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Archive for January, 2012

Pentagon: 2 North Carolina units to Afghanistan

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — The Department of Defense says more than 6,000 soldiers with units at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Stewart in Georgia are heading to Afghanistan in the spring.

In a statement, the Pentagon said Thursday the units will begin to deploy in the spring of 2012. Officials gave no further details on the timing.

The units include about 1,000 men and women with the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters based at Fort Stewart, GA.

The rotation also includes about 5,800 soldiers from Fort Bragg. They are members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team and the 4th Brigade Combat Team, both with the 82nd Airborne Division.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Second Wilmington man arrested in insurance fraud case

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

A second Wilmington man has been arrested in a two-year fraud investigation by the N.C. Department of Insurance.

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No county funds for assistance program

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Plan now to use just donations to get water turned back on

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ONLY ON 3: Addition of high-end business sign of economy recovery in Wilmington

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington of the future will look a little different than it does today. Two high-end businesses are coming, and it appears another well-known national chain wants to set up shop here. All this despite the state of the economy.

For years, restaurants have come and gone out of the building at 6317 Market Street. Now, another young entrepreneur is giving it a try

“That location’s got some history, you know, there’s a lot of negativity to it to me. I try to take a postive outlook on it,” Leo Andrades said. “The building just has a Brazilian steakhouse face. When you look at it you’re like, that is a Brazilian steakhouse.”

Andrades is partnering with the owners of a Brazilian steakhouse, known for its endless servings of grilled meats on large skewers, in Myrtle Beach. Together, they will open a restaurant here. With menu prices hovering between $19 and $35, it isn’t cheap.

“The restaurant has the ability to do well in Wilmington, but you’ve got to have a niche,” Andrades said. “You’ve got to have something to offer the people, either an experience a culture. There’s got to be something, you can’t be your average bar and grill.”

Are high-end businesses taking a risk in this climate? Economists say we’re not stagnant right now. Things are actually looking up.

“It reflects the fact conditions are improving,” UNCW Senior Economist Woody Hall said. “We’ve got a long way to go to get back where they were. We may never get back to the way we were. I think what you’re seeing is an increased willingness to spend.”

Meanwhile, work has been underway for months at the future site of a Whole Foods across from Independence Mall. It’s another high-end business coming to the area.

Whole Foods capitalizes on its natural and organic food selection; healthy options that usually cost a bit more than your average grocery store chain.

City planners say businesses like these point to good things about our area.

“I think it means the economy is OK and there’s a interest for these type of businesses to be in Wilmington,” Wilmington planner Ron Satterfield said.

In December, Trader Joe’s also met with the city’s Technical Review Committee about building at Oleander Drive and College Road, but nothing else has happened since then.

Harris Teeter is also expanding its store across from the new Whole Foods. The store in Hanover Center is adding about 6,000 square feet.

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FIRST ON 3: Occupy Wilmington holding funeral Friday

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the Occupy Wall Street Movement, community groups, individual citizens, members of the Tea Party, Democratic Party & GOP are protesting the decision that grants corporations “Personhood,” which entitles them to buy elections and run our government.

Occupy Wilmington will hold a funeral procession for “Corporate Personhood” tomorrow at noon. Bearing a coffin & dressed in black the silent march will carry the casket to the offices of Sen. Richard Burr and Rep. Mike McIntyre.

Members of Occupy Wilmington will gather signatures to deliver to governmental bodies — town and city councils, NC Legislators, Congress and the President –demanding these entities pass laws denying corporations the same rights as citizens.

“We the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”

When: Noon, 1/20/12
Where: Federal Courthouse, Front & Water Streets, proceed to the offices of Rep. Mike McIntyre & Sen. Richard Burr, 201 Front St.

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