2:47 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

CoastLine: Vertex Rail on Incentives, Why Hometown Hires Will Make Up 10% of Workforce

By this spring, Vertex Rail will begin manufacturing railroad tank cars.

Read more
Wednesday, January 21 at Noon
12:42 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: The Future of Vertex Rail in Cape Fear

It was a top business headline in the Cape Fear Region last year: Vertex Rail is coming to Wilmington and creating 1,300 jobs. Some of those jobs will be filled through Hometown Hires, a new initiative intended to break the cycle of poverty in the Cape Fear Region. 

On the next CoastLine, Vertex CEO Donald Croteau with his personal story - and the principles behind his business - and District Attorney Ben David, creator of Hometown Hires. 

Be sure to call, email or tweet your comments to:

Twitter: @coastlinehqr

Email: coastline@whqr.org

4:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

CFCC Bond Vote Set For Tuesday; Zapple Supportive, Watkins Conflicted

(left) Skip Watkins (R); (right) Rob Zapple (D); New Hanover County Commissioners sworn in December 22, 2014

New Hanover County Commissioners are likely to decide next week whether to green-light the issuance of a $40 million bond to pay for construction and repair projects at Cape Fear Community College. 

Read more
4:18 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

CoastLine: Commissioners Watkins & Zapple on CFCC Bond, Special Use Permits, and Community Policing

Seating the two newest commissioners in New Hanover County has been anything but smooth. 

Read more
2:38 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Freezing Rain Advisory for Inland Areas Could Mean Hazardous Roadways Wednesday AM

Black ice on roadways can be nearly invisible.
Jonathan Billinger

Winter weather is once again making its way into the Cape Fear region. 

Read more
1:49 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Wilmington Math Teacher Implements Classcraft, An Educational Role-Playing Computer Game

Classcraft is a part of Brian Toth's classroom.
Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

In a Wilmington classroom, students transform into some surprising characters—healers, mages, and warriors. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports that a virtual game is preparing fourth grade math students at Alderman Elementary School for the real world. 

Toth: “Alright, let’s take a seat real quick because we have a busy day.”

Students: “Yay! Yay! I like busy.”

Read more
1:40 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Wilmington Teacher Uses Computer Game to Increase Cooperative Learning, Teamwork

Brian Toth demonstrates a student's Classcraft character on the projector.
WHQR, Isabelle Shepherd

In a Wilmington classroom, a math teacher is using new technology to turn learning into a game. And in order to succeed in the world of Classcraft, an online, educational role-playing program, teamwork is key.

In Brian Toth’s fourth grade math classes, the students are split into teams and assigned roles. In the game, they can be mages, warriors, or healers. By doing well in class, students gain experience points, and if they behave badly, they take damage, which leads to negative consequences.

Read more
Wednesday, January 14 at Noon
2:11 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Skip Watkins and Rob Zapple

Skip Watkins, Rob Zapple

New Hanover County has a fully-functioning board of commissioners for the first time in four years. Major decisions that stalled due to deadlocked votes could be re-visited…

On the next CoastLine meet New Hanover County’s two newest commissioners sworn in last month, Skip Watkins and Rob Zapple. We’ll find out what issues are on their minds and what perspectives they bring...

Ask a question of your new county commissioners by emailing coastline@whqr.org and listen for CoastLine live, this Wednesday at noon on HQR News at 91.3 FM.

4:55 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

NC Reps. Hamilton and Davis Circumspect on Economic & Film Incentive Traction in Raleigh

North Carolina House of Representatives

As North Carolina legislators gear up for a new session, Governor Pat McCrory says economic incentives are his Number One priority.   

Read more
4:31 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

CoastLine: Legislative Look-Ahead with Reps. Ted Davis and Susi Hamilton

North Carolina lawmakers head back to Raleigh January 14th to elect House and Senate leaders. 

Read more