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Commentator Annie Gray Johnston lightens the spirit of Election Day 2016 by describing life in The White House with either presidential candidate's occupancy.

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has three of its five districts in play this year; however all county residents vote for all the districts.   Three Democrats are hoping to win seats on what is currently an all-Republican Board in a very red county.

In Brunswick County, Republican Frank Williams is running for his second term representing District 5 on the Board of Commissioners, and Mike Forte is running for District 4.  Both Republican candidates are focused on economic development and education.

According to Mike Forte, the only economic engine in Brunswick County is tourism, and he says this isn’t enough:

"That’s part-time, minimum wage jobs. I have two sons—24 and 20 years old. They need full time work. Warehousing, manufacturing, industry— We need real jobs."

A performance collective from Chicago is coming to Wilmington this week to perform an intricate shadow show featuring paper puppets, live actors, and live music. The group is called Manual Cinema-an apt title for a shadow show that is like a movie made by hand in front of the audience in real time. We heard from one of the founders of Manual Cinema, Drew Dir, about the show, called Ada|Ava.

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The next Soup to Nuts LIVE! Concert on Thursday, November 17 in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR features The Awkward Silents.

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Last week I played a call by a fan of our on-air campaign, and got this email in response: "I really like WHQR. I'm a long time listener .. & I do contribute to your support. But I *HATE* your awful begging for money (on-air). Yes, I know someone called in & said he thought it was well done. I'm on the other side of that coin; it is awful. I find another station to listen to when you start & continue to run your terrible begging for financial support. Why can't you do it quietly, like other charities?. . .

The Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club's Surf to Sound is this weekend, featuring paddle board clinics and races at the Blockade Runner.

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we hear from the three Democrats seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners.

There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County.  The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years.  This year, Districts 3, 4, and 5 are in play. 

Chamber Music Wilmington presents its 2nd performance of the season this weekend: the award-winning Chicago-based Kontras Quartet. The show is this Sunday at Beckwith Recital Hall at 7:30pm. We spoke by telephone with Jean Hatmaker, the cellist of the group. Hatmaker talks about the orchestral vs.

Today, we continue with our CoastLine Candidate Interviews, and on this edition, we’ll hear from two of the three Republicans seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners.

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The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild holds its annual Holiday Show and Sale this weekend. Friday evening is the opening reception from 5:00pm - 8:00pm at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

Besides the addition of classrooms and schools to address overcrowding concerns, the bond money would go towards updating technology.  That’s according to Deanne Meadows, Assistant Superintendent for Brunswick County Schools:

"You have to continue to upgrade and update your technology resources.  We are on a seven-year rotation right now.  It really should be five years that we take a computer and we trade it out for an upgrade."

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Marty Mentzer is running as a Democrat to represent District 4 of Brunswick County’s Board of Education.  As a retired teacher with over two decades of experience, she says her number one issue is increasing teacher pay and morale. 

Marty Mentzer says state cuts to education spending have discouraged teachers.  But she says local actions could help pick up the slack left by state lawmakers:  

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we’ll hear from the two Democrats seeking seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Education.

There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County.  The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years.  In 2016, Districts 1, 2, and 4 have open seats.  No Democrats filed for District 1, however, which means that Republican Ed Lemon has no formal opposition.  Write-in candidates are permitted.

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet one of three Republicans seeking three seats on Brunswick County’s Board of Education.

There are five members on the Board – one representing each district in Brunswick County.  The four-year terms are staggered, and elections are held every two years.  In 2016, Districts 1, 2, and 4 have open seats.  No Democrats filed for District 1, however, which means that Republican Ed Lemon has no formal opposition.  Write-in candidates are permitted.

The annual Carolina Authors Luncheon by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is this Saturday, November 5. The event begins at 11:00 am at UNCW's Burney Center and features three Carolina authors: Tom Olsinski, Flora Solomon, and Philip Gerard. The Luncheon includes a buffet meal, books for sale by Pomegranate, presentations by each of the authors, and raffled items (including a 5-person lunch date with Flora Solomon). This is the main yearly fundraiser of AAUW and supports its scholarships for non-traditional university women and school vision testing, among other activities focused on economic, educational, and political equality for women.

Republican Catherine Cooke is running for her third term on the Brunswick County Board of Education, representing District 2. She’s challenged by Democrat Sharon Woodard Crawford.  The two candidates are split on the topic of the $152 million school bond.

The last Brunswick County school bond was passed in 1999, and there’s still some remaining debt to be paid off.  The new bond proposal would pay for the construction of Town Creek Middle School, an early college high school, and new classrooms. 

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Dr. Tom Morris is a philosopher, an author, and a motivational speaker. His aim through these endeavors is to help people apply philosophy in a practical manner to everyday life. Morris holds a PhD in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University. He's presenting the lecture The Adventures of a Christian Philosopher Loose in the World tomorrow night (Tuesday, 11/1) at St. James Parish on 3rd Street. In addition to being a practical philosopher, Dr. Tom Morris is a Christian philosopher. We talked about the real or perceived conflicts between philosophy, practicality, and religion. Listen above. 

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Award-winning New York filmmaker Ira Sachs is in Wilmington, North Carolina this week. Sachs' latest film, Little Men, screens tonight through Wednesday at Thalian Hall as part of the Cinematique film series. Sachs will join the audience on Tuesday night (11/1) to answer questions about his work. WHQR's Gina Gambony spoke with Sachs about the film, which premiered at Sundance this year. Listen above. See the Web Extra below.

Women's Impact Network, or WIN, is a women's giving circle. It's an affiliate of the North Carolina 

Community Network with the mission to maximize women's leadership in philanthropy and strengthen New Hanover County through collective giving. WIN has distributed $142,000 to local non-profits since its formation 5 years ago; this year, WIN granted $35,ooo to the non-profit SkyWatch Bird Rescue to upgrade its facilities and expand its rescue capacity.

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I've been out this week, so mostly it's listeners who will do the talking this week. Wendy Lewis wrote on our WHQR Public Radio Facebook page: "I am appalled at this stations partisan rhetoric. It's obvious this station is run by left wing nuts. Maybe you should try to be more in touch with the community that you are supposed to be serving." I thank Wendy for her comment. We do try to be more in touch with the community. Which is why we published an article about early voting, poll locations and same day registration, to which Wendy so strenuously objected.

So now it's time for some community voices:

On the next CoastLine, you'll hear from the candidates for Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners.  The Republicans join us Wednesday, November 2 -- the Democrats are on Thursday, November 3.  It's your chance to get your questions answered.

Listen for CoastLine Wednesday and Thursday at noon.  Ask a question any time by emailing coastline@whqr.org.  Find us on Twitter at coastlinehqr.

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Wilmington theater director Steve Vernon often has something unusual or unheard of for audiences; his current endeavor is par for the course. The show is The Birds Attack, an unauthorized parody of Hitchcock's classic film, The Birds. Notably, all the human characters in this show are played by men- men in drag for the female characters, while the birds are played by 4 women. All the scenes (and many lines) from the movie are included.

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On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet Representative Frank Iler, the Republican from Brunswick County who has served North Carolina’s House District 17 for three-and-a-half terms and is seeking a fourth.  We had also booked his Democratic challenger, Charles Warren.  Mr. Warren let us know a couple of days earlier that he could not appear due to an emergency. 

Republican Gerald Benton is challenging Democratic incumbent Susi Hamilton for North Carolina House District 18.  As the future of film in the state hangs in limbo, the two candidates differ in how they’d approach incentives.

Gerald Benton says film only benefits two counties in North Carolina: Mecklenburg and New Hanover.  If he were to push for the return of a tax incentive, he says he’d be indebted to the other 98 counties in the state:

Wilmington Symphonic Winds

Wilmington Symphonic Winds was formed just 2 years ago, but it has already received a great deal of attention for the quality of its concerts. The band recently caught the eye of composer Mark Camphouse, who is creating a piece of music specifically for the Wilmington Symphonic Winds. We won't hear that music for 2 years, but the band does have concert this weekend called Fiesta-Sunday, October 30 at 7:00 at Kenan Auditorium.

David Rouzer

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we’re talking with David Rouzer.  He’s North Carolina’s  Republican Congressman from Johnston County in the 7th District who has served one term and is seeking a second.  Before winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, David Rouzer served in the North Carolina Senate for two terms – representing the 12th district. 

One Girl is a non-profit organization in Australia dedicated to making education available to all girls on the planet. One Girl's focus right now is to educate 1 million girls in Africa by 2020, beginning with Sierra Leone. October is the month of One Girl's signature fundraising project: Do It in a Dress, encouraging teams of fundraisers across the globe to wear a school uniform dress from Sierra Leone to raise awareness and money.

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