2008-09

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Bobby Long

Six years ago, Bobby Long was described in print as “the most successful businessman in Greensboro that you’ve never heard of."
2008-09

Chasing stories

My insomnia continues. The Boss wrote about it 16 months ago in this space and how it played into a change in our Web site — www. BusinessNC.com. That’s when I started posting The Daily Digest, a roundup of links to the top business and politics newspaper articles across the state. One thing I’ve learned since: Negotiating newspaper Web sites is hard work, whether you’re poring through them on deadline at 5 a.m. or browsing casually during the day. But that’s what creates value in what I do.
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E. Spencer Robbins

He’s no golf historian, but like many an older fan, Spencer Robbins can recall Jack Nicklaus getting the better of Arnold Palmer a time or two.
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Gain amid the pain

Ken Thompson wasn’t the only chief executive of a big Tar Heel company forced out in the past year, and given the pain shareholders are feeling, more might go.
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Kelly Miller

He married into one of the state’s great golf families, and it’s natural to assume that Kelly Miller married into money.
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On a need-to-know basis

There’s a fellow living near Butner, where the federal government is considering building a germ-defense lab, who is prone to dress in a white suit and red cape with a large BS emblazoned on his chest. He’s Bio-Safety Man,and he must be a scary dude. Or at least a very persuasive one. Why else would more than a quarter-million dollars of public money have been temporarily earmarked to overcome his opposition to the lab?
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Parting is such sweet sorrow

It was clear Ken Thompson was in trouble, just not how much. Shares of Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp. had plunged, losing more than half their value as its 2006 purchase of mortgage lender Golden West dragged down earnings and the nation’s housing crisis deepened. The company had slashed its dividend 41%. When he relinquished his title as chairman, it was ostensibly to concentrate on his role as CEO to right the company. Yet less than a month later, the board forced him to retire.
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Readers Write Sept 08

On balance, the public faults newspapers' views.
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Regional Report Charlotte September 2008

In the waning days of the Civil War, Union Gen. George Stoneman’s cavalry raided parts of the Piedmont. After plundering Salisbury and burning its military prison, the Yankees turned their attention to a railroad bridge over the Yadkin River near Spencer. More than 140 years later, a longer battle was waged over that property. But this time the hostilities were between historic preservationists and Atlanta developer Richard Combs, who wants to build a “racing country club” there.
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Regional Report Eastern September 2008

This might be remembered as the year corn got creamed.
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Regional Report Triad September 2008

Despite a marriage that has produced the most successful furniture line ever, artist Bob Timberlake and Lexington Home Brands just can’t get along.
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Regional Report Triangle September 2008

Soleil means sun in French. And the Soleil Center hotel-condo tower proposed for northwest Raleigh would reach closer to it than any of its immediate neighbors. When finished, it will be the city’s tallest building — 43 stories and 480 feet. But right now, Soleil Center is stuck in the soil near Crabtree Valley Mall. Foundations have been laid, according to a statement by the developer, Soleil Group Inc., but the company is restructuring financing before going vertical. Soleil Group co-owner Sanjay Mundra didn’t return phone calls.
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Regional Report Western September 2008

Bobby Ginn’s Laurelmor project is struggling financially, but he has one thing in his favor. The real-estate market is so bad that lenders aren’t eager to foreclose — even on the high-dollar acreage of western North Carolina’s largest residential development.
2008-09

The candy man can

Even in Momeyer, a place that smells like peaches year round despite the lack of orchards, some find him odd. He has been known to stroll around this Nash County hamlet of some 300 souls and down the road in Nashville — population 4,000 — dressed in purple and wearing a top hat. Or decked out like Uncle Sam. That’s on special occasions. His preferred habit is seersucker suit, bow tie and spectacles, which makes him resemble Orville Redenbacher, or period pinstripes in which he looks like a Prohibition-era banker. But life is sweet these days for J. Brooks West III, or as he would like for you to know him, J.W. Butterfield.
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The wages of sin taxes

Smoke hovered in the hallways in 1999 when farmers from across the state came to Raleigh to have their say on how legislators should use money from the multibillion-dollar national tobacco settlement.
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Thomas J. Fazio

No living designer has more credits on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses than Tom Fazio.
2008-09

William Mangum

When the textile and furniture industries landed in the rough, the brush strokes of William Mangum’s watercolors became more defined.
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