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Archive for March, 2013

Businesses are picking up the pieces after a fire in Calabash

Monday, March 18th, 2013

CALABASH, NC (WWAY) — Several business owners in Brunswick County are trying to figure out what they’re going to do after an early morning fire destroyed a Calabash strip mall.

Firefighters said the flames started at 947 Bistro and Puband quickly spread to the other businesses. Firefighters say by the time they got there, it was too late.

Now the business owners and their workers are picking up the pieces. “Just come together as a family, and, you know, just sit here and talk about it and pray about it,” Bobby Lucas a Head Hunter employee said.

Investigators say the fire started around 12:15 A.M. on Carter Drive. It destroyed Head Hunter Barber Shop, Reflections Stained Glass, Calabash Florist, and 947 Bistro and Pub.

The store owners have been there together for years. They say what happened breaks their hearts. “It’s bad. There’s a lot of years. I’ve been here 17 years, and the businesses around me not quite as long, but we’ve all become real good friends with each other, so we’re going to miss it,” Pati Lewellyn, owner of Reflections Stained Glass said.

Some owners are worries about what they will do next. Marco Rooks says he is already getting started on a new place. “We’ve got to get up and going. You know, this is how we live. This is the way we make our money, and if we’re not behind that chair, we don’t make anything. We just have to get back to work as quickly as possible. So we just don’t have time to wait for any reconstruction or anything like that. We have to move on,”Head Hunter owner Rooks said.

Firefighters were on the scene for more than nine hours this morning to make sure the fire did not spark up again. Another store owner says it is an emotional day. She could not talk about it without crying.

There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Ex-director of N.C. Ports Authority suing for lost salary

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Tom Eagar was ousted as the Ports Authority’s chief executive officer on Jan. 9, 2012.

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Arrested contributor gave $230,000 to NC campaigns

Monday, March 18th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A campaign finance reform group says an Oklahoma man facing racketeering charges in Florida over illegal gambling parlors gave more than $230,000 to North Carolina political campaigns over the past two years.

Democracy North Carolina revealed Monday the donation amount attributed to Chase Burns following its review of both electronic and paper campaign finance reports. The amount is $75,000 more than what was reported when Burns was arrested last week. He’s accused of owning parlors operated by a purported Florida-based charity.

Burns’ company is called International Internet Technologies. Gov. Pat McCrory used to work for a Charlotte law firm that lobbied for the company until last week. McCrory says he had no contact with Burns. His campaign gave $8,000 donated by Burns and his wife to a Durham homeless ministry.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC unemployment rate edges up in January

Monday, March 18th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate edged up in January as the state continues to grapple with job losses.

The state Commerce Department said Monday that North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in January. That is up from 9.4 percent in December.

Employers added nearly 3,000 more jobs than they cut, with hospitality and manufacturing responsible for most of the gains. North Carolina’s hospitality industry was the sector with the largest monthly increase.

But the number of people unemployed grew by more than 6,000, with professional and business services losing the most workers, followed by education and health services.

More than 17,000 people were added in December to the pool of people looking for work statewide.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Lawyer: Paternity suit against Jordan withdrawn

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A lawyer for a woman who says Michael Jordan fathered her teenage son has withdrawn her paternity suit, but left open the possibility that it could be refiled.

Attorney Randall Kessler said Monday that Pamela Smith “stands by the facts alleged in her original filing.”

Kessler says the lawsuit was withdrawn Friday without prejudice, meaning it can be refiled.

Smith last month filed the suit against Jordan herself and asked that the basketball hall of famer take a paternity test and pay child support. She later hired Kessler’s firm.

Jordan has said he’s not the father. A lawyer for the owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats has said Smith’s divorce filings established her ex-husband as the father.

Kessler previously said the ex-husband hasn’t paid child support or been involved in the teen’s life.

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