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New Hanover Regional Medical Center

The President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center is stepping down.  Jack Barto, who is heading into retirement, will work with his successor, John Gizdic, during a transition period, according to a press release from NHRMC.  Gizdic is the hospital's current Chief Operating Officer. 

New Hanover County Schools; Cape Fear Community College; Pender County Schools

New Hanover and Pender County Schools are partnering with Cape Fear Community College to bring a career and technical education — or CTE — high school to the region.  The nontraditional school, which could open as early as next year, removes a barrier to education: the cost.


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The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010.   But it wasn’t until October of 2013 that the health care exchange went live.  Widespread problems accompanied the rollout – including website errors, impossibly long delays, and misquoted prices.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned her post six months later. 

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There is a growing movement around the country among municipalities to regulate short-term rentals.   And by that, we’re often talking about a single-family home frequently rented through a website such as Airbnb or VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) for a few days at a time. 

Primary Election Highlights: North Carolina

Mar 16, 2016

Race: North Carolina Governor

North Carolina’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory has won his primary and will face Democratic Challenger Roy Cooper – the outgoing state Attorney General.  

Race: North Carolina House of Representatives

North Carolina House District 17 in Brunswick County will see its incumbent, Republican Frank Iler, face Democratic Challenger Charles Warren in November.  Iler beat his Republican rival Marion Davis by more than 30%.

Brunswick County 

In Brunswick County, there are two Commission districts with primary races.  Jim Medlin went head-to-head with incumbent Pat Sykes on the Republican side.  He lost to Sykes by 13 percentage points.  In Brunswick County’s District 4 on the Democratic side, Brenda Faye McMillian swept to victory – and the general election -- beating Timbo Evans by 43%. 

Voters across North Carolina approved the Connect NC Bond by more than a 30% margin. 

In southeastern North Carolina, however, the margins were narrower.  In New Hanover County, the bond passed by nearly 11%.  Brunswick County voters approved it by 13%, and Pender County voters approved by not quite 10%.

Primary Results: New Hanover County Board of Education

Mar 16, 2016

During yesterday’s primary elections, voters selected three Republicans and three Democrats to run for New Hanover County Board of Education. 


There are three open seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners.  The top three Republican candidates will now battle it out with Democrats Jonathan Barfield, Julia Boseman and Nelson Beaulieu in the general election.
 

Incumbent Woody White came in first – with more than 24% of the vote among seven candidates.  Beth Dawson, also running for reelection and the current Board Chair, fell to fourth place which means she won’t be on the ballot in November.  Patricia Kusek and Derrick Hickey took the second and third spots, respectively. 

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With no Democratic challenger, the winner of the primary election for North Carolina House District 20 is a shoo-in for the seat.  During yesterday’s primary election, voters chose businesswoman and Army veteran Holly Grange over Tammy Covil, a New Hanover County Board of Education member.  Grange won by more than 24 percent.


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Presidential election years bring out the voters, and with Tuesday’s sunshine and warm temps, the 2016 primary is no exception.  Whether it was the nice day, political fervor, or a combination of factors, precincts in Brunswick County and downtown Wilmington were buzzing with activity.

Titan Cement has scrapped its plans to build a new cement manufacturing facility in northern New Hanover County. 

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Early Voting is underway in North Carolina.  The primary is less than a week away on March 15th.   On this edition of CoastLine, we break down the issues, the candidates, the fireworks, and the head-scratchers -- all the way from the presidential race and how it’s playing out locally to county-level politics. 

North Carolina Distillers Association

It wasn’t long ago that distilleries in North Carolina were prohibited from selling their product on site.  Instead, after giving a tour, they’d have to direct visitors on down the road to the nearest ABC store.  But restrictions were loosened last October, opening customers’ wallets and new doors for the industry.


Lisa Estep

Early voting is underway in North Carolina and Election Day is March 15th.  New Hanover County School Board member Lisa Estep hopes voters move her through the primary to the November ballot and an eventual second term. 

It’s less than two weeks before North Carolina’s first March primary -- after years of voters going to the polls in May.  What will this mean for the Tar Heel state’s role in this presidential nominating process? 

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Voters are hearing plenty about this dramatic presidential campaign season.  Even locally, New Hanover County has its own mini-drama underway with a very public rift in the Republican Party and a fierce primary battle for three seats on the Board of Commission. 

But the Connect NC Bond has not enjoyed the same breadth of air time.  We’ll take a look at why even the news media seems to be playing catch-up. 

Campbell Dodd

There are seven Republicans hoping to win one of three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  One of those candidates, Campbell Dodd, is taking his second run at county office.  As this Wilmington-based real estate appraiser explains, he has his eye on bringing more industry to the region and quelling the very public divides on the Board. 

Chris Meek

Chris Meek, a history teacher with twenty years of experience in the classroom, is one of five Democrats in New Hanover County hoping to secure a spot for Board of Education on the November ballot.  On March 15th, voters will choose three candidates from each party to compete in the November election.  

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Patricia Kusek is running for one of three seats in the Republican primary for New Hanover County Commissioner.  

Brunswick County

Imagine biking or hiking or even kayaking your way from the northern end of New Hanover County near Figure Eight Island down to Sunset Beach or Calabash near the South Carolina border…

What if you could wend your way through trails that traverse the central and western points around the counties with only your feet or a bicycle?  This could become a reality. 

James Jamison

On March 15th, voters will select three out of five Democratic candidates to run for New Hanover County Board of Education.  Candidate James Jamison is a retired Master Sergeant of military police and current pastor at Hope Baptist Church for All Nations.  

New Hanover County Public Schools

Jeannette Nichols is competing against three other Republican candidates for three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County’s Board of Education.  If elected, Nichols would embark upon her fifth four-year term.  The retired teacher says serving on the Board is her way of staying connected to children.

Justin Hobson

A tornado watch is in effect for southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina until 7 PM, a wind advisory until 8. 

Just about sunset, a line of thunderstorms coming from the west is expected to arrive full force in the Cape Fear region. 

Reid Hawkins is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Wilmington.  He says there’s another factor in play:  a big low pressure center just west of us.

National Weather Service

Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and into early this evening, according to the National Weather Service.  Counties affected include New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Sampson, Onslow, Horry, Dillon, and Marion.

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There could still be snarls for drivers traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County Tuesday afternoon.   

Commuters using either the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge or the Isabel Holmes Bridge ran into hours of delays late Monday afternoon and evening due to an emergency repair on the Leland Causeway. 

Sandra Leigh

During the March 15th primary, five Democratic candidates for New Hanover County’s Board of Education are hoping to land three open spots on the November ballot.  Sandra Leigh says her experience and commitment set her apart. 

Beth Dawson

During the upcoming primary election, voters will select three candidates for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners on the Republican ticket.  Beth Dawson, the current Chair, is vying for one of those spots, and she’s up against six challengers.  Dawson believes in emphasizing regional economic development to bring jobs to New Hanover County.  

Cape Fear Community College

In the March 15th primary, Republican John Babb is hoping to win one of three spots on the November ballot for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. 

New Hanover County

David Wortman is one of four Republicans in New Hanover County hoping to secure a spot for Board of Education on the November ballot.  On March 15th, voters will choose three candidates from each party to compete in the November election. 

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