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Oct 15, 2021

A North Carolina grant program designed to help small disadvantaged businesses is currently accepting applications.   Established in 2020 by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, the RETOOLNC Grant Program Fund is aimed at Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pro ...

Oct 1, 2021

It has been a long, bumpy 18 months for the operators of Thalian Hall. When COVID-19 shut down performance venues along with businesses of all kinds, revenues dried up and uncertainties set in.   “It’s been an incredible struggle, almost from week to week; we were not sure how we were going to make it,” said Tony Rivenbark, the hall’s executi ...

Sep 22, 2021

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning announced that 192 small businesses in New Hanover County are receiving grants from a fund of more than $4 million. The businesses are in the hospitality, retail and service sector, and the one-time grants are meant to offset the $65 million in lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the local and state re ...

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Boosting Off-Season Vacation Rental Income With Tax Deductions

Posted Oct 27, 2021
As we enjoy this fall season, it is important for vacation rental owners to continue to increase investment income. Maximizing tax benefits and understanding deductions can significantly boost off-season rental income. Let’s look at ways to make your vacation property work harder for you year-round.
 
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Aug 20, 2021

Return Of The Masks

By Jenny Callison, posted Aug 20, 2021

Editor's note: As we went to press on the Aug. 20 edition, New Hanover County officials announced a mandatory indoor masking policy. Several of the interviews below took place before the rule was announced, so this version has been updated to reflect that. By any measure, Southeastern North Carolina is seeing a significant impact from COVID-19’s delta variant. ...

Aug 17, 2021

NHC Indoor Mask Mandate Returns Friday

By Vicky Janowski, posted Aug 17, 2021

New Hanover County will join the list of municipalities in the state going back to an indoor mask mandate.   The county health board on Tuesday voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed health rule mandating face coverings inside. The rule does not go into effect for at least 10 days to allow for public notice and comment, but an abatement order moves up the ...

Aug 12, 2021

Local Hospitals See Surge In COVID Patients

By Vicky Janowski, posted Aug 12, 2021

Mirroring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the region, local hospitals also are seeing an uptick in patients, mostly unvaccinated, who are being admitted because of the virus.   The number of area hospitalized patients is nearing or exceeding the levels seen during the previous spike in the winter. During those months, COVID-19 vaccine doses were not yet widely ...

May 20, 2021

Businesses Adapt To Changes On COVID Restrictions

By Cece Nunn, posted May 20, 2021

A week after the CDC announced May 13 that fully vaccinated people can skip the mask and social distancing, businesses continue to adapt to an atmosphere free of many COVID-19 restrictions. As a result of the CDC announcement, Gov. Roy Cooper on May 14 lifted most remaining state rules, including those regarding masks and social distancing for those who are fully vaccin ...

May 17, 2021

Physicians, Businesses React To Changes On Masks Guidance

By Neil Cotiaux, posted May 17, 2021

The president of the N.C. Medical Society and a leading expert on infectious diseases are urging the public to remain cautious in the wake of a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may go without masks.   Philip Brown, president of the N.C. Medical Society and chief community impact o ...

Apr 16, 2021

Wilmington, Local Counties Anticipate Millions In Relief Funds

By Cece Nunn and Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Apr 16, 2021

Millions of dollars in stimulus funds are coming to communities in the region, and while New Hanover County has adopted an outline for how its estimated $45.4 million could be spent, other governments are at different stages in the planning process. The city of Wilmington is expected to receive $25.9 million, the result of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill President J ...

Apr 13, 2021

Safety Concerns Pause One-dose Vaccine

By Scott Nunn, posted Apr 13, 2021

The nation’s massive vaccination effort hit a snag Tuesday when, citing safety concerns, two federal health agencies called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.  Officials at the CDC and FDA are reviewing six cases in which a rare and severe type of blood clot developed after the person received the J&J vaccine, which, unl ...

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