Paula Poundstone is at her best when she is unscripted. As a panelist on the NPR news quiz show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, she writes only two sections in advance: Bluff the Listener – in which contestants try to identify the real news story – and the last joke of the show.
Voters are hearing plenty about this dramatic presidential campaign season. Even locally, New Hanover County has its own mini-drama underway with a very public rift in the Republican Party and a fierce primary battle for three seats on the Board of Commission.
But the Connect NC Bond has not enjoyed the same breadth of air time. We’ll take a look at why even the news media seems to be playing catch-up.
Since the ouster of former president Ted Spring early this year, public interest in the financial workings of Cape Fear Community College has spiked. At least one local news organization, WECT, has been doggedly pursuing the details of performers’ contracts signed with CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center – which kicks off its inaugural season this fall.
Cape Fear Community College is joining a nationwide effort to help prepare Baby Boomers to take on new jobs. CFCC was recently granted funding from the American Association of Community Colleges to create and expand programming that will engage the region’s fifty-plus population in the fields of health care, education and social services. CFCC’s “Encore Program,” as it’s dubbed, takes off in the fall. But first, they’re busy assessing the unique needs of this area’s aspiring senior students.
Business owners in Southeastern North Carolina are more optimistic than they’ve been since pre-recessionary times—and many plan on doing some hiring. This is according to PNC Bank’s annual spring outlook survey. Yesterday, their economist presented survey findings on the financial state of the nation, the state—and of Wilmington. And the Port City is considered an area of major growth—yet in terms of residents’ income, it still lags behind state and national averages.