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Fraud charges filed against owners of Fayetteville's Smith ad agency

May 8, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Federal prosecutors in Florida filed a criminal complaint against Gary and Todd Smith, who owned and operated Smith Advertising & Associates in Fayetteville until about two years ago. An affidavit says at least 74 victims have claimed losses of more than $55 million in a fraud scheme the Smiths ran in association with the agency. (click here to read BNC's December 2013 cover story about Smith Advertising)

Civil War museum would boost Cumberland County economy

May 7, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A proposed $65 million N.C. Civil War History Center could have an annual impact of more than $12 million and bring up to 155 jobs to Cumberland County. An economic impact study shows more than 100,000 visitors would come to the center annually if built. 

Columbus Regional hospital names interim leader after CEO's sudden departure

May 5, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Columbus Regional Healthcare System named Duane Erwin interim chief executive officer after former CEO Henry Hawthorne resigned unexpectedly last Thursday after six years in the post. A press release said Hawthorne left the 154-bed Whiteville hospital "to pursue other interests and opportunities."

Kinston's Lenoir Memorial Hospital hires Charlotte lawyer for affiliation process

May 5, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

Lenoir Memorial Hospital has hired an attorney with the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods to help the medical center as it seeks a partnership or purchase agreement with another institution.

2,114-acre community for older adults planned for Brunswick County

May 1, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Legacy Community Partners will develop a master-planned community for adults 55 and older on more than 2,000 acres in Brunswick County. The project will include up to 2,250 residential units and a 46-acre health-care and retail campus and is expected to create 3,500 construction, medical and retail jobs. The Southport-based developer hopes to break ground on the first phase by fall.

nCino introduces new version of its banking software

April 30, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based nCino released a new version of its Bank Operating System software called nCino Lite. The new version provides employees including tellers and personal bankers read-only access to customer data that can be used for making referrals for additional products and services.

Graphic Packaging makes $8.9 million investment in Lumberton plant

April 30, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Graphic Packaging International said it has invested $8.9 million in new machinery and equipment at its paperboard-carton manufacturing plant in Lumberton. The company, which employs 258 at the Robeson County plant, said the investment will allow it to increase production by $20 million annually.

Fletcher company wants to build 80-megawatt solar farm in Cumberland County

April 30, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Innovative Solar Systems has proposed an 80-megawatt solar farm in Cumberland County, a $144 million project that would be the state's largest to date. If the N.C. Utilities Commission approves the 450-acre project, the farm will begin generating electricity in November 2015.

New Hanover medical center breaks ground on $15.1 million emergency center

April 30, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center broke ground on a $15.1 million emergency center near Porter's Neck. Construction on the 30,000-square-foot medical center is expected to be complete by spring 2015.

Plastic film-maker expanding in Martin County

April 29, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Syfan Manufacturing will invest more than $6.5 million and create 24 jobs at its plant in Martin County. The company makes plastic films and wraps and currently employs 73 employees at its Everetts plant.

Cozza to encourage NC businesses to expand through exports

April 28, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Ports CEO Paul Cozza assumed his new position last week, and the former shipping executive said he will work to encourage more of the state's businesses to expand through international trade. Cozza also said he expects more initiatives such as the 75,000-square-foot cold-storage center planned at Port of Wilmington that encourage the development of trade.

More young people interested in agriculture, farming

April 28, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The number of people in their 20s and 30s interested in farming, spurred by enthusiasm for locally produced food, has increased, according to the Al Hight, director of the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, though still only 5% of North Carolina's 50,000 farm operators are 34 or younger.

Wilmington's PPD names De Silva senior vice president

April 22, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington-based pharmaceutical company PPD named Bhooshi De Silva senior vice president of corporate development and strategy. De Silva, a former VP of business development at New York-based Pfizer, will focus on mergers and acquisitions.

New food plant to open in Nash County, create 64 jobs

April 21, 2014

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

Richmond, Va.-based Universal Corp. will invest $20 million and hire 64 people at a Nash County plant where it will produce dehydrated and juiced vegetable and fruit products. 

USDA: Farms must report pig virus

April 21, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture now will require farms infected with a deadly pig virus to report outbreaks in an effort to monitor and control the spread of the disease. North Carolina is among four states that has been hit the hardest by porcine epidemic diarrhea, which is nearly always fatal to young piglets. (Regional Report, April 2014) 

State officials working to protect Carteret County marine lab

April 21, 2014

(The Daily News, Jacksonville)

Rep. Walter Jones is working to protect the National Oceanic and Atmospheric marine lab, which is slated for closure in 2015. The lab, which performs scientific research to support menhaden managed fisheries, supports about 100 jobs in the Beaufort area.

 

Wrightsville Beach hotel celebrates 50 years in business

April 21, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wrightsville Beach's Blockade Runner Beach Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The family-owned business has withstood hurricanes, including Diana in 1984 which nearly destroyed the 150-room hotel, and other setbacks and has endured where other inns and hotels have come and gone.

School leaders concerned over increase in Wake County teacher resignations

April 18, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Teacher resignations in Wake County have increased 41% compared with the same time a year ago. Of Wake's 9,000 teachers, 612 have resigned since the school year began, up from 433 during the same time last year. North Carolina's average pay for teachers ranks 46th in the nation.

Fayetteville's Methodist University receives $1 million gift

April 17, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Methodist University received a $1 million gift to support three projects including a Judaic studies endowment and a lobby and gallery in the Reeves Fine Art Building. The school has raised $25 million towards a $35 million goal in the largest fundraising initiative in its history.

Isaiah Washington leads cast of 'The Sin Seer' in Wilmington

April 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Isaiah Washington and Lisa Arrindell Anderson will star in The Sin Seer, an upcoming film about a woman who can see sin in people's souls. The film will begin production April 28 in Wilmington.