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Archive for January, 2010

Work will close part of Market Street on Sunday morning

Friday, January 8th, 2010

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Sunday morning churchgoers take heed: All lanes of Market Street from Bayshore Drive and Torchwood Boulevard to Porters Neck Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.The N.C. Department of Transportation is installing an overhead traffic signal at Market Street and Marsh Oaks Drive, an intersection with a history of bad crashes.

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Old criminal record haunts job seeker

Friday, January 8th, 2010



Getting a job is hard enough right now. Imagine trying to do it with a criminal record. That’s the struggle a Brunswick County man is facing. It was a mistake he made when he was 18, hanging with the wrong crowd, and it’s haunted him ever since.

Jeff Norman has filled out about 200 job applications since he was laid off from Walmart more than a year ago. He is not having any luck.

He was charged with second-degree burglary and convicted of breaking and entering and larceny in 1989. It’s been nearly a quarter century, and he’s never committed a crime since. Norman says as soon as potential employers find out about his past, they move on to the next candidate.And with a state unemployment rate of 10.8 percent, employers have quite a lot of options.

“We need an opportunity,” Norman said. “I have a wife, I have a home and I have bills to pay just like everybody else. It just worries me.”

Norman may have a few options. The Employment Security Commission offers a federal bonding program that gives employers financial security for taking a chance on a felon. It also has a program that offers a tax credit to employers who hire recently released felons. The ESC also offers financial aid to people with criminal records for on-the-job training and education through the workforce investment act.

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It was a mistake he made when he was 18, hanging with the wrong crowd, and it’s haunted him ever since.

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Memorial service to honor slain officer on anniversary of death

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Boiling Spring Lakes | Boiling Spring Lakes police officers and municipal employees will remember slain city police Officer Mitch Prince at a memorial service at 10 a.m. Monday at the Mitch Prince Memorial, in front of the police department, 9 East Boiling Spring Road.

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Snow’s Cut Monthly magazine ceases publication

Friday, January 8th, 2010

From staff reports

Snow’s Cut Monthly announced Friday that is stopping publication.Owners Mike and Janet Hoffer said in an e-mail announcement that switching to paid subscription last year did not solve the publication’s problems in a era of widespread failures in the print business.

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Missing Brunswick County man found in South Carolina

Friday, January 8th, 2010

An 84-year-old man who went missing from his Carolina Shores residence early Friday has been found, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.Albert Ray Childers was found in South Carolina.– From staff reports

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