New Hanover County

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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Local - August 2
4:06 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Representative Susi Hamilton Speaks Out on State's New Tax Reform Package

State Representative Susi Hamilton

Under a newly passed House bill, North Carolinians will see a price hike in movie tickets, live performances and museum admission. The “Tax Simplification and Reduction Act” cuts personal and corporate taxes and imposes a uniform tax rate, as well as a 4.75% privilege tax on many leisure pursuits--including non-profit events. And local representatives say they were given inadequate time to consider the bill before voting on it.

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Local - July 31
4:04 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Weigh in on Recycling and Solid Waste Management in New Hanover County

While the city of Wilmington has curbside recycling, some surrounding municipalities currently depend on drop-off options.

New Hanover County is seeking public feedback on new strategies that will affect recycling operations, landfill space and other aspects of countywide waste management. At an open meeting Tuesday night, half a dozen locals expressed mounting concern over the lifespan of the county landfill.

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Local - 07/08/13
12:10 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Mayor Bill Saffo Files for Reelection

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo
Credit City of Wilmington

On Friday, Bill Saffo filed to run for his fourth term as Mayor of the City of Wilmington. The incumbent, who has led the city since 2006, is talking about seeing projects -- such as the Cape Fear Skyway Bridge, the convention center hotel construction and the cross-city trail -- through to completion.

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local
7:23 am
Mon June 24, 2013

NHC Chair Woody White on state of the county

Woody White, Commission Chair
New Hanover County

The future of New Hanover County is bright says Commission Chairman Woody White.  Unemployment is declining, collaboration with the City of Wilmington and the beach towns is expanding, and the County just landed a coveted triple-A bond rating.  

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Transportation
3:59 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

The cost of Wave Transit: What fuels your ride?

If you build it, they will come. But before that happens, someone has to pay to put it together. The City of Wilmington and New Hanover County combined transportation forces to form Wave Transit almost a decade ago. The authority was set up on its own, independent of both city and county government. It also started with no cash balance, meaning no money in the bank. In part 2 of a series on Wave Transit, we explore the financial woes of the agency.

One thing is certain about funding for public transportation: the federal government doesn’t just give it to you.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Wave Transit will get new maintenance facility

Wave Transit's maintenance facility is in the heart of the Bottom neighborhood

Wilmington residents living next door to Wave Transit’s industrial bus garage will not have to endure the sounds and smells for much longer. Ground breaks this afternoon for Wave’s new operations and maintenance center in New Hanover County, on Castle Hayne Road near Martin Luther King Jr Parkway. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports it will replace the current facility at the corner of 11th and Castle Streets.

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Local
5:08 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

NHC to open Hazardous Household Waste Facility

New Hanover County

90 percent of New Hanover County residents don’t recycle or properly dispose of household waste. 

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Local
5:43 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Verizon hosts e-cycle rally on Thursday to boost NHC recycling

commons.wikimedia.org

Even though tossing electronic waste into landfills is illegal in North Carolina, only about ten percent of residents in New Hanover County make the effort to recycle.  County officials say the level of apathy among residents is a head-scratcher. 

But Verizon is expecting broad community participation at the e-waste drive, which takes place on Thursday, May 9th at the Verizon Call Center in Wilmington.

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