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Judge Appointed For Wake County PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 24 May 2019 13:57

 Governor Roy Cooper has appointed David K. Baker, Sr. to serve as district court judge for Judicial District 10B in Wake County.

“Mr. Baker brings great experience and commitment to serving the people of Wake County, and I’m confident in his ability to serve on the bench,” said Governor Cooper.

David K. Baker, Sr. of Raleigh will fill the vacancy left by the Honorable Craig Croom’s appointment as Special Superior Court Judge. Baker has served as the principal attorney at the Law Office of David K. Baker since 2010. Prior, he worked as a staff attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina. In his community, Baker has served as vice-chair for the Wake County Bar Association and the Raleigh Area Development Authority and chaired the African-American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County. Baker received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central School of Law.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2019 14:03
Small Business Disaster Declaration Granted to Help Durham Businesses PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 24 May 2019 13:48
RALEIGH: The  U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a disaster declaration for business owners in Durham County that suffered damages following the April 10, 2019 gas leak that led to a deadly explosion in the downtown area. 
The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration enables business owners to seek low-interest government loans to make repairs, pay bills and meet operating expenses.  
“This explosion consumed an entire city block in Durham, tragically took two lives, damaged nine businesses and destroyed four,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Surrounding businesses have also taken a hit and we want to make sure they have the resources they need to recover.” 
The governor requested the SBA disaster declaration April 19th 
The declaration provides access to loans of up to $2 million for eligible small business and nonprofit organizations. The loans have interest rates of less than four percent with 30 years to repay. Business owners have until Jan. 30, 2020 to apply. 
 Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster 
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2019 13:50
Manufacturing Firm Chooses Brunswick County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:00
Pacon Manufacturing Corporation, a contract manufacturer, has selected Brunswick County for its new plant, creating 299 new jobs and investing $37.6 million, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will bring manufacturing to Navassa, N.C. 
“Hurricane Florence dealt a powerful blow to this area just six months ago, but North Carolinians are strong and resilient and today we are here to celebrate the good news of good jobs,” said Governor Cooper. “Pacon Manufacturing chose North Carolina because of our strong workforce, infrastructure and community support, and they are committed to working with us as we rebuild.”
Pacon Manufacturing develops and manufactures wipes, pads, towels and liquids for the consumer, industrial and medical industries. Pacon’s products range from disinfecting wipes to makeup remover pads to personal care wipes, and the company manufactures for the leaders in consumer-packaged goods. Pacon Manufacturing was founded in 1949. 
“Pacon Manufacturing looks forward to this opportunity to partner with the people and resources of Brunswick County and the great state of North Carolina,” said Mike Shannon, Pacon’s Chairman of the Board. “We would like to thank the teams at NC Commerce and Brunswick County, among others, who have been instrumental in making this possible. This new facility in Navassa is a key component to our growth in the upcoming years.”
“Manufacturers need workforce and infrastructure, and Brunswick County has both,” said Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland. “I am proud to welcome Pacon Manufacturing’s significant investment in North Carolina. Pacon is making a big bet on our state, and I know we have what it takes to deliver.”
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) were instrumental in supporting the company’s expansion decision. 
Salaries for the new jobs will vary by position but will average $31,273.
A performance-based grant of $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Pacon Manufacturing’s opening of its new facility in North Carolina. The One N.C. Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
“This is a great day for Brunswick County,” said Senator Bill Rabon. “Advanced manufacturing is a strong industry sector in Southeastern North Carolina and Pacon Manufacturing will be a great addition to our state.” 
“We are very excited about welcoming Pacon Manufacturing to our community,” said Rep. Deb Butler. “These new jobs will have a great impact on our citizens.”
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina’s Southeast Partnership, Brunswick County and Brunswick County Business and Industry Development and Duke Energy. 
State Offers Reward In Martin County Murder PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:21
The State of North Carolina is offering rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Tafari Neion Griffin, age 27, in Williamston, North Carolina.
On April 28, 2018, at approximately 7:15 a.m., Tafari Neion Griffin was shot and killed inside the residence located at 1279 Hargis Lane in Williamston, North Carolina in an apparent home robbery by two unknown males. The suspects then stole Mr. Griffin’s BMW sport utility vehicle. The vehicle was later found abandoned a short distance from Mr. Griffin’s home. 
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Martin County Sheriff’s Office at 252-789-4500, Martin County Crime Stoppers at 252-792-8800 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-450

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