Jonathan Barfield

New Hanover County Commissioners have rejected a proposed limit on travel expenses for Board Members. 

At Monday's regular meeting, Commissioner Woody White suggested travel decisions be shaped by the answers to three questions.

"Is the travel, whether it’s by a commissioner or particularly by employees or department heads and so forth, is it necessary for licensing and certification?  Secondly, is the topic of the conference relevant to an issue we’re addressing?"

City of Wilmington

In New Hanover and Pender counties, almost 40% of homeowners are cost burdened, meaning they spend over a third of their income on housing. That’s not even factoring in renters, who are about half of the local population. This lack of affordable options leads to housing instability, which hits those who’ve already had a hard knock—like imprisonment and illness—especially hard. 

photographer: Billy Hathorn

New Hanover County residents will see a two-cent property tax increase in the next fiscal year. 

Wilmington Downtown Inc.

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 29, 2015. 

There’s good economic news today: unemployment is down slightly, and Wilmington has earned another accolade:  a San Francisco-based financial planning website named it the second-best city in the nation to start a business.

The development of the Cape Fear region – which includes Pender and Brunswick Counties – is all about coordinated strategy.

David Rouzer

In a winning night for the GOP, Republican David Rouzer has defeated Democrat Jonathan Barfield for North Carolina’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The 7th District encompasses Brunswick, Columbus, most of New Hanover, and some of Pender -- and it stretches north to the suburbs of Raleigh.

This candidate forum featuring two of three candidates for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District aired live October 13, 2014.  

Tune in to HQR News 91.3 FM Monday, October 13th at 7 PM (or stream the video live on to hear from Democrat Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian Wesley Casteen on why they think they should represent North Carolina's 7th District on Capitol Hill.

Republican David Rouzer has chosen not to participate citing two other events in October.  

The GOP contest for North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District was a three-candidate game – but the real battle played out between front-runners David Rouzer and Woody White.  Rouzer scooped up victories in ten of the twelve counties.   

On the Democratic side of the ticket, Jonathan Barfield captured the nomination but with just six counties. 

After a long battle in the primaries, the Seventh Congressional District—that stretching from Wilmington to the Raleigh suburbs--is down to one Republican contender for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Mike McIntyre. Former state senator David Rouzer of Johnston County won more than fifty-three percent of the vote last night, beating Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commission, and Chris Andrade, a Fayetteville military veteran.

Wesley Casteen grew up in nearby Duplin County and now lives in New Hanover.