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12:17 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New Hanover County Planners Seek Input from Next Generation of Citizens

County planners chat with students as they make recommendations for the future of New Hanover County.
Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

New Hanover County is creating its Comprehensive Plan, which will determine how the community would like to see development occur over the next twenty-five years. Even the youngest citizens are offering input. 

County planners visited Castle Hayne Elementary to speak with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Nicole Wolf-Camplin’s gifted classes. The students represent the next generation of residents, and their goals for the future of the county were very much in line with those set forth by the adult focus groups: 

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Local
4:05 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Higher Education in Wilmington Sees Rash of Exits in Less than One Year

Top (l-r): Larry Clark (UNCW Cameron School of Business), Rebecca Porterfield (UNCW Cameron School), Charles Maimone (UNCW CFO), Gary Miller (UNCW Chanc.); bottom (l-r): Norman Bemelmans (UNCW), Tom Ross (UNC), Denise Battles (UNCW), Ted Spring (CFCC)

In less than 12 months, a spate of high-profile leaders have left the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 

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Wednesday, January 28 at Noon
12:31 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: Long Term Plans for the Cape Fear Region

On the next CoastLine: We're taking a closer look at the future.

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Local
2:47 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

CoastLine: Vertex Rail on Incentives, Why Hometown Hires Will Make Up 10% of Workforce

By this spring, Vertex Rail will begin manufacturing railroad tank cars.

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Wednesday, January 21 at Noon
12:42 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

On the Next CoastLine: The Future of Vertex Rail in Cape Fear

It was a top business headline in the Cape Fear Region last year: Vertex Rail is coming to Wilmington and creating 1,300 jobs. Some of those jobs will be filled through Hometown Hires, a new initiative intended to break the cycle of poverty in the Cape Fear Region. 

On the next CoastLine, Vertex CEO Donald Croteau with his personal story - and the principles behind his business - and District Attorney Ben David, creator of Hometown Hires. 

Be sure to call, email or tweet your comments to:

Twitter: @coastlinehqr

Email: coastline@whqr.org

Local
4:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

CFCC Bond Vote Set For Tuesday; Zapple Supportive, Watkins Conflicted

(left) Skip Watkins (R); (right) Rob Zapple (D); New Hanover County Commissioners sworn in December 22, 2014

New Hanover County Commissioners are likely to decide next week whether to green-light the issuance of a $40 million bond to pay for construction and repair projects at Cape Fear Community College. 

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Local
4:18 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

CoastLine: Commissioners Watkins & Zapple on CFCC Bond, Special Use Permits, and Community Policing

Seating the two newest commissioners in New Hanover County has been anything but smooth. 

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Local
2:38 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Freezing Rain Advisory for Inland Areas Could Mean Hazardous Roadways Wednesday AM

Black ice on roadways can be nearly invisible.
Jonathan Billinger

Winter weather is once again making its way into the Cape Fear region. 

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Local
1:49 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Wilmington Math Teacher Implements Classcraft, An Educational Role-Playing Computer Game

Classcraft is a part of Brian Toth's classroom.
Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

In a Wilmington classroom, students transform into some surprising characters—healers, mages, and warriors. WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports that a virtual game is preparing fourth grade math students at Alderman Elementary School for the real world. 

Toth: “Alright, let’s take a seat real quick because we have a busy day.”

Students: “Yay! Yay! I like busy.”

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Local
1:40 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Wilmington Teacher Uses Computer Game to Increase Cooperative Learning, Teamwork

Brian Toth demonstrates a student's Classcraft character on the projector.
WHQR, Isabelle Shepherd

In a Wilmington classroom, a math teacher is using new technology to turn learning into a game. And in order to succeed in the world of Classcraft, an online, educational role-playing program, teamwork is key.

In Brian Toth’s fourth grade math classes, the students are split into teams and assigned roles. In the game, they can be mages, warriors, or healers. By doing well in class, students gain experience points, and if they behave badly, they take damage, which leads to negative consequences.

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