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Monday Commentary
3:03 pm
Wed August 16, 2006

Wilmington gets 'Creative' with Calendar

Wilmington is getting an official events calendar. The City Council voted Tuesday night to add the CreativeWilmington calendar to the city's website. WHQR's Megan Williams has more...

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Thursday Commentary
12:27 pm
Wed August 16, 2006

Chillin'

Before air conditioning, youngsters had different ways of chillin' out, as commentator Nan Graham explains to granddaughter Caroline.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book In A Magnolia Minute, a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south, is available at bookstores.

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Local Interest
10:52 am
Wed August 16, 2006

Survey Paints Troubled Picture of Fire Department

Wilmington Fire Department

Wilmington, NC – Nearly 90% of the surveyed firefighters rated morale at the department as 'Poor,' 'Very Poor,' or 'Terrible,' and more than half said they've considered leaving.

The Wilmington Professional Firefighters Association, which represents a majority of the city's firefighters, contracted with an outside group for the survey as part of their ongoing effort to lobby for changes in the department. The group presented their findings at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

123 of the surveys sent out were returned, a response rate of 62%.

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Thursday Commentary
12:06 pm
Tue August 15, 2006

Bumping Along the Blue Highway

Never one to turn down a road trip, commentator Ede Baldridge takes a trip down memory lane for one of the most popular roads in this region.

Wilmington, NC – Ede Baldridge writes about memorable people and places in the southeast.

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Local Interest
5:35 am
Tue August 15, 2006

City of Wilmington Tallies Up Sewer Break Bill

Wilmington, NC – The City of Wilmington is asking S & C Communications to pay for the cost of fixing damage to a sewer pipe last month.


A letter from the Assistant City Attorney requests $196,605.01.


Nearly five million gallons of wastewater spilled after an S & C crew punctured the River Road sewage pipe back in July.


At first the company said the city failed to mark the pipe, but the city has said it has photos that it marked the site.

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Thursday Commentary
4:42 pm
Mon August 14, 2006

The Golden Silk Spider

Commentator Andy Wood was outside looking at a heat-stressed dogwood in his yard when he was called away to look at a spider suspended from the rearview mirror of his son's car.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

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Local Interest
6:22 am
Mon August 14, 2006

UNCW Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Quits

Wilmington, NC – UNCW's Assistant Men's Basketball coach has resigned after a little more than three months on the job.

Chuck Benson says he's leaving for an assistant coaching job at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson, Tennessee.


Back in April, Benson was the first hire by Seahawks head coach Benny Moss.

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Local Interest
6:19 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Governor Easley Says He Will Sign DOT Bill

Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley says he will sign legislation removing specific goals for the North Carolina Department of Transportation when it comes to contracting work out to minority and women-owned businesses.

The North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus is urging Easley to veto the bill, which removes the 10% and 5% goals for contracting work out to minority and women-own businesses.

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Local Interest
4:01 am
Mon August 14, 2006

Easley Signs Landfill Moratorium

Easely signing the landfill moratorium.

Wilmington, NC – Governor Mike Easley signed the landfill moratorium into law in a room at Cape Fear Community College overlooking Brunswick county, site of one of the state's most contentious waste disposal battles.

The proposed Hugo Neu landfill in Navassa is one of five applications statewide frozen by the law.

Easley says while some of the projects may have merit, the state needs more time to develop a coherent policy on proposed landfills.

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Local Interest
1:40 am
Thu August 10, 2006

ILM Tightens Its Security

Wilmington, NC – Passengers flying out of Wilmington International Airport should expect heightened security due to an alleged terrorist plot in London to blow up U.S.-bound planes.


Although Wilmington is not a national hub, airport director Jon Rosborough says increased security precautions are underway at ILM.


He says cars are prohibited from lingering at the curb for pick-ups and drop offs, and beefed up security inside the airport may slow down the boarding process.

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