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9:44 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Local Officials Look Into Moving the CSX Rail Line Out of the City, More Direct to Port

By Josh Bluntschli Wiki Commons

Freight traffic in Wilmington will likely increase due to the new Vertex Rail and wood pellet industries. And the city’s population is expected to grow by over 50% in the next 25 years.  This creates safety and traffic issues, which the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County are attempting to address.  Instead of slowly winding through the city, officials envision a new route cutting across the Cape Fear River directly to the Port.  

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1:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Outgoing Secretary of Commerce: Film Workers Should Stay Engaged in the Political Process

Billy Hathorn

It didn’t take long for local film workers to see a drop in production after North Carolina legislators re-structured the incentive – changing it from a tax rebate to a fixed grant fund. 

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1:05 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

CoastLine: Film Incentive Change Slowing 2015 Production

The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state Representatives – Rick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender County – sponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate. 

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11:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Evaluation of New Hanover County's Drug Treatment Court Shows Signs of Success

Ten Key Components of Drug Treatment Court. The 8th component involves "monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness."
New Hanover County's Community Justice Services Department / Penny Craver

When the state stopped funding Drug Treatment Courts in 2011, New Hanover County stepped up to support the program.  To measure effectiveness since that switch, the drug court commissioned an evaluation, which was completed last week.  UNCW sociology researchers found marked success, though recidivism rates for drug court clients are widely considered to be hard to gauge.  

Drug Treatment Court is an intensive substance abuse program.  For those who’ve been convicted of crimes connected with drugs—such as possession or stealing—it can serve as an alternative to prison time.

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4:37 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Citizens demonstrating they value mass transit more than officials understand, says WMPO Chair

The entrance to Brunswick Forest in Leland, one of three Park and Ride locations slated to open within several weeks.
Carolina Plantations Real Estate

Brunswick County is likely to see the largest population surge in southeastern North Carolina over the next several decades. 

In preparation for this growth, policy makers from the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the regional transportation planning agency with representatives from New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties, are developing a modernized transportation plan to address congestion and what they're calling "enticing" options for the next generation of commuters.

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4:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

CoastLine: Modernizing Transportation in the Cape Fear

As the populations of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover Counties continue to swell, accommodating the movement of people and goods requires much more creativity and innovation than just widening roads or building more of them. 

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10:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Drug Treatment Court Attempts to Address Demand for Drugs, Including Heroin

Evidence from a Heorin Drug Bust
New Hanover County Sheriff's Office

Heroin busts have been in the headlines for the past month. Most notably, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office carried out the second largest heroin bust in the county’s history at the end of October. While busts like these address the supply of drugs, what is being done to reduce demand? The New Hanover County Drug Treatment Court focuses on permanently changing the behavior of addicts. 

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3:55 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Wilmington Start-Up Next Glass Launches App to National Buzz

Next Glass is a free app, developed by Wilmington-based entrepreneur Kurt Taylor, that allows users to find new bottles of wine of beer they'll like.
Next Glass

It’s an app that claims to have cracked the code of taste. 

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4:39 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

CoastLine: NHC's Special Use Permit - Environmental Gatekeeper or Economic Liability?

The Special Use Permit is only about three years old in New Hanover County. 

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2:21 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

On the next CoastLine...The Role of the Special Use Permit and Economic Growth

The Special Use Permit has served as New Hanover County’s final word on which businesses can operate in the County…

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