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Democrat Jonathan Barfield is seeking reelection for a third term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  In the past six years, New Hanover County voters have approved bonds to fund improvements to the parks system, public schools, and Cape Fear Community College.  To pay off that bond debt, the Republican incumbent who voted against the tax increase suggested dipping into the county’s fund balance, but Jonathan Barfield says that would jeopardize the county’s Triple-A bond rating: 

Thanks For A Great Park(ing) Day! (PHOTOS)

Sep 20, 2016

This year, Park(ing) Day was another great success in Downtown Wilmington. WHQR's park, Sound Garden, featured performances by several musicians that brought North Front Street to life. We can't thank them enough for sharing their time and talent with everyone walking by.

New Hanover County

New Hanover County voters will choose three out of six candidates to represent them on the Board of Commissioners for the next four years.  Woody White is completing his first term, but he says he undertook some soul-searching before deciding to run again.

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New Hanover County Commission candidate Nelson Beaulieu is an Army veteran who now teaches history and political science at Cape Fear Community College.  This is the Democrat’s first time running for political office.  Beaulieu wants to serve on the Board of Commissioners to help the county prepare for the projected population influx.    

Democrat Julia Boseman was a New Hanover County commissioner before serving three terms in the North Carolina Senate. She’s been out of the political sphere for about five years, but now she’s back, running again for New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. Job creation is one of Boseman’s main goals, if elected.   

Six people are competing for three open seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Education.  The one Republican candidate who is a newcomer to politics is also a lawyer, the father of two small children, and a graduate of New Hanover High School.

Shifting the Spanish Immersion program from Forest Hills Elementary over to Gregory was evidence to David Wortman of the lack of consideration given to parents in the school district.  If elected to the School Board, Wortman says he’ll make sure those voices are heard. 

New Hanover County Public Schools

Three open seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Education this year mean voters will decide among two incumbents and four political newcomers.  One of those incumbents, Republican Jeannette Nichols, is seeking her fifth four-year term.

New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners has three open seats this year.  On an earlier edition of CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we met the Republicans.  On this edition, we meet the Democrats vying for those spots – which carry four-year terms.  

As of last year, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated New Hanover County’s population to be a little over 220,000.   

New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners has three open seats this year.  Here are the three Republicans vying for those spots – which carry four-year terms.

Guests in order of appearance:

Derrick Hickey, seeking first term

Patricia Kusek, seeking first term

Woody White, seeking second term

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Kevin Spears is running as a Democrat for the New Hanover County Board of Education. He says neighborhood schools aren't the best way to serve the area’s students.  

Emma Saunders

For the third time, retired educator Emma Saunders is running as a Democrat for New Hanover County’s Board of Education. Her primary goals are to increase access to preschool and work with the J.C. Roe Suspension Center to give at-risk students a second chance.

New Hanover County’s Board of Education has three open seats this year.   On September 7th, we met the Republicans.  On this edition of CoastLine, we meet the Democrats vying for those spots – which carry four-year terms.  All three are seeking first terms on what is currently an all-Republican Board.

Guests:

Sandra Leigh, seeking first term

Emma Saunders, seeking first term

Kevin Spears, seeking first term

This edition of CoastLine marks the beginning of our election-focused candidate interviews.  It also marks the return of CoastLine two days a week – Wednesdays and Thursdays with Sunday re-broadcasts of both.

New Hanover County’s Board of Education has three open seats this year.  Here are the three Republicans vying for those spots – which carry four-year terms.  Two of the Republican candidates are incumbents; one is seeking elected office for the first time.   

Guests:

Sandra Leigh

Sandra Leigh is one of three Democrats running for a seat on New Hanover County’s Board of Education.  If elected, it would be her first time holding elected office.  As a relative newcomer to Wilmington, the retired third-grade teacher and principal says she’d like to institute universal pre-school.           

Lisa Estep

Republican Lisa Estep currently serves on the New Hanover County Board of Education, and she’s seeking a second term this November. Her decision to run for Board of Education four years ago was personal: One of her children has special needs.

Estep: "One of the areas that I’m interested in is making the outcomes for those students better. When you’re thinking ahead for these students when they graduate, the employment outcomes for young adults with disabilities is very grim. The unemployment rate for that group is between 65% and 70%, which is fairly staggering."

It’s Election Season on CoastLine – and we’re getting to know the candidates one-on-one.  Each Wednesday and Thursday at noon, you’ll meet candidates for local, state, and federal office.  We’ll take your questions live, and you can email us any time at coastline@whqr.org to get your question in the queue.  Meet the people who want to represent you – one on one – on CoastLine here on HQR News 91.3 FM.

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Spring planting is embedded in our DNA – when the days get longer, the weather warmer, and we know it’s time to take stock of the greening of our piece of the garden.  When it comes to fall, some people are vaguely aware of pumpkins and gourds and, perhaps, cabbage, but there's a great deal more to take advantage of with the cooler, rainier weather.

Guests:

Barbara Sullivan, Author, Garden Perennials for the Coastal South

Rachel Lewis Hilburn

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence is known for his record as a conservative Republican and Tea Party supporter.  At a rally in Leland Wednesday afternoon, Pence explained his running mate’s sometimes-controversial off-the-cuff remarks. 

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On the next CoastLine, we'll explore why a proposal for a recent alligator hunting season failed in North Carolina... Why do some experts say the ancient reptiles have moved into Virginia while others insist North Carolina is as far north as they go?  Grasping the elusive gator...

Listen for CoastLine Wednesday at noon on HQR News 91 3 FM... Ask a question any time by emailing coastline@whqr.org.  Follow us on Twitter at coastlinehqr

Guests:

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Tom Morris has written more than 20 books – most of which distill ancient wisdom from the Greek and Roman philosophers into practical ideas for living in the modern world.  Some of the titles you might recognize:  If Aristotle

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  North Carolina is the second largest pork producer in the United States.  Hog farming in the state is largely concentrated in the southeastern region – which includes Duplin, Wayne, and Pender counties and part of Sampson County.  According to the 2012 U.S. Agriculture Census, North Carolina sold nearly $3 billion in pork products that year; of that, Duplin County was responsible for north of $600 million and Sampson County came in second in pork sales with more than $500 million.   

Billy Hathorn

On the corner of Market and Third Streets, at the entrance to downtown Wilmington, there is a statue of George Davis.  He was the last Confederate Attorney General.  Third Street near Dock boasts a monument to soldiers of the Confederacy.

The StarNews recently wrote about streets in Wilmington’s Pine Valley neighborhood that are named after Confederate officers.  The namesakes include General Robert E. Lee, Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest, John D. Barry. 

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a rally today at Wilmington, North Carolina, where he emphasized the next president’s role in the future of the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump said that the next president could appoint as many as five Supreme Court justices.  He said gun rights are on the line:

"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment.  By the way, and if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.  Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know."

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When the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse last year, it ignited a discussion in the American South about the role of Confederate memorialization.  But while there may be local discussions about removing Confederate monuments, it would take an act of North Carolina’s General Assembly to do so. 

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The U.S. Department of Justice has visited Wilmington in response to at least two violent incidents between members of law enforcement and the community.  During those visits, DOJ officials evaluated local law enforcement practices and policies.  That scrutiny is occurring all across the United States, as it seems new cell phone videos showing excessive use of force by police – with people of color usually on the receiving end – seem to pop up with astonishing frequency. 

City of Wilmington

Back in January, the Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the University of North Carolina - Wilmington to conduct a series of community discussions.  Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo hopes a new Community Relations Advisory Committee will continue that conversation between law enforcement officers and local citizens.  

So far, ten Community Dialogue Discussions have taken place, and there are ten more to go.  But Mayor Saffo says the dialogue can’t stop once the contract is finished with UNCW:

CoastLine: Real Estate in the Cape Fear Region

Jul 28, 2016
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We all know that the Wilmington area, including the housing market, suffered through the Great Recession 8 years ago. For many people, home values have climbed back up in the last few years. And all it takes is a drive around the area to see new construction in many areas, such as South 17th Street and Kerr Avenue in Wilmington, lifestyle communities in Brunswick county and elsewhere, and more. 

Guests: 

New Hanover County

Back in 2009, the New Hanover County Human Relations Department was shut down due to budget cuts.  Now, the county is joining forces with the City of Wilmington to reach out to the public in a new way.  Vice-Chairman Jonathan Barfield hopes the new Community Relations Advisory Committee will help improve relations between citizens and cops.

Barfield says the sheriff and police chief are doing a great job communicating with the public, but he still sees work to be done.  This view is supported, in part, by some recent interactions between his family and local law enforcement:

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A 2015 assessment of cities in North Carolina with a population of 10,000 or more ranked Wilmington second after Asheville for crashes.  For every one minute a freeway lane is blocked due to a crash incident, four minutes of travel time are added.  About 30% of all crashes are secondary crashes -- caused after the initial crash -- possibly due to a sudden stop, distracted driving, or rubber-necking.  Those statistics are courtesy of Jessi Leonard, Division Traffic Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. 

    

This week’s inspection of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge caused long delays and left many travelers wondering if more could be done. But the North Carolina Department of Transportation says some proposed solutions cause more problems than they fix. 

After Monday’s traffic congestion, some drivers requested onsite law enforcement officers to direct traffic. But NCDOT Division Engineer Karen Collette says that when that tactic has been employed in the past, it had adverse effects:

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