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Maidenform distribution center in Fayetteville to close by late 2014

October 18, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

About 285 jobs at Maidenform Brands Inc.'s Cumberland County distribution center will be phased out beginning in the first quarter of 2014. Winston-Salem-based HanesBrands acquired the apparel manufacturer and will consolidate the center's operations with its existing distribution centers in Forsyth and Cleveland Counties.

UNC-Pembroke restructures programs, eliminates 30 positions

October 17, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

UNC-Pembroke will eliminate thirty jobs, including eight filled and 22 vacant positions, as it restructures six academic departments in a cost-saving measure. The changes were made to offset a decrease in state funding of more than $3.1 million.

Fayetteville businesses feel pinch as military paychecks in limbo

October 16, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fort Bragg soldiers are preparing for possible delays in receiving their paychecks if Congress does not reach an agreement to put an end to the federal government shutdown. Fayetteville area businesses which depend on military personnel are already feeling the strain as soldiers are spending less.

New Hanover County spent $68,000 in failed effort to remove commissioner

October 16, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover County spent nearly $68,000 in legal fees in its failed attempt to remove Commissioner Brian Berger from the board earlier this year. The commissioners voted to remove Berger in May, but when he appealed the decision to the N.C. Superior Court they hired a Greenville lawyer to defend the county. The court reinstated Berger in September. 

Wilmington's Hess terminal sold to Houston firm

October 14, 2013

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

New-York-based Hess Corp. is selling 19 terminals along the Atlantic coast, including one on Wilmington's riverfront used for storage and distribution of its petroleum products. Houston-based Buckeye Partners L.P. is buying the entire East Coast network, plus one in the Caribbean, for $850 million.

Wilmington's Live Oak Bank submits plans for nCino headquarters

October 11, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington-based Live Oak Bank submitted building plans to the city for a new headquarters building for its nCino bank-operating software subsidiary. The plans include a 55,140-square-foot building, larger than the bank's 37,000-square-foot headquarters. Incentives from Wilmington and New Hanover County have already been approved for the project.

NC DOT taking bids for another Outer Banks bridge project

October 11, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Transportation has begun soliciting bids to build a bridge that would elevate 2.4 miles of N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Island, in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Pending state and federal approval, construction on the $124 million project could begin in early 2014. 

ECSU student wins city council seat based on unofficial returns

October 10, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A student from Elizabeth City State University who originally was denied the right to run for local office has won one of two seats on the 4th Ward City Council, according to unofficial preliminary returns. The North Carolina Board of Elections gave permission for Montravias King to run for city council after his bid was initially denied by the Pasquotank County elections board. 

Management company hired to run Fayetteville's Crown Center

October 8, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved a five-year contract with a private management company to run the Crown Center, a multi-purpose arena owned by the county. Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum Inc. will take over Nov. 1 and has begun offering employment to some county employees who currently work there.

Environmental group appeals ruling in Outer Banks bridge project

October 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Environmental Law Center is appealing a court ruling that would allow the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the 2.4-mile Bonner Bridge which crosses the Oregon Inlet in the Outer Banks with another parallel span. The group instead recommends a 17-mile bridge that would cost an estimated $1.1 billion to construct.

NC hog farmers concerned over Smithfield sale to Chinese pork company

October 7, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Farmers who raise hogs for Smithfield Foods are nervous about the company's buyout by Chinese pork producer Shuanghui International Holdings. Both companies have said there won't be any changes for the farmers or the 5,000 workers at the company's processing plant in Tar Heel. Those concerned say food safety regulations in China are laxer than in the U.S., and food sold under the Smithfield brand does not have to labeled with the country of origin.

Fox renews Wilmington-produced Sleepy Hollow for a second season

October 7, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

FOX Broadcasting Company has renewed "Sleepy Hollow," filmed at Wilmington's EUE/Screen Gems Studios, for a second season after the TV drama posted strong ratings for its first three episodes. The show, which employs 175-200 local crew members, expects to wrap up production of its first season in December. The second season will air beginning in the fall of 2014.

Morehead City waterfront retirement center files for Chapter 7

October 7, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

Harborview Enterprises LLC, the operator of a high-rise senior living center that closed in August, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The company was facing at least a dozen civil lawsuits alleging breach of contract as residents sought to recover deposits that were made on apartments there.

Furloughed civilian defense workers to return to work this week

October 7, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Many of the 7,200 civilian workers at Fort Bragg will return to work this week after being furloughed since the partial shutdown of the federal government began last week. The Department of Defense issued a directive Saturday after reviewing the Pay Our Military Act, which allows the military to eliminate furloughs for employees in areas such as health care, commissaries and maintenance during a government shutdown.

Government benefits hold up local economy in Lenoir County

October 4, 2013

(Kinston Free Press)

According to the Lenoir County Department of Social Services, residents there received more than $204 million in Medicaid, day care subsidies and food assistance in 2011, or about $3,439 per person compared to the statewide average of $1,385 per person. It estimates the total economic impact on the local economy is $356.9 million. 

Wilmington pharmaceutical to keep headquarters after acquisition

October 3, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington's AAIPharma Services Corp., which employs 600 in Wilmington and Charleston, S.C., will keep its headquarters in Wilmington after it is acquired by Germantown, Wis.-based Cambridge Major Laboratories. According to AAIPharma CEO Patrick Walsh, executive leadership will remain the same and no job losses are expected at either location.

Dunn's New Century Bank to acquire SelectBank & Trust

October 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Dunn-based New Century Bank announced this week it will acquire Greenville-based SelectBank & Trust, giving the bank a combined total of 14 branches in central and eastern North Carolina. Pending regulatory approval, the acquisition will take place in mid-2014. The new bank will operate as SelectBank & Trust.

Government shutdown furloughs thousands of Fort Bragg civilian workers

October 3, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

About half of 14,500 civilian workers at Fort Bragg were placed on indefinite furlough due to the partial shutdown by the federal government. Schools, law enforcement and emergency services are not affected and will maintain operations.

Opening delayed for Hoke County hospital

October 1, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Hoke Campus of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, which was scheduled to open today, instead will open later next week. The hospital, Hoke County's first, is awaiting a licensure survey by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

N.C. Ports approves two Morehead City projects

September 30, 2013

(The Carteret County News-Times)

The North Carolina State Ports Authority has approved two projects for the Port of Morehead City. The first is for Woodfuels LLC, a San Diego, Calif. biofuels company, to invest $75 million in a wood-pellet export business, including construction of a storage center and conveyor equipment. The other approved project involves construction of moorings for barges importing an iron product for Nucor's steel mill in Hertford County.