5:05 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Conservation Boundary in Brunswick County Expands by 10 Square Miles

Fence Cove Pond, Orton Plantation
Coastal Land Trust

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More than 10 square miles of natural wildlife habitat in Brunswick County are now protected from development. 

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Local - January 21
10:32 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Southport Woman Wins 2014 Walter Welsh Award on MLK Day

Reverend Walter Welsh moved to Southport from New Jersey in 1978. He passed away in 2006.

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.

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Local - January 20
9:58 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New Hanover County to Come Up with SUP Draft Revision in February

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.

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11:10 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Candidate Profile: Woody White (R), 7th Congressional District

Woody White, Candidate for 7th Congressional District
New Hanover County

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Woody White is hoping to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in Washington. 

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Local - January 17
8:41 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Southport Remembers MLK Through Community Activism

Monday marks the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. And the city of Southport will be commemorating the same way it has for more than twenty years—with a two-day festival that aims to inspire community involvement. This year the MLK Committee will also be celebrating the success its other initiative, Project Do Something. A joint effort with Brunswick County Schools, it serves to encourage students to perform acts of kindness and justice year-round—in tribute to Dr. King.

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Local - January 14
5:51 am
Wed January 15, 2014

County Seeks Public Input Before Drafting Next SUP Ordianance

The latest draft of New Hanover County’s special use permit—which is what industrial companies need to launch or expand operations—is back on the drawing board. After the planning department brought the controversial ordinance before the county planning board last week, board members voted four to two to table the discussion for 30 days. Now, the planning department is counting on the public to inform its next version.

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7:45 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Waste Part 2: Managing the New Commodity

Dumping recyclables at the defunct Wastec facility

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New Hanover County is on the verge of out-sourcing its trash operations.  

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Local - January 13
5:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

New Hanover County Uses This Year's Elections to Prep For Upcoming Voter ID Changes

The 2014 state legislative elections could be the last in which voters don’t have to comply with the Voter Information Verification Act of 2013—also known as VIVA. This controversial law, which requires ballot-casting North Carolinians to present photo ID, goes into effect just in time for the federal elections of 2016, and could render 200,000 citizens ineligible to vote. In order to identify at-risk voters in New Hanover County, the Board of Elections will be screening for IDs throughout this year.

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11:23 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Candidate Profile: Elizabeth Redenbaugh (D), NC Senate, District 9

Elizabeth Redenbaugh accepting the JFK Profile In Courage Award
Tom Fitzsimmons John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

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The race for North Carolina’s Senate District 9 is changing rapidly. 

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4:06 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Goolsby Announces He Won't Run for Re-election to State Senate

Senator Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover County

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State Senator Thom Goolsby, a Republican from Wilmington, will not seek re-election this year. 

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