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At last night’s New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting, a controversial rezoning in Porters Neck was withdraw...
01/09/2024

At last night’s New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting, a controversial rezoning in Porters Neck was withdrawn after significant public criticism of the project's density, lack of greenspace, traffic impacts, and potential ecological damage.

Update: After earlier announcing half-day schedules, Brunswick and New Hanover county schools have canceled classes, whi...
01/08/2024

Update: After earlier announcing half-day schedules, Brunswick and New Hanover county schools have canceled classes, while Pender and Columbus county schools are moving to remote instruction. Severe storm conditions are expected as a storm front moves through the region.

On Tuesday, schools in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties will be operating on half-day schedules, while Columbus County schools will be operating remotely. Severe storm conditions are expected as a storm front moves through the region.

At this week's New Hanover County Board of Education meeting, it was revealed that two attorneys working with the distri...
01/05/2024

At this week's New Hanover County Board of Education meeting, it was revealed that two attorneys working with the district's law firm, Vogel Law Firm, LLC, had left — leaving the district without some specialty expertise. A suit filed in Mecklenburg County sheds light on what happened.

At this week's New Hanover County Board of Education meeting, it was revealed that two attorneys working with the district's law firm, Vogel Law Firm, LCC, had left — leaving the district without some specialty expertise. A suit filed in Mecklenburg County sheds light on what happened.

On Thursday, the District Attorney’s office along with other law enforcement partners held a meeting to announce the new...
01/05/2024

On Thursday, the District Attorney’s office along with other law enforcement partners held a meeting to announce the new Community Justice Center, slated to open in the Harrelson Center this summer.

At Wednesday’s New Hanover County Board of Education agenda review, district officials laid some heavy news on the commu...
01/05/2024

At Wednesday’s New Hanover County Board of Education agenda review, district officials laid some heavy news on the community — that there will be some larger cuts to the budget this year, which is mainly attributed to declining student enrollment and federal Covid relief funds drying up.

Last winter, the Wilmington Police Department started coordinating with social workers from New Hanover County to serve ...
01/04/2024

Last winter, the Wilmington Police Department started coordinating with social workers from New Hanover County to serve the homeless population downtown. A year later and after the closures of two major homeless encampments, WHQR’s Kelly Kenoyer did a ride along with WPD to get an update.

On Tuesday, the New Hanover County Hispanic-Latino Commission called an emergency meeting to address the closure of the ...
01/04/2024

On Tuesday, the New Hanover County Hispanic-Latino Commission called an emergency meeting to address the closure of the high school program at Career Readiness Academy, which serves a majority Latino population. But school district representatives had little information to share.

In October, 85 principals, assistant principals, and other directors and supervisors took a survey that evaluated New Ha...
01/04/2024

In October, 85 principals, assistant principals, and other directors and supervisors took a survey that evaluated New Hanover County Schools’ Central Office departments; however, it excluded the Office of the Superintendent. One of the questions asked whether they work in an environment where there’s trust and mutual respect. Only 34% of respondents said they agreed with this statement.

In October, 85 principals, assistant principals, and other directors and supervisors took a survey that evaluated New Hanover County Schools’ Central Office departments; however, it excluded the Office of the Superintendent. One of the questions asked whether they work in an environment where ther...

Tune in to 91.3fm tonight at 7pm to hear this wonderful program!
01/01/2024

Tune in to 91.3fm tonight at 7pm to hear this wonderful program!

Hear the great testimony to the human spirit, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, recorded by Leonard Bernstein in 1989 to celeb...
12/31/2023

Hear the great testimony to the human spirit, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, recorded by Leonard Bernstein in 1989 to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. The orchestra and chorus comprise musicians from the leading orchestras of the Allied countries in World War II. Listen to this great celebration of peace and freedom this evening at 8 on Salmagundi
Credit Line: Library of Congress, Music Division

On this episode, WHQR News Director Ben Schachtman reflects on the past year with Kelly Kenoyer, Rachel Keith, Nikolai M...
12/29/2023

On this episode, WHQR News Director Ben Schachtman reflects on the past year with Kelly Kenoyer, Rachel Keith, Nikolai Mather, and Camille Mojica.

A North Carolina hospital network is referring transgender psychiatric patients to treatment facilities that do not alig...
12/29/2023

A North Carolina hospital network is referring transgender psychiatric patients to treatment facilities that do not align with their gender identities. Though UNC Hospitals' policy discourages the practice, administrators say a massive bed shortage is forcing them to make tough decisions. A lack of funding and the absence of uniform treatment standards across the state's hospitals are combining with shortcomings in staff training to create barriers to treating transgender youth.

A North Carolina hospital network is referring transgender psychiatric patients to treatment facilities that do not align with their gender identities. Though UNC Hospitals' policy discourages the practice, administrators say a massive bed shortage is forcing them to make tough decisions. A lack of....

Until very recently, the Carolina Beach Ferris Wheel has been located on land that's been rented by an LLC for a relativ...
12/29/2023

Until very recently, the Carolina Beach Ferris Wheel has been located on land that's been rented by an LLC for a relatively modest amount from the town. The private company, which now wants to shift from a short-term to a 10-year lease, is also involved in civil litigation against the town. A vote is due early next year, but the town manager says he's not in favor of the proposal.

Until very recently, the Carolina Beach Ferris Wheel has been located on land that's been rented by an LLC for a relatively modest amount from the town. The private company, which now wants to shift from a short-term to a 10-year lease, is also involved in civil litigation against the town. A vote i...

After roughly two years on the job, Joe Conway has left his role leading the City of Wilmington’s equity and inclusion e...
12/29/2023

After roughly two years on the job, Joe Conway has left his role leading the City of Wilmington’s equity and inclusion efforts to take a job at UNC Health. While some, including the New Hanover County NAACP, expressed concern that Conway’s departure happened rather quietly, Conway had positive things to say about his time at the city. Officials say the city aims to recruit a new person to the position next year, although possibly a “recalibrated” version.

Former Holly Plaza residents, displaced by a widespread mold infestation at their public housing complex, now have until January 15 to find housing.

After roughly two years on the job, Joe Conway has left his role leading the City of Wilmington’s equity and inclusion e...
12/29/2023

After roughly two years on the job, Joe Conway has left his role leading the City of Wilmington’s equity and inclusion efforts to take a job at UNC Health. While some, including the New Hanover County NAACP, expressed concern that Conway’s departure happened rather quietly, Conway had positive things to say about his time at the city. Officials say the city aims to recruit a new person to the position next year, although possibly a “recalibrated” version.

After roughly two years on the job, Joe Conway has left his role leading the City of Wilmington’s equity and inclusion efforts to take a job at UNC Health. While some, including the New Hanover County NAACP, expressed concern that Conway’s departure happened rather quietly, Conway had positive t...

This budget year, New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust’s office has an overall budget of $752,719...
12/29/2023

This budget year, New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust’s office has an overall budget of $752,719, according to the district. This is a 3.3% decrease compared to last year. However, it does represent a 16% increase when compared to his 2021 office budget.

Save the date to see Alexander Payne's latest film!
12/27/2023

Save the date to see Alexander Payne's latest film!

12/25/2023
On Monday, the New Hanover community Endowment announced its second grant cycle: this round features much larger, multi-...
12/23/2023

On Monday, the New Hanover community Endowment announced its second grant cycle: this round features much larger, multi-year grants that take on systemic issues. But the rollout was not without criticism. In this episode, we dig into those concerns and how the Endowment is responding.

Make this beautiful show part of your downtown plans tonight! Join us on the third floor from 6-9pm.
12/22/2023

Make this beautiful show part of your downtown plans tonight! Join us on the third floor from 6-9pm.

Rhonda speaks with Opera House Theatre Company's Ray Kennedy who is directing the hit musical comedy "The Producers", De...
12/20/2023

Rhonda speaks with Opera House Theatre Company's Ray Kennedy who is directing the hit musical comedy "The Producers", December 30, 2023-January 14, 2024 on Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. LISTEN HERE:
https://www.whqr.org/show/around-town-with-rhonda-bellamy/2023-12-14/around-town-with-rhonda-bellamy-the-producersnc

Rhonda speaks with Opera House Theatre Company's Ray Kennedy who is directing the hit musical comedy "The Producers", December 30, 2023-January 14, 2024 on Thalian Hall's Mainstage.

12/19/2023

"Mahatma Gandi said the way you measure a society is how they treat the weakest in the society."Maad Abu-Ghazalah says this is why he started rescuing abused and abandoned dogs and donkeys in the West Bank. As a Palestinian-American with family still there, he explores his culture and his hopes for....

Regional Economist Mouhcine Guettabi shares perspectives on the Cape Fear housing crisis, population growth, and develop...
12/19/2023

Regional Economist Mouhcine Guettabi shares perspectives on the Cape Fear housing crisis, population growth, and development in rural areas.

The Endowment’s second cycle marks a dramatic shift to larger, multi-year grants, including one designed to “revolutioni...
12/18/2023

The Endowment’s second cycle marks a dramatic shift to larger, multi-year grants, including one designed to “revolutionize” the healthcare landscape in New Hanover County. While the Endowment did not fund any major projects focusing on housing — a key issue for this year’s grant cycle — officials say they’re convening housing-focused organizations to develop a suitable proposal.

The Endowment’s second cycle marks a dramatic shift to larger, multi-year grants, including one designed to “revolutionize” the healthcare landscape in New Hanover County. While the Endowment did not fund any major projects focusing on housing — a key issue for this year’s grant cycle — ...

On Salmagundi tomorrow evening, the magical Catalan country Christmas cantata of Pablo Casals, El Pesebre - the Manger i...
12/17/2023

On Salmagundi tomorrow evening, the magical Catalan country Christmas cantata of Pablo Casals, El Pesebre - the Manger in Catalan. Casals wrote this piece in 1960 as a musical message of peace, and conducted it 74 times, including this evening's performance at the 1956 Casals Festival. Tune in to 92.7fm at 8pm to listen!
photo credit: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)

In this week's edition of The Dive, we look at New Hanover County's desire to buy a strip club — so that it can be conve...
12/16/2023

In this week's edition of The Dive, we look at New Hanover County's desire to buy a strip club — so that it can be converted into more parking. But is that necessary? Plus, some bold suggestions on how the Port of Wilmington could run more efficiently.

The National Weather Service is warning that gusts upward of 50 mph, coastal flooding, and dangerous surf conditions wil...
12/16/2023

The National Weather Service is warning that gusts upward of 50 mph, coastal flooding, and dangerous surf conditions will hit the along the South and North Carolina coast, including Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties.

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