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Archive for February, 2014

DAK files federal suit to get back pension overpayments

Friday, February 21st, 2014

By Wayne Faulkner
Wayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

DAK Americas’ pension plan overpaid 15 former employees of its shuttered Navassa plant and now wants that money back, according to a suit filed Thursday in federal court.

DAK’s Retirement Committee, which administers the plan, said in the suit that a miscalculation of benefits caused it to pay too much to the employees, all of whom elected to receive lump-sum payments rather than an annuity. The manufacturer of PET resins closed its Brunswick County plant last year and 350 company employees lost their jobs.

Individual overpayments ranged from $8,640 to $215,922 and totaled $1.851 million, according to the suit filed in US District Court for Eastern North Carolina.

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CFCC celebrates construction milestone for fine arts building

Friday, February 21st, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College celebrated a construction milestone this morning as the school’s new Humanities & Fine Arts Center begins to take shape in downtown Wilmington.

Students, staff and community members joined together to commemorate the occasion as crews lowered a massive piece of concrete into place at the construction site at the corner of Second and Hanover streets.

School leaders say they are excited to see all the hard work and planning finally coming together. CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring adds that it was nice to see so many community members come out to show their support.

“It’s a wonderful addition to the community,” Dr. Spring said. “It’s a 159,000 square foot, 44 million dollar building that will provide access to our students to really do some things they have not been able to do in some of our other facilities over the years,” he said.

Before the ceremony, guests signed a wall to commemorate the big occasion and become a part of history. Dr. Spring says CFCC hopes to open the new facility next spring.

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Power outages knock out traffic lights on Oleander Dr.

Friday, February 21st, 2014

According to the Wilmington Police Department, several traffic lights are out in the area, including the intersection of Oleander Dr. and Independence Blvd. and the light at the entrance to Hanover Center and Independence Mall.

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A severe thunderstorm warning now in effect for Bladen and Columbus counties

Friday, February 21st, 2014

A severe thunderstorm warning is now in effect.

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Tornado watch in effect until 4 p.m. Friday

Friday, February 21st, 2014

A tornado watch is in effect until 4 p.m. Friday for a number of southeastern North Carolina counties

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