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Archive for May, 2013

Sheriff’s deputy taken to hospital after crashing into pickup truck

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A sheriff's deputy, whose name has not yet been disclosed, was transported to Brunswick Novant Medical Center Thursday afternoon after he crashed into a pickup truck, according to Sgt. Hardee with Brunswick County Highway Patrol.

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Smithfield agrees to sale to Chinese firm

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

TAR HEEL, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County is the home to the world’s largest slaughter house. Soon it could be owned by a foreign company.

Smithfield Foods has agreed to sell to Chinese meat processor Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. for $4.7 billion.

Smithfield runs the largest slaughterhouse and meat-processing plant in the world in Tar Heel.

The Wall Street Journal reports the purpose of the deal is to export more of Smithfield’s meat to China, which is the world’s biggest pork market.

Virginia-based Smithfield employs more 10,000 workers in North Carolina alone.

Smithfield Foods says there will be no closing of any facilities and employees will stay in place.

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Wilmington Mayor proclaims May 30, 2013 as NUMAC Day

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

It's hard to believe, but the GE Hitachi community has been in Wilmington for 50 years. The mayor of Wilmington proclaimed today Numac Day, but what is Numac? It's basically the

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With teams safe from cuts, ball in boosters’ court

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It came as a shock to some and a relief to others.

UNC Wilmington Chancellor Gary Miller announced this morning he would not cut teams from the school athletic department.

Miller’s announcement got a standing ovation from seahawk athletes, but that announcement was also a call to action to the university and the community.

“Division I intercollegiate athletics is an essential part of this university and a critical avenue by which we build partnerships in this community,” Miller said.

A community he hopes will better support the school’s sports teams. By deciding not to cut five programs as recommended by a committee that examined the athletic department, Miller put the ball firmly back in the court of the donors. Now the Seahawk Club is asking its members to step to the plate and deliver the funds needed to get the athletic department soaring to new heights.

“Money makes the world go round,” Seahawk Club Executive Director Rob Aycock said. “Whether that’s fortunate or unfortunate, that’s the reality of the situation. We need to continue to bring in more and more funds to be competitive nationally and to raise the profile of not only the athletics here, but also the university.”

Former UNCW swimmer Dan Gallagher says he has been contributing to the school’s bottom line since graduating in 2002. He feels more alumni would take the dive if donors had greater control of where their money went.

“We hope to see things like sport-specific giving come back to the athletic department, so that the alumni of the non-revenue sports can give specifically to a certain cause,” Gallagher said.

The group Save UNCW Swimming & Diving raised $1,000 since it formed last week following the committee’s recommendation to cut men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s cross country, men’s indoor track and softball. Members will donate the money they raise to Chancellor Miller and the Seahawk Club at a ceremony tomorrow morning.

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No sports teams to be cut from UNCW, MIller meets with Board of Trustees

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller announced Thursday morning that no sports teams will be cut at this time.

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