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Archive for May, 2012

Back Then – Tea shed burns, but tearoom opens in 1912

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Looking back at stories from the StarNews archives.

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Stroke survivor gives hope and guidance to others

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Gelegonya hopes to inspire fellow stroke survivors and help them in their recovery.

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Novant Health laying off nearly 300 jobs

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Novant Health is laying off nearly 300 workers.

The Winston-Salem company said Tuesday it will eliminate 289 management and staff positions. It is eliminating 150 positions in the Winston-Salem area, most at Forsyth Medical Center.

The company plans to eliminate about 100 positions in the Charlotte area, which includes four Presbyterian hospitals in Charlotte, Matthews and Huntersville.

The company says only about a fifth of the layoffs will affect employees who deliver patient care.

Novant has 25,000 jobs in a system that owns 13 hospitals in three states, including Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Bolivia. No word on if any of the layoffs will be at that hospital.

Spokesman Jim Tobalski says the company will try to find jobs for affected employees among the jobs for which Novant is recruiting.

The company blames the reductions on the recession and changes in health care.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Relatives of man who surrendered Fort Fisher remain nearby

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

He died in 1896 and is buried at Wilmington’s Oakdale Cemetery

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Charlotte Council close to baseball funding plan

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Charlotte City Council appears to be close to approving a plan to bring baseball downtown.

Most city council members indicated Tuesday they could support a plan to provide the Charlotte Knights with $8 million to build a stadium uptown.

The Knights currently play in Fort Mill, S.C.

No formal vote is expected before June 11.

City staffers propose giving the team more than $7 million from hotel and motel tax revenues. The rest would come from an uptown booster group.

The Knights hope to have a stadium in uptown Charlotte by the 2014 season. The team has said a new stadium would double its annual attendance, to 600,000.

The team is getting $8 million from Mecklenburg County, plus county land valued at about $22 million.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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