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NHCS board: Suspension rates down, substitute pay up. Plus, when will masks come off?

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Out-of-school suspensions among elementary students were significantly down the first few months of this school year compared to past quarters, according to a presentation Tuesday night at the New Hanover County Board of Education meeting. In 2017 schools assigned 101 in-school suspensions (ISS) and 185 out-of-school suspensions (OSS) in the first […]

HOA thwarts its own developer who wanted to expand his Pender County neighborhood

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PENDER COUNTY — Residents in a Rocky Point community have moved to stunt the campaign of the man who originally developed the neighborhood, and who failed this week in a bid to rezone more land and expand the single-family project. Elloyd McIntire spent more than 50 years cultivating 100-plus acres of property between Castle Hayne […]

Beach renourishment fix puts Pleasure Island back on track, leaves Wrightsville Beach behind

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — North Carolina’s Congressional delegation has announced a partial solution in the quest to reclaim missing beach renourishment money.  The path forward places Carolina and Kure beaches on track toward timely completion of the projects, but leaves Wrightsville Beach with many hurdles still to clear. Government actors at all levels have been in […]

Are New Hanover commissioners ‘blinking’ on a 3-year, $89-million plan to make the community safer?

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — When shots rang out inside New Hanover High in August, it was a wake-up call for local officials. An uptick in violence had spilled over into schools, impacting the lives of thousands of youth as several campuses locked down districtwide. Within days, New Hanover County officials had offered a share of […]

Under Regan’s watch, EPA vows to get tough on PFAS, regulations underway

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The Environmental Protection Agency is pledging to unleash its full regulatory arsenal on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) polluters.  In a news conference in Raleigh Tuesday, former N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan, appointed by President Joe Biden in March to head the EPA, returned to his home state to share the agency’s […]

New job training program would diversify film crews, Wilmington likely to commit initial funds

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WILMINGTON — With potential seed money coming from the City of Wilmington, a new workforce training program is anticipated to grow North Carolina’s next generation of film industry workers, specifically with women and people of color. City council is planning to award $400,000 to the Film Partnership of North Carolina, a new nonprofit established to […]

New Hanover County to hold electronic auction of surplus property

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The county will hold an auction of surplus property at the end of this month, where no-longer-needed holdings, like automobiles and office furniture, will be open for bidding. Typically, New Hanover County holds a surplus auction twice per year; the last one was in March.  Nonprofits get first dibs at the […]

The Agenda: This week in local government, Oct. 18-22

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — It may feel impossible to keep up with local issues while they’re still being worked out. Getting involved early on in the policy-making process can help ensure the community’s input gets heard before it’s too late to chime in. You may not even need to attend (in person or virtually) to make […]

City staff unimpressed by developer’s revamped plans for old bus yard on Castle St.

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WILMINGTON –– An old Wave Transit bus maintenance facility on Castle Street continues to encounter complications in the city’s attempts to sell and redevelop it.  Marred by failed partnerships, city staff are proposing the property be put up for a new round of development proposals. The last time that happened, the city only attracted a […]

Tri-county schools check-in: 38 Covid-19 cases in NHCS, 47 in Brunswick, 28 in Pender

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — New Hanover County Schools is reporting 38 Covid-19 cases and 17 quarantines over the past week across its 40-plus campuses, according to the district’s online dashboard. (Since NHCS’ case counts are not entered in real-time, some current cases may not be reflected until the following week’s totals are published on Friday.) Since […]