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Education And Race - Next Steps In New Hanover County

The New Hanover County Board of Education will meet next week to discuss the future of Williston Middle School. At issue is whether it will become an arts school, a high school, or perhaps stay as it is. That’s just one of several items the new Board is working on this year. And those items come with some history.

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There are positive signs in the Cape Fear region that initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic are making headway. 

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On Thursday the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality filed a Revised Consent Order in Bladen County Superior Court. DEQ has asked the court to enter the order, initially filed in November, to hold the Chemours Company accountable for PFAS contamination, including GenX, in the Cape Fear Region. 

Registration is now open for WHQR’s Writers’ Workshop. The workshop will take place Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at WHQR Studios. The workshop will include a morning meet & greet with coffee and light refreshments, a generative workshop by Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, lunch from Front Street Brewery, a roundtable discussion by Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams and Wiley Cash on The Path To Publication, and a generative workshop with Wiley Cash.

 

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This week New Hanover County officials will host two public meetings to discuss Project Grace. That’s the redevelopment of a block circled by North Second and Third – and Chestnut and Grace Streets in downtown Wilmington.  The current proposal would demolish the existing library to build a new one.

New Hanover County’s NAACP celebrates its 100th anniversay this year.  Founded nationally in 1909, the local chapter of the National Association For The Advancement of Colored People launched ten years later. 

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New Hanover County redistricting of its high schools is complete; as for middle schools, the process continues.  The Board of Education plans to assign middle school and elementary school students in 2021.

US EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency Thursday announced plans to regulate a set of chemicals including GenX found in the drinking water system of the Cape Fear Region, and across much of the country. 

Join other Public Radio lovers, WHQR Community Advisory Board, staff, board and friends at Good Hops Brewery in Carolina Beach on Wednesday, February 27th, from 5pm to 7pm. Located just over Snows Cut Bridge across from the Carolina Beach State Park, come celebrate your community focused non-profit radio station while drinking local brews, enjoying great company, and relaxing (with a beautiful beer garden)!

 

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature Sylvia Johns Ritchie & Class Act on Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door. Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. 

NC Dept of Transportation

Cape Fear Crossing, the proposed new bridge across the Cape Fear River, is inching closer to reality. Last week, regional planners held informational meetings in Brunswick County. Residents in attendance wanted to learn more about a project that will likely go through Leland and Brunswick Forest. The exact route is still up in the air.

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Today, I have two names for those tempted to gloat, despair, or be ashamed because of Jussie Smollett, the actor now accused of orchestrating a fake bias crime against himself.

Those two names are Charles Stuart and Susan Smith.

For those who don't remember: In October 1989, Charles Stuart sent Boston police on a tear looking for the black man he claimed forced his way into his car — after a childbirth class no less — and then shot and wounded him and killed his pregnant wife.

Vote-counting has started in Nigeria's much-anticipated election, a week after it was postponed by election officials who blamed logistical challenges.

The country's 73 million voters will choose between dozens of presidential candidates, including incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking a second term to take the country to the "next level."

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