Wilmington, NC – Dance and photography classes for the girls upstairs, health care and hot meals for the elders downstairs. That's the future for the Adrian B. Rhodes Reserve Center, as seen by a committee of City Council members who judged proposals for the space.
Their plan for re-use splits the main compound behind Legion Stadium between programs run by Elder Haus and Girls Inc., with a few offices for the city's Department of Parks and Recreation added in.
Wilmington, NC – It takes Margaret Rogers 25 minutes to cross the street.
That's 16th and 17th streets to be precise. She lives on one side, her doctor's office is on the other, and in between are a score of busy lanes of traffic she's afraid to cross in her wheelchair.
So instead she heads to the bus stop. That journey takes her down 16th, along Shipyard, to Carolina Beach Road. Nearly a half an hour later, she's at her appointment. And the return trip is more of the same.
Wilmington, NC – Last November, carpenter Robert Ham started suffering from severe hernias. Uninsured and living paycheck to paycheck, the eight thousand dollar operation was out of the question, unless he became poor enough to qualify for indigent care.
Which is exactly what he did.
When the pain got too bad for him to buckle on his tool belt, Ham quit his job, moved his belongings into storage, and checked into a homeless shelter.
Wilmington, NC – More than a hundred people a day pass through Good Shepherd Ministries' lunch line. They range from teenagers in hip-hop gear to local ministers to ragged men and women.
The soup kitchen doesn't make any distinctions about whom it serves. But a new effort to help the homeless does. Local governments, non-profits, and businesses have teamed up to tackle what's called 'chronic homelessness.'
Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County is urging residents to cut back on their water use.
The county's water system is a groundwater system and the county has exceeded its permitted pumping capacity of 80%. In fact, county spokesperson Mark Boyer says last week it hit more than 100%capacity.
He says what's needed now are many days of heavy rains and county residents cutting back on watering the lawn and washing the car.