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Archive for April, 2012

Wilmington-area unemployment below 10 percent

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Port City joined the state’s other 13 metropolitan areas in showing a decrease in unemployment last month.

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ONLY ON 3: Tour of GE plant to discuss $2 billion deal

Friday, April 27th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Our local economy is getting a big boost.
Australian airline Qantas has placed a $2 billion order with the GE aviation plant in Castle Hayne.

Our GE plant currently employs more than 600 people. Because of this Qantas project, they’ll be adding 20 new employees each year for the next five years.

“We make the most technically-challenging rotating parts in the world, and when no one else can build them, they usually come to us, and this team can get it done,” said Aviation plant leader Kevin Prindable.

He is excited that Qantas hired GE to make the rotating parts for the leap-x engines that will power 78 airbus crafts in 2016.

“Our people make our product. They work really hard to innovate,” said GE Manufacturing Engineer Bobby Schultz. “That innovation comes out of some of the things we just have to do.”

Schultz has worked at GE for 34 years. He’s done every job on the floor and is proud to be part of a company that has such an impact on the community.

“We reach out to the Yahweh center and support them. We are doing relay for life. Of course, the economic impact is huge. Just the fact that we can keep churning employees. now, we are starting to hire sons and daughters of people who have retired here, so that’s really cool,” Schultz said.

Prindable said the new engines are the best on the market. He believes other airlines will begin replacing older models with the leap-x.

Although it’s one of the largest, the Qantas order is not the only new project GE is working on. The aviation plant has more than 35 new productions going on.

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Arbitration sought in $78M suit against Brunswick developer

Friday, April 27th, 2012

If approved by a judge, the request would have both sides working to resolve the dispute outside of court.

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ONLY ON 3: Pet monkey euthanized in Pender County

Friday, April 27th, 2012

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County woman says her pet monkey was killed in cold blood and didn’t need to die.

Pender County Animal Control euthanized the monkey after it bit a woman. Now, its owner is searching for answers.

“It was like my child being killed,” said Nancy Browning.

Browning’s Macaque monkey, Elvis, was like a son to her. Now that he’s gone she doesn’t know what to do. Browning says Pender County Animal Control euthanized Elvis after a neighbor said it bit her. The memory of officers taking him from her home is almost unbearable.

“It was like the SWAT team was over here. They blocked off the road. They brought in 4 or 5 animal control trucks and I don’t know how many cops and they got me away from the house,” recalled Browning. “Gave me no paperwork. They went in and then darted him.”

Browning says Elvis should have been given a fair chance and been relocated rather than killed. She’s not even sure which one of her pets bit her neighbor and thinks it could have been her dog.

Animal control did not want to talk on camera, but officers say this was not the first time Elvis bit someone.
Monkeys are handled in a different way than domestic animals because of the diseases they could carry and transmit to humans.

After the county contacted the state vet, officers were told to euthanize the monkey so it could be tested for rabies.
Officers say after that testing, they do not believe the monkey had rabies.

So far, there are no regulations on exotic animals in Pender County.

Animal Control officers say they are working to put rules in place so that they are aware of exotic animals in the county.

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FIRST ON 3: Brawl breaks out at West Columbus High School

Friday, April 27th, 2012

CERRO GORDO, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says he’s just now learning about a brawl that broke out Wednesday at West Columbus High School.

He says 19 students were involved. The school resource officer is reportedly taking out 14 juvenille warrants on those involved.

Batten says it may have been gang-related, but investigators aren’t 100% certain.

We’ll have more on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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