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MARKING HISTORY: W.H.C. Whiting

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — William Henry Chase Whiting was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1824. He would become an important, and contentious figure in Civil War history years later. 

W.H.C., as he became known, attended West Point Military Academy in New York. He graduated with an engineering background in 1845 with the best scholastic record to date at the school. This achievement stood until Douglas MacArthur surpassed it sixty years later. 

When war broke out, Whiting aligned himself with the rebels, having married a girl from Southport. A tempermental man, he developed many feuds with those he encountered in his rise through the ranks.

Jefferson Davis wanted him fired after he diliberately ignored his orders to organize the Confederate troops by state. Robert E. Lee saved Whiting's job, and had him assigned to Wilmington. 

His signature task was designing the series of forts and batteries that would defend the Cape fear. This was hugely important to maintaining the Port of Wilmington. 

From Fort Caswell to the imposing Fort Fisher, the Cape Fear held strong until the very end of the war; the last open port of the Confederacy. 

Whiting himself found himself at the fall of Fort Fisher, and is said to have shouted, "Go to hell you Yankee bastards!"

He was then wounded, captured, and transported to New York. 

He died just three months later, and was buried in Brooklyn before being transported to Wilmington years later.

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Board approves pay hike for ABC CEO

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of a proposed pay hike for Dan Sykes.

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McCrory travels to Arizona for meetings

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is staying out west for a couple more days.

McCrory’s office said the governor is attending the Republican Governors Association annual meeting in Tempe, Ariz., starting late Tuesday with a reception and dinner. The event is closed to the public. McCrory attended the meeting last year when he was governor-elect.

McCrory began the week in California, visiting Monday the headquarters of Google and Facebook and holding a question-and-answer session using his Facebook page. Both companies have made investments in North Carolina through data centers. McCrory said after the Q-and-A that he also had an economic development meeting to attend.

The governor’s office said McCrory will be returning to Raleigh early Thursday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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John Edwards sets up new law firm

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards is setting up a new law firm with his daughter and his former partner.

Edwards said Monday he is reuniting with David Kirby, to form the law firm Edwards Kirby.

The firm will have offices in Raleigh and Washington. Edwards’ daughter, Cate, and her law partner, Sharon Eubanks, will comprise Edwards Kirby’s Washington office.

John Edwards was acquitted last year on campaign finance fraud charges.

Edwards was well-known as a trial lawyer before his successful US Senate campaign in 1998.

Edwards on Monday said he had no plans to seek office again. He said he does not think his affair and child with Rielle Hunter while his wife was battling cancer will hurt his cases before juries.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Use creativity to spread holiday cheer to hospitalized veterans

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Use your creativity to help make the holiday season brighter for veterans who are hospitalized in nine states.

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