City of Wilmington

Local
6:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Wave Transit will get new maintenance facility

Wave Transit's maintenance facility is in the heart of the Bottom neighborhood

Wilmington residents living next door to Wave Transit’s industrial bus garage will not have to endure the sounds and smells for much longer. Ground breaks this afternoon for Wave’s new operations and maintenance center in New Hanover County, on Castle Hayne Road near Martin Luther King Jr Parkway. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports it will replace the current facility at the corner of 11th and Castle Streets.

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Local
9:56 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Wilmington and New Hanover County give firm nod toward Castle Branch incentives

Last night the Wilmington City Council unanimously approved a resolution that could offer Castle Branch financial incentives to expand its local headquarters and bring 400 news jobs to the area. The resolution to potentially give the company $250,000 dollars mirrors a decision New Hanover County commissioners made earlier this week.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Wilmington begins to end electronic sweepstakes

Last week electronic sweepstakes machines were officially considered illegal in North Carolina. But according to Wilmington officials, there are still a number of establishments operating machines throughout the city and it’s only a matter of time before code and law enforcement step in.

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Features
6:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

This, that, and the other thing

Caricature artist Bill Smith at work
Sara Wood

Caricature artists are usually found along boardwalks, places like Atlantic City and Myrtle Beach. But most Saturdays in Wilmington, you can find Bill Smith at the Cotton Exchange. The 77-year-old caricature artist grew up in Long Island, New York. He worked as a sign painter for more than 50 years until computers put him out of business.

Smith believes sketching the good side of people is more important than making fun of them.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Public Access TV possible in Wilmington but not likely without legal action, says City Attorney

By Takkk (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

121 public access television channels operate across North Carolina – but not in Wilmington -- yet.  The City recently hosted a public meeting to discuss whether the up-sides outweigh the risks and costs. 

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Local
6:58 am
Wed September 19, 2012

City of Wilmington Approves Baseball Agreement

The Wilmington City Council voted 6-1 last night to enter into an agreement with Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves to build a multi-purpose sports stadium on the downtown riverfront. It's now in the hands of voters, who get to decide in November whether or not to approve a $37 million dollar bond referendum to fund construction. Rich Neumann, president of baseball development for Mandalay, waited through the long meeting for the vote. He says Mandalay explored this market for 10 years searching for the right location and the political will to get to this point.

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Local
6:55 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Wilmington City Council Annexes 10 Acres Off Gordon Road

A crowd at last night's Wilmington City Council meeting wore red, but it had nothing to do with minor league baseball. County residents living near Ogden Park showed up to oppose what they claim will irritate a complicated community traffic issue. WHQR's Sara Wood reports while the council voted to enter into an agreement for a baseball stadium, it was Gordon Road that had this crowd fired up.

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Local
4:05 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

City Council Sees Some Holes in Baseball Financing Plan

By Tage Olsin

Last night in Wilmington, a team of private developers presented a financial proposal for a baseball stadium to the city council. 

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Local
4:51 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Wilmington City Council to Vote on Exploring Baseball Stadium, Convention Center Hotel

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo

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.

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Local
6:22 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Mayor Saffo Delivers State of the City Address

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

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