The debate over film incentives in North Carolina erupted on the public stage last year when two state Representatives – Rick Catlin from New Hanover County and Chris Millis of Pender County – sponsored a bill that would fundamentally change the structure of the tax rebate.
Tim Koch directs a group of 70 talented and dedicated singers called the Carolina Master Chorale, based in Myrtle Beach. Their holiday concert, "Christmas & Carols and All That Jazz," will be presented twice this weekend: Saturday at 4 pm at Waccamaw High School Auditorium and Sunday at 4 pm at Trinity Church (between 30 and 31st Avenue North on Business Route 17). Tickets are $15, available at CarolinaMasterChorale.com or 843.444.5774.
Cape Fear Literacy Council hosts the second annual 12 Tastes of Christmas, a holiday tasting of fine foods and specialty drinks. The event is Friday, December 12 from 7-10 PM at the Brooklyn Arts Center on North Fourth Street. Tunes will be provided by Chill Bill and humor by Dead Crow Comedy. Tickets are $30 in advance only, available on the website at CFLiteracy.org. My guests were Erin Payne, Outreach Coordinator and Nina Bays Cournoyer, co-organizer (with Katherine Clark) of the event.
When the state stopped funding Drug Treatment Courts in 2011, New Hanover County stepped up to support the program. To measure effectiveness since that switch, the drug court commissioned an evaluation, which was completed last week. UNCW sociology researchers found marked success, though recidivism rates for drug court clients are widely considered to be hard to gauge.
Drug Treatment Court is an intensive substance abuse program. For those who’ve been convicted of crimes connected with drugs—such as possession or stealing—it can serve as an alternative to prison time.
A couple of weeks ago, I read a message from listener Bo, who said he would listen but not longer contribute because he felt that WHQR and NPR are consistently liberal. By the way, in response to inquiries, this Bo is not our old pal Bo Biggs from Lumberton, who is a conservative and a valued supporter of WHQR. At any rate, here’s what Delthea Simmons wrote:
We know you are inundated with mail asking for money this time of year. As a nonprofit, we really do understand how important those end-of-year donations are. Here are 3 things to ponder when considering a gift to WHQR: