Braves GM: New level of baseball planned for Wilmington

WILMINGTON – Atlanta Braves General Manager Frank Wren told Wilmingtonians Wednesday morning that his team’s plan to establish a minor-league affiliate here fits right in with its vision to concentrate its brand in the southeastern U.S. And despite the lack of success of past minor-league teams in Wilmington—the Port City Roosters and Wilmington Waves are […]

McIntyre advocates for Carolina Beach in meeting with Army Corps leadership

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre in Washington, D.C. this month pushed for the reauthorization of federal funds for Carolina Beach’s soon-to-expire beach renourishment project—a goal officials say will involve some tough tides. McIntyre, according to a press release from his office Tuesday, met with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy on Sept. […]

Mosquito spraying set for Wednesday, Thursday

The New Hanover County Health Department will resume the spraying of mosquito-killing chemicals Wednesday and Thursday, this time focusing on neighborhoods in northern parts of the county. A news release from the county said the department’s Division of Environmental Health will dispatch trucks loaded with insecticide, engineered for “quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations,” […]

TDA to commissioners: Tourism spending last year neared benchmark

Tourism-related spending increased 6.2 percent in New Hanover County last year and neared the benchmark set in 2007, according to a presentation Monday from the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority (TDA). Spending reportedly hit $425.84 million and generated nearly $40 million in state and local tax revenues in 2011, ultimately leading to a $190 […]

Braves baseball on city’s plate Tuesday

Wilmington City Council members said they wanted to make sure they covered all bases before considering an agreement toward a taxpayer funded ballpark that would host an Atlanta Braves Class-A team. After months of rough drafts, tweaks and counters, council on Tuesday will consider a 12-page memorandum to firm the deal’s major points. Details about […]

NHC to renovate old downtown office building

The planned renovation of the six-story office building at 320 Chestnut Street downtown will be so extensive the result will, essentially, be a new structure. That’s what New Hanover County staffers told the Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon after individual commissioners entertained demolition and rebuilding at a relatively small cost increase. The board’s ultimate decision […]

Commission turns down incinerator contract in split vote

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners just after noon on Monday voted down the proposed $32.6 million contract toward the refurbishment of the county’s defunct incinerator. Commissioner Jonathan Barfield had made a motion to approve the contract, which would have set up landfill tipping fees potentially upward of $90 per ton to support the […]

Fate of old county office space on NHC agenda Monday

The fate of New Hanover County’s old administrative office building at 320 Chestnut Street will come up for consideration Monday morning when the county commission convenes for regular business. The commissioners will discuss whether to renovate or demolish the six-story downtown structure, which the county vacated in 2006 in favor of new office space at […]

Braves baseball agreement: A closer look

The draft agreement the City of Wilmington released Friday toward a proposed 6,200-seat minor-league ballpark would solidify several of the project’s most discussed points—for one, that its financing would depend on voter approval—but City Council’s acceptance of it on Tuesday wouldn’t necessarily end the deal-making. “This MOU (memorandum of understanding) is not intended as a […]