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11:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Candidate Profile: Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington

Mayor Bill Saffo
City of Wilmington

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Mayor Bill Saffo is running unopposed this season for what will be his fifth term serving the City of Wilmington. 

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Local
9:41 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Local Filmmaker Brian Grimm Opens "Racial Taboo", A New Documentary On Racism In America

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A new documentary produced by local filmmaker Brian Grimm is opening at City Stage for a two-night run this weekend. 

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Local - September 20
3:27 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Housing Authority Board Launches Search for New Leader

Courtesy Paul Townsend

The Wilmington Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners will be casting a wide net to land its next leader. This morning, just a week after CEO Michael Krause was fired following his second DWI, the board convened in a special session to discuss the search process for his replacement. The board has voted unanimously to recommend that the Authority itself take on the task—rather than paying any outside consultants to spearhead the search.

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Local - September 19
2:10 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

New Community Campaign Aims to Keep Minors from Accessing Alcohol at Home

The Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow advocates cabinet and bottle locks to help prevent minors from accessing alcohol.
Courtesy of the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow

The local hardware store can be a real ally in the fight to curb underage drinking. Which is why the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow is presenting a free workshop this Saturday on how to install locks on home liquor cabinets. The Coalition is partnering with the Wilmington Police Department to provide the community with safety tips and information about the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors.

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Local - August 19
1:59 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

County May Strip WAVE of its Authority to Implement New Bus Routes

Route maps courtesy of Wave Transit

Citizens who rely on WAVE transit to reach the beach communities, as well as northern New Hanover County destinations such as Cape Fear Community College, Laney High School and the VA facility, will soon know for sure whether they need to make new travel plans. On October third, WAVE’s board of directors will meet with the county commissioners to decide the fate of the two bus routes that stand to be closed as a result of WAVE receiving less county funding this year. In addition, the county may also strip WAVE of its powers to implement new routes moving forward.

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Local - September 19
1:52 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

WAVE Transit Likely to Extend Endangered Bus Routes' Closure Date

WHQR News / Data provided by Wave Transit

Over the summer, New Hanover County cut WAVE Transit’s funding significantly from the previous year, resulting in the likely closures of routes serving northern New Hanover County and Pleasure Island. However, WAVE was granted slightly more state funding this year for its Rural Operating Assistance Program. But since WAVE won’t be able to use that money to help salvage the routes in question, it will likely extend their current closure date—September thirtieth—until after WAVE’s board meets with the New Hanover County Commission to make final decisions in October.

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Local
5:36 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Live Oak Bank Seals Five-Year Incentive Deal with New Hanover County

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Live Oak Bancshares opened its corporate headquarters in Wilmington five years ago. 

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Local
4:57 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Board Sets Up Rules For Brian Berger To Follow For Remainder Of His Term

Re-instated Commissioner Brian Berger
New Hanover County

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Brian Berger will be left to serve out his term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners with no further effort to oust him. 

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Local - September 13
2:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

New Hanover County's School Superintendent Fears Loss of Good Teachers

Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley
New Hanover County Public Schools

A new school year typically heralds change and with that, plenty to discuss. Which is why last week, Dr. Tim Markley, New Hanover County School District’s superintendent, made appearances at Ashley, Gregory and Laney Schools to host Q&A sessions with parents. Markley also addressed the implications of state cuts to public education head on. The superintendent is urging educators and parents to start viewing public education like a competitive business.

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Local
9:12 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Conservation Groups File Federal Lawsuit Against Duke / Progress Over Sutton Lake Pollution

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Duke / Progress Energy is facing yet another lawsuit over coal ash pollution from its Sutton Energy Plant just outside of Wilmington. 

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