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.
Citizens who rely on WAVE transit to reach the beach communities, as well as northern New Hanover County destinations such as Cape Fear Community College, Laney High School and the VA facility, will soon know for sure whether they need to make new travel plans. On October third, WAVE’s board of directors will meet with the county commissioners to decide the fate of the two bus routes that stand to be closed as a result of WAVE receiving less county funding this year. In addition, the county may also strip WAVE of its powers to implement new routes moving forward.
Over the summer, New Hanover County cut WAVE Transit’s funding significantly from the previous year, resulting in the likely closures of routes serving northern New Hanover County and Pleasure Island. However, WAVE was granted slightly more state funding this year for its Rural Operating Assistance Program. But since WAVE won’t be able to use that money to help salvage the routes in question, it will likely extend their current closure date—September thirtieth—until after WAVE’s board meets with the New Hanover County Commission to make final decisions in October.
Panelists included representatives from the federal prosecutors of the Eastern District of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Justice, the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office, the Rape Crisis Center at Coastal Horizons and UNCW.
Following the state Senate’s Wednesday passage of “Safe Harbor” legislation stipulating that minors involved in sex work be treated as victims rather than criminals, the Star-News hosted a panel on human trafficking. Federal prosecutors and other experts engaged 120 audience members at Cape Fear Community College on Thursday. Panelists issued a call to action to better detect and battle the problem, which they say is pervasive in the coastal region.
This afternoon Governor Bev Perdue visited EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington to announce she’s including $1 million in her upcoming budget proposal to meet the state’s growing film industry needs. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports the proposed funds will be used to develop 10 new workforce training programs at one community college in Winston-Salem, and here in Wilmington at Cape Fear Community College.