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Archive for January, 2012

UNCW reaches $65M goal year early

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW says it reached a major fundraising goal nearly a year ahead of schedule.

The school today said it’s reach its goal of $65 million in “The Campaign for UNCW: Soaring to Greatness.” The main purpose of the fundraising effort was to increase the number of and funding for student scholarships.

Former Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo started the campaign back in 2005, but it was new Chancellor Gary Miller who made the big announcement today in front of hundreds of students, faculty and staff.

“Virtually every part of the university was touched,” Miller said. “Every college was touched. Over 27,000 people donated to the campaign, and it will be an enormous advantage and help to every student, faculty, staff who works here.”

The money will create 239 new scholarships and eight professorship endowments. It will also assist in funding for both university athletics and their outreach programs.

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New Hanover Co. leads nation in era of white space technology

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County is making history once again, as the first county in the nation to utilize the old analog spectrum that was used by TV stations. Experts say this technology will soon lead to new innovations like countywide WiFi.

“One-third of our population does not have broadband at home,” said Alan Stilwell, Deputy Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology. “That is 100 million Americans that are held back by issues that include cost, lack of digital literacy and an underappreciation for the value of broadband access.”

New white space technology might change this, though, in a few years. Thursday the first commercial TV white space network went live right here in New Hanover County.

So what is white space? Those at the forefront of this new technology describe it as WiFi on steroids.

“If you think about it as a two-lane highway with WiFi today, it’s like going to a six-lane highway into the future,” Spectrum Bridge CEO Rod Dir said. “This is big and significant. What it will do, it will allow more wireless innovation as a result of that.”

With New Hanover County being the first to use the white space spectrum, businesses, municipalities and technology experts from all over the world saw Thursday just how this technology is being utilized. At Airlie Gardens, cameras have been set up for surveillance and observation.

“This wireless system that we have deployed here is amazing, because before we would have to trench wires in the ground and have to worry about a bunch of hardware,” New Hanover County Director of Parks, Gardens and Senior Resources Jim McDaniel said. “Now it is very simple, quick, fast and easy installation. It also gives us flexibility to move them. So the cameras that are there today may not be there tomorrow.”

The county is also using the white space technology to provide WiFi access at Hugh Macrae Park giving insight to what this new technology can lead to down the road, like areawide WiFi that will easily connect areas that were not connected before

White space experts say this new technology will not only lead to new cost effective ways of transferring data. It will also lead to the creation of new businesses.

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Currie residents invited to help map future

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Planning officials say input will help them develop the Currie Small Area Plan

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FIRST ON 3: Former Gov. Hunt: Perdue’s ‘done a lot of good work’

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jim Hunt knows a little something about politics in North Carolina. His 16 years in office are the most of any Tar Heel governor. It’s why many politicians in the state, including Gov. Bev Perdue, look at him as a mentor.

On the day Perdue announced she would not seek a second term as governor, Gov. Hunt was in Wilmington for a conference. We spoke one-on-one with him today about his protege’s big decision.

Q: What do you think of her decision?
A: “That’s a decision she had to make. That’s a personal decision. She’s done a lot of good work, especially for education in this state. I think we should be grateful to her for all that she’s done. I certainly am. She helped me get Smart Start underway. She’s helped us fund education in every level. She’s really stood up for it. I’m proud of the work she’s done, and she’s made this decision. Now we move on, and we’ll still have a good race for governor.”

Q: How difficult a decision do you think it was for her?
A: “Agonizing. Agonizing. She was really torn. I don’t know all the details, but I know that she really wanted to do it, but she saw how tough it was going to be. There are other things I know she’d like to do in her life. So I think at a time like this, you just say to somebody, ‘Thank you. Appreciate the good work you’ve done, even if I disagree with you on some things. We wish you good luck, and now let’s go find other people that may run for governor. We’ll pick the best one.'”

Q: Did you advise her on the decision?
A: “Not really. Now as I look back, realize that some things we talked about might have figured into it. I didn’t advise her as to whether or not to run.”

Q: Now that it’s an open race, who do you think will be the best candidates?
A: “I haven’t any idea, but there’ll be plenty of people who are willing to be considered and probably run hard.”

Q: How much has changed in the political climate since you were governor, especially with the Republican legislature, which she said was a factor?
A: “As a Democratic governor, I had four years of Republican legislators, and I got along with them pretty well. You know, some differences of opinion. I think things have become a lot more partisan all across the country. It’s almost toxic in Washington, and it’s been pretty tough here. Maybe this is a time when maybe everybody kinda back off a bit and say, ‘Hey, let’s get along together more. Let’s talk together more. Let’s try to figure out where we can agree on things and move forward.”

Q: What advice do you have for whoever is the next governor of North Carolina?
A: “Make education No. 1, reform it so it works better and go for the funds we need to have in order to do it well, ’cause it’s the key to jobs and our future.

Q: What will Bev Perdue’s legacy be?
A: “It will be as an education governor who worked her head off and under whom an awful lot of new industries have been announced. Almost one a day she was announcing around this state. And so I think she’ll have a good legacy.”

Q: Do you think this overshadows it?
A: “No. Do not.”

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ONLY ON 3: Former Gov. Hunt: Perdue’s ‘done a lot of good work’

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jim Hunt knows a little something about politics in North Carolina. His 16 years in office are the most of any Tar Heel governor. It’s why many politicians in the state, including Gov. Bev Perdue, look at him as a mentor.

On the day Perdue announced she would not seek a second term as governor, Gov. Hunt was in Wilmington for a conference. We spoke one-on-one with him in an exclusive interview about his protege’s big decision.

Q: What do you think of her decision?
A: “That’s a decision she had to make. That’s a personal decision. She’s done a lot of good work, especially for education in this state. I think we should be grateful to her for all that she’s done. I certainly am. She helped me get Smart Start underway. She’s helped us fund education in every level. She’s really stood up for it. I’m proud of the work she’s done, and she’s made this decision. Now we move on, and we’ll still have a good race for governor.”

Q: How difficult a decision to you think it was for her?
A: “Agonizing. Agonizing. She was really torn. I don’t know all the details, but I know that she really wanted to do it, but she saw how tough it was going to be. There are other things I know she’d like to do in her life. So I think at a time like this, you just say to somebody, ‘Thank you. Appreciate the good work you’ve done, even if I disagree with you on some things. We wish you good luck, and now let’s go find other people that may run for governor. We’ll pick the best one.'”

Q: Did you advise her on the decision?
A: “Not really. Now as I look back, realize that some things we talked about might have figured into it. I didn’t advise her as to whether or not to run.”

Q: Now that it’s an open race, who do you think will be the best candidates?
A: “I haven’t any idea, but there’ll be plenty of people who are willing to be considered and probably run hard.”

Q: How much has changed in the political climate since you were governor, especially with the Republican legislature, which she said was a factor?
A: “As a Democratic governor, I had four years of Republican legislators, and I got along with them pretty well. You know, some differences of opinion. I think things have become a lot more partisan all across the country. It’s almost toxic in Washington, and it’s been pretty tough here. Maybe this is a time when maybe everybody kinda back off a bit and say, ‘Hey, let’s get along together more. Let’s talk together more. Let’s try to figure out where we can agree on things and move forward.”

Q: What advice do you have for whoever is the next governor of North Carolina.
A: “Make education No. 1, reform it so it works better and go for the funds we need to have in order to do it well, ’cause it’s the key to jobs and our future.

Q: What will Bev Perdue’s legacy be?
A: “It will be as an education governor who worked her head off and under whom an awful lot of new industries have been announced. Almost one a day she was announcing around this state. And so I think she’ll have a good legacy.”

Q: Do you think this overshadows it?
A: “No. Do not.”

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