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Local - March 3
1:15 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

In-Person Scams and Digital Fraud: Burgeoning Forms of Elder Abuse

Wikimedia Commons

Like most people, today’s elderly citizens are using Facebook, Craigslist, online dating sites and email—which leaves them more susceptible than ever before to scams and fraud. Nowadays, 1 in 20 older persons nationwide indicate some form of recent financial mistreatment.

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Local - February 26
11:24 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Can Parks Drive Regional Economic Development?

Wilmington's Greenfield Park

As New Hanover County launches its comprehensive plan to accommodate the region’s projected growth, leaders are looking into the future of open spaces and parks. Tuesday night, the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, or CFEDC, assembled a panel of green space proponents from the county--as well as from the City of Wilmington--to discuss ideas for new and improved public spaces.

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Local - February 26
11:15 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Citizen Action to Propel Housing Authority's Choice Neighborhood Grant Application

WHA board members discussed committee activity during a Monday meeting at Wilmington's Houston Moore community.

In gearing up to apply for a ninety-million-dollar grant to revitalize a huge swath of the city, the Wilmington Housing Authority made a loud plea for citizen involvement. And it’s now being answered. Nearly one hundred people—from public housing residents to local business leaders—are volunteering to serve on sub-committees dedicated to making Wilmington’s application as competitive as it can be.

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Local
3:56 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Candidate Profile: David Rouzer (R), 7th Congressional District

David Rouzer (R), Candidate for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District
David Rouzer

David Rouzer, a native of Johnston County and former State Senator, is battling Woody White, also a former State Senator and current county commission chair, for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. 

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Local
3:35 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New Hanover County Seeks Public Participation for Comprehensive Plan Launch Thursday

Talk of regional branding, what to do about gang violence, how to re-write New Hanover County’s special use permit… it’s all part of the current public dialogue.
 

NHC Planning

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Local
11:14 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Election Law Changes: One Stop Voting

Smithsonian Institute

Voters heading to the polls to vote in the May primary are going to encounter some new procedures.  For example, the ability to register and vote on the same day has been eliminated. 

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Local - February 21
3:05 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

County Launches "Comprehensive Plan" to Address Projected Population Growth

Some experts predict New Hanover County’s population will exceed 330,000 people by 2040—a significant hike from its current count of about two hundred thousand. And there are only about 24,000 undeveloped acres left, most of which comprise unincorporated county land. To address the development necessary to accommodate this growth,  the county planning department is launching a comprehensive plan—and seeking public input.

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Local - February 19
1:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

First 2,000 Days Campaign Aims to Benefit North Carolinians at Large

Many Wilmington-area citizens are busy spreading awareness of the importance of the first 2,000 days—or five years—of a child’s brain development. This week, faith leaders addressed early childhood at a local summit; however, the statewide First 2,000 Days campaign—the first of its kind—has been in effect since 2011. And it’s not just geared toward parents and those who work with young children--communities at large benefit from the “spillover effect” of a quality first 2,000 Days.

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Local
9:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Stained Glass Artist Rowan LeCompte, RIP

http://www.npr.org/multimedia/2009/04/lecompte_gallery3/
NPR

National Cathedral stained glass artist and long-time friend of WHQR Rowan LeCompte has died. Last Saturday's Washington Post announced his death at the age of 88.

Pat Marriott sent this tribute:

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Local - February 17
5:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Wilmington Summit Calls for Improvements to Early Childhood Education

It’s a lot easier to build a playpen than a penitentiary, area faith leaders say. And it’s why they’re teaming with Smart Start of New Hanover County to launch a grassroots movement to invest in early childhood care and education. On Monday, nearly two hundred community leaders, teachers and parents met at Wilmington’s First Baptist Activity Center to discuss ways to improve the first 2,000 days—or five years—of local children’s lives.

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