Rachel Lewis Hilburn

News Director, Host of CoastLine

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 in 2003 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 partnered with New York co-producer Linda Bianchi and produced Stories, Wine, and Cheese - a series of local, live storytelling events which aired on WHQR.  

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Local - November 6
1:43 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Brunswick County's 2013 Municipal Elections

Courtesy Brunswick County

Village of Bald Head Island, Mayor:

Incumbent Andy Sayre beat out challenger Larry Lammert.

Joe Ridgeway ran unopposed for the one open Council seat.  

Town of Belville:

Mike Allen, who ran unopposed for Mayor earned 89% of the vote.

And Donna Schardien and Tony Huskey, the only two candidates for council, will serve. 

City of Boiling Spring Lakes:

Craig Caster beat out Charlie Carroll for the Mayor seat in Boiling Spring Lakes.

Mary Stilwell and David Putnam won seats on the Commission.

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Local - November 6
1:36 am
Wed November 6, 2013

New Hanover County's 2013 Municipal Elections: The Beach Towns

New Hanover County citizens watch beach town municipal election returns trickle in.
Courtesy City of Wilmington

The only Mayoral contest in New Hanover County was in Carolina Beach – where newcomer Dan Wilcox ousted incumbent Bob Lewis by just five votes. 

LeAnn Pierce, owner of a small hotel in Carolina Beach, won the most votes and will join the re-elected Gary Doetch on Town Council.

In Kure Beach, Dean Lambeth, who ran unopposed for Mayor kept his seat.  And the two council candidates – Craig Blozsinsky and Steve Pagley - won the two open seats on Kure Beach Town Council.

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Local - November 6
1:30 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Skip Watkins Loses City Council Race, but Says He'll be Back in 2015

Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

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Local - November 6
1:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Bill Saffo: Mayor of Wilmington, 2013-2015

Bill Saffo (far right) was handily reelected in his unopposed bid for mayor.
Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

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Local
5:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Warm and Sunny Election Day Sees Low Voter Turnout, as Expected

By 4 PM Tuesday afternoon, Marvin McFadyen, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections, predicted voter turnout would reach about 12% of registered voters. 

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Local - Candidate Profile
6:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Candidate Profile: Derek Bickel

Derek Bickel, Candidate for Wilmington City Council, 2013

Listen to the Candidate Profile here.

Derek Bickel is one of six candidates hoping to win one of three seats this November on Wilmington’s City Council. 

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Local
2:14 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Candidate Forum: 2013 New Hanover County Beach Towns

Listen to the audio of WHQR's New Hanover County Beach Town Candidate Forum, which was broadcast live on WHQR 91.3 FM October 22, 2013.  (Click below.)

Participants included:

Carolina Beach:  

For Mayor:

Incumbent Bob Lewis

Challenger Dan Wilcox

For town council:

Tom Bridges (incumbent)

LeAnn Pierce

Jody Smith (incumbent)

Mike Worley

Kure Beach:

For Mayor:

Dean Lambeth (incumbent)

For Town Council:

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Local - Candidate Forums
11:22 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Watch the WHQR / WWAY Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum

Click on this link to watch the October 23, 2013 broadcast on WWAY TV3 of the Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum.

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/10/23/city-council-candidates-square-off-wway-whqr-forum

There are two videos in this post:  news coverage of the event by WWAY Reporter Holden Kurwicki and the first portion of the forum that was broadcast on WWAY and WHQR.

Below are the audio files for the Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum.

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Local - Candidate Forums
12:39 am
Thu October 24, 2013

WAVE Transit Growth is key to Wilmington's Growth, say Three of Five Council Candidates

WAVE Transit Funding
WHQR News / Data provided by Wave Transit

Listen to the audio version here.

The role of WAVE Transit – the public transportation system – that operates both within and beyond Wilmington City limits -- has evolved into a source of heated debate between the city and the county. 

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Local - Candidate Forums
11:51 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Carolina Beach Candidates Explore the Meaning of Beach Renourishment Funding "Outside the Box"

Lifeguard Stand near Carolina Beach Dunes
Town of Carolina Beach

With federal dollars scarcer than ever, beach town leaders are looking for new and creative ways to fund beach renourishment projects. 

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