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Dean Neff

As the best chefs around the world recognize the importance of cooking with diverse ingredients and sustainably grown food, one local chef is unpacking why, and he's teaching simple but solid cooking techniques.  

Vince Winkel

Isaac Bear is not an ordinary high school in the New Hanover County school system. It’s on UNCW property, its juniors and seniors take university classes, and earn university credit. Almost all will then go on to college. But Isaac Bear has a problem.

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Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and contributes to the second most cancer-related deaths in men in the United States – and in North Carolina.  That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control.  But in 2015, the cancer that killed the most North Carolinians:  lung cancer.

Vince Winkel

The downtown redevelopment proposal known as “Project Grace” has taken a step closer to reality. Last week, New Hanover County held two informational meetings on its plans to overhaul a county-owned block in downtown Wilmington.  The plan comes with mixed reviews.

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Coastal communities on barrier islands will not exist as they are in 30 to 150 years from now.  

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

New Hanover County Schools

The New Hanover County Board of Education recently reviewed and declined to investigate claims made by the local group, The Southern Coalition for Equal Protections Under the Law.  Back in December, they submitted a report to the Board detailing six cases – involving racial discrimination and sexual misconduct. WHQR explores how school officials say they process public concerns.

NC DEQ

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. 

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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.

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.

 

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.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Donald Antrim is a MacArthur Genius.  He’s written three novels, Elect Mr. Robinson For A Better World, The Hundred Brothers, and The Verificationist.  

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Wilmington’s music scene is “on fire.”  That’s according to one of our guests on this edition of CoastLine.  

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The Wilmington City Council unanimously approved a special use permit for The Healing Place of New Hanover County.  Last night’s meeting was the seventh time the decision on this abstinence-only facility has come before Council. 

Vince Winkel

The Cape Fear Opioid Overdose Quick Response Team is a pilot program funded for two years by the North Carolina General Assembly. Local officials say that six months in – it appears to be working.  WHQR has more on the team’s progress report – which came out today.

It was February 28th, 2013, nearly six years ago, that WHQR broadcast the pilot episode of CoastLine.  It was an hour on what was then the hottest topic in town:  the debate about opening a cement plant in Castle Hayne.  

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PROLOGUE STARTS AT NOON

Monday, February 11th

The MC Erny Gallery

On Monday, February 11th, at NOON in the MC Erny Gallery, Ben Steelman of Wilmington's StarNews will sit down with author and travel writer Jason Frye to discuss his several works.  

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While the opioid crisis continues to plague the Cape Fear region and the state, there are signs that recent initiatives are helping.  

WHQR is pleased to offer a special four-part radio series, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul celebrating Black gospel music’s profound and under acknowledged influence on early rock and soul music. The series will air February 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th at 7pm. 

Vince Winkel

The Fayetteville Works plant has been importing GenX waste from a Chemours plant in the Netherlands for at least five years. We learned that last Friday. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality found out about it 13 months ago. That’s because it’s the Environmental Protection Agency that regulates the import and export of hazardous waste.  

Hundreds of documentary fans enjoyed a fantastic day of excellent films on Saturday, January 26th 2019. 

DocuTime has an impeccable reputation for bringing acclaimed documentaries to the big screen in Wilmington and allowing a dedicated community of documentary-lovers to have a full day of award-winning, enlightening enjoyment--and this year proved to be a great success!

DocuTime 2020, here we come! For more coverage about this event, see StarNews' piece here.

As a result of all the great listeners donating to the December One Day Pledge Drive, the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees received a check for $1060 from the Appalachian and NC Division of the Society of American Foresters to purchase trees for post-hurricane replanting. 

With debris removal, stump grinding and general storm clean-up still underway, the Alliance plans to coordinate the purchase and planting of trees later this Spring.  Stay tuned for details!

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Chemours NL

Chemours in Fayetteville is importing GenX compounds from its facility near Rotterdam in the Netherlands for recycling. And apparently, it’s been going on for several years. In an email to WHQR Friday, the company stated that “Chemours has historically recycled GenX materials from our Dordrecht facility at our Fayetteville Works plant, as well as at a contractor site in Europe, in order to reduce the quantity that is emitted or becomes waste.”

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