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5:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Castle Hayne Residents Ask For More Public Discussion on Sand Mine Project

A sand mine in Castle Hayne could soon be a step closer to becoming a reality.

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Local - February 5
1:58 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New Water Pipeline Will Connect Flemington to Wilmington's Drinking Water Supply

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Residents of Flemington, a small community located off of U.S. 421, will soon be connected to New Hanover County’s main water system. Officials from Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, or CFPUA, say they'll construct a new connective water pipeline this year. This is because groundwater containing coal ash slurry from Duke Progress Energy’s Sutton Plant has been slowly seeping toward Flemington’s current drinking wells. The CFPUA held a public meeting to discuss the pipeline Tuesday night, but fewer than five private citizens attended—and none made public comments.

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Local - February 4
1:06 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Local Legislators Support Higher Teacher Pay

North Carolina’s public schoolteachers have a new advocate. The group Aim Higher N.C. formed last year around a single objective: Raising educators’ salaries to match the national average. On Monday, affiliated teachers and parents gathered for a rally at Wilmington’s downtown library. And the mission has already gained local legislative support.

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Local-February 3
3:37 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Berger Pleads Guilty, Keeps County Commission Seat

New Hanover County

New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger will spend the next year under supervised probation—or, failing that, 120 days in prison. This morning, Berger pleaded guilty to December charges, including his second DWI, and a first for drug possession. While he will have to do community service and undergo formal drug and substance abuse evaluation, Berger can no longer legally be removed from his seat on the county commission.

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Local - January 31
4:03 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

NAACP Leader Rallies Wilmington to Join Forward Together Movement

At least one bus full of Wilmington citizens will be heading to the capitol to join thousands standing in the NAACP's Moral March on Raleigh next weekend. Today, the Reverend Dr. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, addressed about 60 people at a local Baptist church. Barber came to mobilize citizens to stand up against the Voter ID Bill, and state cuts to education and Medicaid.

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Local
2:57 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Brunswick County Sees Spike in Traffic Accidents; Emergency Response Resources Stretched Thin

Ice covers this Brunswick County road on January 30, 2014
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

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Treacherous roadways are proving to be the serious hazards that officials predicted. 

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Local
5:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Black Ice on Roads and Bridges to Pose Danger through Friday Morning

Hard-packed snow and ice covering Front Street in downtown Wilmington, January 29, 2014
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect until 9 this evening.

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10:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wintry Mix Tapering Off; Officials Warn of Extremely Hazardous Roadways, Potential Power Outages

Sleet Covers Cars on N. Front Street after 5 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28th in downtown Wilmington
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

As the Cape Fear region wakes up Wednesday morning, residents will see a light blanket of snow covering a serious sheet of ice.  There are very few power outages to report, but the area is not out of the woods yet.  

The wintry mix tapered off in the morning, but New Hanover County Spokesperson Charles Smith says there won’t be a chance for the ice and snow accumulation to melt until sometime on Thursday.

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Local
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

National Weather Service Warns that Major Impacts of Storm Will Become Apparent Tuesday Night

Sleet Covers Cars on N. Front Street after 5 PM Tuesday, Jan. 28th in downtown Wilmington
Rachel Lewis Hilburn

The timeline for the current winter storm has shifted slightly.  As one meteorologist at the National Weather Service tells WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn, the warnings are still valid and experts say this is an extremely rare – and serious – storm.

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Local - January 28
1:43 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Governor McCrory Tours Wilmington Port

After operating a six-story crane, the governor addressed a small crowd of public officials and media members.

Wilmington Ports Authority officials are working to boost storage capacity for niche products such as local produce, pork and wood pellets. Yesterday, Governor McCrory toured the port and announced he’ll work to make it competitive with neighboring port cities Savannah, Charleston and Norfolk. McCrory also announced plans to improve education.

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