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Motion filed to extend case against Smith Advertising execs

July 11, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Lawyers have requested an extension in a Florida case alleging the owners of the former Smith Advertising & Associates were involved in a fraud scheme that bilked at least 74 people out of more than $55 million. The joint motion indicates the parties are attempting an out-of-court settlement.

Cape Fear Valley Health System seeks to expand

July 10, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cape Fear Valley Health System has filed an application to add 34 beds to the existing 490 at its medical center in Cumberland County. The project would cost $30 million, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Film advocates disagree with McCrory's claims of 'abuse' of film subsidies

July 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

North Carolina film industry leaders don't agree with Gov. Pat McCrory's comments suggesting that the state's film-incentive program has been abused.

New Hanover Regional partners with Carolinas HealthCare

July 9, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has entered into a services agreement with Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System that will allow the 769-bed hospital to reduce costs by combining its purchasing power with the state's largest public hospital system.

AAIPharma names Kutzer CEO

July 8, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Stephan Kutzer was named CEO of Wilmington-based AAIPharma Services Corp. and Wisconsin-based Cambridge Major Laboratories, which merged with AAIPharma in October. He comes from Lonza Inc., a Swiss biotech company, where he was chief operating officer.

Unnamed company could bring 200 jobs to Wilmington

July 8, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said an unnamed company that could invest millions of dollars and hire more than 200 workers is considering the Port City for a new office. Saffo said the city is vying with other communities for the jobs, which he described as office-support positions.

Conservationists oppose wood-pellet project at Port of Wilmington

July 7, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Conservation organizations are questioning sustainability practices of a company that plans to build a wood-pellet storage center at Port of Wilmington. Baltimore-based Enviva is considering sites in Sampson and Richmond counties for wood-pellet plants. Products would stored in Wilmington, then shipped to Europe for use as fuel.

Shuckin' Shack secures first franchisees

July 3, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The owners of Shuckin' Shack restaurants have signed two franchisees who plan to open locations in Topsail Beach and Porters Neck. Three restaurants also are planned in the Charlotte area. The original Shuckin' Shack opened in Carolina Beach in 2007 followed by one in downtown Wilmington in 2012.  

Hurricane Arthur moving toward NC coast

July 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The entire North Carolina coast is under a hurricane warning as Arthur was upgraded from a tropical storm early Thursday morning. Forecasters expect the storm to pass over the area Thursday evening and Friday morning without causing major damage. Conditions should clear by Friday afternoon in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Cape Fear area hopes storm moves on by July 4

July 2, 2014

(Wilmington StarNews)

Tropical Storm Arthur poses problems for coastal businesses expecting big hauls during the Fourth of July holiday.

'Tammy' boon for the East

July 1, 2014

(Wilmington StarNews)

Tammy, a new film to be released this weekend starring Melissa McCarthy, spent about $14 million in the state last year during its production.

Vidant, Belhaven continue squabble over hospital closing

July 1, 2014

(The Daily Reflector)

A Vidant Health official says Belhaven officials failed to live up to their end of an agreement to keep Pungo Hospital open.

Brunswick beaches try to hold on to small-town feel

June 30, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Five Brunswick County beach towns face challenges to remain family-friendly.

 

Charter schools benefit founder's companies

June 30, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

In 2013-14, Charter Day School Inc.'s three charter schools rented most of their material goods from for-profit companies owned by the founder.

Report shows potential impact of military realignment on Fort Bragg

June 27, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A U.S. Army report shows that Fort Bragg could lose 16,000 soldiers and civilians under a worst-case scenario due to potential cuts necessitated by a shrinking defense budget. According to the projections, the region could lose 21,563 jobs and local governments would lose an estimated $11.3 million in sales-tax receipts. About 10% of the Army is based at Fort Bragg.

Publix looking at sites for Wilmington grocery store

June 27, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets is looking at sites to build a store in the Port City, though a spokewoman from the grocery-store chain declined to comment about future locations. Publix currently has two N.C. stores, both in the Charlotte area.

Lenoir Memorial weighs three affiliation proposals

June 26, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

Lenoir Memorial Hospital has received three proposals in its search for an operating affiliate. Brentwood, Tenn.-based Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Greenville-based Vidant Health and Winston-Salem-based Novant Health have proposed joint ventures or management agreements with the 261-bed hospital.

Efforts continue to unionize Mountaire Farms plant in Lumber Bridge

June 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A local chapter of United Food and Commercial Workers union is continuing its efforts to unionize the Mountaire Farms poultry plant in Robeson County. About 700 of the plants 2,000 workers have signed cards in support of a union, which they say could lead to improved safety conditions and equipment at the plant. 

Construction to begin on 402-unit Wilmington apartment complex

June 25, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Charleston, S.C.-based Kassinger Development Group will begin construction of a 402-unit apartment complex in Wilmington on a property owned by Cameron Management. Gallery Park Apartments is the first phase of a 300-acre planned development that will include office and multi-family housing.

Duke Energy Renewables announces Eastern NC solar project

June 24, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy Renewables will build a 52-megawatt solar project on three sites in eastern N.C. that will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 8,200 homes. Electricity will be sold to American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital in Washington, D.C. The first 20-megawatt site will be built this year in Pasquotank County.