The timeline for the current winter storm has shifted slightly. As one meteorologist at the National Weather Service tells WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn, the warnings are still valid and experts say this is an extremely rare – and serious – storm.
Wilmington Ports Authority officials are working to boost storage capacity for niche products such as local produce, pork and wood pellets. Yesterday, Governor McCrory toured the port and announced he’ll work to make it competitive with neighboring port cities Savannah, Charleston and Norfolk. McCrory also announced plans to improve education.
Tomorrow and Saturday, New Hanover County citizens can head to Wilmington’s Independence Mall to pick up seedlings to plant for spring. The event, TreeFest, began as a 1997 initiative to help reforest the area following Hurricanes Bertha and Fran. Today, it serves to help build upon the county’s leafy green canopy, and promote local biodiversity.
Violent crime hurts Wilmington’s kids—as well as its businesses. This is according to the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. And it’s why they’ve teamed up with the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence to implement a new program designed to keep kids off the streets during the summer—a time when young people are statistically likely to slip academically, and to get into trouble. The Chamber is now asking its members to chip in $75,000 dollars to help kick off a 60-student pilot program.
Southport’s annual two-day celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. can be credited to founder Walter Welsh. An Episcopal reverend and civil rights activist, Welsh in 1978 became the only white member of the Southport NAACP chapter, and launched a series of interracial study circles. Welsh died in 2006, but Southport’s MLK Celebration Committee carries his legacy forth via the Walter Welsh Award. Yesterday, that torch was passed to Southport’s Musette Steck.
The New Hanover County planning department has a month to revise the most recent draft of the special use permit--or SUP--which is what new industrial companies need to operate. Last week’s presentation of the SUP to the planning board sparked controversy among local environmental advocates, pro-business groups and members of the public--many of whom claimed they didn’t have adequate time to consider the new draft.