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Wilmington completes riverfront land sale to hotel group

December 4, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Despite a pending legal challenge, the city of Wilmington completed the sale of a .76-acre riverfront property to Harmony Hospitality, which plans to build a $33.6 million Embassy Suites hotel there. The site is adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center, which opened in 2010. A rival hotel group had challenged the sale, contending the city was offering to sell the land to Harmony below market value.

Dominion says pipeline would mean $6M in property-tax payments

December 2, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The 550-mile proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline would provide more than $25 million annually in local property taxes –including $6 million in North Carolina – according to estimates from Dominion Resources. Announced in September, the pipeline would bring natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale basins to North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Low-impact development underway in Leland

December 1, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The developer of a 313-acre development on the Cape Fear River plans to use low-impact principles to preserve the local environment. River Bluffs could contain up to 740 homes at buildout; most of the homes in the development's first phase will be priced at $400,000 and up.

Erosion worsens at North Topsail Beach

December 1, 2014

(Jacksonville Daily News)

A weekend storm worsened erosion at the north end of Topsail Island, where the town's building inspector recommended shutting off power to 22 vacation rentals and other structures where conditions could create a fire hazard. 
Related: "Land's End," November

Recount confirms Beasley's court race win

November 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cheri Beasley, an associate justice, was confirmed the winner in the statewide N.C. Supreme Court race after a recount was completed Monday. The final tally showed Beasley received 5,410 more votes than opponent Mike Robinson, a Winston-Salem lawyer, out of more than 2.4 million votes cast. Beasley was appointed to the seat in 2012. 

Brunswick to buy land once owned by leader

November 26, 2014

(The Star News, Wilmington)

Brunswick County plans to purchase 35 acres of waterfront property that was once partly owned by its board chairman, Phil Norris. The $3.5 million deal will close on Dec. 12. It was set up by Norris, who says he took a minimal role after suggesting the property to the parks and recreation department who were looking for land for a waterfront park. Independent appraisers value the land at more than $7.7 million. 

Fayetteville hotel goes to auction in December

November 26, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Prince Charles Hotel, opened in 1925 in downtown Fayetteville, will be sold to the highest bidder in an online auction scheduled for Dec. 10-15. The minimum bid for the bankrupt historic property is set at $200,000; the current owner bought the hotel and some adjacent property in 2007 for $1.9 million. The adjacent property is not included in the auction. At its height, the hotel hosted wedding receptions, political functions and other gatherings in its top-floor ballroom.

Wilmington's Cucalorus film festival sets attendance record

November 25, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

For the second year in a row, MovieMaker Magazine named Wilmington's Cucalorus film festival, which was held Nov. 12-16, among the top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. Started in 1994, the festival attracted 15,743 attendees in 2014, an increase of 7% over last year, and screened 241 films.

Lumber Bridge poultry plant gives away Thanksgiving dinners for more than 17,000

November 24, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Mountaire Farms in Robeson County donated food for about 17,500 people as part of the company's Thanksgiving for Thousands program. Ninety-seven churches will help distribute the food boxes, which include chickens, yams, brownie mix and cranberry sauce. 

Goldsboro Country Club to close

November 24, 2014

(The Goldsboro News-Argus)

Goldsboro Country Club, chartered nearly 70 years ago, will close its doors by year-end. The reason for the closure was unclear.

Wilmington startup launches app for wine and beer drinkers

November 21, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

Wilmington-based Next Glass launched on Thursday its much-anticipated app designed to help beer and wine drinkers find brands they will like. The tech startup held its beta launch on Nov. 5, with 20,000 people signing up within 24 hours. Next Glass has raised more than $3 million from investors, according to CEO Kurt Taylor.

Moen expanding in New Bern

November 20, 2014

(Sun Journal, New Bern)

Moen will build a 200,000-square-foot component warehouse in Craven County to support its local faucet-assembly plant, where it employs 700 workers. The new warehouse will replace a current one in Kinston, which is managed by a third-party operator. The North Olmsted, Ohio-based company will add at least 75 jobs in New Bern within a year. Some of the jobs will go to employees from the Kinston warehouse that is closing.

Wilmington film studios halt tours to undergo renovations

November 20, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington has halted its popular weekend tours to complete renovations including improvements to roads, sound stages and landscaping. Tours will resume in March and will include sets from CBS Television's Under the Dome, which will begin filming its third season in early 2015.
Related: ABC's 'Secrets and Lies' wraps production, will premiere March 1

Foam manufacturer closing Edgecombe County plant

November 19, 2014

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

Nomaco will close its 500,000-square-foot foam-manufacturing plant in Tarboro in July 2015. About 80 of the company's 106 employees will be eligible to apply for jobs at its headquarters in Zebulon. The company makes insulation products for the construction industry, foam for use in bedding and home furnishings and other commercial products.

Methodist University to offer first doctoral program

November 19, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Methodist University broke ground in October on a 34,000-square-foot health sciences building where it will offer its first doctoral program. The Fayetteville university will launch its Doctor of Physical Therapy program with 40 students in fall 2015.

Rural communities face challenge attracting jobs

November 17, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Four small towns near Fayetteville are struggling to bring jobs back after manufacturing plants that once employed hundreds or thousands have shut down.  

Brunswick County considers new incentives policy

November 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Brunswick County commissioners will consider an incentives policy that could help small to midsize employers looking to expand or relocate in the area. If approved, the new policy would provide job-creation grants of up to $1,000 per full-time job created if a company commits to adding a minimum of 10 jobs. 

Rail-car manufacturer to create 1,300 jobs in Wilmington

November 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Vertex Rail Technologies will hire1,342 workers and invest $55 million to $60 million in a Wilmington plant where it will make rail tank cars that will be used to transport crude oil. The company will renovate a plant where Westport, Conn.-based Terex Corp. previously manufactured cranes.

GE Hitachi gets large order for nuclear reactor parts

November 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Castle Hayne-based GE Hitachi has received a large order for nuclear rod blades from a Swiss nuclear power plant. Financial terms of the order were not disclosed. 

UNC, CarolinaEast team up to build $30M cancer center in New Bern

November 13, 2014

(Sun Journal, New Bern)

UNC Cancer Care and CarolinaEast Health System announced a partnership that will feature construction of a $30 million cancer center in New Bern. The cancer center will adjoin CarolinaEast's medical center and is expected to be completed in about three years.