Battleship North Carolina stands as a tribute to those who served in World War II and attracts a quarter-million visitors each year. But the ship, permanently moored in Wilmington, is in need of emergency repairs.
Even the strongest people and monuments age with time, and the steel hull of Battleship North Carolina is thinning. In some spots, a finger can poke through. That’s because the last major repairs were done over sixty years ago, despite the fact that the U.S. Navy’s standard requires repairs every twenty years.
This broadcast ofCoastLine originally aired on April 8, 2015.
Keeping beautiful beaches beautiful, protecting homes and public infrastructure from an encroaching ocean -- these are the challenges that have faced beach communities since people started building on them.
One important tool for managing a shoreline is beach renourishment – pumping sand onto a beach that is eroding.
Seismic testing gauges oil and gas deposits by shooting loud blasts of compressed air into the ocean. President Barack Obama approved the guidelines for its usage last year. But a group of scientists is calling upon the President to rethink that decision.
William McLellan of UNCW’s Marine Biology Department is one of seventy-five scientists who wrote to President Obama in opposition to the planned oil and gas exploration program off the Atlantic coast. They are concerned about impacts to marine wildlife.
This broadcast ofCoastLine originally aired on March 25, 2015.
The clothesline: it’s an old-fashioned, even quaint, installation that’s fading from modern culture, but the metaphor it offers is the centerpiece of a new show called The Clothesline Muse playing Kenan Auditorium this Saturday.
The Williston School is celebrating its centennial. The graduates of the former Williston Senior High have gone on to become leaders in the local community, state, and nation. WHQR spoke with Dorothy DeShields, who was inspired by her teachers at Williston to pursue a career in education.
Isabelle Shepherd: What was the educational experience like at Williston?
This broadcast ofCoastLine originally aired on March 18, 2015.
March is Womens’ History Month.
This month doesn’t share the longevity of, say, Black History Month.
It wasn’t until 1981 that Congress passed a resolution asking the President to proclaim one week in March as “Women’s History Week." Over the next five years, Congress passed annual resolutions designating "Women’s History Week."
Williston Middle School in Wilmington marks its 100th anniversary this year. When it was a segregated high school, Williston produced alumni who are known throughout the country for their achievements. Joseph McNeil graduated from Williston in 1959 and went on to start the civil rights sit-in movement in Greensboro.
Isabelle Shepherd: You attended Williston Senior High School. Can you tell me about your time there?
Historic preservation tax credits expired at the end of 2014, but now at least two bills working their way through the North Carolina House and Senate aim to reinstate the program. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz came to Wilmington during a multi-city tour to support the legislation.