New Hanover County

Local - March 20
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

City of Wilmington Planners Hit the Bars to Collect Public Input

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The City of Wilmington is expected to gain 60,000 citizens by the year 2040. In anticipation, city planners have launched a comprehensive plan similar to that of New Hanover County. While the Wilmington plan also asks residents to describe their ideal community attributes, its public engagement process is less orthodox. In fact, city planners have been hitting the local bar scene to collect input.

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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.
 

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Local - December 31
5:50 am
Tue December 31, 2013

State Tax on Entertainment and Nonprofit Events Goes Into Effect

Programming at downtown Wilmington's Thalian Hall will be subject to the new privilege tax.
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Today is the last chance to pay the usual admission to movies, museums and cultural events. Effective New Year’s Day, the State General Assembly is imposing a 4.75% privilege tax on admission to such entertainment—which includes a host of nonprofit events.

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Local
7:16 am
Mon November 11, 2013

New Hanover County Seeks Citizen Input on Economic Growth Strategy

Arts and culture.  The Film Industry.  Access to outdoor recreation a la the beach or the river.  Even road infrastructure…

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Local - November 1
3:48 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

New Hanover County Moves to Amend Special Use Permit Requirements

New special use permit requirements could make it more difficult for Titan Cement to set up operations in Castle Hayne.
Proposed Titan Cement plant site as seen from the Northeast Cape Fear River

Significant changes could be underway for manufacturers seeking permits to operate or expand in New Hanover County. At a work session this morning, the planning and inspections department presented an amendment to the county’s industrial zoning ordinance that would require new companies, such as Titan Cement, to present burden of proof when filing for special use permits to operate.

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Local - October 21
5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Candidate Profile: Felix Cooper, Wilmington City Council

George "Felix" Cooper

During the seventies and eighties, Felix Cooper served as New Hanover County’s finance manager and later, its county manager. Following those sixteen years of local service, a subsequent stint as city manager of Key West in Florida, and several years of retirement, the Democrat is throwing his hat in the ring again.  This time, he’s vying for a seat on Wilmington’s City Council. And, Cooper is a major proponent of increased synergy between the city council and the county commission.

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Local - October 10
3:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Groundwater Will Keep Flowing, Even After Close of Sutton Plant's Coal-Fired Operation

The Sutton Power Plant
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Duke Energy Progress will be closing its coal-fired power operation serving New Hanover County this December. Pollutants are slowly leaching from the coal-ash basins surrounding the Sutton plant toward groundwater wells that supply drinking water for the nearby Flemington community. However,  decommissioning the plant’s ash basins will not guarantee safety for nearby groundwater supplies—not for a long time, that is.

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Local - September 19
1:52 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

WAVE Transit Likely to Extend Endangered Bus Routes' Closure Date

WHQR News / Data provided by Wave Transit

Over the summer, New Hanover County cut WAVE Transit’s funding significantly from the previous year, resulting in the likely closures of routes serving northern New Hanover County and Pleasure Island. However, WAVE was granted slightly more state funding this year for its Rural Operating Assistance Program. But since WAVE won’t be able to use that money to help salvage the routes in question, it will likely extend their current closure date—September thirtieth—until after WAVE’s board meets with the New Hanover County Commission to make final decisions in October.

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Local - August 16
9:47 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Civil Rights Groups Sue in Response to NC Voter ID Bill's Changes to Early Voting

Many NC citizens say they have voted early in the past to avoid long lines on Election Day.
Bellyglad

Since Governor McCrory signed the Voter ID Bill into law on Monday, three civil rights groups have filed lawsuits. They challenge new requirements for state-issued IDs, elimination of same-day registration--and an early voting period that will be shortened by seven days. Critics of the bill say the latter in particular will cut off voting opportunities for hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians—particularly minorities. About 64 percent of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County citizens voted early in the 2012 election.

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Local - August 14
1:05 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Cape Fear Region Sees a Hike in Local Tourism

Wrightsville Beach and neighboring tourist hot-spots helped make 2012 a banner year for local visitor expenditure.

Wilmington and its nearby beach communities are enjoying record visitor spending. New Hanover County saw an eight percent increase in tourism dollars last year -- the second-biggest statewide gain after Currituck County. The Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau credits this hike to increased in-state visitors.

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