May 23, 2022

Former First Bank Exec Named CFO Of New Hanover County

By Staff Reports, posted May 23, 2022

A  30-plus-year veteran of the financial sector in North Carolina is the new chief financial officer for New Hanover County. Eric Credle, who is taking over the role following the promotion of Lisa Wurtzbacher to assistant county manager earlier this month, begins his as CFO on June 14, according to a county news release. “Eric brings a wealth of knowledge ...

May 20, 2022

Wilmington Announces New Planning Director

By Staff Reports, posted May 20, 2022

The city of Wilmington has named a new planning director. Linda Painter has been named the city's director of planning and development following a nationwide search, according to a news release Friday. She previously worked as the director of planning and development for the town of Mansfield, Connecticut. For Wilmington, Painter will lead a staff of 24, overseei ...

May 9, 2022

North Carolina State Ports Authority officials aim to relocate one of its main entrances in Wilmington less than a mile north – a proposed $20 million move designed to improve efficiency and reduce bottlenecking of vehicles blocked by rail traffic.  In February, the Port of Wilmington’s new South Gate Container Complex opened, providing contai ...

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AARP Launches Online Resource Center to Help Protect Veterans Against Rising Fraud Free Resources Identify Top Scams Facing NC’s Military Community and Ways to Fight Back

Posted May 18, 2022
North Carolina military veterans and active-duty service members are at risk of being targeted by scammers. In May, AARP launched the AARP Veterans Fraud Center, a new online education and resource center to help protect veterans, service members, and their families against fraud. 

According to an AARP survey, one in three military/veteran adults reported losing money to scams entire article
May 2, 2022

The city of Wilmington announced two new hires Monday afternoon that will round out the city's administrative department.  Pender County manager Chad McEwen will serve as a deputy city manager beginning July 5. McEwen gave the Pender County Board of Commissioners his resignation notice late last month, and requested a 30-day notice, but was required to fulfill ...

May 2, 2022

Wilmington is preparing to return more than $500,000 in short-term rental fees after two courts ruled that the city collected them illegally.  Last month, a three-judge N.C. Court of Appeals panel unanimously ruled portions of Wilmington’s short-term rental ordinance were invalid.  In January 2019, the city enacted its short-term rental (STR) ord ...

Apr 27, 2022

Local Government Employees Cash In On Pay-raise Trend

By Staff Reports, posted Apr 27, 2022

The town of Carolina Beach is one of the latest local governments to give its employees a pay increase.  Some other examples of pay raises have come in recent weeks from the city of Wilmington, New Hanover County, Brunswick County and Wrightsville Beach. During Carolina Beach Town Council budget discussions Tuesday, officials brought up the topic of paying compe ...

Apr 21, 2022

Pender County Manager Resigns

By Johanna F. Still, posted Apr 21, 2022

Pender County Manager Chad McEwen tendered his resignation Tuesday, surprising his board of commissioners.  McEwen has accepted a new role elsewhere but said Thursday he was not yet ready to disclose where or whether it was for the public or private sector. He did say the role would not require him to move from his home in Hampstead. “I’ve enjoyed my ...

Apr 18, 2022

Members of the Wilmington City Council said Monday they want to sell a city-owned property on Castle Street, where efforts to move forward with a public-private redevelopment ended last year. It’s well past time, some council members said, to let the property go and potentially use the proceeds to fund affordable housing programs. The 1.5 acres at 1110 Castle S ...

Apr 13, 2022

A refresh of the Garner report is in, and it provides an in-depth look at the region’s “unbalanced” economy, which has experienced major growth and turmoil in the eight years since the last comprehensive review was conducted. The middle-income worker and market have been left behind, the report observes, as overall growth has trended upward. Greenfield ...

Apr 11, 2022

Court Rules Leland Owes Builders $5.3M, Town Considers Appeal

By Johanna F. Still, posted Apr 11, 2022

The town of Leland must pay builders $5.3 million in an impact fees lawsuit, per an order signed by a local judge last month. Stemming from a case first filed in 2019, the order follows a two-year hold-up of the case prompted by the town’s failed procedural appeal to the state’s highest court.   The latest ruling is one of many handed down across t ...

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