Wilmington, NC – South Carolina is now the fifth state to reject the federal Real ID Act.
The act sets national security standards for driver's licenses and identification cards. But South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford calls those standards a costly federal mandate and signed legislation to prevent the Real ID Act from kicking in at the end of 2009.
The governor's spokesperson Joel Sawyer says the Real ID Act would have cost South Carolina $25-million up front and $11-million annually.
Wilmington, NC – Aspriring Scorseses and Spielbergs from nearly a hundred schools in eight countries will be in town this weekend for the Scene First film festival.
Organizers claim this is the first-ever student film festival with a national scope. However, there are other competitions for student film makers, such as the international Tau festival in Israel, the First Take festival in Canada, and the University Film and Video Association's touring festival, Frame.
Wilmington, NC – Last year, North Carolina fishermen brought in a total catch worth more than 70 million dollars, according to the Department of Marine Fisheries. But the fish houses that buy and ship that bounty are rapidly disappearing from the coast.
Wilmington, NC – A Federal Grand Jury is interested in the election campaign of Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewitt, according to a subpoena made public Monday by the Brunswick County Attorney's Office.
The four-page letter subpoenas numerous financial documents, including phone records and personnel documents relating to Hewett's election campaign.
Wilmington, NC – Bar patrons in downtown Wilmington this weekend may have noticed a few more police officers on the streets. It's part of a new program to step up late-night policing.
Two Front Street bars are paying the Wilmington Police Department to station uniformed officers in front of their clubs on certain nights -- outside the Liquid Room on Tuesdays and Thursdays and City Limits Saloon on Saturdays. Officers stay of the bars unless called inside.
Wilmington, NC – With the summer travel season taking off the Federal Aviation Administration expects 200-million people to fly this summer. Some of those travelers will take off from the Wilmington airport.
The conversation continues with Wilmington International Airport Director Jon Rosborough about the "Fly First Class" program designed to take Wilmington passengers to London.
Wilmington, NC – South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford signed into law today a bill that would provide tax credit incentives for insurers and policy owners. The new law allows tax credits up to $1,250 for lower-income property owners who pay more than 5-percent of their income towards insurance premiums. Ann Roberson of the South Carolina Department of Insurance says the new law gives homeowners a better chance to protect themselves.
Wilmington, NC – The Brunswick County School Board has recommended changing the required minimum drop-out age from 16 to 18. A Report by the Board of North Carolina Schools says almost 80-percent of dropouts occur between ages 16 and 18. Brunswick County School Board Vice-Chairperson Shirley Babson says the current drop-out age is antiquated.
Antique baby pictures used to creep out the visitors of Nan Graham's daughter, Molly.
By Nan Graham
Wilmington, NC – Fans of antique shops, Nan Graham and her daughter, Molly, picked out an oversize photograph of Kemp Battle, president of UNC in the 1880s. It was proudly hung over Molly's couch, terrorizing visitors for years.
Nan Graham is a longtime commentator for WHQR, and author of "In a Magnolia Minute." Check out her website, nangraham.com