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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Local Interest
11:45 am
Fri February 2, 2007

Port Cranes Arrival Put On Hold

credit: NC State Ports Authority

Wilmington, NC – Nasty weather has put the brakes on the delivery of new port cranes, forcing the massive container cranes to hold off from making the last leg of their world tour.

The four, blue container cranes pulled out of a port just north of Shanghai December 4th and almost a month later made their way around the Cape of Good Hope.

Making good time the cargo cranes left the Port of Kingston on Sunday and arrived just off the coast from Southport at around 7:30pm Wednesday.

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Local Interest
12:24 am
Fri February 2, 2007

Riverfront Zoning Height Limit Dropped

Wilmington, NC – After months of deliberation and debate the New Hanover County Planning Board approved a uniformed zoning plan for the west side of the Cape Fear River.

Wilmington and county planners rolled out the Riverfront Mixed Use District last year to create a uniform look and feel for future development.

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