New Hanover County Commission http://whqr.org en 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 Amended SUP Subject to NHC County Commission Vote—And Public Hearing http://whqr.org/post/amended-sup-subject-nhc-county-commission-vote-and-public-hearing <p>New Hanover County could finally adopt a less stringent special use permit—or SUP—which is what industrial businesses need in order to operate. Tonight, after several months and multiple drafts, the county planning department is bringing its final version—which was unanimously approved by the planning board--before the county commission. But before they vote on it, citizens will be granted a public comment period. And, both champions and opponents of the new draft are anticipating big crowds and vehement participation.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 55850 at http://whqr.org Amended SUP Subject to NHC County Commission Vote—And Public Hearing Planning Board Recommends Changes to SUP Application Process--Including More Public Hearings http://whqr.org/post/planning-board-recommends-changes-sup-application-process-including-more-public-hearings <p>Industrial businesses looking to call New Hanover County home may soon be required to hold public meetings as part of the special use permit -- or SUP – process. And the SUP is what they need to launch or expand operations. This is one among several changes that the county planning board unanimously recommended at last night’s public hearing on the most recent SUP draft—an update of a version that was tabled in January. And community stakeholders on both sides of the issue—business leaders and environmental advocates—say this new draft presents a compromise they can live with.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:07:13 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 51494 at http://whqr.org Planning Board Recommends Changes to SUP Application Process--Including More Public Hearings Local Legislators Support Higher Teacher Pay http://whqr.org/post/local-legislators-support-higher-teacher-pay <p>North Carolina’s public schoolteachers have a new advocate. The group <a href="http://www.aimhighernc.com/">Aim Higher N.C.</a> formed last year around a single objective: Raising educators’ salaries to match the national average. On Monday, affiliated teachers and parents gathered for a rally at Wilmington’s downtown library. And the mission has already gained local legislative support.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:06:34 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 49988 at http://whqr.org Local Legislators Support Higher Teacher Pay Berger Pleads Guilty, Keeps County Commission Seat http://whqr.org/post/berger-pleads-guilty-keeps-county-commission-seat <p>New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will spend the next year under supervised probation—or, failing that, 120 days in prison. This mornin<strong>g</strong>, Berger pleaded guilty to December charges, including his second DWI, and a first for drug possession. While he will have to do community service and undergo formal drug and substance abuse evaluation, Berger can no longer legally be removed from his seat on the county commission.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:37:34 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 49935 at http://whqr.org Berger Pleads Guilty, Keeps County Commission Seat Candidate Profile: Woody White (R), 7th Congressional District http://whqr.org/post/candidate-profile-woody-white-r-7th-congressional-district <p></p><p>Woody White is hoping to represent North Carolina’s 7<sup>th</sup> Congressional District in Washington.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 04:10:33 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 49234 at http://whqr.org Candidate Profile: Woody White (R), 7th Congressional District Waste Part 2: Managing the New Commodity http://whqr.org/post/waste-part-2-managing-new-commodity <p></p><p><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:150%;font-family:Verdana">New Hanover County is on the verge of out-sourcing its trash operations.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:45:43 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 49011 at http://whqr.org Waste Part 2: Managing the New Commodity Wilmington Housing Authority Seeking Community Help to Win Huge HUD Grant http://whqr.org/post/wilmington-housing-authority-seeking-community-help-win-huge-hud-grant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time ever, the </span><a href="http://www.wha.net/index.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">Wilmington Housing Authority</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is applying for a competitive, thirty-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD—and they want to make it a community affair. Today&nbsp;the Housing Authority gathered city and county leaders at the Hillcrest development to strategize on winning a Choice Neighborhood Grant. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:25:59 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 47119 at http://whqr.org Wilmington Housing Authority Seeking Community Help to Win Huge HUD Grant WAVE Transit Likely to Extend Endangered Bus Routes' Closure Date http://whqr.org/post/wave-transit-likely-extend-endangered-bus-routes-closure-date <p>Over the summer, New Hanover County cut WAVE Transit’s funding significantly from the previous year, resulting in the likely closures of routes serving northern New Hanover County and Pleasure Island. However, WAVE was granted slightly more state funding this year for its Rural Operating Assistance Program. But since WAVE won’t be able to use that money to help salvage the routes in question, it will likely extend their current closure date—September thirtieth—until after WAVE’s board meets with the New Hanover County Commission to make final decisions in October.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:52:06 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 43363 at http://whqr.org WAVE Transit Likely to Extend Endangered Bus Routes' Closure Date Live Oak Bank Seals Five-Year Incentive Deal with New Hanover County http://whqr.org/post/live-oak-bank-seals-five-year-incentive-deal-new-hanover-county <p></p><p></p><p>Live Oak Bancshares opened its corporate headquarters in Wilmington five years ago.&nbsp; Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:36:38 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 43204 at http://whqr.org Live Oak Bank Seals Five-Year Incentive Deal with New Hanover County