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.  

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%.

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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