Isabelle Shepherd

News Graduate Fellow

Isabelle is a second-year poetry student in UNCW’s MFA creative writing program. Raised in the Mountain State, she received dual degrees in Political Science and English at West Virginia University. She's often assisted in her newsroom duties by her trusty sidekick and (news)hound, Lavender. 

Ways to Connect

Every Wednesday throughout the month of May, we’re taking a close-up look at the pork and poultry industries in southeastern North Carolina.  It’s our first ever CoastLine series, and we're focusing on CAFOs – concentrated animal feeding operations.  What’s the economic impact?  How is it regulated?  And how does it affect nearby residents?

Voters across North Carolina approved the Connect NC Bond by more than a 30% margin. 

In southeastern North Carolina, however, the margins were narrower.  In New Hanover County, the bond passed by nearly 11%.  Brunswick County voters approved it by 13%, and Pender County voters approved by not quite 10%.

Voters are hearing plenty about this dramatic presidential campaign season.  Even locally, New Hanover County has its own mini-drama underway with a very public rift in the Republican Party and a fierce primary battle for three seats on the Board of Commission. 

But the Connect NC Bond has not enjoyed the same breadth of air time.  We’ll take a look at why even the news media seems to be playing catch-up. 

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners has a new chair:  Beth Dawson takes the helm after a narrow three-to-two vote at Monday's meeting. 

Skip Watkins nominated Woody White for Chair; White seconded the motion. 

Jonathan Barfield nominated Beth Dawson – as he promised publicly that he would a year ago.  This was widely expected after Dawson helped Barfield to the Chairmanship in a three-to-two vote last year.   The local Republican Party blasted Dawson last December for that move.

Top 5 Music Beds

When you’re driving along in your car, getting your local and national news from your public radio station, you might hear a song in the background that strikes your fancy. It may serve as a break between news stories, or it might be under an underwriting message. Before you can get out your phone to Shazam the selection, it’s gone.

North Carolina Senate District 8 includes Brunswick, Bladen, and Pender Counties – as well as a very small segment of western New Hanover County. 

Microbreweries are pouring into the Cape Fear region.  

Brunswick County will not house illegal immigrants, including minors.  That’s the County Commissioners’ official response to the recent border surge.

It’s taken eight years of planning, but within the next twelve months, work could begin on a new permanent supportive housing facility near Greenfield Lake. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports the space would provide affordable housing for 40 disabled people. 

Permanent supportive housing resembles ordinary rental agreements. The difference: It is geared towards the disabled, including veterans and the elderly.

Betsy Jordan, who is Rick Catlin’s Democratic opponent for the North Carolina House of Representatives, has already identified her signature issue: film. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports.

District 20’s Republican incumbent, Rick Catlin, has voted to convert the film tax rebate to a grant program. But his challenger, Betsy Jordan, says this isn’t enough to keep North Carolina competitive in the film industry.