Business Briefs — week of June 6, 2013

Franklin Medical Center recognized for excellence VHA Central Atlantic has recognized Novant Health Franklin Medical Center (FMC), Louisburg, with two national awards. FMC was listed as one of six facilities that demonstrated a 20-percent or greater reduction in 30-day heart...

Economy looks to be on the up

by Dave Caldwell, North Carolina State University RALEIGH — Things are looking up economically in both North Carolina and across the nation. That is the conclusion of Dr. Mike Walden, economist and William Neal Reynolds distinguished professor at North Carolina State University....
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Pretty darn quick!

WAKE FOREST — A line was out the door at lunchtime Monday at the new PDQ restaurant on Dr. Calvin Jones Highway at Northpark Drive. The fast food eatery opened Sunday and was slammed with customers both days, according to Bryan Cole, operating partner. PDQ, which stands for...

Business briefs — Week of May 30, 2013

Dunk a county commissioner in Louisburg Union Bank of Louisburg hosts a customer appreciation day Friday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hot dogs, drinks, desserts and games will be served. Additionally, Franklin County Commissioner Don Lancaster will will be the “dunkee” in a dunking booth...

What’s behind China’s economic boom? — Dr. Mike Walden, N.C. Economics

When I was growing up in the 1950s, China was our political enemy. My uncle, who lived next to my family, had fought the Chinese army in Korea, so nothing positive was said about China during family gatherings. Our political relationship with China changed in 1972, when President...