Rachel Lewis Hilburn

All Things Considered Host, CoastLine Host / Producer

Rachel Lewis Hilburn came to WHQR in the spring of 2011.  After serving as back-up host for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Classical Music for a year, she was named News Director in July of 2012. 

She moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, where she worked as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley.  After joining the local ABC affiliate in Wilmington, she wrote and produced local TV newscasts, a 30-minute special program for the Cape Fear Museum showcasing its renovation and new exhibits, and independently wrote and produced a documentary on the lingering effects of the 1898 coup d'etat in Wilmington.   Before joining the staff, Rachel c0-produced Stories, Wine, and Cheese - a series of local, live storytelling events which aired on WHQR.  

There are three open seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners.  The top three Republican candidates will now battle it out with Democrats Jonathan Barfield, Julia Boseman and Nelson Beaulieu in the general election.
 

Incumbent Woody White came in first – with more than 24% of the vote among seven candidates.  Beth Dawson, also running for reelection and the current Board Chair, fell to fourth place which means she won’t be on the ballot in November.  Patricia Kusek and Derrick Hickey took the second and third spots, respectively. 

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Presidential election years bring out the voters, and with Tuesday’s sunshine and warm temps, the 2016 primary is no exception.  Whether it was the nice day, political fervor, or a combination of factors, precincts in Brunswick County and downtown Wilmington were buzzing with activity.

Titan Cement has scrapped its plans to build a new cement manufacturing facility in northern New Hanover County. 

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Early Voting is underway in North Carolina.  The primary is less than a week away on March 15th.   On this edition of CoastLine, we break down the issues, the candidates, the fireworks, and the head-scratchers -- all the way from the presidential race and how it’s playing out locally to county-level politics. 

Lisa Estep

Early voting is underway in North Carolina and Election Day is March 15th.  New Hanover County School Board member Lisa Estep hopes voters move her through the primary to the November ballot and an eventual second term. 

It’s less than two weeks before North Carolina’s first March primary -- after years of voters going to the polls in May.  What will this mean for the Tar Heel state’s role in this presidential nominating process? 

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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. 

Campbell Dodd

There are seven Republicans hoping to win one of three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  One of those candidates, Campbell Dodd, is taking his second run at county office.  As this Wilmington-based real estate appraiser explains, he has his eye on bringing more industry to the region and quelling the very public divides on the Board. 

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Patricia Kusek is running for one of three seats in the Republican primary for New Hanover County Commissioner.  

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Imagine biking or hiking or even kayaking your way from the northern end of New Hanover County near Figure Eight Island down to Sunset Beach or Calabash near the South Carolina border…

What if you could wend your way through trails that traverse the central and western points around the counties with only your feet or a bicycle?  This could become a reality. 

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Jeannette Nichols is competing against three other Republican candidates for three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County’s Board of Education.  If elected, Nichols would embark upon her fifth four-year term.  The retired teacher says serving on the Board is her way of staying connected to children.

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A tornado watch is in effect for southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina until 7 PM, a wind advisory until 8. 

Just about sunset, a line of thunderstorms coming from the west is expected to arrive full force in the Cape Fear region. 

Reid Hawkins is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Wilmington.  He says there’s another factor in play:  a big low pressure center just west of us.

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There could still be snarls for drivers traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County Tuesday afternoon.   

Commuters using either the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge or the Isabel Holmes Bridge ran into hours of delays late Monday afternoon and evening due to an emergency repair on the Leland Causeway. 

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In the March 15th primary, Republican John Babb is hoping to win one of three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. 

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David Wortman is one of four Republicans in New Hanover County hoping to secure a spot for Board of Education on the November ballot.  On March 15th, voters will choose three candidates from each party to compete in the November election. 

Carolyn Rawls Booth

Carolyn Rawls Booth, born in nearby Bladen County, spent nearly five years of her early childhood in a New Deal homesteading project known as Penderlea.  When she was five, her family moved to Raleigh.  She left college after two years to get married and raise a family; it wasn’t until she was in her 40s that she decided to go back to finish her undergraduate work.  Carolyn Rawls Booth graduated at age 50, and published her first novel when she was 65. 

Frank Christopher Meares

In the New Hanover County Republican Primary, Frank Christopher Meares is hoping to win a spot on the November ballot for the Board of Education. The current County Soil and Water Conservation Board Member says, if elected, he’d give up his unexpired term but would hope to retain a non-voting position.

NCACC

All 100 counties in North Carolina belong to an organization called the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners – or the NCACC.  Founded in 1908, this coalition of local elected officials shares best practices and works together to advance county agendas at the state and federal levels.  During a recent trip to Wilmington, Executive Director Kevin Leonard came to WHQR to talk about why every county in the state chooses to participate.   

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Woody White is seeking a second four-year term as a New Hanover County Commissioner.  He’s competing against six other Republican candidates for one of three open seats in the March 15th primary. 

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A series of Town Hall meetings began a couple of years ago in Wilmington after a spike in concerns over violent interactions between law enforcement officers and members of minority communities. 

New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White, in cooperation with two other Republican candidates for the County Board, delivered a scathing criticism of Chairperson Beth Dawson, after her state of the county address Monday nightThe response, posted on YouTube, attacks Dawson, who is a Republican, for abandoning GOP principles and cooperating with the Democrats.   

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Over the first weekend of 2016, federal immigration agents raided homes in Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina.  They detained people thought to be illegal immigrants – primarily from Central America.  The raids have prompted an outcry from Hispanic and Latino advocacy groups and a letter, signed by 130 Congressional Democrats, calling for an end to the raids. 

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