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Local - October 4
10:24 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Wilmington Housing Authority to Share Residents' Identity Info with Police

Wilmington's Creekwood housing development
Wilmington Housing Authority

While crime has been spiking within Wilmington’s affordable housing communities, experts say it’s outsiders—not residents—who are perpetrating it. Yesterday, the Wilmington Housing Authority’s board of commissioners held a special meeting to update safety policies within its communities. As early as next week, public housing residents may be required to submit their identity information to a law enforcement database.

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Local
6:42 am
Thu October 3, 2013

UNC Center for Civil Rights Study Highlights Racial Disparities in Public Education

The Inclusion Project
UNC Center for Civil Rights

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A staggeringly high number of minority students in New Hanover and Pender Counties live near high-poverty elementary schools. 

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Local - October 3
5:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

New Hanover County Schools' After-School Program Renewed

New Hanover County School District's after-school programs provide homework help and supervision.
APEX Tutors

With the school year well underway, parents of New Hanover County School students may be relieved to know that after-school care is back. At Tuesday night’s School Board meeting, members unanimously approved a motion to renew the Community Development Institute’s Head Start Contract, meaning about a thousand kids throughout the district can receive free supervision, snacks and help with homework after school. The services kick off this week.

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Local - October 2
5:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Candidate Profile: Kevin O'Grady, Wilmington City Council Member

Kevin O'Grady
City of Wilmington

Four years ago, Kevin O’Grady, a retired lawyer and then president of Residents of Old Wilmington, decided to bring some of his neighborhood association’s priorities into the limelight by running for City Council. Since then, the incumbent Democrat says he’s accomplished what he set out to do—enhance public safety, historic preservation, and forestation initiatives throughout downtown Wilmington. But O’Grady, who’s up for reelection, has a host of related civic projects he hopes to see through during a second term.

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Local
4:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

2013 Fall Election Dates

Here are a few important election-related dates to keep in mind:

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Local - October 1
5:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Brunswick County Boosting Manufacturing Job Opportunities

Metal Manufacturing
Flickr

Brunswick County is rolling out the welcome mat for two new manufacturing outfits this fall. Not only is Lee Controls, a metal manufacturer, moving from New Jersey into a 20,000-square-foot facility in Southport, but RTM Light USA, a surfboard manufacturing operation, will be setting up in a space within Brunswick Community College. This translates to roughly 70 new jobs.

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Local - September 30
5:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Public Interest in Cape Fear Commutes 2035 Project Mounts

Residents of the Cape Fear Region have more to say about their local traffic jams, bike paths and public transportation options than they did four years ago. The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, or WMPO--an agency comprised of local officials and state transportation employees--is collecting public input until late November for Cape Fear Commutes 2035. This is a federally funded project that has been underway since 2010.

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Local
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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