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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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5:38 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Candidate Profile: Earl Sheridan

Earl Sheridan, Mayor Pro Tem, Wilmington
City of Wilmington

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Earl Sheridan is the current Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Wilmington, and he’s running for a third term on City Council.

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Local - October 16
5:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Candidate Profile: Skip Watkins, Wilmington City Council

Brian "Skip" Watkins

Skip Watkins says he’s dreamed of serving in public office his whole life. A father, financial advisor and longtime volunteer with the Cape Fear Festival and Expo and the Azalea Festival, Watkins cites frustration over Wilmington City Council’s recent efforts to acquire a minor-league baseball stadium as the catalyst that ultimately spurred him to run for a seat on the Council. If elected, Skip Watkins hopes to provide the City with a dose of what he describes as “fiscal guidance.”

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Local - October 14
3:54 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Lock-Down: A Standard Procedure for New Hanover County Schools in Event of Police Activity

On Thursday, Wilmington’s Freeman Elementary and Mosley Performance Learning Center were both locked from the outside for several hours following a shooting at the nearby Creekwood housing community. The next day, a gunfire incident behind the College Road K-Mart led to the brief lock-down of Isaac Bear Early College. A lock-down means access to and from the schools is restricted, and classrooms lock their doors, turn off the lights and shut the blinds. New Hanover County Schools go into this heightened security mode whenever police activity occurs in the vicinity of a school.

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Local - October 10
3:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Groundwater Will Keep Flowing, Even After Close of Sutton Plant's Coal-Fired Operation

The Sutton Power Plant
Google Maps

Duke Energy Progress will be closing its coal-fired power operation serving New Hanover County this December. Pollutants are slowly leaching from the coal-ash basins surrounding the Sutton plant toward groundwater wells that supply drinking water for the nearby Flemington community. However,  decommissioning the plant’s ash basins will not guarantee safety for nearby groundwater supplies—not for a long time, that is.

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Local
5:17 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

CFPUA Board Unanimously Approves Cost-sharing Deal with Duke for Flemington Water Line

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and Duke / Progress Energy will collaborate to construct a water line for a small, largely low-income community on the outskirts of New Hanover County. 

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Local
4:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Proposed Deal between Duke Energy and CFPUA Raises Concerns Among Environmental Advocates

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Duke / Progress Energy and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority could vote as early as Wednesday morning on a deal that would install a water line for a largely low-income community on the outskirts of New Hanover County. 

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Local - October 4
5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

WAVE to Continue its Threatened Routes--For Now

Route maps courtesy of Wave Transit

A verdict will soon be reached concerning the two bus routes that WAVE Transit has been threatening to ax ever since New Hanover County cut its funding in June. The Transit Authority, which is funded by the county and the city of Wilmington, met with both parties on Thursday to discuss the future of the routes in question—routes that serve northern New Hanover County and Pleasure Island.

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10:07 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Candidate Profile: Charlie Rivenbark, Wilmington City Council

Charlie Rivenbark, Wilmington City Council
City of Wilmington

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Charlie Rivenbark is running for a fourth term on the Wilmington City Council. 

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