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Archive for September, 2014

Linamar Corp. adding 125 auto parts jobs in NC

Friday, September 26th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An auto parts manufacturer is being offered $1.4 million in incentives to add 125 North Carolina jobs that pay average salaries lower than the local average.

North Carolina officials said Friday that Linamar Corp. planned to expand after preserving 145 jobs now at the Carolina Forge Co.’s Wilson engine transmission plant, which Linamar is buying. The company could claim all the state and local grants and training assistance if it meets investment and job targets.

The new jobs are expected to pay almost $38,000, less than the Wilson County average of $40,000.

Gov. Pat McCrory said the automotive industry is one of the key targets in his administration’s economic development strategy and Guelph, Ontario-based Linamar is important to boosting that sector.

Linamar also employs 170 workers in Buncombe County.

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ actors visiting Sleepy Hollow, NY

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Two of the actors from the Fox TV series, Orlando Jones and Lyndie Greenwood, are cutting a ribbon in the New York village to open the Halloween season.

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Residents remember boardwalk arcade, other businesses damaged in Carolina Beach fire

Friday, September 26th, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Investigators still do not know what caused the fire yesterday at the Carolina Beach boardwalk. It destroyed the arcade and damaged some neighboring businesses.

Now locals, workers and tourists alike are reminiscing about the fun times, and trying to figure out how to rebuild.

The boardwalk, originally built in the ’30s, has been destroyed and rebuilt three times over the years. Now some business owners will have to rebuild once again.

“It’s sad, especially for Frank’s Pizza,” Toni Thomas said.

Many residents stopped by Friday to see the damage from Thursday’s fire, sharing their fond memories of the boardwalk, and the ever-popular arcade.

“It’s terrible because that’s a historic site,” Deana Hamilton said.

Hamilton says she has been coming to the Arcade here at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk ever since she was a little girl, and now brings her grand-kids. But she says the boardwalk simply is not the same without the arcade.

“I have pictures of me and my grandkids, and they loved it. And it’s just so sad because, you know, it’s just real sad that it’s gone down,” Hamilton said.

But how will modern building codes affect restoring this historic piece of property?

“The Division of Coastal Management regulates the areas, so they have restrictions on if you’re building is damaged over 50%, and they are also in a flood zone,” Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin said.

Parvin says they will not know if and when the businesses can rebuild until they figure out the extent of the damage.

“It’s still too early to tell,” Parvin said. “There may be portions that have to be taken down and maybe portions that can stay.”

Investigators still say the fire does not look suspicious.

Officials say affected business owners are meeting tomorrow to assess the damage.


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Person falls from motel balcony in Carolina Beach

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A person was injured after falling from the balcony of a motel in Carolina Beach.

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Jesse James Dupree comes to Wilmington to support “Ride for a Cause”

Friday, September 26th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bikers started their engines tonight for a good cause.

Performance Cycles hosted “Ride for a Cause.” There were about 75 bikers that started at performance cycles and ended at ziggy’s by the sea for a performance by Jackyl. The event benefited the wilmington police recreation association.

The lead singer of Jackyl, Jesse James Dupree says he rode his bike 500 miles from Atlanta to support the cause.

“There’s not a better fraternity of people and friends that I’d rather be associated with than these people right here today,” Dupree said. “They have big hearts. I love to put them two wheel scooters in the wind.”

A portion of ticket sales went to the association to fund a flag pole project that will be illuminated 24 hours a day.
Dupree says he was glad he was able to support the charity and lead a good night at Ziggy’s by the Sea.


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