Help make sure 220 children have gifts to open on Christmas morning

WECT’s Frances Weller given StarNews Lifetime Achievement Award

Wilmington Tree Commission replants Greenfield Park

Woman works to build elaborate Christmas tree for girl losing her sight

Colin Hackman encourages you to Get Fit with 6

Police officer sells blue Christmas trees in support of law enforcement

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  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs funding for field trip 

Sample what Wilmington has to offer at the 12 Tastes of Christmas

Interfaith vigil held for victims of gun violence

Record broken for Weller’s Wheels donations

Make a Child Smile event mixes charitable message with gift-giving

Merry Little Christmas Festival offers shopping, food and family fun

Yard Sales December 8

Yard sales for December 8

Leland first responders exceed goal to ‘fill the fire truck’ with non-perishable items

All donations went to the non-profit organization Brunswick Family Assistance, which was responsible for coordinating donations after Hurricane Florence in Brunswick County.

  Downtown Wilmington welcomes you for the Holly Jolly Holidays

The Holly Jolly Holidays campaign emphasizes local businesses and local experiences during the season.

Christkindlmarkt coming to church hit by Hurricane Florence

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is holding its first ever German Christmas Market.

  Fill the Red Kettles to help families in need after Hurricane Florence

Community activist, former chair of Wilmington Commission on African American Affairs dies

A Christmas Stroll Through the Past will take you back in time

Pink Heals Cape Fear to close its doors

Gingerbread House contest for Brigade Boys & Girls Club

Local artist sculpting driftwood into marine life

  Company gives free Christmas trees to Hurricane Florence victims

King of Christmas gave away 500 Christmas trees Wednesday night at the Salvation Army Christmas center on North Market Street.

Storm debris pickup should be complete in Wilmington by Christmas

Vegetative debris set out for collection must meet the city's collection limit of seven cubic yards or less. Loose material like grass, leaves and pine straw must be placed in containers or bags.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants cameras to help 2nd graders understand diversity

Sabrina Sasser, a second grade teacher at Dublin Primary School, would like to get instant cameras and film for her young students to use as a tool in the classroom to inspire diversity and tolerance.

Citizens can apply to work on New Hanover Co. boards, committees

Applications can be obtained at the Board of Commissioners office at 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 175 in Wilmington or by calling 910-798-7149.

Learn about the rituals and celebrations of Kwanzaa

UNCW’s Upperman African American Cultural Center will hold a Pre-Kwanzaa event at 7:00 p.m. on December 5 at the UNCW Burney Center.

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson to reopen today

The grounds of the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 4.

  NHC Board of Commissioners selects chairman, vice chair

Newly elected commissioners were sworn in at the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

‘The Santaland Diaries’ returns to the stage in a Christmastime tradition

"The Santaland Diaries" is adapted from the work of author David Sedaris.

’The Price is Right Live’ is coming to the Wilson Center

The Price is Right Live, the live stage show version of everyone’s favorite daytime game show, is coming to the Wilson Center next year.

Displaying their creativity: Student artists bring holiday decor to Mayfaire Town Center

While window shopping at Mayfaire Town Center this holiday season be sure to check out the holiday window displays created by K-8 students at DC Virgo Preparatory Academy.

Dozens of volunteers plant trees around Wilmington

Volunteers with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees planted 35 trees on South 10th Street in downtown Wilmington Saturday Dec 1.

Yard sales December 1

December 1 yard sales

Celebrate the holidays in Leland

Santa will be there!

Hometown Hero: Daniel Blevins takes hurricane relief efforts into his own hands

Blevins owns a cleaning business but decided to take some time away from it after the hurricane to do a different type of cleaning – cleaning up peoples’ lives.

Community steps in to help Wilmington woman after family home of 75 years faces code violations

A home in the historic district of downtown Wilmington has been in Renee Garris’ family for about 75 years. It was her grandfather’s and was passed down to her through the years.

Support the Port offering free clothes to hurricane survivors

The Support the Port Foundation Inc. is hosting the 25 Days of Poppin Tags Pop Up Shop beginning Dec. 1 at the Wabi Sabi Warehouse on 19 North Ninth Street.

‘Fill the Boot’: Firefighters raise money to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.

Firefighters will be posted at intersections around New Hanover County thru December 1 for the annual Fill the Boot campaign.

Don’t miss these holiday events this weekend

Plenty of parades, festivals, and markets to get into the Christmas spirit

Pender Co. offers help with heating bills; storm debris pickup deadline announced

The county announced Friday is the deadline for Hurricane Florence vegetative debris pickup.

Highway 6: Freddie’s of Kure Beach shares recipe for peach pecan pork chops

Freddie’s has been serving up Italian food in Kure Beach for almost 25 years.

Highway 6: Pleasure Island Parrot Head Club does more than listen to Jimmy Buffett music

The Pleasure Island chapter of the worldwide Parrot Head Club does more than just party. They party with a purpose.

Highway 6: Kure Beach Fishing Pier stays in the family

In the 1870s, Hans Kure and his sons started a variety of businesses and amusements on a narrow strip of land they purchased between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

  Highway 6: The sweetest treat on the boardwalk: Britt’s Donuts

If you have been to the boardwalk between March and September in Carolina Beach, chances are you have lined up around the block at Britt’s Donuts to get your hands on the sweet, sticky, warm gooey treat.

Highway 6: Celtic Creamery serves up Irish delights

If you are an ice cream fan, well, who isn’t --you’ll want to check out Carolina Beach’s newest treat spot - Celtic Creamery!

Highway 6: ‘Beer is Love’ at the Fat Pelican

If you have heard the slogan, “Beer is Love,” then you know we are talking about the Fat Pelican.

Highway 6: Exploring the sunken blockade runner Condor

Beyond the beautiful beaches of Pleasure Island, and below the surf, sit relics of our nation’s rich history. Three dozen sunken Civil War vessels litter the coastline. One of them is the blockade runner Condor.

Highway 6: Roadside stand to island staple

The Veggie Wagon started as a vender at farmers markets across our area, and eventually turned into an island staple. It’s a place for locals and visitors to get fresh local food and beverage options and a variety of homemade products

Highway 6: Fresh, local flair at the Carolina Beach Farmers Market

Vendors from across the region come out to the Carolina Beach Farmers Market to interact with locals and visitors to Carolina Beach.

Highway 6: Island Women work to make Pleasure Island a better place

A group of women work together to enhance the quality of life on Pleasure Island.

Highway 6: “Come Back” campaign luring tourists back to Wilmington and area beaches after Hurricane Florence

Wilmington's Convention and Visitors Bureau wants tourists to "come back". A new ad campaign is reminding people the region is back open for business

Highway 6: Carolina Beach non-profit has a unique way of saving animals

Jeannie Mintz of Carolina Beach started the non-profit Saving Animals During Disasters after helping rescue animals after Hurricane Katrina.

Family, friends, fans celebrate life of beloved Wilmington entertainer

A singer, songwriter, and musician, Jeremy Norris passed away due to liver failure earlier this month.

Shallotte woman last seen Sunday afternoon found safe

A woman who disappeared last weekend has been found safe.

FEMA disaster recovery center closing in Bladen County

The Bladen County Agricultural Center FEMA location at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown will close permanently at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Keeping your Christmas tree healthy through the season

With Christmas right around the corner people are starting to get their homes ready for the holiday season, which includes putting up a Christmas tree in the living room.

Businesses hit by Hurricane Florence rebuild in time for holiday shopping season

As we approach Christmas, some of the businesses hit hard by Hurricane Florence are back open and they’re counting on you to shop local.

Giving Tuesday: Realtors group packs meals for those in need

Brunswick County realtors came together to pack 40,000 meals as part of Giving Tuesday.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Flexible seating, magnetic building tools on teacher’s wish list

Christy Howe, a gifted education specialist at Bradley Creek Elementary, would like to get flexible seating and magnetic tools for her students through Donors Choose.

  November is National Adoption Month

Many children in our community need a place to call home and a family to love them.

Stockings for Seniors helps make the holiday season brighter for elderly in our community

Each stocking has a senior’s requested wish and many are basic necessities and nominal in nature.

Brunswick Co. Schools leaders hear from parents, teachers at info session

During the third public input session, teachers and parents told school leaders what they want added to the county's curriculum and Dr. Jerry L. Oates, BCS superintendent, said the school board is listening as it forms a strategic plan for the district from 2019-24.

How to combat homelessness in the Cape Fear region

The guest speaker at Monday's League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear luncheon presented her vision of how to combat homelessness and keep people off the streets.

Highway 6: Fort Fisher the most visited coastal state park facility in 2017

Established in 1986, the Fort Fisher facility spreads over 287 acres and its staff has management responsibilities for about eight miles of undeveloped beach within the park and in the adjoining Bald Head Island State Natural Area.

Gabe’s tips for decorating your home safely for the holidays

There is much to be cautious about, especially if you’re a “Griswold" kind of decorator. (There’s nothing wrong with that if you are!)

Yard sales November 24

yard sales for November 24

Best Real Estate Deals in southeastern North Carolina 11/23

If you’re looking to buy a home in southeastern North Carolina, Just For Buyers Realty has a look a three local homes considered some of the best buys on the market, right now.

Michael Jordan has emotional meeting with family that lost home after Hurricane Florence

A phone call about meeting a mystery celebrity led to a mom and her four children spending time with the basketball legend from Wilmington.

Corpening, Van Pelt honored by NC Attorney General

Judge J.H. Corpening and Meade Horton Van Pelt, both of Wilmington, have received the North Carolina Attorney General’s Dogwood Award, which honors individuals “who are dedicated to keeping people safe, healthy, and happy in their communities”.

Highway 6 returns this month in Pleasure Island

Hurricane Florence may have spoiled plans for the WECT News team to broadcast live from Pleasure Island in September, but we’re going back on the road and plan to spend the day there at the end of the month.

Get a run in before you gobble up Thanksgiving dinner

More than 2,600 people are expected to participate in the 14th Annual Turkey Trot at Wrightsville Beach on Thanksgiving morning. That will make it the largest race yet.

THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN: And the winner is...

We here at WECT wanted to know what is that one Thanksgiving staple you can’t live without.

Local ministry offering free health screenings, flu shots with Thanksgiving meals

Word Changing Hearts Ministries is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 21

Shop at ease this weekend: park downtown for free

Save a few bucks this week while enjoying downtown Wilmington this holiday

Street Turkeys of Wilmington event taking place today

The 10th annual Street Turkeys of Wilmington, an event used to restock the shelves of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Don’t be a statistic: Ways to prevent a Thanksgiving fire

Save your home from a fire by following a few simple rules in the kitchen.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Bolivia Elementary teacher wants listening center 

Kristen Stott wants to give her students a chance to read a book a different way. She wants portable CD players for her classroom, but because of the cost, she’s counting on Donors Choose.

Chadbourn church offers free Thanksgiving dinner

Chadbourn church will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday to anyone in the Chadbourn community

WPD officer slays toe touch at cheering fundraiser

The officer stopped by a fundraiser for the Wilmington Eagles cheer team this weekend to show his support.