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Local - November 6
1:36 am
Wed November 6, 2013

New Hanover County's 2013 Municipal Elections: The Beach Towns

New Hanover County citizens watch beach town municipal election returns trickle in.
Courtesy City of Wilmington

The only Mayoral contest in New Hanover County was in Carolina Beach – where newcomer Dan Wilcox ousted incumbent Bob Lewis by just five votes. 

LeAnn Pierce, owner of a small hotel in Carolina Beach, won the most votes and will join the re-elected Gary Doetch on Town Council.

In Kure Beach, Dean Lambeth, who ran unopposed for Mayor kept his seat.  And the two council candidates – Craig Blozsinsky and Steve Pagley - won the two open seats on Kure Beach Town Council.

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Local - November 6
1:30 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Skip Watkins Loses City Council Race, but Says He'll be Back in 2015

Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

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Local - November 6
1:21 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Earl Sheridan and Charlie Rivenbark: Wilmington City Councilmen, 2013-2017

Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

Last night’s race was a close one. It wasn’t until close to ten o’clock last night that incumbent Earl Sheridan, a political science professor at UNCW, pulled slightly ahead of Skip Watkins, a local financial advisor.

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Local - November 6
1:12 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kevin O'Grady: Wilmington City Councilman, 2013-2017

The mood in city hall chamber was tense as candidates and their supporters awaited results.
Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

It was by a margin of mere percentage points, but O’Grady held a steady lead last night while results trickled in.

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Local - November 6
1:03 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Bill Saffo: Mayor of Wilmington, 2013-2015

Bill Saffo (far right) was handily reelected in his unopposed bid for mayor.
Courtesy City of Wilmington

In yesterday’s municipal elections, Wilmington’s three incumbent city council candidates kept their seats, beating out three challengers. Kevin O’Grady, Charlie Rivenbark and Earl Sheridan will all begin new four-year terms. Mayor Bill Saffo, who ran unopposed, will also continue to serve the city for another two-year term.

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Local
5:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Warm and Sunny Election Day Sees Low Voter Turnout, as Expected

By 4 PM Tuesday afternoon, Marvin McFadyen, Director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections, predicted voter turnout would reach about 12% of registered voters. 

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Local - November 1
3:48 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

New Hanover County Moves to Amend Special Use Permit Requirements

New special use permit requirements could make it more difficult for Titan Cement to set up operations in Castle Hayne.
Proposed Titan Cement plant site as seen from the Northeast Cape Fear River

Significant changes could be underway for manufacturers seeking permits to operate or expand in New Hanover County. At a work session this morning, the planning and inspections department presented an amendment to the county’s industrial zoning ordinance that would require new companies, such as Titan Cement, to present burden of proof when filing for special use permits to operate.

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Local - October 31
4:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Will North Carolina's Public Teachers Leave the State?

At a recent forum on education that took place at UNCW, some speculated that North Carolina’s top teachers are being recruited by better-paying school districts outside the state. While WHQR unearthed scant evidence of this trend in action presently, the 2013-2014 school year could bring shifts across state lines.

According to Dr. Edward Pruden, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, a $10,000-dollar salary gap divides North Carolina teachers from those in the neighboring states of Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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Local - October 30
6:00 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Myrtle Grove Follows Murray Middle School's Lead in Seeking Exemption from New Education Laws

Wilmington's Myrtle Grove Middle School

Local educators are increasingly finding fault with new laws affecting public education. They say the state’s pay-for-performance compensation system will hinder collaborative learning environments, and that phased-out teacher tenure just strips teachers of their right to due process. Meanwhile, some legislators say the laws are meant to incentivize teachers and weed out the bad ones. In an effort to exempt their school from these measures, all of Murray Middle School’s teachers and support staff recently presented a signed petition to State Representative Ted Davis.

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Local - October 28
5:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Area Teachers Plan "Walk In" Demonstration

Participating teachers will wear red to symbolize their solidarity.
RedforEdNC

For several weeks, Facebook has been buzzing with speculation of a North Carolina public educator walkout to take place next Monday. Teachers and education activists are hoping to shine attention on recent legislative measures including what they say is decreased spending per pupil, a new pay-for-performance system, increased standardized testing and insufficient educator compensation. However, locally, the demonstration will likely take the form of a teacher “walk in,” during which teachers will all wear red and walk into school together.

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