Katie O'Reilly http://whqr.org en The NC NAACP's Moral Freedom Summer Movement Touches New Hanover County http://whqr.org/post/nc-naacps-moral-freedom-summer-movement-touches-new-hanover-county <p>The objective of the local “Celebrating the Dream” initiative that’s currently ongoing is to measure this region’s progress toward racial equality over the past fifty years—which is how long ago the Civil Rights Act was passed--and also to gauge the work that still needs to be done. But because state voting laws were recently changed, some argue that North Carolinians actually stand to regress over the course of the upcoming election. It’s why the state NAACP has organized a crew of Moral Freedom Summer fighters to run a statewide, nonpartisan voter empowerment campaign. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 57350 at http://whqr.org The NC NAACP's Moral Freedom Summer Movement Touches New Hanover County Cape Fear Region Boasts Three of Nation's "Superstar" Beaches http://whqr.org/post/cape-fear-region-boasts-three-nations-superstar-beaches <p>Area beach-goers planning to hit the waves this Fourth of July weekend can rest easy in one respect. Three Cape Fear-area beaches have fetched high marks on this year’s report card from the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC—an environmental watchdog group that grades beaches based on water quality. Out of 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches, only 35 were deemed “superstars”—and this elite grouping counts sections of Wrightsville Beach, Sunset Beach, and Topsail Beach.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 57224 at http://whqr.org Cape Fear Region Boasts Three of Nation's "Superstar" Beaches Area Vietnam Veterans Call Town Meeting to Discuss Lasting Effects of Agent Orange http://whqr.org/post/area-vietnam-veterans-call-town-meeting-discuss-lasting-effects-agent-orange <p>After enduring exposure to toxic herbicides including Agent Orange, Vietnam War veterans face higher incidence of neurological malfunction, respiratory disease and some forms of cancer—and in many cases, their children and grandchildren do, too. This is why Wilmington’s chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is hosting a town-hall-style meeting tomorrow. Their objective is to spark local support for federal legislation that will better protect such victims—long after their current caretakers, who are usually their parents, have passed on.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 57176 at http://whqr.org Area Vietnam Veterans Call Town Meeting to Discuss Lasting Effects of Agent Orange Wilmington-Area Officials Hold Raleigh News Conference to Support Film Incentive Extension http://whqr.org/post/wilmington-area-officials-hold-raleigh-news-conference-support-film-incentive-extension <p>As state legislators continue to hammer out the budget, citizens of all political persuasions are awaiting word on the fate of this region’s bustling film business. And that’s why this morning, a contingent of officials and residents from the Wilmington area gathered in Raleigh’s legislative building to plead with lawmakers to extend the current film incentive tax credits—instead of switching to a grant program, which they say would eliminate jobs. But rather than demonstrating film’s bona fides within the Cape Fear region, local lawmakers focused on its statewide benefits.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:28:14 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 57106 at http://whqr.org Wilmington-Area Officials Hold Raleigh News Conference to Support Film Incentive Extension CFCC Catering its Programming to Better Serve Baby Boomers http://whqr.org/post/cfcc-catering-its-programming-better-serve-baby-boomers <p>Cape Fear Community College is joining a nationwide effort to help prepare Baby Boomers to take on new jobs. CFCC was recently granted funding from the American Association of Community Colleges to create and expand programming that will engage the region’s fifty-plus population in the fields of health care, education and social services. CFCC’s “Encore Program,” as it’s dubbed, takes off in the fall. But first, they’re busy assessing the unique needs of this area’s aspiring senior students.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 57050 at http://whqr.org CFCC Catering its Programming to Better Serve Baby Boomers Duke Energy Discloses Possible Plans to Purge Wilmington's Sutton Plant of Coal Ash http://whqr.org/post/duke-energy-discloses-possible-plans-purge-wilmingtons-sutton-plant-coal-ash <p>Wilmington’s Sutton Plant is one of five statewide Duke Energy coal operations being decommissioned—and the closing of this one is of high priority to lawmakers. In November, Duke Energy retired Sutton’s coal operations. Although it’s now a natural gas plant, more than two million tons of dried coal ash—the waste generated after coal is burned—remains on the site. And the legislation that will determine exactly how much time Duke has to dispose of it all is pending in the General Assembly’s current session. WHQR has this look at the Sutton Plant’s retired coal operation.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 56992 at http://whqr.org Duke Energy Discloses Possible Plans to Purge Wilmington's Sutton Plant of Coal Ash Brunswick County Senate Candidates Address House Amendment to Curtail Commercial Dog Breeding http://whqr.org/post/brunswick-county-senate-candidates-address-house-amendment-curtail-commercial-dog-breeding <p>Last year’s hotly debated puppy mill bill may be back on the table. The North Carolina House has passed a budget amendment that would shift animal welfare oversight from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety. This would allow law enforcement officials to inspect commercial dog breeders, and charge those operating with ten or more female dogs.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 56852 at http://whqr.org Brunswick County Senate Candidates Address House Amendment to Curtail Commercial Dog Breeding Pender County Receives Federal Investment Funds to Revitalize its Economy http://whqr.org/post/pender-county-receives-federal-investment-funds-revitalize-its-economy <p>Pender County is getting more than two million dollars from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help bolster its economy. The award, announced yesterday, will go toward construction of a wastewater treatment plant that will serve manufacturing operations in Pender Commerce Park. That’s just off of Highway 421, north of the New Hanover County line. So far, that park is empty--but by the end of this year, it will be home to a major seafood processing facility.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 56728 at http://whqr.org Pender County Receives Federal Investment Funds to Revitalize its Economy Berger Won't be Charged with Felony--May Get to Keep NHC Commission Seat http://whqr.org/post/berger-wont-be-charged-felony-may-get-keep-nhc-commission-seat <p>New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger--who was charged with a DWI in February--is likely looking at a four-month prison sentence. Following Berger’s arrest in Avery County this week for violating his parole, and possessing numerous weapons and drug paraphernalia, the commissioner made an appearance in court this afternoon—via video from the county jail.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:05:42 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 56408 at http://whqr.org Berger Won't be Charged with Felony--May Get to Keep NHC Commission Seat NHC Comprehensive Plan Seeks to Engage Public, Yet Lacks Input From Underserved Community http://whqr.org/post/nhc-comprehensive-plan-seeks-engage-public-yet-lacks-input-underserved-community <p>Dozens of New Hanover County citizens are brainstorming ways to use local land, resources, and economic opportunities in the not-so-distant future. It’s all part of the Comprehensive Plan, a public engagement initiative to plot the development necessary to accommodate this region’s projected population swell. In November, when the planning department initially outlined this plan, they told their commissioners they would constantly be reevaluating their strategy, to ensure that all citizens had a voice. However, a significant sector of the population hasn’t been accounted for.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 56120 at http://whqr.org NHC Comprehensive Plan Seeks to Engage Public, Yet Lacks Input From Underserved Community