Michelle Bliss

After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.

Michelle left WHQR in April 2012 to pursue her writing career.

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North Carolina’s ports saw increased shipment volumes last year. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that container movements were up 11 percent over 2010 and general breakbulk cargo amounts increased by 8 percent.

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ted Davis, Jr. delivered his State of the County address Monday night in downtown Wilmington.

The dropout rate for North Carolina saw a marked decrease last school year. 

New Hanover County

New Hanover County’s Animal Control Services will soon fall under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office.

Leland’s Police Chief Timothy Jayne has been fired.

The Southern Environmental Law Center presented a study in Wilmington last week by ICF International about the potential health risks of air emissions by Titan America’s proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo made two major announcements at a press conference at City Hall Tuesday regarding agenda items that city council will consider at next week’s meeting.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo spoke last night at City Hall downtown to deliver his State of the City Address.

NHCo. Sheriff's Office

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger has been arrested again.

The president of Cape Fear Community College Eric McKeithan announced his retirement Thursday. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that McKeithan’s retirement will go into effect on July 1st.

UNCW has ended its $65 million fundraising campaign ahead of schedule. 

During a sewer spill yesterday along River Road in Wilmington, more than one million gallons of sewage may have flowed into Barnards Creek in Wilmington. 

The BizTech annual conference and expo is in Wilmington tomorrow.

Three years after announcing its plans to operate a cement plant in Castle Hayne, Titan America is still waiting to hear a final decision regarding an air permit from the state Division of Air Quality.

Now that Wilmington and a handful of other cities have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s new petition process for annexation, WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that the issue will begin to unfold in a Wake County courtroom on Monday.

UNCW

Wilmington native Phillip L. Clay spoke at last night’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at UNCW.

The City of Wilmington is holding a second meeting Thursday night to gather input from business owners regarding window sign regulations.

Halifax Media, which recently bought 16 regional publications from the New York Times Company including the Star News of Wilmington, made national headlines this week when the company dropped its plans to have those new employees sign non-compete agreements. 

Teacher compensation, higher graduation rates, and increased school technology were hot topics at a meeting of lawmakers and New Hanover County school officials Wednesday.

Governor Bev Perdue has received a disaster declaration for 35 North Carolina counties from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The new superintendent for Pender County Schools, Terri Cobb, is in her second week on the job.

The head of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, CEO Thomas Eagar, is no longer serving in the post he's held since 2004. 

M. Fitzsimmons

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources released a new report Friday detailing the state’s environmental quality and upcoming challenges. 

The Cape Fear Regional Airport in Oak Island will get a brand-new taxiway thanks to a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Ferry Tolls on the Rise

Jan 5, 2012

 

The Department of Transportation is proposing toll increases for several ferry routes, including the Southport/Fort Fisher ride.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased from 9.7 percent in October to 9.5 percent in November.

 

Next week, more than 30 students will begin classes for a new bachelor’s degree program at Cape Fear Community College.

 

UNCW has jumped to number 15 on Kiplinger’s 2012 list of the top 100 public universities across the country providing the best value for students and their families.

EARRS, the Eastern Area Radio Reading Service, made its final broadcast to listeners across the Cape Fear region on Friday.

The Department of Justice approved North Carolina’s redrawn district maps last month, but court proceedings for a pair of lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of those changes have just begun.

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