Government

Developers latch onto 18-year-old loophole, city aims to close it

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WILMINGTON — For nearly two decades, a mixed-use development loophole in Wilmington sat undiscovered in the city’s Land Development Code. A few years ago, a developer realized the oversight and latched onto it. They told their friends, and eventually, more developers submitted applications that couldn’t be denied. Soon enough, city staff noticed the pattern. No […]

Where is the money coming from in the six-person New Hanover Commissioners race?

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The current slate of commissioners in New Hanover County presided over the region’s largest financial deal in recent memory: the mutli-billion-dollar sale of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health. The next group of commissioners will oversee the deal’s execution (if a majority wish to back out of the […]

Deep dive series: The multi-billion-dollar hospital vote [Free]

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Just weeks ahead of one of the most monumental local decisions in decades, key details about the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health emerged; since then, other facets have remained unclear, even hours ahead of the vote. The decision to sell will reverberate throughout the community. As […]

After the NHRMC sale, what about employees, the hospital, $1.25 billion, and those ‘corruption’ allegations?

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Monday’s vote to sell NHRMC to Novant Health is a safe bet — but then what? The sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a monumental decision, which will have far-reaching impacts on the region, and it’s complicated. The sale has a lot of moving parts and not everything is […]

Deep Dive: With 72 hours to go, last minute changes to, and questions about, the $1.25-billion foundation

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — One business day before the vote on selling a multi-billion dollar publicly-owned asset, the county shared a final version of the rules that will govern the new, private gatekeeper of the bulk of the profits. The public was given its last opportunity to comment on an incomplete version of those rules, […]

Attorney General’s Office will get final say, paying close attention to NHRMC sale

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Headed for almost certain final approval, the sale of the county-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health will get a final and thorough review from Attorney General Josh Stein before closing. The AG’s office has already been put on high alert, notified by local representatives to closely watch the […]

It’s a high-tension moment as a board in flux prepares for the monumental NHRMC sale decision

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WILMINGTON — On Monday, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will make the most consequential decision in the region’s recent history: the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, the county’s largest employer. They do so at a unique political moment, as the board experiences a deep divide over the decision and certain upheaval […]

Deep Dive: Feds order NHCS to provide reports, training on potential Title IX mishandling, retaliation concerns

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Editor’s note: This article mentions sexual assault and contains a homophobic slur quoted in a government document. WILMINGTON — A federal investigation of the New Hanover County School district dating back five years reached a tentative conclusion by ordering the administration to provide reports on two issues that concerned the U.S. Department of Education’s Office […]
Each of New Hanover Regional Medical Center's 17 Emergency Medical Services vehicles is equipped with monitors that incorporate artificial intelligence technology.  (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

Deep Dive: Looking at the $3.2 million NHRMC spent on the partnership exploration process [Free]

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WILMINGTON — While the decision to sell the New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health has been divisive, to say the least, most agree it’s likely the biggest and most important public process in recent history — a process that’s come with a hefty price tag. Over the last year, NHRMC has spent in […]

Deep Dive: Leland, Brunswick County just defunded Wave’s Brunswick Connector. What went wrong?

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — After 16 years in service, Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority will soon no longer have the funds necessary to continue running a route that connects Wilmington to Brunswick County. Last month, Wave Transit requested a contract extension with the Brunswick Consortium, the group that helps fund the Brunswick Connector, a generally over-subsidized […]