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Archive for February, 2012

Caterpillar plant to be built in Georgia, official says

Friday, February 17th, 2012

State Rep. Susi Hamilton all but confirmed North Carolina had lost its pitch to bring Caterpillar to the state.

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NC lottery to close books on 12 scratch-off games

Friday, February 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The N.C. Education Lottery is taking a dozen instant scratch-off games out of circulation at the end of the month.

A statement from lottery officials said all instant game prizes must be claimed within 90 days of the announced end-of-game date of Feb. 29. Therefore, all prizes associated with the games must be claimed on or before May 29.

Claims of $600 up to $99,999 must be made at one of the six regional claim centers before 5 p.m. that day, while claims of $100,000 and above must be made at lottery headquarters before 5 p.m. on that day as well.

Claims that are mailed to the NCEL must be received within 90 days of the official end-of-game date. Postmarks will not satisfy the 90-day requirement.

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

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FIRST ON 3: Brunswick County eliminated from Caterpillar search last week

Friday, February 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Caterpillar will not call southeastern North Carolina its new home. Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw says Brunswick County was eliminated from the selection February 7, but officials chose to keep that decision quiet until now.

Multiple media outlets in Georgia report this morning that the Peach State has beaten out North Carolina for the new location of a Caterpillar manufacturing plant. Bradshaw said he will comment after the official announcement has been made.

State Rep. Frank Iler (R-17th District) said our phone call this morning was the first he’s heard of it. After hearing that Brunswick County was taken out of the running more than a week ago, Iler says he has major concerns about the way we recruit big companies. He says he’s worried about the federal government’s commitment to dredging and keeping our port up-to-date.

State Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18) agrees with Iler and says Georgia’s port system was more appealing. She hopes this decision will prompt some change, and says hopefully we will invest more in our port to be a stronger competitor the next time a big company considers building in our area.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, two government officials say they have been told Athens will be the new home for the Illinois-based heavy equipment maker, which will add 1,400 new jobs to the area. Caterpillar has been shopping around many different states for their new location.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is set to make a major jobs announcement at 10 a.m., according to the Associated Press, which is also quoting an anonymous “official familiar with the project” as saying Caterpillar will bring the jobs to Athens, which is home to the University of Georgia.

Caterpillar had ruled out a site in its home state earlier this month and was reportedly looking to locate the new plant closer to its facility in Cary. Port access was also reportedly a key factor. Despite the fact that the site under consideration near the Brunswick-Columbus County line is about 20 miles from the Port of Wilmington and about 135 miles from Cary, Caterpillar reportedly has chosen the site in Athens, which is 340 miles from Cary, in part because of access to the Port of Savannah. Athens is about 230 miles from the port.

Stay with WWAY for updates on this developing story.

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Block of Chestnut Street closed through Monday for work

Friday, February 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Road work will keep a Wilmington street closed through the weekend. Crews were scheduled to close Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Street starting at 7 a.m. The closure is expected to last through the end of the day Monday.

The city says traffic on Chestnut east of 3rd Street will not be able to access 3rd Street, and traffic on 3rd Street will not be able to turn east onto Chestnut Street.

The road is closed so crews can replace a manhole in the street. Crews will work Saturday. They plan to have traffic back to normal Monday night.

The block of Chestnut between 3rd and 4th will be open for local traffic only. Driveways into 305 Chestnut and the City Hall parking lot will be accessible.

Click here for more information about the North 3rd Street Improvement Project.

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Money provided to clean French Broad River in NC

Friday, February 17th, 2012

BREVARD, NC (AP) — Transylvania County commissioners have approved money to remove debris clogging the French Broad River.

The Asheville Citizens Times reported commissioners agreed to provide $12,000 for the project.

The work is expected to be completed in May.

Bob Twomey with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service says the channel cut by the river around the debris near the county airport is more than twice its normal width of 100 feet.

The logjam formed more than a year ago when large hardwood trees fell across the river near Penrose.

It’s more than 100 feet thick and about 25 feet high. Twomey says it’s one the largest jams he’s ever seen.

The North Carolina Division of Water Resources agreed in December to provide $25,000 for the removal effort.

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

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