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Triangle Business Journal - by Dale Gibson

Visitors to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington may want to watch out for giant seahawks when they enter campus.

A massive, 2,000-pound seahawk sculpture has been installed in front of Hoggard Hall, facing the campus’ main entrance. The structure, which is 10 feet tall, 6 feet long and 20 feet wide, features thousands of copper feathers to give the sculpture a realistic look.

The seahawk, designed and created by Wilmington artist Dumay Gorham, is a gift from Ike Belk, a former state senator and former member of the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors whose family founded Belk Inc. department stores.

The seahawk is, of course, the mascot of UNCW’s athletic teams. But such a bird doesn’t actually exist. It’s a nickname for the Osprey, one of the mightiest of birds of prey.

Google G1 phone users may have North Carolina State University students to thank for some of the applications on their phone.

Beginning last spring, Google provided professor Frank Mueller $25,000 and five phones to study and develop new apps. “Students use it in class and work toward the next killer app,” Mueller says of the phone.

Last semester, students worked on one project to develop applications that search for WiFi networks, while another group used the phone’s GPS capabilities to develop a program that can identify traffic jams and long lines at stores.

Mueller says he will continue working with the phones with a new group of students in the fall and expects phone application development to become a fixture of the real time systems program at NCSU.

Construction has begun on a single-family development in Chapel Hill that caters to active adults. Chapelwood homes start at $349,950 and require at least one family member to be 55 or older.

Homes in the community will be single-story structures ranging from 1,820 to 2,577 square feet. Chapelwood is on Barbee Chapel Road off N.C. 54, across from the Meadowmont community. It’s being developed by Cliff Zinner of Raleigh Durham Construction Co. and Jim Kenny of Hagood Homes.

Mount Olive-based Andy’s Burgers, Shakes & Fries has relocated its Holly Springs restaurant from a spot in town to the Shoppes at Holly Springs on the Alford Highway.

Andy’s operates more than 100 of its 1950’s style diners across the state.

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