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Hate crimes across the country have increased by 17 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the FBI. Locally, though, the Cape Fear area hasn’t seen the same trend. Numbers have consistently fluctuated between seven to nine incidents each year.
At Tuesday's New Hanover County School Board meeting, middle school redistricting was tabled after four newly-elected board members said they wanted to look at redistricting maps approved by the previous board.
Many families across the Cape Fear are still displaced after Hurricane Florence, including the Gadomskis. The family, however, wasn’t put out by water or wind damage. Instead, a fire ripped through their home weeks after the storm.
Taking local problems straight to the top. That’s what leaders in Columbus County did Wednesday, meeting with leaders from the governor’s office. It’s part of a program called Hometown Strong where state leaders cater to counties considered economically distressed.
Members of the Williston community packed into the Williston Middle School library Tuesday night to voice their concerns about New Hanover County school leaders' proposal to change the middle school into a performing arts high school.
New Hanover County School Board Vice Chairman David Wortman proposed the idea in early January. According to Wortman, the school would be for low-income students who would apply to the school, so it wouldn’t affect redistricting.
When someone is in an emergency, the response time from emergency crews can be the difference between life or death. Neighbors in Fair Bluff, though, can’t even reach those emergency crews because of recent cell and Internet outages.
Upset and hurt is how the parents of a first-grader said they felt after their daughter, the lone African-American student in the class, was also the only one not given a Christmas present by the teacher.
According to Kyle Breuer with the county’s planning and development department, residents need to elevate or modify their homes in some way to fall under flood plain regulations. Then, he said, a building permit can be issued.
They may be lurking in your neighborhood, ready to break-in to your car. A spokesperson with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said there has been a significant increase in car break-ins in the area in the past month.