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JUST ADD HOPE: Christian Women’s Job Corps

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We often hear from viewers who want to see more coverage of the positive things going on in our community. In an effort to do that, we are showcasing the Christian Women’s Job Corps, a group all about helping poverty-stricken women transition back into the real world. The world can be changed if you “just add hope.”

“I have these women who will surround me and give me positive feedback and tell me they love me, that I can do better, that I can be someone,” said Tameka Nixon, a woman now going through school with the help of the CWJC. “I don’t have to live that lifestyle. I don’t have to go back to that lifestyle.”

Nixon grew up in a very rough neighborhood in Wilmington. She lost her job a couple years ago and was headed toward homelessness; then she found the Christian Women’s Job Corps.

“We’re all the same. We’re all here doing the best we can, taking one step at a time,” Director Mary Ellen Bowman said. “There’s always a better way to make better choices and decisions and work toward goals and dreams. It’s OK to dream.”

Bowman says the program is all about women mentoring women, many of whom have been molested, abused, homeless or arrested and put in jail. There are currently five women being helped because there are only five mentors. Bowman encourages women who are loving, compassionate and non-judgmental to give mentoring a try.

Nixon originally wanted to volunteer but felt that she needed to actually go through the program first.

“When I do become able and stable enough to become a volunteer, I’ll be able to show that woman that I’ve been through the same situation they’ve been in,” Nixon said.

“It’s a hand up not a hand out,” intern Sharon Smith said. “The women have to work hard. And to have somebody walk alongside them that can help them to learn those skills just means they have that opportunity to get out of poverty faster than if they were doing it on their own.”

Smith said there are barely words to describe how exciting it is to come alongside a woman and watch her step out and stand up.

“I’m not supposed to be in that environment, and I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’m not supposed to be in that environment,” Nixon said. “I’m supposed to get out of that environment and turn around and help them.”

The Christian Women’s Job Corps adds hope by empowering women who have always been told they can’t to know that they can.

Bowman said mentoring is a long-term commitment that’s all about breaking the poverty mentality.

If you’re interested in volunteering or you’re a woman who needs help, visit the group’s website.

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Brunswick County employees to get bonuses

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Monday night the county commissioners approved a one-time bonus for full-time employees.

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State lawmakers meet with Chinese investors to discuss business partnerships in Cape Fear

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — State Representative Susi Hamilton joined a team of seventeen General Assembly and other NC leaders to meet with Chinese investors focused on building businesses in the Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina area. The meeting took place on November 13 in Shenzhen, China.

“The opportunity for our community to source new investment by building partnerships with Chinese investors is especially good right now. As the U.S. market continues to slow, these investors are intent on directing investment capital into our state. I believe that new capital should come to Wilmington.”

Representative Hamilton was part of a delegation of business, government and education officials sponsored by the Center for International Understanding at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who traveled to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen to look at ways to increase economic and educational ties between North Carolina and China. Joining her for the 12-day program were fellow state representatives Ken Goodman (D-Richmond County), Bill McGee (R-Forsythe), and Sarah Stevens (R-Surry), Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow), and Senators Pete Brunstetter (R-Forsythe), Eric Mansfield (D-Cumberland), Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) and Michael Walters (D-Robeson).

The Sino investors were pulled together by USA InvestCo, a Wilmington based private equity, wealth management and real estate firm. Charles Schoniger, CEO of USA InvestCo, stated that “the opportunity to introduce my investor clients to North Carolina leadership was a home run for the states relationship building efforts. “ He added that “Representative Hamilton and the rest of the North Carolina delegation truly put North Carolina’s best foot forward by illustrating that our state is a great business environment”.

As North Carolinas unemployment rate climbs, companies such as USA InvestoCo are looking for non-traditional fund acquisition avenues. The group of investors and North Carolina Assembly members spent over 3 hours discussing the growth strategies and opportunities in North Carolina. “Our group was very fortunate to meet with these [Chinese] investors and we will follow up for Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina”, said Hamilton.

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As Black Friday and Small Business Saturday approach, where are the best deals

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Let the games begin. The holiday shopping season kicks off in just a couple of days.

This weekend there’s a push for shoppers to buy local. Can you get a good deal at a small business, or are big box stores the way to go?

Silver and gold. Diamonds that dazzle. Jewelry seems to be a big seller during the holidays, and there are plenty of stores to chose from.

Allen Perry of Perry’s Emporium says buying from a store like his means giving back to the community.

“We’re always giving donation of jewelry or cash back to different organizations, charities, 501(c)s, high school football programs, booster programs,” Perry said. “You send some of that money to Walmart or Zales or some national chain store, it doesn’t stay in the community. It goes straight to the home office.”

Judging by the number of jewelry-filled cases in Perry’s store, you won’t get short-changed either when it comes to a selection. But what about prices?

“We go out and shop our competition, so we know where our prices are,” Perry said. “We want to be sure we’ve got the best price for the quality. You can find cheaper prices, but sometimes the quality of the diamond is not there.

When it comes to finding that perfect gift for your loved one during the holidays, one thing seems to always ring true: shoppers like hunting for a bargain. And that’s what Target managers say you will find there.

“For us, our guests shop here obviously because of our prices, but then at Target, we don’t compromise on our quality either,” Target Store Team Leader Matt Merritt. “Our guests tell us they’re pleased not only with our prices but the quality of product that they’re purchasing.”

For national chains buying in bulk usually means cheaper prices, and at Target, everything from wool coats to electronics are found under one roof. Come Black Friday, the store will be crowded with shoppers looking for big savings on things like TVs, DVD players, portable DVDs , iPads and iTouches, Merritt said.

So ’tis the season to spend. Where you do it is up to you.

If you like buying at the big chain stores, you probably already know that Black Friday sales are starting Thursday at some retailers.

If small businesses are your preference, many shops have special deals on what’s called Small Business Saturday.

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Dentists travel to Bangalore, India, to help orphans

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

This is a story about three dentists and how an entire dentist’s office found its way from Wilmington to Bangalore, India.

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