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Archive for September, 2011

UPDATE: Traffic flowing again after Market Street crash

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Traffic was flowing again by early afternoon on northbound Market Street after a multiple-vehicle wreck created a bottleneck around 11:30 a.m. Friday at Cardinal Drive.

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Library now has Kindle e-books for download

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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Unemployment climbs again Wilmington area

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a small drop in July, unemployment is up again in the Wilmington metro area. The region’s unemployment rate climbed to 10.5 percent in August. That’s up from 10.2 percent in July after a drop from 10.4 percent in June. The Employment Security Commission says 18,744 are unemployed in our area.
Bladen and Columbus Counties saw no change from July to August, and New Hanover County saw a slight decrease. Meanwhile the unemployment rate increased in Brunswick and Pender Counties. The unemployment rate is at least half a point higher in each of the five counties compared to a year ago, with the biggest increase in Pender County, where the rate has climbed from 9.9 percent in August 2010 to 12.2 percent one year later.



Bladen 12.5 12.5 11.9
Brunswick 10.7 10.4 10.2
Columbus 13.2 13.2 12.2
New Hanover 10.0 10.1 9.2
Pender 12.2 12.0 9.9

Overall unemployment rates increased in 47 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in August, the ESC said. Rates decreased in 32 counties and remained the same in 21.

"Just over half of North Carolina’s 100 counties stayed the same or decreased," ESC Chairman Lynn R.
Holmes said in a statement. "Looking at this month’s data, it’s clear we must remain focused on assisting our customers with many services to help them find work in this static economy.”

North Carolina had 42 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.
Rates increased in 10 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Rates decreased in three and remained the same in one.

The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) decreased in August by 45,950 to 4,038,915. The number of people unemployed decreased by 3,007. The number of unemployed people in August was 471,319
workers, compared with 474,326 in July.

Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in August, at 4.5 percent. Meanwhile, Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate, at 17.6 percent.

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CFPUA to conduct shutdown of Sweeny plant

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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NHCGOP will not take position on Berger

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Republican Party got together Thursday night for its monthly meeting. One of the topics of discussion was a Republican whose name and face has been everywhere the past few weeks. New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s issues were discussed, but only for several seconds.

Media were not allowed inside the executive session, but leaders of the NHCGOP said less than a minute was spent talking about the commissioner. In that time, though, a motion was made.

“The issue has been postponed indefinitely,” said NHCGOP chairwoman Rhonda Amoroso. “That is what came out of the meeting tonight.”

The party has put the issues around Berger to rest. It will not take a position on the controversy that has surrounded the commissioner this year; from an alleged suicide attempt to domestic issues involving his ex-girlfriend Heather Blaylock.

As for Berger, he was in attendance. Berger said very little as he walked away from reporters, but he did stop after asked how he would move on.

“What’s in the past is in the past,” Berger said. “I’m very encouraged with all the support I have gotten.”

Those inside Thursday night’s closed-door meeting said they were asked by the NHCGOP board if anyone wanted to speak about Berger, but no one did. When asked for his reaction to that, Berger declined to comment and was ushered away.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss what happened in a closed meeting,” Berger said.

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