"Word Ancestors"

Sep 29, 2015

We all have them. Ancestors, I mean, says commentator Nan Graham. But some of the origins of familiar terms bear little resemblance to their long ago ancestors.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, "Turn South at the Next Magnolia" and "In a Magnolia Minute."

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

This November, voters will choose from eight candidates to fill three open seats on Wilmington City Council. At the candidate forum hosted by Residents of Old Wilmington and the Downtown Business Alliance, the candidates discussed local transportation issues.   

Alvin Rogers has served on the Wilmington Planning Commission. He remembers when Oleander Drive was just a two lane road, and he thinks transportation has become a problem throughout Wilmington. 

"Old Books" Celebrates National Banned Books Week

Sep 28, 2015
American Library Association

This week is National Banned Books Week, so you can expect some happenings at Old Books on Front Street.  

The Ariel Quartet at Beckwith Recital Hall

Sep 27, 2015

The "Simply Classical" season presented by Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) begins Sunday, September 27 at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall.  The Ariel Quartet, mentored by Itzhak Perlman since its inception in 1998, is the season-starter,  playing Mozart's Quartet in E-flat Major, Wiesenberg's Between the Sacred and the Profane, and Beethoven's Quartet in A Minor.

Museum Park Open on Market Street

Sep 26, 2015

The Cape Fear Museum has created new green space on Market Street. Funded by the 2006 bond referendum and additional community fundraising, the Museum was able to take its parking lot and turn it into an educational park.  Visitors can learn about plant species, watercraft, weather forecasting, and about the interactions of people, land, and water in our region.  

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management / T. J. Boyle and Associates

While still years away, offshore wind farms are significantly closer to becoming reality off the North Carolina coast.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently completed its environmental assessment and will hold a Task Force meeting October 7th in Wilmington to consider next steps.  Two of the areas slated for wind are near the southeastern North Carolina coast. 

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This summer, shark bites brought national attention to North Carolina beaches. Two young people lost parts of their arms to sharks while swimming near Oak Island. During this week’s CoastLine Candidate Forum, all Oak Island Mayoral candidates agreed that more needs to be done to lower the risk of shark attacks. 

All four mayoral candidates say this summer’s shark bites were a wakeup call for Oak Island. Cin Brochure, the current Tourism Director for the City of Southport, says the issue has been on her mind since she lives near one of the sites: 

Pat Marriott interviewed the two artists hanging the new show in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery:  Diana Jamison and Celia McGuire.  The show is called Under the Canopy-Two Women's Journey.  WHQR is having an opening reception for the show on Friday, September 25th, 6:00pm-9:00pm (4th Friday Gallery Walk), so stop by for refreshment and beautiful art.  The show will hang through November 13th.  

Okko Pyykkö

Four people are vying for the mayoral seat in the Town of Oak Island.  This Brunswick County coastal town sits largely on a barrier island and has a year-round population of nearly seven-thousand people.  That number more than quintuples during the busy summer season. 

During a recent CoastLine Candidate Forum, all four candidates said they think transparency in government is critical.  But they didn’t all agree on whether the current government is adequately open or on how to improve transparency. 

In the Town of Oak Island, four people are hoping to be the next Mayor.  The office comes with a two-year term; Town Council members serve staggered four-year terms and are elected every two years in non-partisan elections.

The Town of Oak Island, which is part of Brunswick County and sits mostly on a barrier island, is only sixteen years old.  It was 1999 that Yaupon Beach and Long Beach merged to form Oak Island.  The town boasts a year-round population of nearly 7,000 people – but that number can swell during the summer on a daily basis to around 45,000.