using the Olympia building on Old Causeway Drive. Luncheons, wedding receptions and similar happenings will be held there.

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Missing NC girl spotted at hotel, still not found

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina authorities have still been unable to locate a missing 5-year-old girl after surveillance footage showed her being carried into a hotel room by a man now wanted by police.

Police revealed footage Thursday of Shaniya Davis and a man identified as 29-year-old Mario Andrette McNeill entering a Sanford hotel more than 40 minutes before the girl’s mother reported her missing Tuesday morning. The hotel is about 40 miles from the girl’s home.

A hotel worker called police after recognizing Shaniya but McNeill and the girl had left by the time they arrived.

Clarence Coe was arrested Wednesday on kidnapping charges after witnesses say they saw him take Shaniya out of the Sleepy Hollow Mobile Home Park in Fayetteville. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Officials say they think Shaniya is safe.

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

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North Carolina authorities have still been unable to locate a missing 5-year-old girl after surveillance footage showed her being carried into a hotel room by a man now wanted by police.

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Local film industry is strong, says film leaders

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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Some of the most important leaders in North Carolina’s film business gathered at Thalian Hall Thursday night to discuss the state of the industry. Despite admitted challenges that lie ahead, the panel of elected leaders and film industry leaders said the state of the industry in North Carolina is strong.

“You had eight of the most influential people in the film industry sitting together for an hour, chatting about what they do everyday. And that’s really a special moment,” said Cucalorus Film Festival director Dan Brawley.

The Cucalorus Film Festival has brought independent film makers together in Wilmington for 15 years. This year, there may be a bit more buzz about what’s on the horizon. “There are a lot of people who anticipate that this year will be a bit more of a renaissance,” added Brawley.

Come January 1st, the state’s new tax incentives will go in to effect, raising film tax credits from 15 to 25 percent on North Carolina productions.

Johnnie Griffin of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission said, “We’re already starting to see a lot of positive feedback and a lot of results, hopefully a lot of productions coming in at the first of the year.”

The key there being jobs; putting folks back to work when productions may have gone to other states who offer better tax breaks. But even with anticipation brewing, remaining competitive in a tough market place is a challenge facing the film industry.

“It’s not all of a sudden the jobs over, because there’s also eight other states with better incentives than ours,” said North Carolina Film Office director Aaron Syrett. “So it’s back to marketing North Carolina as North Carolina, we just have another arrow in our quiver to let them know that we can bring those costs down.”

Griffin added, “We very closely have to monitor our competition, what they’re doing, the changes within the industry, the technology, the way that’s effecting things.”

Overall, the panel agreed that the state of the industry here in North Carolina is strong. What’s more, events like Cucalorus, and these discussions help make these individuals involved in film, into a film community.

The Cucalorus Film Festival runs through Sunday.

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videoSome of the most important leaders in North Carolina’s film business gathered at Thalian Hall Thursday night to discuss the state of the industry. Despite admitted challenges that lie ahead…

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Drug firm expanding NC operation, adding 260 jobs

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A drug company is expanding its operations in North Carolina, adding nearly 260 jobs.

State officials said Friday that Talecris Biotherapeutics will add 259 jobs as part of a $269 million expansion near Clayton.

Commerce Department spokesman Charles Winkler said the company in Research Triangle Park could get nearly $4 million in state incentives if it meets investment and job targets. The incentive package comes with a requirement that the company keep its nearly 2,300 jobs in North Carolina.

Commerce officials say Talecris’ new jobs in Clayton will pay average annual salaries of $51,000.

The company says it wants to meet increasing demand for its drugs made from blood plasma.

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A drug company is expanding its operations in North Carolina, adding nearly 260 jobs.

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NHC schools look to educate parents and teachers about gangs

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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The New Hanover County School District is trying to educate parents and teachers about gangs. Thursday night marked the first of four gang training sessions.

Ashley High School hosted the meeting. Due to the sensitive material presented at the forum, students were not allowed to participate. Detectives Michelle Guarino and Calvin Barnes coordinated the forum.

“The reason for this is educate them on gang signs, symbols and things that a student might display at school or at the home,” said New Hanover County Sheriff’s Captain Calvin Barnes. “Its to let parents and teachers be more aware of it so they can better report it and get law enforcement assistance to address the problem.”

The next gang training for parents is December 1st at New Hanover High School. Laney and Hoggard will both host the training later in the school year.

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The New Hanover County School District is trying to educate parents and teachers about gangs. Thursday night marked the first of four gang training sessions.

Ashley High School hosted the meeting.

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