New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger--who was charged with a DWI in February--is likely looking at a four-month prison sentence. Following Berger’s arrest in Avery County this week for violating his parole, and possessing numerous weapons and drug paraphernalia, the commissioner made an appearance in court this afternoon—via video from the county jail.
Dozens of New Hanover County citizens are brainstorming ways to use local land, resources, and economic opportunities in the not-so-distant future. It’s all part of the Comprehensive Plan, a public engagement initiative to plot the development necessary to accommodate this region’s projected population swell. In November, when the planning department initially outlined this plan, they told their commissioners they would constantly be reevaluating their strategy, to ensure that all citizens had a voice. However, a significant sector of the population hasn’t been accounted for.
North Carolina’s public school teachers could soon be faced with a big choice: pay hikes, or job protection. State senators are proposing a budget that would raise experienced educators’ salaries in exchange for what they’re calling “tenure rights.” And navigating such a choice can be confusing. Which is why the local division of the North Carolina Association of Educators—or NCAE—is hosting what they’re billing as an informational rally in Wilmington, tomorrow.
Film incentives are the ticket to keeping more than four-thousand full-time jobs in the state. That was a central theme Wednesday morning in Raleigh during a press conference where state and city leaders, film industry workers, and industry supporters gathered to celebrate Film Day at the General Assembly.
North Carolina is taking veterans' affairs into its own hands. Following national allegations surrounding the mistreatment of veterans, the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs has launched a tip hotline to allow citizens and VA care workers to anonymously report misconduct at federal VA facilities. It went live Monday, and call staff claims that phone line is already ringing off the hook.
New Hanover County could finally adopt a less stringent special use permit—or SUP—which is what industrial businesses need in order to operate. Tonight, after several months and multiple drafts, the county planning department is bringing its final version—which was unanimously approved by the planning board--before the county commission. But before they vote on it, citizens will be granted a public comment period. And, both champions and opponents of the new draft are anticipating big crowds and vehement participation.