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Archive for November, 2012

Massages and manis for those fighting cancer

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

When you are battling cancer, life can become all about treatments. However, a local non-profit is giving a different kind of treatment for patients, survivors and caregivers.

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Carolina Beach Town Council holds special meeting

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The Carolina Beach Town Council held another special meeting Tuesday night to support town services and to discuss filling openings on the board and a new town manager, following resignations earlier this month.

The three remaining Board members say they have received several applicants and are on track to fill open board positions.

“Council will take a look, each individual councilman will get a copy and we’ll take a look at those people who have applied.” Councilman Bob Lewis told WWAY. “We’re hoping by the Dec 11 Council meeting we’ll take a vote and appoint two people at that time based upon a feeling that each individual has. We would like to have a majority vote for each individual to be approved.” Lewis said.

Council still urges any interested citizen to apply, but you better hurry, the deadline is this Friday, Nov 30.

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CFEDC addresses economic impact of Titan

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — The Titan Cement plant has been billed as a jobs creator for the Cape Fear region, but to this point no concrete studies had been performed to back that statement up. That is until the Cape Fear Economic Development Council stepped in and commissioned a study.

When Titan America announced it was planning on building a cement plant on the cape fear river, it promised to create 160 full-time jobs while contributing $2 million dollars annually to the New Hanover county tax base.

The Cape Fear Economic Development Council commissioned UNCW professor Craig Galbraith to address those claims.

“Heavy manufacturing generally has a small economic impact. If you have 100 employees in heavy manufacturing you may have a relative small impact on the community,” says Craig Galbraith, a UNCW economics professor.

Galbraith used three models to test the economic viability of Titan in the Cape Fear. All models show positive job creation with anywhere from 545 to 110 jobs created by the proposed plant.

Still Galbraith questions Titan’s viability in the area. “Heavy manufacturing such as titan generally has a small impact of the economy” said Galbraith. “Titan or cement manufacturing in general has the potential for greater negative impacts than perhaps the average heavy industry.”

In a prepared statement Bob Odom, General Manager of Carolinas Cement, questioned the motives behind the study. “The public should question whether this report was conducted in an unbiased, academically rigorous manner since it was not peer-reviewed and its author — UNCW professor Craig Galbraith — has a long history as an active and outspoken member of the Stop Titan Action Network” said Odom.

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Study says Titan plant benefits might be less than projected

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

A study commissioned by the N.C. Coastal Federation suggests that the economic impacts of a proposed cement plant might differ greatly from what was originally suggested to New Hanover County officials.

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McIntyre extends lead by five votes in NC7 race with one recount to go

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Eleven of the twelve recounts are complete in the recount between congressional candidates Mike McIntyre and David Rouzer. McIntyre started with a lead of 655 votes, and has gained five votes in the past two days.

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