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Archive for November, 2011

Governor says Burgaw small business model for job creation

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — With the economy continuing to falter and jobs still hard to come by, some folks are getting creative on how to make a buck. One company in our area is taking a load off those who don’t know how to cook, and has even gotten the governor’s attention.

Gov. Bev Perdue made her way to Pender County Tuesday to honor Custom Fit Meals, a small business based in Burgaw. The company received the Governor’s Innovative Small Business Community Award because of its creative solution to unhealthy eating.

“There was a time in my life I was 300 pounds and miserable. I was eating a lot of bad food, and I started cooking fresh food for myself, and I would do this Sunday ritual where I would cook everything for the week, and it got tiresome. It’s very hard to do, so I said I need to find someone to do it for me. Looked around and couldn’t find anybody, so I said that sounds like a good business idea,” Custom Fit Meals owner Mike Clay said.

Perdue says small businesses like this may be what helps end the substantial unemployment rate in North Carolina. She says it just takes one person having a big idea.

“Remember that 97 percent of businesses, of the jobs in North Carolina are held by folks who work in small businesses, and so it’s not all about the big gorilla that we hunt from some other state or country,” Perdue said. “It’s about people in our state realizing that there are big ideas they can have.”

Perdue says Clay did not ignore the fact that he had a problem and wanted a solution to how to eat healthy but not have to cook for himself. Now he has a solution and a thriving business that employs ten people and has the potential to employee about 40 more.

“It’s what’s made North Carolina great for more than 100 years. It’s how we’ll come out of this recession that we’re in by focusing on big ideas in every community in the state,” Gov. Perdue said.

Clay says his business is working toward a healthier community in body and mind. He says it works as a motivation for those who feel like they are stuck with bad eating habits or without a job.

“We hope, like our program, it gives them hope,” Clay said. “If you’re ready and willing to work hard, like we all have been here, we can grow this thing together.”

Perdue says she believes custom fit meals could really catch on and may one day be a company other parts of the state try to get expand in their area.

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Will McIntyre support Obamas re-election bid?

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Politico.com reported Monday that U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre declined repeated requests for comment.

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Family’s sought to host Marines for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Port City Java is organizing a Make a Marine’s Thanksgiving drive. They’re looking for 27 families to host 2 Marines from Camp Lejeune Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can feed them lunch, watch some football, or do whatever your family does to celebrate the holiday.

“To do something for the folks that put their lives on the line for our country, for our people…this is such a small way to say thank you,” said Port City Java CEO Steve Schnitzler.

Schnitzler also says Thanksgiving is the ultimate family holiday. He wants to give North Carolina based Marines who wish it, a great turkey day experience.

“What we’re trying to do is provide some home cooked meals and a little time off the base for Marines that are far away from home and may not have family in the area,” said Schnitzler.

The original idea was to go up to Camp Lejeune, get the Marines and bring them back for the meal. To get a few more service members into the mix, Port City Java will hire a charter bus. For families who host them, the only outside cost will be what is spent on food.

“Thanksgiving is about family time and since these folks are far away from their families hopefully we can give them a little bit of that surrogate family experience while they are serving,” added Schnitzler.

The eventual goal of the event is to give every Marine that wants a home for Thanksgiving that option.

For more information – or to volunteer – email Port City Java CEO Steve Schnitzler at steve@portcityjava.com.

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Crash kills third-grade teacher

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

A third-grade teacher was killed late Monday in a car accident near Laney High School.

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Brunswick Co. fire victim died from smoke

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An autopsy shows a man killed in a Sunday fire in Brunswick County died of smoke inhalation.

Firefighters responded to the home at 8060 Rachel Wynd in the Carol-Lynn subdivision off US 17 near Leland around 7:40 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor said there may be a man and dogs inside. Firefighters say the house was engulfed in flames when they got there. It took them about 45 minutes to bring under control.

During their search, crews found the Garrett Winkler Jr., 51, dead inside.

Investigators say the fire began in the living room, but they are not sure of the exact cause. They do believe it was accidental. Foul play is not suspected.

The victim’s pets were not injured in the fire and are being cared for by Brunswick County Animal Services.

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