Monday Commentary
2:26 pm
Wed July 12, 2006

Music of the Seas - the Cape Fear Conch Band

Band practice

Island music is a staple of summer concerts around here, but one local band is taking more than their inspiration from the ocean; it's also the source of their instruments. WHQR's Megan Williams has more.

Wrightsville Beach, NC – For possibly thousands of years, the bellowing blast of the conch shell has traveled across warm ocean waters around the world, opening religious ceremonies and signaling fishermen returning home with their catch.

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Local Interest
3:11 am
Wed July 12, 2006

Wilmington Swears in New Mayor, Councilman

Councilman J.C. Hearne, being sworn in by Judge Criner.

Wilmington, NC – The crowd filled every available space in the Council chambers, and lined the balcony. Everyone from family members to aggrieved firefighters turned out for the transfer of power at last night's City Council meeting.

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Local Interest
11:51 am
Mon July 10, 2006

Mayor Broadhurst Prepares to Pass the Gavel

Wilmington, NC – Broadhurst's two-and-a-half years as mayor officially come to an end at tonight's City Council meeting. Looking to the future, Broadhurst said he expects the council to continue functioning efficiently, and not just in terms of shorter council meetings.

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Thursday Commentary
10:13 am
Mon July 10, 2006

The Venerable, and Varied, Palm Tree

Garden commentator Barbara Sullivan contemplates a tree familiar to coastal North Carolina... but with a much longer history.

Barbara Sullivan lives and gardens in historic downtown Wilmington.

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Local Interest
11:59 am
Sun July 9, 2006

Tracking Sea Turtles from Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island, NC – Scientists hope to fit four of Bald Head's nesting loggerheads with data transmitters to learn more about where the turtles travel, and the potential hazards they face. For the next year or more, the transmitters will send back signals as the turtles range north and south through the seasons.

According to sea turtle researcher Dr. Michael Coyne, there has long been debate about whether or not commercial fishing has an impact on the loggerheads.

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Thursday Commentary
9:38 am
Fri July 7, 2006

Latin Lovers

The dead language is not really dead. It's embedded in our everyday chatter, says commentator Nan Graham.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book In A Magnolia Minute a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south is available at bookstores.

 

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Thursday Commentary
9:01 am
Fri July 7, 2006

Southern Silk

A mullberry tree outside Nan Graham's house got her thinking about southern silk.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book In A Magnolia Minute, a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south is available at bookstores.

 

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Local Interest
11:58 am
Tue July 4, 2006

Southport Officer Commits Suicide

Southport, NC – Officer John Michael Szendry was the first back-up on the scene after Darrell Wayne Maness killed Boiling Springs police officer Mitch Prince in January of 2005. Szendry was also fired on by Maness, but was uninjured.

After the murder, Szendry left the force on extended medical leave. Southport Chief of Police J.V. Dove says Szendry committed suicide in his home last Friday.

Dove nicknamed Szendry 'the Crusader' and described him as a committed officer before the night of Prince's murder.

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Local Interest
5:52 am
Tue July 4, 2006

4th of July Festivities In Southport

Shriners from the Sudan Temple in New Burn at Southport's 4th of July parade.

Southport, NC – Marching bands, beauty queens, and several fleets of Shriners in their miniature cars kicked off the parade. But the crowd that came to cheer them on was smaller than in past years. Southport chief of police J.V. Dove blamed the reduced attendance on high gas prices, the mid-week holiday, and competition from the tall ships in Beaufort.

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Local Interest
5:46 am
Tue July 4, 2006

Two-Million Gallons Spilled, City Says

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington City officials say two-million gallons of wastewater have spilled from the River Road sewer pipe break.

About a million gallons of that has been captured at the site and pumped into tankers.

The pipe broke at River Road and Shipyard Boulevard, right at the Port of Wilmington's facility entrance.

Repair crews were going to start repair work Tuesday night, but the city says that plan was scratched because more equipment is needed.

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