New ABC series to film in Wilmington this spring

January 14, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Sources in the film industry say a new ABC drama, "Secrets & Lies," will begin filming in the Wilmington area this spring. Local film crews for the CBS drama "Under the Dome" plan to begin work on its second season in February, and Fox president Kevin Reilly announced that production on season two of its series "Sleepy Hollow" will begin in March. 

Rep. Jones calls meeting over proposed wind turbine project in Newport

January 13, 2014

(The Daily News, Jacksonville)

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones has called for a meeting with the Department of Defense to discuss a proposed wind turbine project in Newport. Local officials and residents have expressed concerned about the possibility the turbines would cause problems with the flight paths of aircraft leaving Marine Corps air stations in Cherry Point and New River. 

Economist predicts modest growth for Southeastern NC in 2014

January 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

At an economic forecast seminar in Wilmington, Federal Reserve economist Richard Kaglic predicted national economic growth of 2% to 3% in 2014, and an economist from UNC Wilmington expects about the same growth rate for Southeastern N.C. William "Woody" Hall forecast strong growth in the health-care industry, a recovery in container traffic at the Port of Wilmington and stabilizing housing prices.

New Hanover hospital president says Obamacare, policy changes will cost it $20 million

January 9, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center Jack Barton says Obamacare and government policy decisions will cost the hospital $20 million this year, though he said the hospital has been proactive in becoming more efficient and might not have to cut services despite the potential shortfall.

Fayetteville group to convert empty warehouse to kitchen incubator

January 7, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

An economic development group plans to turn a 14,000-square-foot downtown Fayetteville warehouse into a kitchen incubator, with three commercial kitchens for use by long-term tenants and for special events and training. The Center for Economic Development and Empowerment hopes to raise $2.5 million in private donations and government grants to upfit the space.

Many Wilmington businesses didn't make it to see 2014

January 6, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A look back at Wilmington-area businesses, including some that had been around for decades, that closed or merged with others in 2013.

PBS to feature second series based in Lenoir County

January 3, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

Following the success of "A Chef's Life," a documentary and cooking series that features local chef Vivian Howard, PBS will air a second show filmed in Lenoir County. "A Roofer's Life," which will follow a La Grange roofer, will premier this summer.

Sampson County vegetable cannery may lay off 300

December 30, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Allens vegetable cannery filed a notice with the N.C. Department of Commerce saying it may close its plant in the town of Turkey in February, laying off 300 workers. The Arizona-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October and is undergoing a corporate restructuring.

Wilson County commissioners to vote on Duke LifePoint deal Jan. 6

December 23, 2013

(The Wilson Times)

Wilson Medical Center's proposal to sell a majority ownership to Duke LifePoint Healthcare is now under review by the state attorney general's office. If state regulators approve of the sale, the county is expected to hold a public hearing at its meeting on Jan. 6 and close the transaction Jan. 31.


Fayetteville-area veterans unhappy with federal compromise which cuts retirement pay

December 23, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A retirement-pay reduction scheduled to begin in 2015 has many soldiers and retired soldiers in the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg area upset with Congress, who passed the pay cut as part of the federal budget compromise earlier this month.

Italian food manufacturer to open Rocky Mount plant

December 20, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Nutkao USA will invest $7.3 million in a manufacturing plant in Rocky Mount, hiring 56 workers within three years. The Italian company makes cocoa and hazelnut spreads and fillings. Average annual salary will be $35,790, on par with Nash County's average of $35,450.

Utility plans $60 million water project for Southeastern NC

December 19, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority wants to build a new water pipeline that will pump 60 million gallons a day from the Cape Fear River to Brunswick and Pender Counties. It is unclear how much of the $60 million project will be financed by customers.

Boat manufacturer to create 200 jobs in Onslow County

December 18, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Armstrong Marine will invest more than $8.4 million and create 200 jobs at an aluminum-boat manufacturing plant near Swansboro. Average annual salary will be $31,420, higher than Onslow County's average of $26,908.

Grant approval helps Wilmington port project move forward

December 18, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

USAInvestCo received an $800,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and the company expects to break ground in March on a cold-storage development at the Port of Wilmington. The local real estate developer will invest more than $15 million in the project, which will create 100 jobs.

UNC Healthcare partners with Nash County hospital system

December 17, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC Healthcare has entered into an agreement with Nash Health Care Systems, which operates five hospitals with 403 beds, to provide management and operational services beginning April 1.

New owners envision premier resort for Brunswick County golf community

December 16, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center was sold to a Chinese investor during a bankruptcy auction in June; the new owners have begun making improvements to the golf course as the first step of a $500,000 renovation project that aims to make it one of the state's premier coastal resorts. 

NCDOT declares Bonner Bridge safe for now

December 16, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced the repopening of Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet yesterday, declaring the structure safe while the department continues with emergency repairs on it. The Outer Banks bridge had been closed since Dec. 3 and an emergeny ferry service was implemented for residents during the closure.

FirstMed companies file for Chapter 7

December 16, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Six companies associated with FirstMed EMC have filed for liquidation in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Eastern North Carolina. FirstMed is a private medical transportation company which closed abruptly Dec. 6, terminating 2,000 employees.

Air Canada announcement means more work for GE Aviation plant

December 13, 2013

(StarNews, Wlimington)

An Air Canada announcement on Wednesday that it is buying up to 109 Boeing 737 aircraft means an engine backlog will continue, along with stability for GE Aviation's Castle Hayne factory, which manufactures rotating parts for the engines. GE employs 600 in Wilmington, one of four plants it operates in North Carolina.

Duke Energy begins operating new Wilmington power plant

December 12, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy's new $600 million natural-gas-fired power plant has begun operating in Wilmington, replacing three coal-fired plants that were recently retired.