Ben Schachtman

The $1.25 billion community endowment: A conversation with Port City Daily's Johanna Still

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.

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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. 

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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.

Hannah Breisinger


Wilmington’s Rail Trail project is one step closer to becoming reality.

 

This week, city councilmembers approved the master plan for the project, which would transform the abandoned railbed in the city’s Northside and create a space for walking and biking.

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New Hanover County Schools is looking to revamp their district-wide Title IX survey. Proposed questions would include topics on discrimination, bullying, and school climate. And maybe one on sexual harassment.

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.

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Moderna says tests show its COVID-19 vaccine offers protection against new variants of the coronavirus, but that the vaccine is more effective against the variant first identified in the U.K. than one found in South Africa. As a result, Moderna will test booster doses of its vaccine – including one that would be tailored to fight strains that have recently emerged.

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has announced he will not run for a third term in 2022 and instead will retire at the end of his term.

"This is a tough time to be in public service," Portman said in a statement Monday morning, citing hyper-partisanship in Congress.

"I don't think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision."

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President Biden on Monday repealed a controversial Trump-era ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.

Biden signed an executive order on the issue as he met in the Oval Office with new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Vice President Harris.

Speaking briefly to reporters, Biden said the order will allow all "qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform."

This past year has caused dramatic changes for how many of us experience time.

Our expectations for how our hours and days transpire have been upended.

So, we want to know: How has your relationship with time changed?

Do you have those moments where you're asking yourself out loud "how is it 3pm already?" Has your day ground to a halt because all your favorite hobbies aren't social distance friendly?

Or maybe, just maybe, you've found ways to slow down amidst the chaos if only to appreciate time in small doses.

America's librarians announced their top children's book picks virtually on Monday – awarding the 2021 Newbery and Caldecott medals, among several other honors.

The John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished children's book in 2020 went to When You Trap A Tiger, by Tae Keller. The book's central character is a girl, Lily, whose family moves in with her dying grandmother — and a tiger from Korean folklore shows up looking for something that was stolen.

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