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Archive for July, 2013

Complete candidate filing list

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The following candidates filed for area municipal elections as of Friday.

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Former Brunswick commissioner Warren files for Oak Island mayor

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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NC unemployment rate for June remains unchanged

Friday, July 19th, 2013


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in June, staying at 8.8 percent.

But state Department of Commerce figures show that employers in North Carolina dropped nearly 11,000 jobs from May to June.

The state’s unemployment rate had dropped for four straight months after slow improvement in the economy.

The national unemployment rate had also remained unchanged at 7.6 percent.

The number of people employed in North Carolina has increased by more than 29,000 in the past year, but there are still nearly 417,000 listed as unemployed.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Saffo, most area mayor candidates unopposed as municipal filing ends

Friday, July 19th, 2013


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo drew a lot of criticism for standing out in front of the city's efforts to build a publicly-funded baseball stadium last year. It led many critics to make statements that they would remember come the next election. It looks like it won't matter.

When filing for municipal elections ended today at noon, Saffo's was the only name on the list to run for mayor. The Wilmington native and UNCW grad was among the first to sign up for November's election when filing period began July 5. Saffo is seeking his fourth full term in office. Council appointed him to the position in 2006 when Spence Broadhurst resigned.

Saffo is not the only mayoral candidate running unopposed. Kure Beach incumbent Dean Lambeth won't face opposition for another term. Former Wrightsville Beach Alderman Bill Blair will become the town's next mayor after November's election.

In Brunswick County, nine of 13 mayoral races have just one candidate. Of the four contested races, only Oak Island, with four hopefuls, has more than two choices.

In Pender County, no one filed to run for mayor in Atkinson. Meanwhile the towns of St. Helena and Watha have uncontested races. Burgaw Mayor Pete Cowan, though, faces a challenge from Eugene Mulligan.

As of 10 a.m., Fair Bluff was the only one of seven mayoral elections in Columbus County to have a contested race.

Bladen County has not yet released its final list of filings.

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Wilm. casting directors, TV show filmed in town score Emmy nods

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The nominations for this year's Emmy Awards are in, and two TV shows that got nods have ties to Wilmington.

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