Primary Results: New Hanover County Board of Education

Mar 16, 2016

During yesterday’s primary elections, voters selected three Republicans and three Democrats to run for New Hanover County Board of Education. 

There are three open seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners.  The top three Republican candidates will now battle it out with Democrats Jonathan Barfield, Julia Boseman and Nelson Beaulieu in the general election.

Incumbent Woody White came in first – with more than 24% of the vote among seven candidates.  Beth Dawson, also running for reelection and the current Board Chair, fell to fourth place which means she won’t be on the ballot in November.  Patricia Kusek and Derrick Hickey took the second and third spots, respectively.

With no Democratic challenger, the winner of the primary election for North Carolina House District 20 is a shoo-in for the seat.  During yesterday’s primary election, voters chose businesswoman and Army veteran Holly Grange over Tammy Covil, a New Hanover County Board of Education member.  Grange won by more than 24 percent.


Presidential election years bring out the voters, and with Tuesday’s sunshine and warm temps, the 2016 primary is no exception.  Whether it was the nice day, political fervor, or a combination of factors, precincts in Brunswick County and downtown Wilmington were buzzing with activity.

We had director Randy Davis visit us in the studio to talk about the show onstage now at Cape Fear Playhouse: Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.  This weekend (March 17-20) is the last opportunity to see this classic Neil Simon comedy produced by Big Dawg Productions. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door, or by calling 910-367-5237.

The City Ballet presents 2 well-loved Russian tales-Peter and the Wolf and The Firebird.  As an added treat, guest artist Diane Orio Gerberg has prepared the company to perform a movement from Viva Vivaldi, which she learned (from the original choreographer) and performed during her time with Joffrey Ballet.  

First off…today is commentator Nan Graham’s birthday!

We will be fundraising next week in our Partnership Challenge, so there won’t be an official Friday Feedback. I expect some listeners will wonder what we mean by saying “92 is the new 96.” We now have two different signal for Classical HQR, 92.7 and 96.7. And we’d like your input. More on that in a moment. But first, the story of a pledge made good -- 22 years later.

Local designers have re-purposed items from Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity's Restore-and the sale is this weekend.  The painting, reupholstering, and screw-tightening is finished, and items have been placed in 10'x10' vignettes.  Habitat's goal is to raise $45,000 to build a new home by selling the goods at the Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College.  

More Than 1,500 Empty Bowls To Feed The Hungry

Mar 10, 2016

The Wilmington Empty Bowls event is Friday, March 11-you can get soup, bread, and a hand-crafted bowl by a local artist between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm at the First Baptist Center on Independence Boulevard.  The soup and bread comes from over 25 Wilmington restaurants-and you can "eat in" or have your lunch to go. 

Titan Cement has scrapped its plans to build a new cement manufacturing facility in northern New Hanover County.