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2:18 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Tidal Creek Looks to Open Grocery Store in Greater Downtown Wilmington

The area contained within the red boundary is the portion of greater downtown Wilmington that Tidal Creek Coop is considering for a new location.
Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

Much of Wilmington’s greater downtown area is a USDA designated food desert. But a local grocery store is looking to change that. 

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3:57 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Mayor Bill Saffo, Local Leaders Announce New Push for Bigger Film Grant Fund and Focus on TV

Billy Hathorn

At the beginning of this year, North Carolina’s film incentive switched from a competitive tax rebate to a very small grant fund – holding just $10 million.

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3:05 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

CoastLine: Do We Still Need Black History Month?

Alex Manly historical marker
Dilemma-X

It’s February.  And that means that it’s Black History Month.

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1:25 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

McCrory Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Winter Storm

Ice covers a road in Brunswick County after one of two ice storms in early 2014.
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

A winter storm making its way through North Carolina has put emergency crews on alert.

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11:10 am
Mon February 16, 2015

With Cold Blast on the Way, Take Precautions to Avoid Frozen Water Pipes

Dripping water faucet
Angelsharum

This was originally posted in January.  The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is once again warning customers to take precautions, so we have re-published the information.

With the impending blast of cold weather on tap later this week, officials with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are advising water customers to take precautions to avoid frozen or bursting water pipes.

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10:54 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Examining The Lasting Effects of Wilmington's 1898 Coup D'État

1898 Memorial in Wilmington, NC
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In 1898, the only known coup d’État in United States history occurred in Wilmington. After taking back control of the legislature during the state elections, white supremacists in Wilmington overthrew the elected local government, forcing both black and white city officials to resign and running many out of town. WHQR spoke with Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising, about the coup and its significance during Black History Month. "

Isabelle Shepherd: What drove you to write Cape Fear Rising?  

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10:33 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Local Writer Says More Should Be Done to Remember the 1898 Coup D’état

The Manly printing press for the Wilmington Record was destroyed during the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot.
New Hanover Co. Public Library

As February is Black History Month, we turn our attention to the 1898 coup d’état in Wilmington.  WHQR spoke with Philip Gerard, author of Cape Fear Rising.

In 1898, a group of white supremacists overthrew the democratically elected biracial government of Wilmington and replaced it with officials who instituted the first Jim Crow laws in North Carolina.  Philip Gerard, a creative writing professor at UNCW, researched these events for his historical novel: 

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5:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

From the StoryCorps Archives: Katherine Weller to her Twins on their Remarkable Grandmother

Margaret Weller-Stargell, Katherine Weller, Frances Weller

It was four years ago when twin sisters Frances Weller and Margaret Weller-Stargell came to WHQR to record a conversation while the national StoryCorps project was in Wilmington. 

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6:01 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

CoastLine: Oil and Gas Development off the North Carolina Coast

Offshore oil and gas exploration:  could it come to the North Carolina coast? 

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5:17 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

NC Could See Offshore Oil & Gas Development by 2021; Testing Could Begin Within Months

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The mid-Atlantic region, from Virginia to Georgia, could see offshore oil and gas development by the year 2021. 

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