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Archive for April, 2012

Elizabethtown cleaners closes after 67 years

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — An Elizabethtown business that’s been open for 67 years locked up for the last time Saturday. It was a tearful ending for Ideal Cleaners, a small business that fell victim to the economy.

“Business has slowed down, and just can’t keep it open,” said owner Ted Rogers.

Rogers’ parents opened the doors of Ideal Cleaners for the first time back in 1945, when Ted was just a little boy. He said there have been a lot of ups and downs throughout the years on Broad Street in Bladen County, but he’s grateful for the lessons learned and people met.

“I’ve had some real good customers, and everybody’s been real nice to us,” Rogers said. “I’m happy, and I’m glad [the building] sold, and at 74, I’m going to do something else.”

Rogers said he and his wife are headed to Carolina Beach to fish and do a little work down there. He’s got some good advice for anyone looking to open up their own business.

“Work like a dog, and make it go,” Rogers said. “Stay with it, and don’t walk away from it.”

Rogers said dry cleaning is often one of the first things to go when the economy slumps. He also said the cost of fuel was a contributing factor in the closing.

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Making the cut

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Cost, popularity often determine which Azalea Festival events stay, which go

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Wake Forest examines value of college education

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — With the cost of college soaring despite the sluggish economy, Wake Forest University is hosting a conference to examine the value of a liberal arts education in today’s world.

The “Rethinking Success” conference, scheduled to run Wednesday through Friday, will look at whether universities are fulfilling the mission of preparing students for life after college.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker at a conference including faculty and administrators from dozens of universities, ranging from Ivy League schools to large public universities. Andy Chan is vice president of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest. He says universities have to help connect what students learn in the classroom with the world of work waiting for them after graduation.

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

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Duke and Progress spend combined $19M on lobbying

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy could create not just the biggest utility in the U.S., but also the biggest lobbyist in North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the utilities spent a combined $19 million on state and federal campaigns and lobbying in the 2009-10 election cycle. If that spending continued after the proposed merger, the combined utility would spend more politically than Bank of America. Progress Energy spokesman Mike Hughes says lobbying is critical in a heavily regulated, complex industry like power generation.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is still deciding whether to allow the utilities to merge. The combined company would serve 7.1 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

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

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Easter & Passover memories

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

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WWAY’s on-air talent shares their favorite Easter and Passover memories.

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