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Archive for December, 2009

Commissioners to host ABC board at public hearing Jan. 4

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

Chairman Jason Thompson said Thursday the commissioners will hold a public hearing about the local ABC, providing residents a chance to tell county and ABC officials what they think about the recent controversies over salaries and a much-debated expansion project.

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Despite rececession, pet portraits in demand

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

By Wayne Faulkner,Wayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Even amidst a deep recession, pet owners apparently have not cut back on picturing their pets for Christmas, with family, or even as a remembrance.

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Opportunity for free trip to Disney from Cape Fear Volunteer Center

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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The Cape Fear Volunteer Center would like to provide an opportunity for you to reward a family for their volunteerism through the year. The Hands on Network and Kids Care Club are giving one special family in NC an all expense paid, 3-day vacation for a family of 4, to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to celebrate volunteerism. The family will be selected from the Southeastern North Carolina area for their volunteerism, along with 41 other families selected from throughout the country, to participate in “The Celebration of Family Volunteerism”. The Celebration of Family Volunteerism press event will be a fun-filled day that includes a special tribute to volunteer families, Disney celebrity appearances, exciting musical performances, and more!

Now through December 21st, nominate your family or a family you know by filling out a family nomination form and sending it to the Cape Fear Volunteer Center at cfvoffice@bellsouth.net. All nomination forms must be submitted by midnight on December 21, 2009. Families must meet minimum eligible requirements for entry. The winning family will be notified on or before December 25th and the presentation will be made by the Cape Fear Volunteer Center at that time.

Nomination forms are available at www.capefearvolunteercenter.org, www.1800volunteer.org.

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The Cape Fear Volunteer Center would like to provide an opportunity for you to reward a family for their volunteerism through the year. The Hands on Network and Kids Care Club…

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Governor Perdue announces jobs, Electrolux coming to NC

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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It is not often appliances get an ovation, but it happened Thursday in uptown where Governor Beverly Perdue announced appliance-maker Electrolux is moving it’s North American headquarters to Charlotte.

Electrolux said its move will bring 738 jobs to Charlotte, but they will come over time. A first wave, led by CEO Kevin Scott and his senior staff, will begin next summer.

“We’re doing the work now to that first wave to understand our organizational needs and make the decisions around who will be coming and which jobs will be staffed,” said Scott.

Eventually, all front office jobs will be moved to Charlotte, including finance support from Columbus, Ohio, sales jobs from Pittsburgh, and accounts payable operations from Springfield,
Tennessee.

Electrolux is not saying how many of those workers will move here, as opposed to local workers being hired, but either way, Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan said the economic impact will be big.

The unsung hero in this may be Charlotte’s airport. With hundreds of flights and expanding international service, Electrolux said it was a deal maker for them.

The state of North Carolina is kicking in about ten million dollars in an incentive package that helped Charlotte win this recruiting battle.

Electrolux said it will start posting job openings on its website at the end of the first quarter of next year.

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In a city with a 12 percent unemployment rate, the best Christmas present anyone could offer is jobs. And 700 of them are coming to charlotte.

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Carolina Beach Road reopens after crash, power outages

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Carolina Beach Road reopened about 5 p.m. Thursday after being closed for nearly five hours because a truck hauling an oversized cylinder struck a utility pole at Shipyard Boulevard.

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