Dec 1, 2022

Army Corps Begins Yearslong $8M Harbor Expansion Study

By Johanna F. Still, posted Dec 1, 2022

Officials are making headway toward furthering a project to potentially deepen the 26-mile Wilmington Harbor. The next step in the lengthy process, which entails a detailed evaluation of the endeavor, is slated to cost $8.3 million and take at least four years.  In late October, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) signed a cost-sharing agreement with the N.C. ...

Nov 21, 2022

County Holds Dedication Ceremony For New HQ

By Johanna F. Still, posted Nov 21, 2022

With more than 100 staff members looking on, officials dedicated New Hanover County’s new government center complex in a ceremony Monday morning.  No one can move in just yet; that won’t come until sometime next year, as contractors await final electrical equipment deliveries, delayed by supply chain issues. Still, the building’s bones are complet ...

Nov 17, 2022

Several Projects Seek Minor City Variances

By Staff Reports, posted Nov 17, 2022

Driving around town, residents may have noticed a tad more public hearing notification signs than usual. The city of Wilmington’s Board of Adjustment (BOA) is reviewing eight items of new business and six items of old business at its meeting Thursday afternoon. “It’s a pretty full agenda,” said city zoning administrator, Kathryn Thurston. “ ...

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How to Prepare Your Commercial Roof for Cooler Weather

Posted Oct 4, 2022

The introduction of Fall into our region is the ideal time to begin to prepare your commercial roof for cooler weather. Being proactive in executing the following steps will help prevent expensive repairs and prolong the life of your roof system: 

1. Check your maintenance records

a. How old is your roof? 
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Nov 9, 2022

Republicans Make Gains In Local And State Races

By Johanna F. Still, posted Nov 9, 2022

Republicans in North Carolina and New Hanover County secured significant victories in this year’s midterm elections.  The political breakdown of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will remain the same, favoring Republicans 3-2. Outgoing Chairwoman Julia Olson-Boseman, who lost her reelection bid in the primary, had voted in recent years with a Repu ...

Oct 31, 2022

Using $1.3 million in recovery funds to help the Salvation Army and $150,000 from the same cash stash for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina are part of Wilmington City Council's consent agenda Tuesday. Typically, consent agenda items are approved by the council without discussion. The city was allocated nearly $26 million in federal pandemic r ...

Oct 27, 2022

Officials unveiled last week the final business involved in a group of expansions teased earlier this year. In February, New Hanover County and Wilmington pledged performance-based financial assistance to four economic development projects in the area. At the time, sparse details were made available about the projects and the companies remained publicly undisclosed.&nbs ...

Oct 26, 2022

OPINION: Pennies For Transportation Will Travel A Long Way

By Bill Rivenbark, posted Oct 26, 2022

I voted yes to the transportation referendum. We heard a lot from our residents that they wanted a better and safer way to move around our county. That’s why I voted as a commissioner back in May to put a referendum on the ballot that would allow residents to vote on a quarter-cent sales tax to fund public transportation and more trails and sidewalks.  If ...

Oct 12, 2022

In recent weeks, crews in protective gear have been working to remove asbestos from buildings at city-owned property on Castle Street. The former Wave Transit bus maintenance facility at 1110 Castle St. has been a dilapidated eyesore for several years. The city bought the 1.5-acre property in 1974, and Wave Transit vacated it in 2015. The site covers about half a c ...

Oct 5, 2022

Although staffed at a level higher than anticipated, Pacon Manufacturing in Brunswick County has requested a state extension because it is technically short on a hiring goal tied to a $700,000 public grant.  The contract manufacturer has 203 full-time employees as of this week, according to senior vice president Lawrence Shannon, and 135 temporary employees also wo ...

Oct 4, 2022

County Nabs Holly Shelter Business Park Land Donation

By Johanna F. Still, posted Oct 4, 2022

New Hanover County is taking steps to accept a 50-acre land donation to kickstart a new business park off Holly Shelter Road.  Monday, commissioners authorized the execution of a contract with the property owner, Sidbury Land & Timber, and allotted Wilmington Business Development $145,000 to oversee a master study plan for the new park.  “With eas ...

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