New Hanover County Commission http://whqr.org en 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 Board Sets Up Rules For Brian Berger To Follow For Remainder Of His Term http://whqr.org/post/board-sets-rules-brian-berger-follow-remainder-his-term <p></p><p>Brian Berger will be left to serve out his term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners with no further effort to oust him.&nbsp; Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:57:19 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 43203 at http://whqr.org Board Sets Up Rules For Brian Berger To Follow For Remainder Of His Term Even in the Case of Mental Illness, Americans with Disabilities Act Likely Protects Berger http://whqr.org/post/even-case-mental-illness-americans-disabilities-act-likely-protects-berger <p>Throughout recent legal battles concerning New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger’s fitness for public office, mental health has been a central topic. At a news conference last week, Commission Chairman Woody White said the commission had heard nothing from Berger regarding whether he needed or had received mental health counseling. White cited Berger’s incoherent emails, conspiracy fixations and erratic behavior as grave concerns that responsible leaders could not ignore. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:04:38 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 42870 at http://whqr.org Even in the Case of Mental Illness, Americans with Disabilities Act Likely Protects Berger