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With a 4 – 1 vote, New Hanover County Commissioners voted to approve a letter of intent to sell New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health. 

Vince Winkel

In this week’s virtual meeting, New Hanover County Commissioners received an update on COVID-19 testing in Wilmington, and voted on a real estate deal to expand the county landfill. 

New Hanover County, in collaboration with the City of Wilmington and the towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, will be implementing additional county-wide restrictions that support the Governor’s statewide order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent the healthcare system from becoming overburdened in the weeks to come.  

Vince Winkel

Questions about COVID-19 and the Coronavirus dominated last night’s New Hanover County Commissioners meeting. Health and emergency officials briefed Commissioners on the current situation.

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A large crowd turned out for Monday’s New Hanover County Commissioners meeting, but most left early when a public hearing on rezoning in Porters Neck was continued to a later date.

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Julia Olson-Boseman is the new Chair of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners. Patricia Kusek is Vice Chair. They were voted in Monday evening during a meeting that was, at times, contentious. 

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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.

Vince Winkel

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners now has new leadership. The Board voted unanimously for Jonathan Barfield Jr. to replace Woody White as board chairperson, with newcomer Julia Olson-Boseman winning a split vote for vice-chair. The majority has changed. What does that mean for the county? 

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The five-member New Hanover County Board of Commissioners is now controlled by Democrats for the first time since 1991. Incumbent commissioner Rob Zapple and Julia Olson-Boseman took the most votes in that race. They are joined by Jonathan Barfield Jr. and Republicans Woody White and Patricia Kusek, while Republican Skip Watkins lost his seat.

There are four candidates for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners battling over two seats:  Republicans Eric Lytle and Skip Watkins and Democrats Julia Olson-Boseman and Rob Zapple. Current  incumbent Rob Zapple says he’s looking for more efficiency in county government.

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New Hanover County has a new budget ready for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. In a surprise vote Monday, county commissioners unanimously approved the budget which includes a property tax decrease and increased funding for education.  

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When New Hanover County Commissioners meet on June 19 to vote on a new county budget, they will be doing so without holding the customary public hearing two weeks in advance. The scheduled June 5 public hearing was cancelled. 

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It’s budget time for New Hanover County. On Thursday, county commissioners will have an open work session to discuss the proposed fiscal year budget for 2016-17, which takes effect July 1. The commissioners expect the final budget to come together relatively smoothly.

Derrick Hickey, a Republican seeking one of three seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners, is taking his third run at the office.  This former Board of Education member wants to focus on child development and providing quality after-school programs – which, he says, starts with the County Commission.


One of the three Republican candidates for New Hanover County Commissioner, Patricia Kusek, served as Chair of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority for two of her five years on that Board.  This independent financial advisor says the lessons she teaches her clients would also benefit county government.  

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Democrat Jonathan Barfield is seeking reelection for a third term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  In the past six years, New Hanover County voters have approved bonds to fund improvements to the parks system, public schools, and Cape Fear Community College.  To pay off that bond debt, the Republican incumbent who voted against the tax increase suggested dipping into the county’s fund balance, but Jonathan Barfield says that would jeopardize the county’s Triple-A bond rating: