Of all the guests planned for the Pearls to the Polls Rally, none quite match the stature and spectacle of the Baby Trump balloon. Continue reading FULL OF HOT AIR: Women Organizing for Wilmington bring Baby Trump to Pearls to the Polls Rally
Originally published in encore magazine, July 15, 2017 Earlier today, June 15, encore’s John Wolfe was settled in at the New Hanover County Government Center during the closed meeting between Chemours, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, NHC county and NC state officials, folks from the Department of Environmental Quality, and others. Meanwhile Shannon Rae Gentry was at the Rally For Clean Water at Riverfront Park … Continue reading WADING THROUGH THE WATER: Local rally for clean water and official meeting and press conference with Chemours provides few answers on clean drinking water across the Cape Fear
Folks who came out to May 27’s Robert Randolph and the Family Band performance at Throne Theater likely noticed some changes. Randolph played on a newly resurfaced stage; new risers were installed to improve line-of-sight from the balcony; new sound systems and equipment were among the renovations new owner Dr. Damian Brezinski has implemented in recent weeks. “We’re getting to new bathrooms,” Brezinski quips of … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Published in encore magazine, May 23, 2017 “One guy said, ‘You probably don’t give a crap what my opinion is…,’” Commissioner Skip Watkins said over the phone, as he quoted a recent voicemail from a constituent. The constituent called in regards to changing the public comment period for the recent budget cuts reflected in New Hanover County’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2017-18. “Close to … Continue reading Budget Meeting Backlash
The first couple of weeks of February were quite busy for Wilmington attorney Deborah Butler. Butler was sworn in to fill NC House Rep. Susi Hamilton’s 18th District seat on Monday, Feb. 6. Gov. Roy Cooper appointed Hamilton to NC secretary of natural and cultural resources. Butler, who unsuccessfully challenged Thom Goolsby for his Senate seat in 2012, was one of 10 people considered to … Continue reading NEW REPRESENTATION: Deborah Butler takes seat and action in the NC House of Representatives
In the weeks leading up to Nov. 8, election day, encore will publish Q&As with candidates running for local and state offices. Candidates running to represent NHC’s Board of Commission were all sent the same questions. This week meet Dr. Derrick Hickey. Continue reading MEET THE CANDIDATE: Getting to know Republican County Commission candidate Dr. Derrick Hickey
It was a sunny afternoon outside the Martin Luther King Center on South 8th Street last Thursday. Kids and parents were shuffling in out for various activities. It’s a typical day of after-school productivity, with the exception of an information table set up near the entry. Marian Doherty, program specialist with Wilmington Parks and Recreation, is one of the folks heading the final information session … Continue reading 2016 PARKS BOND: $30.4 million parks bond and proposed projects
There are several issues to consider throughout the election year in NC, especially in New Hanover County: House Bill 2 and LGBT rights, economic growth, community relations, and the list goes on. In the weeks leading up to Nov. 8, election day, encore will publish Q&As with candidates running for local and state offices. Candidates running to represent NHC’s Board of Commission were all sent … Continue reading MEET THE CANDIDATE: Getting to know Republican County Commission candidate Woody White