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UNCW creates position to focus on community partnerships

Monday, September 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The University of North Carolina Wilmington has hired Jennifer B. Harris to fill a new position of Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Partnerships. She will join the university Monday, Sept. 19.

The position will provide university-wide leadership to support, develop and expand the university’s various partnerships with community groups, businesses and agencies at the local, regional, state and national levels. Harris will work closely with UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller, Chief of Staff Max Allen, vice chancellors, deans and other campus leaders to facilitate connections to and among business, community and government partnerships and initiatives, and manage and supervise all aspects of the Office of Community Partnerships.

“We are delighted to have Jenni Harris join UNCW to assist us in strengthening our partnerships in the community at all levels,” said Allen. “The professional experience, expertise and relationships she brings with her will be of great value to the university in moving forward to a new level of community engagement. This is a high priority for Chancellor Miller, and he is making sure that UNCW expands its reach throughout Wilmington, the state of North Carolina and in other parts of the country.”

Most recently serving as corporate sales and service manager for SMG Management Corp., which manages the Wilmington Convention Center, Harris has a strong history of business/community interaction and partnership development. With the Wilmington Convention Center, she initiated and built strong executive relationships with corporations, associations and municipalities on the local, state and national levels, and managed and coordinated event services for conventions, meetings, conferences and numerous other Convention Center events.

Harris has also worked as events manager for Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Wilma, where she developed and coordinated new partnerships with businesses and community groups and create and grow large-scale consumer and corporate events, including the Coastal Entrepreneur Awards, the Green Living Conference, the BizTech Conference and the Power Breakfast Series. She has worked closely with UNCW’s Cameron School of Business on several of these initiatives.

Harris received a bachelor of arts in English from UNC Wilmington in 1991, and a certificate in business administration from the Cameron School of Business in 2010, with a concentration in business development, marketing relationships and project management.

“It is such an honor to have been selected to work at my alma mater in this exciting new role,” Harris said. “The various avenues of community engagement that Chancellor Miller hopes to attain will lead to innovative ways to help shape UNCW’s commitment to the greater Wilmington area and beyond.”

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Billing error costs Carolina Beach $135,000

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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STORMTRACK 3: Tropics quiet now, except for Maria

Monday, September 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Maria is not headed for North Carolina. The storm will take a path similar to Katia, away from the United States. The Carolina coast will see an increased risk of rip currents as Maria passes by offshore, but no rain/wind are expected from the system.

Elsewhere, the tropics are quiet.

You can always see the latest forecast path for each system at Hurricanes 101.

– Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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Asian Needle Ant becoming a growing problem in Carolinas

Monday, September 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A growing species of ant is invading the Carolinas and could have a more dangerous sting than the fire ant or honeybee.

Pest experts say the reason Asian Needle Ants are becoming more and more prevalent in North Carolina the past couple of years is because they can nest just about anywhere. Unlike other ants the Asian Needle Ant affects other native ants in the region as well.

Pest experts say although it is not yet in the top three in terms of ants by population in our state, it very well could be in the near future.

One of the biggest concerns with the Asian Needle Ant in particular is its sting.

“It does have a very painful sting, and a lot of people do have allergic reactions to those, but most people that are noticing them are coming across them working in their yards, in mulch areas, turning of railroad ties or logs or something like that,” NC Pest Management Association Board member Kristin Dodd said. “They will inadvertently come in contact with this ant, and before you know it they will have them on their arms or ankles.”

One good thing is that the Asian Needle Ant is not as aggressive as fire ants.

Experts say the majority of stings happen when people try and wipe the insect off them. One tip is to not use your hands when trying to get them off of you. Use a leaf of cloth instead.

Experts also say that this ant has the ability to spread so quickly because it live in various locations, including the forest or even under sidewalks.

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Law puts hundreds of farms’ beyond reach of local zoning

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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