Jeremy Loeb en Farewell, Soapbox <p>Wilmington's music scene suffered a tremendous blow when news broke that the Soapbox would be closing its doors in late July.&nbsp; The loss won't really be felt until it's gone.&nbsp; But already the news is causing heartache throughout the creative community.&nbsp; Sure, there are other venues.&nbsp; Nice ones, too.&nbsp; But the Soapbox is the center of it all.&nbsp; It's almost a symbol of Wilmington itself.&nbsp; It's a large part of the character of downtown.&nbsp; John Staton of the Star News <a href="" target="_blank"> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:25:04 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 39191 at Farewell, Soapbox Spotlight: Singer-songwriter David Dondero <p>Singer-songwriter <a href="" target="_blank">David Dondero</a> has long been a favorite of mine.&nbsp; He has a live show that's completely unlike anything I've ever seen.&nbsp; The shows are always special, whether it's before a big crowd, or as is too often the case, a small gathering.&nbsp; However big the audience, though, it's held completely captivated from the moment Dave plays his first note.&nbsp; In his music and in person, he's completely unafraid to speak his mind.&nbsp; It's what makes him who he is, and frankly, it's what sets him apart from ma Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:27:25 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 35407 at Spotlight: Singer-songwriter David Dondero Renewable energy requirements could be cut back in NC <p>A bill working its way through the state legislature would roll back renewable energy requirements for utility companies, but the company that would be most affected - Duke Energy - is not saying much about it.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:47:59 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 34609 at Renewable energy requirements could be cut back in NC Bill changes how NC building codes are set <p>A bill (<a href="" target="_blank">House Bill 120</a>) expected to be on the North Carolina House floor next week would make changes to the way building codes are adopted in the state.&nbsp; One major change would be that reviews for the adoption of new home and building standards would be conducted every six years instead of the current rate of every three.&nbsp; Republican Representative Mike Hager of Burke and Rutherford counties is a primary sponsor.&nbsp; He says the bill is about making homebuilding more efficient and cost-e Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:27:44 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 32877 at Bill changes how NC building codes are set Conservationists and Marines team up to conserve land <p>A conservation group has partnered with the Marine Corps to preserve nearly 700 acres of land in Carteret County.&nbsp; The land is located beneath airspace near Cherry Point that's used for training runs for pilots.&nbsp; Camilla Herlevich is Executive Director of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:40:15 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 31813 at Conservationists and Marines team up to conserve land Commission hopes to avoid controversy with sea level study <p>The Coastal Resources Commission is taking a more cautious approach with regards to documenting sea level rise.&nbsp; The group’s science panel became a lightning rod when it was suggested it didn’t consider differing viewpoints on climate change – an assertion the board disputes.&nbsp; Legislation was introduced that required them to come out with another assessment in 2016 that says all available data must be considered.&nbsp; Commission chairman Bob Emory says that’s fine and that’s what they were doing anyway.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 22:25:33 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 31453 at Commission hopes to avoid controversy with sea level study Bill Firing Commissioners Clears Senate <p>A bill that has cleared the North Carolina Senate would wipe out current members of many state commissions immediately if it became law in its current form.&nbsp; The bill would then give Governor Pat McCrory the power to replace them.&nbsp; Senate Bill 10 prompted a huge outcry from Democrats and others who say the bill is an unprecedented power grab.&nbsp; The Coastal Resources Commission would be one that’s impacted.&nbsp; Chairman Bob Emory says the bill has major problems.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 21:42:57 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 31443 at Bill Firing Commissioners Clears Senate NC gay marriage foe sends message to Supreme Court <p></p><p>A North Carolina group opposed to gay marriage has filed an Amicus Brief with the US Supreme Court.&nbsp; The move puts North Carolina's gay marriage ban back squarely in spotlight.&nbsp; Last May, North Carolinians went to the polls to vote on Amendment One, which would effectively ban gay marriage in the state's constitution.&nbsp; Tami Fitzgerald is Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, the group that spearheaded the effort to pass the amendment.</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:46:18 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 31011 at NC gay marriage foe sends message to Supreme Court Remembering William "Paco" Strickland <p>Local flamenco guitarist William "Paco" Strickland passed away Monday afternoon.&nbsp; He had been battling cancer for the better part of 5 years.&nbsp; Having been the host of Flamenco Cafe, a program carried on WHQR for more than 15 years, Paco was part of the WHQR family and a great friend to all who were lucky enough to know him.&nbsp; Four years ago today, Paco performed on the program Soup to Nuts Live in the WHQR gallery.&nbsp; In remembrance of Paco, we have a clip from that performance in which George Scheibner asks Paco about his cancer and how it was impacting his life at the tim Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:31:48 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 30530 at Remembering William "Paco" Strickland