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11:34 am
Mon May 29, 2006

North Carolina's VFW

Roy Meares, Commander of the NC VFW
(c) VFW WebCom Network

Wilmington, NC – There are 2.5 million VFW members around the world. WHQR's Military Correspondent talks with the head of North Carolina's VFW.

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Local Interest
11:29 am
Mon May 29, 2006

Cape Fear Celebrates Memorial Day

Wreath-laying at Wilmington National Cemetery.

Wilmington National Cemetery, NC – Shaded by the cemetery's massive live oaks, the crowd sang the national anthem before taking their seats in rows of folding chairs between the headstones. The ceremony included a reading of the names of local veterans who died in the past year and the laying of wreaths around the central flagpole. World War Two veteran E.L. Matthews served in the Army Corps of Engineers and said the cemetery has always been a part of his life.

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Local Interest
1:50 am
Mon May 29, 2006

Literacy: Who Needs Help

Wilmington, NC – Nearly half of adults living in the Cape Fear region cannot read at the high school level, and many of them are reading below the 5th grade level.

The Cape Fear Literacy Council works with these adults, teaching them to read and write.

WHQR's Catherine Welch talked with The Cape Fear Literacy Council Director Linda Patton about literacy in our area.

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Local Interest
1:46 am
Mon May 29, 2006

Big Issues, Little Agreement in Redistricting Debate

One of the two proposed redistricting maps for New Hanover County

New Hanover County, NC – If Tuesday's meeting is anything like the first two, it will exemplify the power redistricting has to bring out passion in its speakers.

At last week's meeting at Murray Middle School, Reverend Hudson Barksdale of Gregory Congregational Church warned school board members: If you continue to attempt to deny a quality education by re-segregating our schools, we shall defy you by every legitimate, nonviolent means at our disposal.

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Local Interest
1:50 am
Sun May 28, 2006

Literacy: Web Extra

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Literacy Council Linda Patton talks with WHQR's Catherine Welch about how they go about teaching adults the first steps of reading.

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Thursday Commentary
2:53 pm
Thu May 25, 2006

Southern Silk

Much to the delight of commentator Nan Graham, a tree in her side yard comes with a rich history.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham is our lifelong southerner with a website at www.nangraham.com.

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Monday Commentary
10:28 am
Thu May 25, 2006

Archeology Under the Waves

Diver on the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge
QAR Project website

Nearly 400 years ago, the most famous pirate in history abandoned his flagship to sink in twenty feet of water off Atlantic Beach. The dreaded Captain Blackbeard marooned his excess crew on the island and sailed away, into the teeth of his final battle. The abandoned crewmen later accused Blackbeard of purposefully wrecking the ship in a sort of "pirate downsizing." The pirate captain might not have wanted his vessel any more, but for the past decade, research divers have put in hundreds of hours trying to save what's left. WHQR's Megan Williams visited the expedition to learn more...

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Local Interest
12:20 am
Thu May 25, 2006

The Occupancy Tax in Robeson County and Wilmington

Wilmington, NC – Robeson County Democrat Ronnie Sutton has introduced legislation in the state House establishing a 3% occupancy tax for tourism advertising and a new horse arena in Robeson County.


The horse arena would be located at the Southeastern Agricultural Center and Farmer's Market. And a Robeson County Tourism Development Authority would be established to dole out the tax revenue for things such as tourism advertising and market research.


Settlement in Convention Center Conflict

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Monday Commentary
10:14 am
Wed May 24, 2006

The Science of Underwater Archeology

Location of the shipwreck in Beaufort Inlet.
courtesty of the QAR website

Researcher Nathan Henry describes the tools, techniques, and challenges of excavating the Queen Anne's Revenge.

Nathan Henry is an assistant state archeologist and conservator in the Underwater Archeology branch out of Fort Fisher. He works with Project Archeologist Chris Southerly on the Queen Anne's Revenge, aided this spring by students from Cape Fear Community College.

You can learn more about Henry's work on the Queen Anne's Revenge Project at the state's website.

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Local Interest
9:33 am
Wed May 24, 2006

Thieves Getting Brazen For Copper

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