Brunswick County http://whqr.org en Candidate Profile: Danny Hefner (D), NC Senate, District 8 http://whqr.org/post/candidate-profile-danny-hefner-d-nc-senate-district-8 <p>Danny Hefner, the Ocean Isle Beach Democrat who lost 2012’s Senate District Eight race to incumbent Bill Rabon, has thrown his hat into the same ring again. A former Marine Corps officer and truck driver, Hefner now works as a local delivery driver, an inter-faith minister, and a therapeutic foster parent to abused and troubled children. The third-time Senate candidate recently sat down with WHQR to discuss his plans for a range of social issues—but first, Hefner says he plans to address the economy.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 54132 at http://whqr.org Candidate Profile: Danny Hefner (D), NC Senate, District 8 Brunswick County Sees Spike in Traffic Accidents; Emergency Response Resources Stretched Thin http://whqr.org/post/brunswick-county-sees-spike-traffic-accidents-emergency-response-resources-stretched-thin <p></p><p>Treacherous roadways are proving to be the serious hazards that officials predicted.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:57:21 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 49766 at http://whqr.org Brunswick County Sees Spike in Traffic Accidents; Emergency Response Resources Stretched Thin Brunswick County Elementary Schools Kick Off 2014 with Free Daily Breakfast http://whqr.org/post/brunswick-county-elementary-schools-kick-2014-free-daily-breakfast <p>For the first time, all Brunswick County elementary students can enjoy a free, daily breakfast at school. Last semester, kids qualified for either free, reduced or paid meals, depending on their families’ economic situations. Thanks to some state and federal reimbursement, as well as a unanimous School Board decision, the most important meal of the day is now an equal-opportunity affair. While few students took advantage of breakfast when school resumed last Thursday, WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that the school district expects participation to take off this week.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 10:29:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 48470 at http://whqr.org Brunswick County Elementary Schools Kick Off 2014 with Free Daily Breakfast Affordable Care Act Info Sessions Sweep Across the Region http://whqr.org/post/affordable-care-act-info-sessions-sweep-across-region <p>Health insurance can be tricky to navigate, what with the difficulty many experience enrolling in care, and North Carolina’s decision not to expand Medicaid in 2014. &nbsp;And that’s why the <a href="http://www.seahec.net/">Southeast Area Health Education Center</a>, or SEAHEC, and the New Hanover County Health Department are holding free information sessions on the Affordable Care Act—also known as “Obamacare.” WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that until the March 31 deadline to enroll passes, these educators will be hosting these sessions around the region.<strong> </strong></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:57:42 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 47174 at http://whqr.org Affordable Care Act Info Sessions Sweep Across the Region Brunswick County Boosting Manufacturing Job Opportunities http://whqr.org/post/brunswick-county-boosting-manufacturing-job-opportunities <p>Brunswick County is rolling out the welcome mat for two new manufacturing outfits this fall. Not only is Lee Controls, a metal manufacturer, moving from New Jersey into a 20,000-square-foot facility in Southport, but RTM Light USA, a surfboard manufacturing operation, will be setting up in a space within Brunswick Community College. This translates to roughly 70 new jobs.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 43865 at http://whqr.org Brunswick County Boosting Manufacturing Job Opportunities Civil Rights Groups Sue in Response to NC Voter ID Bill's Changes to Early Voting http://whqr.org/post/civil-rights-groups-sue-response-nc-voter-id-bills-changes-early-voting <p>Since Governor McCrory signed the Voter ID Bill into law on Monday, three civil rights groups have filed lawsuits. They challenge new requirements for state-issued IDs, elimination of same-day registration--and an early voting period that will be shortened by seven days. Critics of the bill say the latter in particular will cut off voting opportunities for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians—particularly minorities. About 64 percent of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County citizens voted early in the 2012 election.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:47:37 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 41572 at http://whqr.org Civil Rights Groups Sue in Response to NC Voter ID Bill's Changes to Early Voting FOCUS seeks to tackle future of tri-county region http://whqr.org/post/focus-seeks-tackle-future-tri-county-region <p></p><p>The group’s name is FOCUS.&nbsp; It may be short and easy-to-remember, but it encompasses a huge mission for the future of the Cape Fear Region.&nbsp; Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:30:34 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 33542 at http://whqr.org FOCUS seeks to tackle future of tri-county region NC bill allows county commissioners greater control of health, social services http://whqr.org/post/nc-bill-allows-county-commissioners-greater-control-health-social-services <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina House bill 438 opened a new door for county commissioners. It gives them more control over public health and social services departments. Brunswick County’s already switched over. New Hanover and </span>Pender<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> counties are now considering adopting the legislation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local county boards of health cover a lot of territory beyond funding birth control and offering flu shots.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:07:24 +0000 Sara Wood 30440 at http://whqr.org NC bill allows county commissioners greater control of health, social services In spite of tough economy, North Carolina tourism is up statewide http://whqr.org/post/spite-tough-economy-north-carolina-tourism-statewide <p>Tourism in North Carolina is up all over the state &ndash; to the tune of 18-billion dollars in spending last year.&nbsp; Wed, 08 Aug 2012 02:38:02 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 21880 at http://whqr.org In spite of tough economy, North Carolina tourism is up statewide Eastern Equine Encephalitis shows up in New Hanover County; officials urge mosquito precautions http://whqr.org/post/eastern-equine-encephalitis-shows-new-hanover-county-officials-urge-mosquito-precautions <p>The good news:&nbsp; it&rsquo;s rare.&nbsp; The bad news:&nbsp; there&rsquo;s no vaccine, no cure, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis can be fatal.&nbsp; People catch it from mosquitoes &ndash; and with the recent rains, mosquitoes are plentiful.&nbsp; WHQR&rsquo;s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports that authorities in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties are urging residents to take simple steps to protect themselves.&nbsp;</p><p>Mosquitoes pass encephalitis to humans &ndash; usually after biting an infected wild bird &ndash; which make great hosts for the disease.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 02:16:55 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 21439 at http://whqr.org Eastern Equine Encephalitis shows up in New Hanover County; officials urge mosquito precautions