Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County officials are planning to roll out a new county seal in 2007.
The county's current seal shows a large, docked ship with the words imports, exports, industry. There are no records indicating why it became the county seal in 1945, and whether the ship represents the port, the Battleship North Carolina or a World War Two liberty ship.
Chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners Bill Caster says the clock tower at the historic county courthouse will serve as a better county logo.
Wilmington, NC – Wilmington ran a race against time with its sewer system this year.
A 60,000 gallon spill off Warlick Drive in February caused the State Division of Water Quality to place a moratorium on new sewer hook-ups to the Northeast Interceptor line, although many developers rushed to submit their applications before the ban took effect.
Wilmington, NC – North Carolina Ports continued to expand the port of Wilmington this year, while taking the first major steps toward building a shipping terminal in across the river in Brunswick County.
Nearly a quarter more containers moved through the port of Wilmington this past year than in 2005, and the terminal continues with its 143-million dollar expansion plans. According to Ports CEO Tom Eagar, by late February the facility will have some major new equipment to handle the increasing traffic.