Bright idea: City giving away fluorescent light bulbs after switching to LED

After fluorescent lights in city facilities were replaced with more energy efficient LED lights, around 3,000 working fluorescent bulbs were left over.

  High school students stir up scares at annual haunted house

This year, the haunted house will help those who survived a real scare, Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington domestic violence shelter looks to rebuild after Florence

Wilmington's domestic violence shelter has 19 beds, but no one is in them. The shelter has been badly damaged by Hurricane Florence and is closed to clients.

New award inspired by memory of law enforcement officer who was a domestic violence victim

Shequana Sidberry and Andrea Stough worked together to come up with a way to remember Tarica Pulliam for who she was and not how she was killed.

Local pastor organizes event to help move Market North residents out of their apartments

Pastor Robert Campbell of New Beginning Church is coordinating an event called Community Helping Hands to help 55 families move this weekend.

Topsail Beach reopens beach accesses, allows vacation rentals

Mayor Howard Braxton signed the revised State of Emergency on Thursday morning and it was posted on the town’s Facebook page.

Cape Fear Museum to reopen Friday with free admission as post-hurricane work continues

According to a news release, the museum sustained water damage to offices and some gallery spaces during Hurricane Florence. The museum's collection fared well during the storm with only minor, cosmetic damage to a few items.

Yard sales October 20

Yard sales October 20

Mt. Misery Road work to finish up before November

After four months of construction, the road should be driveable by Halloween

NHC Planning Board approves amendment that would allow temporary housing for Florence survivors

There was no mention at Wednesday's meeting about where temporary housing will be placed. Details on the issue will be discussed further at the Oct. 25 New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow celebrates Native American culture

The Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow is in its 48th year. The event celebrates the tribe’s resilience.

  Pender County residents cast their early votes

Early voting started Wednesday at 7 a.m. and the Board of Elections office in Burgaw was one of many places residents could cast their ballots.

Grab a buddy and walk for a more inclusive community

The Buddy Walk promotes the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Sandhill AME Church gets helping hand from community, out of state volunteers

The Sandhill AME baptist church in Whitestocking has been the center of recovery efforts. Now the church itself has to be completely gutted out, forced to start over.

BB&T announces plans for new $20 million Whiteville facility

BB&T officials announced plans to build a new 100,000-square-foot facility in downtown Whiteville that will consolidate the company’s operations in the city.

’I’ve talked directly to the White House’: Bladen County leaders working to get FEMA resources on the ground

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners and other county leaders held a special meeting Monday to discuss Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

New Hanover Co. opens hurricane recovery coordination office

The office located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington is not a resource for individual assistance. It will provide a space for coordination of data, policy development and priority setting for recovery funds.

Get in the Halloween spirit with ‘Tales from the Grand Guignol’

TheatreNOW will bring three of the Grand Guignol tales to stage in its annual Halloween themed dinner show with themed food and drinks.

Wilmington logistics company among fastest growing in the country

One of the fastest growing companies in the country is located right here in Wilmington.

New director of youth violence prevention group impressed by hurricane relief efforts in Wilmington

Vivian St. Juste knows a thing or two about withstanding and recovering from hurricanes and she’s using that knowledge in her new job in Wilmington.

Yard sales October 13

Yard sales October 13

CFPUA schedules four community forums to discuss GenX, water filtration systems

Each forum will include a presentation on CFPUA's effort to reduce PFAS in drinking water. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings and ask questions of CFPUA staff.

Blockade Runner Beach Resort shuts down; re-opening scheduled for spring

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a Wrightsville Beach establishment for 55 years, is closing for renovations due to damages sustained during Hurricane Florence.

Columbus County Agriculture Fair canceled Thursday ahead of Michael

The fair will not open on Thursday thanks to the arrival of now Tropical Strom Michael.

Disaster recovery centers closing Thursday for Hurricane Michael

Disaster recovery centers set up by FEMA in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence will be closed Thursday as the state braces for Hurricane Michael.

Castle Hayne site deleted from EPA list, could be converted to wildlife habitat

The Reasor Chemical Company site in Castle Hayne has been deleted from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund National Priorities List.

Temporary shelter opening for Pender residents at Burgaw Elementary School

The county's Department of Health and Human Social Services announced Wednesday afternoon that Burgaw Elementary School at 400 North Wright Street in Burgaw will open at 9 a.m. Thursday and close Friday morning.

New CEO for Boys & Girls Club

New Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington.

Carolina Beach Town Council moving closer to hiring town manager

Carolina Beach Town Council said at Tuesday night’s meeting it will advertise its town manager’s job opening to replace Michael Cramer.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Myrtle Grove Middle School science teacher wants wave apparatus for students

WECT’s Community Classroom this week features a science teacher’s project at Myrtle Grove Middle School in New Hanover County. Mr. Berg teaches 6th through 8th grade. He’s asking for a tank wave, magnet bars, and a wave apparatus.

Brunswick Family Assistance announces hurricane relief distribution sites

Brunswick County Family Assistance has secured six points of distribution for Hurricane Florence survivors next week.

  Free mosquito larvicide kits available at NHC library branches; Raleigh company giving away all-natural spray in Wilmington

As many people in our area have learned, Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters left a perfect breeding ground for the rapid growth of mosquitoes.

Yard sales October 6

Here's a list of the yard sales for October 6

New date set for Shave for Sean

A new date is set for the Shave for Sean, which was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

‘We can’t give up’: Rocky Point family of 5 rebuilding dream home after Florence

The search for the Lydons' dream home took nearly two years before they settled on a home on the back of the northeast Cape Fear River near Rocky Point.

Columbus Co. man has been missing for more than a week

According to a Columbus County Sheriff's Office news release, Austin Buck Long, 22, of Chair Factory Road in Nakina, was last seen in the Hallsboro community Sept. 25 around 6 p.m.

Is your kiddo a star? Gerber is looking for their next spokesbaby

Is your baby a star? Well, Gerber wants to see if your kiddo has what it takes to be their iconic spokesperson.

Consider This: A sense of community togetherness post Florence

But consider this: Even weeks after Florence devastated southeastern North Carolina, the stories about neighbors helping neighbors continue to roll in. We've been able to feature some of those folks in the news already. We're committed to sharing even more of those stories in the days and weeks to

Habitat for Humanity focuses on hurricane recovery efforts

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is delaying its new construction projects in October to focus on assisting with Hurricane Florence emergency relief efforts.

Child passenger safety seats damaged by hurricane to be replaced

If your child’s car seat was damaged during Hurricane Florence, an event in Bladen County aims to help you get a new one.

Concert, donation drive planned for Boiling Spring Lakes

A Sunday afternoon concert and donation drive is scheduled to help Hurricane Florence survivors in Boiling Spring Lakes.