Pender County http://whqr.org en 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 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 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 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 Pender County Board of Elections raises concerns about identity theft http://whqr.org/post/pender-county-board-elections-raises-concerns-about-identity-theft <p><font face="Verdana" size="4"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:150%;font-family:Verdana">A press release from Pender County’s Board of Elections warns that a voter registration form in the wrong hands could lead to identify theft. </span></font> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:12:02 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 23066 at http://whqr.org Pender County Board of Elections raises concerns about identity theft 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 Pender Co. Jail Gets New Chapel http://whqr.org/post/pender-co-jail-gets-new-chapel <p>More than 100 local churches and individuals gave money to open a chapel at Pender County Correctional Institution. The groundbreaking last week was also a community affair.</p><p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:17:49 +0000 Amanda Greene 13443 at http://whqr.org Pender Co. Jail Gets New Chapel Homelessness Down across Region http://whqr.org/post/homelessness-down-across-region <p>Each year, the Tri-County Homeless Interagency Council tracks the number of homeless living in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:09:35 +0000 Sara Wood 12453 at http://whqr.org Homelessness Down across Region