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In the United States, 14.5 % of the population is 65 or older.  That’s according to the most recent census.  In North Carolina, the number of elderly people is a fraction of a percentage higher at 14.7%.  In New Hanover County, nearly 16% of residents are 65 or over.  And that number shoots to almost a third of the population in neighboring Brunswick County.

According to the American Psychological Association, the number of Americans over age 85 is increasing faster than any other group. Since 1900, the proportion of Americans age 65 and older has more than tripled.

New Hanover County Planning Department

At this week’s New Hanover County Commissioners meeting, the planning department presented the final version of the future land use map.  That’s the fourth chapter of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.  But the discussion turned contentious over a complementary map that outlines environmental resources. 

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The exhibit For All the World to See is now on display at the Cape Fear Museum.  It examines the role media and visual imagery played in the struggle for civil rights from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Joining Cleve Callison on this edition of CoastLine to discuss this history – juxtaposed against today -- with the immediacy of cell phone video and social media are three guests:  

WHQR Holiday Specials December 18th through New Year’s Day

Friday, December 18 @ 8 p.m. & Christmas Day @ noon on 91.3 FM

'Tis the season for the annual holiday letter. If these missives secretly fill you with jealousy and bitterness, Commentator Annie Gray Johnston says, take heart. Your day to gush is coming.

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The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has a new chair:  Beth Dawson takes the helm after a narrow three-to-two vote at Monday's meeting. 

Skip Watkins nominated Woody White for Chair; White seconded the motion. 

Jonathan Barfield nominated Beth Dawson – as he promised publicly that he would a year ago.  This was widely expected after Dawson helped Barfield to the Chairmanship in a three-to-two vote last year.   The local Republican Party blasted Dawson last December for that move.

"Mame" at Thalian Hall: the Power of Personality

Dec 13, 2015

Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade was written 60 years ago by Patrick Dennis, Mame's nephew. The book was on the New York Times best seller list for 112 weeks and spawned the popular movie starring Rosalind Russell.  Now you can see the popular musical created in 1965 on the mainstage of Thalian Hall, produced by Thalian Association.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in yesterday’s 1-Day December Drive. We’re pleased to support the work of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and we join with them in thanking Food Lion for donating 4 pounds of food for every pledge received. Here’s a typical reaction from the drive. James Jones of Wilmington wrote:

It’s great to see the station & Food Lion helping feed the hungry at this time of year.

We couldn’t agree more. Thank you, everyone.

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Pat Marriot sat down with Merry Ann Wright and David Tousignant to talk about the Coastal Carolina Christmas concerts.  The  event is happening at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 16 North 16th Street in downtown Wilmington.  On Friday night, the Wilmington Boys Choir sings carols while the Choir of St. Paul's sings selections from Handel's Messiah along with soloists and chamber orchestra.  A sparkling Chocolate Reception follows.  On Saturday, keyboardist and accordionist Al DiMarco hosts a cabaret performance with appetizers and drinks.  

New Hanover County

This week, New Hanover County Chair Jonathan Barfield attended a national roundtable to address issues for communities of color.  The event was sponsored by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which conducts research and suggests policy solutions to create equal opportunities for all Americans, regardless of race.

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