Local Interest
2:29 am
Wed February 14, 2007

New Record of Old Lumbee Graves

Roadside cemetery in Robeson County

Wilmington, NC – Author Jane Blanks Barnhill had to crawl through weeds and prod into the earth to find fallen stones in many of the small cemeteries she explored for her book, Sacred Grounds: Gone But Not Forgotten.

Barnhill says she became interested in publicizing Lumbee cemeteries after discovering her own great-great grandparents' graves in a remote plot on private land.

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Local Interest
2:13 am
Wed February 14, 2007

New Hanover Tax Notices Go Out

Wilmington, NC – Today's the day New Hanover County tax re-valuations go out to property owners across the county.

Numbers out of the county tax office show values went up 81% on average with coastal property going up even higher.

Officials report the average property value increasing 204% in Kure Beach, 190%in Carolina Beach, and 161% in Wrightsville Beach.

As the notices hit mailboxes, there's one key employee in the county tax office who isn't worrying about collecting all those taxes.

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Local Interest
10:04 am
Tue February 13, 2007

Affordable Housing Website Debuts

Wilmington, NC – Apartment searching is rarely fun. On a limited budget, it can be downright maddening.

A coalition pushing for affordable housing in New Hanover and Brunswick County wants to make the process a little easier with a new website.

The site contains apartment listings geared toward residents of modest means and includes information about whether units are priced on a sliding scale or are eligible for Section 8 vouchers.

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Local Interest
6:49 am
Mon February 12, 2007

Strickland Case Now At Attorney General's Office

18-year-old Peyton Strickland

Wilmington, NC – District Attorney Ben David has turned the Peyton Strickland shooting death case over to the state Attorney General's Office.

David says he could no longer handle the case because whatever action he took someone would see a conflict of interest.

Last December former New Hanover County deputy Christopher Long helped issue a warrant for Strickland when the teen was shot and killed inside the doorway of his Wilmington home.

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Local Interest
4:37 am
Mon February 12, 2007

Wilmington Plans 'Cross-City' Trail

Wilmington, NC – The Port City wants to create a new outdoor opportunity for its plodders, peddlers, and pavement-pounders.

Wilmington's planning a Cross-City Trail using new routes to link existing paths into a single paved trail starting at Halyburton Park and ending at Wrightsville Beach.

The trail will pass through city parks, school grounds, the Cameron Art Museum, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, touching on many existing out-door recreation sites.

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Theatre
10:49 am
Fri February 9, 2007

Upcoming Theatre Seasons: Opera House Theatre Company and Big Dawg Productions

To help you set your theatrical calendar, WHQR presents a series of look-aheads with regional theater companies. This week: Opera House Theatre Company and Big Dawg Productions.

Wilmington, NC – With the cold weather finally settled in, Wilmington's stages are just starting to heat up with their new theatre seasons, and WHQR is going behind the curtain with the leaders of companies around the region to learn what they have planned.

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Local Interest
12:19 am
Tue February 6, 2007

River Bulkheads Need Massive Repair

Wilmington, NC – Sinkholes in the parking lot of Wilmington's Hilton Riverside originally alerted city officials to a problem with the decades-old retaining wall that forms the riverbank.

But when divers slipped under the Cape Fear River, they got an eyeful, according to Construction Manager Dave Cowell. Cowell says they found two blocks of corroded metal, leaking soil into the river.

"So that if you strike it with a hammer, the hammer could penetrate... the wall. So it's life expectancy is not great."

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Local Interest
12:30 am
Sun February 4, 2007

The Men Behind the Machines -- Operators Eagerly Await Cranes

Wilmington, NC – When Wilmington's new cranes arrived at the port dangling scraps of their bright yellow catwalks, no one's heart must have hurt more than Walter Taylor's. Taylor is the port's Crane and Heavy Lift Equipment Manager, and for two years, these cranes have been his babies. Taylor helped design everything from the operator cabs to those now-damaged walkways.

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Local Interest
12:07 am
Sun February 4, 2007

Cranes Arrive Almost Without A Hitch

Wilmington, NC – The Coast Guard is investigating the collision that damaged four massive cargo cranes that were making their way to the Port of Wilmington.

The cranes were on the last stretch of a long journey that started near Shanghai, when somewhere between the Port of Wilmington and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge the vessel carrying four massive cargo cranes collided with a dredging barge.

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Theatre
4:08 pm
Fri February 2, 2007

Theatre Seasons: Thalian Association and Brunswick Little Theatre

(c) Brunswick Little Theatre

To help you set your theatrical calendar, WHQR presents a series of look-aheads with regional theater companies. This week: The Thalian Association and the Brunswick Little Theatre.

With the cold weather finally settled in, Wilmington's stages are just starting to heat up with their new theatre seasons, and WHQR is going behind the curtain with the leaders of companies around the region to learn what they have planned.

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