Attorney General clears NHRMC-Novant sale deal -- with new conditions

A year and a half after the sale process of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center began, the state Attorney General has approved a deal with Novant Health -- but, the approval does come with some new conditions. If those are met, the partnership between NHRMC and Novant will begin on February 1.

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The sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center was a long, fraught process. It’s completion means a whole new set of questions, including how $1.25 billion in sale proceeds will be managed under the recently created New Hanover Community Endowment. WHQR’s Managing Editor Ben Schachtman sat down with Port City Daily’s Johanna Still to discuss an ongoing series on the endowment.

On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Gary Gillespie Israel and Frances Hawk, who discuss the year-long centennial exhibition of works by renowned sculptor Dorothy Gillespie. 

At the Wilmington City Council Agenda Briefing, the Wilmington Police Department presented their annual Year End Crime Review--and the numbers reflect a strange year. On Tuesday, Wilmington Police Chief Donny Williams addressed a significant increase in homicides in 2020.  

Hannah Breisinger

An upcoming tiny home community, set to house dozens of homeless individuals in the region, has installed its first home. The project is called Eden Village.

New Hanover County

On Tuesday, New Hanover County commissioners will vote to approve a new deal to redevelop the government center. The new arrangement will save millions in financing, but involves selling public land to a developer for $2 million less than originally planned.

Ending Saturday, January 16, 2021, this week's top reports included school reopening plans changing (again), and an interview with Republican Congressman David Rouzer to discuss the insurrectoin, impeachment, and what the future holds for Trump’s party. Listen for more.


On this week's episode of Around Town, Rhonda speaks with Wilson Center director Shane Fernando, who is serving as Regional Outreach Coordinator for the National Independent Venues Association (NIVA) for North Carolina and South Carolina. They discuss the $15 billion SBA program to provide financial support to performance venues. 


Shortly after it was announced, a joint meeting between county commissioners and school board members has been postponed indefinitely. The decision was made just hours after the school board made an abrupt about-face on the issue of school reopening.

Office of David Rouzer


After an insurrection in the US Capitol and the second impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, it’s a fraught time for the GOP. WHQR spoke with Republican Congressman David Rouzer, who represents North Carolina’s 7th district, including Wilmington, to discuss the recent violence, the impeachment, and what the future holds for Trump’s legacy and his party.

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The New Hanover County School Board decided Wednesday that pre-K through 5th-grade students will remain in remote learning until January 25th. On that date, they will transition back to Plan B, a hybrid model.


Acting USAGM CEO Kelu Chao continued her sweep of federally funded international broadcasters to remove leaders linked to former President Donald Trump.

Home: It's where a lot of us have been spending our time since March 2020. For Mike Milosh, leader of the R&B music collective Rhye, the word has taken on new meaning — he's gone from life on the road to a more permanent idea of home at his house outside Los Angeles, where he created his latest studio album. But the sound of this record was conceived well before the pandemic: It began with the idea of wanting to include a choir, which led to Milosh inviting the Danish National Girls' Choir to come to the U.S.

You've got mail. Somewhere. Probably.

The U.S. Postal Service is still digging out from under an avalanche of mail sent during the recent holiday season.

But for much of the past year the postal system has been strained by the impact of COVID-19 on its workflow and workforce.

In addition, operational changes ostensibly designed to stop the system from hemorrhaging money helped create a backlog of mail.

And the head of the Postal Service pledges that more changes in the name of cost savings are coming soon.

Aid groups who help resettle refugees in the U.S. are hopeful about what President Biden's actions will mean for people fleeing persecution.

For more than 100 years "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" has been known as the Black national anthem. Rep. James Clyburn says it's time for it to be honored as the national hymn, and on Jan. 13, he filed a bill to try to make that official.

Clyburn told USA Today that making it a national hymn would help unite Americans.

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