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1:31 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

A Local Look at Banned Books Week

Within the past year, two novels have been challenged in the Brunswick County school system.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story reported that Brunswick County schools had attempted to ban two books. It has since been corrected to show that Pat Sykes, a Brunswick County Commissioner, attempted to ban The Color Purple and a concerned citizen challenged The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  

It’s Banned Books Week. And with the recent challenges to books in Brunswick County schools, Clyde Edgerton, a UNCW Creative Writing professor, provides his perspective.  

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1:55 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Brunswick County Expands Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Program

Brunswick County residents who own a home, fall within 200% of the poverty line, and use Duke Energy Progress are eligible for home energy efficiency improvements.
Brunswick County

Any savings on monthly bills can make a huge difference in the lives of those living paycheck-to-paycheck. Brunswick County is amping up a program to help Duke Energy Progress customers increase the energy efficiency of their homes.   

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11:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Free Prostate Screenings for Uninsured/Underinsured Men

Screenings will be provided at the NHC Health Department on Saturday from 8-11AM.
New Hanover County Health Department

One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  Local groups, including the NAACP, New Hanover Medical Center, and the Urology Associates, are banding together to help men catch the disease early, while its easier to treat.  

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2:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Wilmington Police Department Looks to Improve Diversity

Police departments have come under question throughout the nation after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  The Wilmington PD is taking steps to become more diverse. 

The Wilmington Police Department participates in state-mandated juvenile minority sensitivity training, which teaches effective communications with minority groups and aims to improve the treatment of minority juveniles. But Wilmington Chief of Police Ralph Evangelous told City Council on Tuesday evening that they’re looking to expand this training even further in the future: 

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3:49 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Moral Monday Comes to Wilmington in March to the Polls

Rally participants held signs that called for access to reproductive healthcare for women, equal rights for the LGBTQ community, tax reform, and the repeal of recent voting restrictions.

Moral Mondays, a series of rallies opposing recent North Carolina legislation, began gathering in Raleigh in 2013.  As the election draws near, the Moral March to the Polls is on the move, visiting Wilmington this week. 

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6:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Interview: NHC Commission Chair Woody White on School Bond -- Part Two

One new public elementary school is going up near Porters Neck in northern New Hanover County. 

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12:29 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Widening of Alligator Bridge to Decrease Evening Traffic By Next Summer

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is looking into ways to improve traffic during morning peak hours.l
North Carolina Department of Transportation

The Leland causeway construction likely won’t end until November of 2016. But some traffic easement may come by next summer.

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6:24 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

CoastLine: New Hanover County School Bond and the Potential Tax Impact

How will a $160 million general obligation bond issue impact the New Hanover County Public School System, and what impact would its passage have on property owners?    

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4:16 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Interview: County Commission Chair Woody White on his Opposition to the NHC School Bond

New Hanover County voters will decide in November whether to approve a $160 million school bond. 

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1:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Leland Drivers Request Live Traffic Updates For Causeway Construction

Officials from the North Carolina Department of Transportation listen to complaints and suggestions from Leland drivers.
Isabelle Shepherd

Due to causeway construction, Leland drivers often don't know what they'll encounter on their commute. Will it be an hour of traffic or smooth sailing? Citizens have taken traffic reporting into their own hands.

Before heading out to work, Leland residents would like a traffic update.  That was one of the public suggestions made to the North Carolina Department of Transportation at their meeting to discuss causeway traffic issues.  As it stands, the NC DOT has a website for such updates, but it only offers still shots, with no live feed. 

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