Hannah Breisinger

School safety is a collaborative effort. That was the biggest takeaway from a safety summit held by New Hanover County Schools this week. The event featured panel members from specialized areas, including local law enforcement, the county health department, and student support -- to emphasize the importance of county, faculty, and parent involvement in student well-being.

Vince Winkel

New Hanover County Commissioners on Monday voted to approve a $20 million loan to help keep the Wilmington International Airport's terminal expansion and renovation project moving forward. In addition, the board brought back a commission that had been eliminated nine years ago. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Tuesday morning that it will not continue planning on the Cape Fear Crossing project. The project would have featured a 9.5 mile road and bridge over the river with the goal of improving traffic and freight movement with the Port. There was tremendous opposition from neighborhood groups. 

Around Town With Rhonda Bellamy: Billy Elliot the Musical

Aug 9, 2019

Fresh off the heels of the exuberant Five Guys Named Moe, Opera House Theatre Company is back with another big score, the Wilmington premiere of Billy Elliot the Musical. Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy sits down for a discussion with Opera House Theatre Company’s thirteen year old star, Liam Redford and actress Nancy Allen.   

Wilmington Police Department

This past weekend’s shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas have initiated a lot of discussion -- even amongst local law enforcement agencies in the Cape Fear region. Officials with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office say they are constantly analyzing mass shooting scenarios as a way to increase their response time.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center could soon be up for sale.  The county-owned hospital system, approved by voters in the early 1960s and opened in 1967, is doing well.  

Vince Winkel

Governor Roy Cooper today ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state offices lowered to half-staff in honor of the shooting victims in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend. This morning  the Wilmington City Council heard from local law enforcement.

Hannah Breisinger

Citizens can, and should, be involved in their local governments. That’s the philosophy behind a series of sessions held by New Hanover County, aimed to educate the community on the inner-workings of local services and programs. The all-day sessions are being held today and tomorrow at the county’s Northeast Library.

Culture connects across the two bridges, linking Wilmington to rapidly growing Brunswick County. Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy sits down with Julianne Scott, Cultural Arts Manager of the Leland Cultural Arts Center and Susan Habas, Executive Director of the Thalian Association.




Katelyn Freund / WHQR

A dozen or so citizens, diverse in age, ethnicity, and political leaning, come together once a month around a table to eat lunch, discuss political issues, and learn about one another.  


In just over a month New Hanover County Commissioners will decide whether to explore the sale of the county-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Since announcing the plan last week, current and former medical center employees have voiced concerns.


Monday, August 12th 

The MC Erny Gallery

Annabelle Crowe

Drivers making overnight trips across the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge this week can expect some minor delays. The North Carolina Department of Transportation is training a new bridge operator, and part of that 80-hour training is lifting and dropping the bridge every 30 minutes.

  Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy takes a sneak peek at the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra's upcoming 2019-20 Season, with Nicole Thompson, WSO's Marketing and Operations Director.   The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra's 2019-20 Concert Series includes works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Piazzolla, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Mahler and a commissioned work by Steven Errante for the North Carolina Azalea Festival. 

Vince Winkel

July’s Bottega Live features two Wilmington rock & reggae trios – Medicated Sunfish and TiteFit.  WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with downtown Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.

Vince WInkel

Southeastern North Carolina is the fastest growing part of the state. Census figures show Brunswick and Pender Counties at the top of the list. New Hanover County – 328 square miles, almost half of it water – is no slouch either. It’s the 8th most populous county in the state and is also growing. WHQR has part 3 of our series on economic development in the Cape Fear Region.

Hannah Breisinger

  Starting in 2020, a new law will require North Carolina voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot. But what about voters who don’t have access to acceptable IDs? The New Hanover County Board of Elections held two seminars this week to answer questions about the law.

Vince Winkel

New Hanover County announced Tuesday that the “For Sale” sign might soon be hanging on the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. That doesn’t mean county commissioners will sell it all.  It means they will at least entertain offers.

Around Town With Rhonda Bellamy: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights

Jul 19, 2019

Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy takes at look at Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Nights with award-winning artist Peggy Vineyard, Steve Fox of Century 21, and Amy Grant of Art in Bloom Gallery. 

City of Wilmington

Young athletes in the area will soon have more fields to play on. Wilmington city council members unanimously approved a 65-acre donation from the Hammerheads Youth Football Club organization. The ten-million-dollar project will expand the Cape Fear Soccerplex.

A dozen or so people, diverse in age, ethnicity, and political leanings, are participating in a year-long experiment in civil discourse.  Each month, we bring you a conversation with members of the group. We’re observing how the tone and quality of the conversation changes over the course of the year, and whether the time participants spend together can forge real connections across political boundaries.

Stand-up comedy is blossoming around southeastern North Carolina.  Comedy enthusiasts can now catch comics in the act at local breweries, arts events, and theatrical venues.  But while the arts scene flourished in the Cape Fear region,  it was only 2014 that the first full-time comedy club opened in Wilmington.  Before that, Timmy Sherrill and Cole Craven worked together in the basement of The Soapbox Laundro-Lounge as Nutt Street Comedy Room. 

Vince Winkel / WHQR Public Radio

Design for the Brunswick County Northwest Water Treatment Plant upgrade and new pipeline are on schedule, according to County officials. That’s important, because water is a key to growth and development. Brunswick County in recent years has seen the largest population growth of all the state’s counties, according to the U.S. Census. It also ranked fourth in the nation for percentage growth for counties. WHQR continues its series on economic development, with a visit to Brunswick County.

Hannah Breisinger

Wilmington officials are working on a new noise ordinance, and they’re looking for public input. While the city has had a noise ordinance since 1989, a confusing permit process, no appeal process, unclear language, and concerns of subjectivity have led to the new proposal.

Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)


North Carolina has a D grade in women’s health. That’s according to a state-commissioned report, titled, the 2019 Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness. County-by-county data in the report shows that while New Hanover County fares slightly better than the overall state, more work still needs to be done.

Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy chats with Nancy King, Artist Director of Opera Wilmington about their upcoming performance of La Bohème. 

There will be two special rebroadcasts of the Soup To Nuts LIVE! May 30th show featuring "Into The Fog." The rebroadcasts will be Friday, July 12th 2019 at 7pm and Saturday, July 13th 2019 at 9pm. To learn more about the original show, click here


WHQR is pleased to announce a new local arts, culture and events program  – Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy – to air on HQR News and Classical HQR beginning July 12th.

Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy will be a five-minute interview feature that will air on HQR News (91.3fm and 98.9fm) on Fridays at 9:01am and 3:01pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 7:01am, 1:01pm and 6:01pm. It will also air on Classical HQR (92.7fm, 96.7FM and 102.3fm) on Fridays at 10:01am, 1:01pm and 7:01pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 5:01am and 11:01am.

Hannah Breisinger

New Hanover County Commissioners approved expanding an upcoming substance use treatment center to include 100 beds for women. The women’s facility will accompany the already-approved 100-bed facility for men, both of which have yet to enter the design-phase.

A dozen or so people, diverse in age, ethnicity, and political leanings, are engaged in a year-long experiment in civil discourse.  Each month, we bring you a conversation with members of the group.  We’re observing how the tone and quality of the conversation changes over the course of the year and whether people with different views will grow to value time with one another.