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Vince Winkel

It was a holiday weekend and the official start of summer, and for residents of coastal Carolina it was back to beaches as usual. In two weeks or so, we’ll know if the celebration was premature. 

Vince Winkel

Restrictions have been eased across North Carolina.  On May 20, Gov. Roy Cooper announced moving into Phase 2 for the state. Also, Cooper clarified the provisions of Phase 2 of the plan.  Under the revised order breweries, wineries and distilleries are permitted to re-open

Hannah Breisinger

Daily Updates from WHQR on closures, local, state and federal efforts and other developments in  the coronavirus battle.

Vince Winkel

The May Edition of Bottega Live features some superb singer-songwriter talent. We kick off the show with the duo of Madonna Nash and Chris Cole. The second half of the show features Sarah Brown. WHQR's Bottega Live airs each month in conjunction with Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, at 8 pm on that Friday.

Vince Winkel

On Friday morning Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo announced several changes effective at 5 p.m. Friday as part of the next phase of the city’s State of Emergency Declaration. UPDATE:  Under the revised order breweries, wineries and distilleries will be permitted to re-open, provided they comply with reduced capacity and social distancing requirements.

UNC-TV

Gov. Roy Cooper has announced that Phase 2 of the reopening will begin Friday afternoon. Restaurants and salons will be able to open at a limited capacity, but bars, gyms, and movie theaters will remain closed. That isn’t what a lot of people had expected. 

Vince Winkel

This Morning New Hanover County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the Partnership Advisory Group’s recommendation to focus on three potential partners for New Hanover Regional Medical Center: Atrium Health, Duke Health and Novant Health.  The vote came after some spirited debate. 

NOAA

Hurricane season officially starts June 1. And the 2020 Atlantic season is forecast to be more active than usual, according to the National Hurricane Center. Some are even calling for an “extremely active” season. New Hanover County is preparing for the worst. 

Vince Winkel

On Friday, Phase 1 of North Carolina’s coronavirus recovery plan went into effect. That meant that retail businesses across the state could begin to reopen.  A lot of shoppers were out this weekend.

Vince Winkel

At its Thursday meeting, the Partnership Advisory Group, charged with recommending a future for New Hanover Regional Medical Center, narrowed its focus from the six submitted proposals to three it believes are worth further consideration.  

Nick Santillo for WHQR

Friday at 5 p.m. Phase 1 of Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening plan will take effect. The biggest change is that a wider range of retail stores will be allowed to open. Stores will still need to limit shoppers to 50% of capacity, and maintain sanitary and social distancing. This phase is set to last for at least two weeks. 

Vince Winkel

At least anecdotally, it seems that a few months of isolation has triggered a need for human contact. Old friends are connecting after years of being out of touch.  Have you heard from an old friend lately? 

Vince Winkel

Six proposals were made public last week regarding the future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. A group opposed to selling the facility, Save Our Hospital, did not like what it saw.  WHQR’s Vince Winkel spoke with the organization’s President, Gene Merritt.

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Cities, counties and states are moving at different speeds when it comes to lifting restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. That can create problems between neighboring states... like North and South Carolina. 

Vince Winkel

On Tuesday New Hanover County published online the six proposals it received regarding the possible future of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. County Commissioners are slated to decide on one of the proposals, or not, later this year. The proposals range from $1.25 to over $3 billion.

Because of COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, theaters and concert halls are closed across most of the country. Here in the Cape Fear region all music venues, theaters, and galleries are shuttered. So painters and musicians are going virtual. WHQR visits with one artist who’s doing both.

Vince Winkel

In North Carolina schools are closed, and for many the school year appears to be over. That means thousands of high schoolers in the Cape Fear region are at home. Many use Zoom for lectures, and email to turn in assignments. Their parents juggle work, if they still have a job, with helping their kids. WHQR  checks in with one Wilmington family.

[SOUND OF BABY CRY AND MICHAEL TITTERTON'S INTRODUCTION].

Those are the first sounds and the first voice heard on WHQR when it came to life on 91.3 FM 35 years ago.

Katelyn Freund

In Navassa, the old U.S. Marine Plant along the Cape Fear River that once built boats has a new life. After 11 years of standing vacant, the 336,000 square foot facility will be home to a manufacturing company with approximately 300 employees.  North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper made the announcement Friday morning.

National Park Service

A bill filed this week in the North Carolina legislature could impact the water quality of the Cape Fear River. House Bill 560 would ban PFAS and other perfluorinated compounds from the firefighting foams used near airports and in industrial areas around the state. It has co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle. 

 

On November 10, 1898, an angry white mob led by prominent Wilmingtonians like Alfred Moore Waddell, Hugh MacRae, George Rountree, and J. Allen Taylor, murdered anywhere from a dozen to 300 people. These white supremacists forcefully removed black politicians from power, and hundreds of black business owners and residents fled in the aftermath.

Vince Winkel

The process for getting a special use permit in Wilmington has changed. Last night the City Council voted to streamline the procedure and remove a step. The new rule means applicants will not have to appear before the planning commission.

Vince Winkel

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper spent most of today in Wilmington visiting local businesses six months after Hurricane Florence, and speaking at the Wilmington Downtown Inc. Annual Meeting. At a visit to Port City Java on Front Street, the Governor told WHQR he’s impressed with the hurricane recovery here.

The Wilmington Symphony's Unfinished Business

Mar 7, 2019

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra returns to Classical HQR at 7 :00 Wednesday night. Conductor Steven Errante and the band will address the difficulty Beethoven had finding an overture for his one and only opera, Fidelio, and the enigma of Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8. Emile von Reznicek’s Donna Diana Overture completes the program.

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.

The WHQR News Department won FIVE First Place and FOUR Second Place outstanding journalism awards last weekend at the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press Convention and Awards Luncheon in Charlotte.

Join us for the big WHQR Day Party on October 10th at Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Street, under the bridge in downtown Wilmington. The event will feature Free PrizesFood Trucks (Wilmywoodie and CheeseSmith), Live Music from Johanna Winkel, Cake, and More. 

We are also accepting donations to Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, which is doing incredible work in our own community post-Florence. 

WHQR is honored to donate our great old upright piano to DREAMS. At WHQR, this beauty has been played by most musicians in town and we have many fond memories. We're sure it will make many new, exciting ones at its new home in The Gallery at DREAMS, their exhibit space. 

Special Programming: "Order 9066"

Jul 31, 2018
Dorothea Lange

President Franklin Roosevelt had profound, even heartbreaking decisions to make in the months after the Japanese attack on the United State's naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Among these was one that impacted American citizens of Japanese ancestry in ways that echo into the 21st century. 

From American Public Media, WHQR presents Order 9066, the story of our government's incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent for the duration of World War II.  https://www.apmreports.org/order-9066

WHQR will run this 3-part special over the following few weeks.

  • Wednesday, August 1st at noon -- Part 1 (repeats on Sunday at 3pm)
  • Wednesday, August 15th at noon -- Part 2 (repeats on Sunday at 2pm)
  • Thursday, August 16th at noon -- Part 3 (repeats on Sunday at 3pm)

We are under construction! Phase 1 of our facility renovation project has begun. We are completely renovating the MC Erny Gallery, the kitchen, restrooms, and hallways. This is very exciting as this space has not seen any upgrades in many years. Renovations were made possible from the financial support of our community through WHQR's emPowering Our Future campaign.

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