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6:05 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Candidate Profile: Derek Bickel

Derek Bickel, Candidate for Wilmington City Council, 2013

Listen to the Candidate Profile here.

Derek Bickel is one of six candidates hoping to win one of three seats this November on Wilmington’s City Council. 

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Local - October 25
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Wilmington's PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon Benefits Local YMCA

Tomorrow marks the sixth annual Beach2Battleship Triathlon, which is sponsored by PPD, a Wilmington-based organization researching pharmaceutical technology. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. And among the two thousand-plus participating athletes are seven special participants known as PPD Heroes.

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Local
2:14 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Candidate Forum: 2013 New Hanover County Beach Towns

Listen to the audio of WHQR's New Hanover County Beach Town Candidate Forum, which was broadcast live on WHQR 91.3 FM October 22, 2013.  (Click below.)

Participants included:

Carolina Beach:  

For Mayor:

Incumbent Bob Lewis

Challenger Dan Wilcox

For town council:

Tom Bridges (incumbent)

LeAnn Pierce

Jody Smith (incumbent)

Mike Worley

Kure Beach:

For Mayor:

Dean Lambeth (incumbent)

For Town Council:

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Local - Candidate Forums
11:22 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Watch the WHQR / WWAY Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum

Click on this link to watch the October 23, 2013 broadcast on WWAY TV3 of the Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum.

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/10/23/city-council-candidates-square-off-wway-whqr-forum

There are two videos in this post:  news coverage of the event by WWAY Reporter Holden Kurwicki and the first portion of the forum that was broadcast on WWAY and WHQR.

Below are the audio files for the Wilmington City Council Candidates Forum.

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Local - Candidate Forums
12:39 am
Thu October 24, 2013

WAVE Transit Growth is key to Wilmington's Growth, say Three of Five Council Candidates

WAVE Transit Funding
WHQR News / Data provided by Wave Transit

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The role of WAVE Transit – the public transportation system – that operates both within and beyond Wilmington City limits -- has evolved into a source of heated debate between the city and the county. 

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Local - October 23
11:59 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Wilmington City Council Candidates Debate Modes of Crime Prevention at WHQR Forum

Six Wilmingtonians are running for three open spots on their city’s council. And curbing Wilmington’s highly publicized crime rate is a top priority for each. The hopefuls agree that higher police officer pay would fortify intervention efforts; however, they have disparate ideas when it comes to preventing the root causes of crime. The value of youth-oriented social services is the source of greatest contention.

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Local - October 23
6:32 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kure Beach Aims to Keep its Tourist Appeal in Check

WED AM; PM

This November, two town council candidates and incumbent mayor Dean Lambeth are all running unopposed in Kure Beach. Of top concern to this beach town is the question of how to strike a balance between preserving its quaint and quiet nature—a major reason many residents chose to live there—while still profiting from tourist dollars. Kure Beach’s newly opened Ocean Front Park is intensifying this issue.

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Local - October 23
12:16 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Candidates Tackle Flood Insurance Concerns

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Five candidates are running for two seats on the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen this November. Of top concern to the town is impending legislation that would increase its home and business owners’ flood insurance rates. The two alderman hopefuls who attended last night’s beach town forum at WHQR are both campaigning on their mission to delay implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. This federal law is meant to recover recent losses to FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program, and stands to significantly raise local insurance rates.

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Local - Candidate Forums
11:51 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Carolina Beach Candidates Explore the Meaning of Beach Renourishment Funding "Outside the Box"

Lifeguard Stand near Carolina Beach Dunes
Town of Carolina Beach

With federal dollars scarcer than ever, beach town leaders are looking for new and creative ways to fund beach renourishment projects. 

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Local - October 21
5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Candidate Profile: Felix Cooper, Wilmington City Council

George "Felix" Cooper

During the seventies and eighties, Felix Cooper served as New Hanover County’s finance manager and later, its county manager. Following those sixteen years of local service, a subsequent stint as city manager of Key West in Florida, and several years of retirement, the Democrat is throwing his hat in the ring again.  This time, he’s vying for a seat on Wilmington’s City Council. And, Cooper is a major proponent of increased synergy between the city council and the county commission.

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