Wilmington City Council

Local - February 26
11:24 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Can Parks Drive Regional Economic Development?

Wilmington's Greenfield Park

As New Hanover County launches its comprehensive plan to accommodate the region’s projected growth, leaders are looking into the future of open spaces and parks. Tuesday night, the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, or CFEDC, assembled a panel of green space proponents from the county--as well as from the City of Wilmington--to discuss ideas for new and improved public spaces.

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Local - January 7
5:04 am
Tue January 7, 2014

City and Police Team Up to Suss Out Speeding in Wilmington

The City of Wilmington is working with the police to tackle one ongoing problem: speeding in residential areas. City officials are launching a pilot program, based on data they’ve been gathering using hidden radar devices that track vehicular speed within select neighborhoods. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that by the end of this month, the city plans to mail these residents details on speeding patterns along their own streets.

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Local - November 14
4:48 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Gun Violence Prevention: A Community Affair

UNCW professors say gun violence is a matter of concern spanning all of Wilmington's neighborhoods and tax brackets.

Because Wilmington’s recent spate of gun violence has residents from every walk of life concerned, City Councilman and UNCW political science professor Earl Sheridan corralled some university colleagues for a community panel event.  WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that Wednesday night’s discussion often landed on another local hot button: public education.

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Local - November 6
1:30 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Skip Watkins Loses City Council Race, but Says He'll be Back in 2015

Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

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Local - November 6
1:21 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Earl Sheridan and Charlie Rivenbark: Wilmington City Councilmen, 2013-2017

Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

Last night’s race was a close one. It wasn’t until close to ten o’clock last night that incumbent Earl Sheridan, a political science professor at UNCW, pulled slightly ahead of Skip Watkins, a local financial advisor.

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Local - November 6
1:12 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kevin O'Grady: Wilmington City Councilman, 2013-2017

The mood in city hall chamber was tense as candidates and their supporters awaited results.
Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

It was by a margin of mere percentage points, but O’Grady held a steady lead last night while results trickled in.

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Local - November 6
1:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Bill Saffo: Mayor of Wilmington, 2013-2015

Bill Saffo (far right) was handily reelected in his unopposed bid for mayor.
Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

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Local
5:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Warm and Sunny Election Day Sees Low Voter Turnout, as Expected

By 4 PM Tuesday afternoon, Marvin McFadyen, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections, predicted voter turnout would reach about 12% of registered voters. 

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Local - Candidate Profile
6:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Candidate Profile: Derek Bickel

Derek Bickel, Candidate for Wilmington City Council, 2013

Listen to the Candidate Profile here.

Derek Bickel is one of six candidates hoping to win one of three seats this November on Wilmington’s City Council. 

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Local - October 23
11:59 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Wilmington City Council Candidates Debate Modes of Crime Prevention at WHQR Forum

Six Wilmingtonians are running for three open spots on their city’s council. And curbing Wilmington’s highly publicized crime rate is a top priority for each. The hopefuls agree that higher police officer pay would fortify intervention efforts; however, they have disparate ideas when it comes to preventing the root causes of crime. The value of youth-oriented social services is the source of greatest contention.

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