WECT’s Frances Weller given StarNews Lifetime Achievement Award

NC election fraud: Concerning number of absentee ballots not returned in Columbus Co.

Sheriff to fix ‘failure in the system’ after evidence tying suspect in 13-year-old’s death to 2016 rape is missed

Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary

Wrongfully convicted man allowed to proceed in case against SBI, NC Courts

Wilmington Tree Commission replants Greenfield Park

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  Wilmington Fire Department rolls in new engine

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

Colin Hackman encourages you to Get Fit with 6

Here We Grow: New stores, restaurants set to open in Wilmington, Leland

Goose Masters use dogs to shoo away ever-growing goose population

Police officer sells blue Christmas trees in support of law enforcement

TRAFFIC ALERT: Cape Fear Memorial Bridge closing Wednesday, Thursday night

The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is expected to be closed overnight Wednesday and Thursday.

100+ mph chase lands Bladen County felon in prison

An Elizabethtown man is headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to leading deputies on a high-speed chase through the county where speeds reached over 100 miles per hour.

Columbus County commissioner changes parties, says issues in general election spurred switch

Columbus County commissioner Edwin Russ changed parties Monday from Democrat to Republican, Russ saying the 2018 general election factored into his decision.

Deadline is Thursday to apply for FEMA assistance

Gov. Roy Cooper requested and received a deadline extension in early November as new applications continued to come in after the hurricane.

Netflix: What’s coming and going in January

Wilmington insurance agent accused of embezzling from clients

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Crews begin work on police and fire training center

2 doctors’ photos play role in sexual abuse claims involving hundreds of victims

Work on Park Ave. multi-use path nearly complete

  Groom faced Texas snowstorm to meet his bride at the altar

For a lot of families, 10-inches of snow on a Saturday morning meant a fun time outside, but one Lubbock couple will always remember the journey that snow brought them on the most important morning of their lives.

NC deputy finds $5 million worth of cocaine in tractor-trailer

Two men are behind bars after a Johnston County deputy found $5 million worth of cocaine in the back of a tractor trailer, the sheriff’s office said.

Wrongfully convicted man allowed to proceed in case against SBI, NC Courts

Joseph Sledge, the man who spent 37 years in prison for a double murder in Bladen County he did not commit, has moved another step closer to victory in his case against the state.

New Bern Marine among 5 killed in warplanes crash off Japan

The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast.

Two men sought in Shallotte car theft arrested

The Shallotte Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two men it says are connected to a vehicle theft at Walmart on Monday.

Toddler shot baby in face while couple showered, police said

The child is alive but was seriously wounded and has been in critical condition since Saturday.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

Woman found dead on FL interstate; family alleges date left her for dead

Authorities said the woman's body had been struck by several cars while lying in the roadway. It is unknown how she died.

Firefighters and family dodge death after explosive tractor-trailer crash, then woman pulls a gun

"Amazingly, everybody walked away," said Myles Swain, EMT and volunteer firefighter on the scene. "There could have been seven fatalities."

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They're vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling

Distillery OKed in Carolina Beach; golf carts can operate as taxi cabs in the town

The applicant for a floating bar project pulled his permit at Tuesday’s Carolina Beach Town Council meeting.

Wilmington-based company re-signs Brian Harman for 2019 PGA Tour season

MegaCorp has re-signed with the professional golfer as his title sponsor for the 2019 PGA Tour season.

Murdered woman’s father speaks out; closing arguments in trial expected Thursday

The medical examiner testified Tuesday that Brittany Fullwood was shot five times in her forearm, leg, abdomen, and face.

Search for propane tank thief ends in arrest of Rocky Point woman

Tips from the public led authorities to arrest Ginger Michelle Fussell of Rocky Point for stealing a grill propane tank from someone’s backyard.

Trump threatens gov’t shutdown in heated meeting with Dem leaders over border wall

Trump conferred Tuesday at the White House with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline to shut down a range of government agencies.

Repairs start on woman’s home damaged by Florence

A tree fell on Amy Riggs' home during Hurricane Florence. She and her family evacuated so they weren’t home when it happened.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs funding for field trip 

Patrick Donley, a teacher at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, needs to raise about $500 to take his students to Williamsburg, Va.

Pender County issuing fines for illegal dumping

Anyone still needing Hurricane Florence vegetative or construction debris pickup should make sure it is moved to the road right-of-way by Dec. 21.

New Hanover commissioners likely to oppose NCDEQ consent order with Chemours

New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White is asking his fellow board members to join ranks and oppose the proposed consent order between the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Chemours and Cape Fear River Watch over the company’s discharge of GenX and other chemicals into the drin

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

The event is a fundraiser for DREAMS of Wilmington, which gives children of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn and appreciate the arts.

Brunswick Co. emergency services director to retire

According to a news release from the county, Brian Watts is stepping down effective Dec. 31.

Two children, 9 and 7, stable following dog attack; female victim identified

An elderly female was killed and two children were badly injured as the result of a pit bull attack in Robeson County, according to Sheriff Burnis Wilkins.

  Hurricane Florence increases business for company

Hurricane Florence destroyed a lot of memories for a lot of people, but one business is trying to restore those memories.

CONSIDER THIS: Citizens need to continue to push for more information on contaminants in our water

It seems many people in our region have become accustomed to living under the cloud of uncertainty about what exactly is in our drinking water.

WPD: Man told police he was ‘late for work’ when he fled scene after hitting bicyclist

Robert Patrick Emerson, 28, has been charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage.

Deadline for ACA healthcare enrollment is Friday

The Affordable Care Act enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. People who need coverage should go to healthcare.gov to examine their healthcare options.

Kathie Lee Gifford to leave ‘TODAY’ show after 11 years

After 11 years, Kathie Lee Gifford will be leaving the “TODAY” show.

Whiteville man accused of stealing items worth thousands from Walmart

William Brady was arrested by the Whiteville Police Department just before 4 a.m. Sunday at the Walmart located at 200 Columbus Corners.

Jimmy Dean sausage links recalled, ‘pieces of metal’ contamination

The company reportedly received five consumer complaints.

‘White people are the best’: Columbia student’s racist tirade captured on video

In a racially charged rant, the Columbia sophomore harasses and shouts white supremacist ideologies at a group of primarily minority students.

Former CFCC president selected to lead another southeastern NC college

Former Cape Fear Community College President Dr. Amanda Lee has been selected as Bladen Community College’s next leader, pending state approval.

Search intensifies for woman who disappeared in Colorado on Thanksgiving

Kelsey Berreth made a trip to a Safeway grocery store near Woodland Park, CO, on Thanksgiving Day. She hasn’t been seen since a short time later.

Football player, 16, accused of fatally stabbing classmate pregnant with his baby

The 17-year-old victim’s body was recovered from a dumpster hours after an alleged fight with the suspect over the pregnancy.

Man accused of kidnapping, murdering Hania Aguilar also facing rape charge from 2016 incident

The man accused of kidnapping and murdering 13-year-old Hania Aguilar made his first court appearance in Lumberton Monday.

Interfaith vigil held for victims of gun violence

Religious leaders and organizations came together Monday night to pray for the end of gun violence.

Record broken for Weller’s Wheels donations

Around a thousand bicycles are estimated to be donated this Christmas season and many of them were set up Monday in the Salvation Army’s Christmas Center at the old Harris Teeter in Ogden Plaza.

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

Children learned lessons about giving Monday night, and they got some help from one of the Christmas season’s most charitable figures.

Columbus County sheriff paid group under investigation for NC9 election fraud

Greene defeated incumbent Lewis Hatcher by 34 votes, a result that was only certified after a hand recount the county needed the state’s assistance to complete.

  Home shared by brother and sister catches fire; brother taken to Chapel Hill for treatment

A Monday morning fire gutted a home near the Porters Neck area of New Hanover County.

Merry Little Christmas Festival offers shopping, food and family fun

You have one more weekend to visit the Merry Little Christmas Festival.

WECT INVESTIGATES: Murder or self-defense in car repo death?

William Kohler Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeff Lowe, a repo man who was towing Kohler’s truck away from his house when he was shot and killed. Kohler said it was pitch black outside, and he thought he was being robbed.

Casey Roman: ‘Clearing the Air’ about her latest special report (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Casey Roman has tackled heavy issues like opioid abuse, prostitution and homelessness in her documentaries and special reports for WECT News. Her latest effort centers around lawsuits filed against hog farms, with multi-million dollar judgments that have put some local farmers out of business.

Trump’s troubled White House in search of new chief of staff

Trump's top pick for the job, Nick Ayers, is out of the running and Trump is now soliciting input on at least four individuals, including Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

‘Person of interest’ in elections fraud investigation was ‘throwing ballots in the wastebasket,’ Democratic party chair says

Bladen County Democratic Party Chairman Ben Snyder says said in an interview with WECT that reliable sources have told him McCrae Dowless, who is at the center of an elections fraud investigation so serious voters may have to go back to the polls for an elections do over, upped the ante this electio

Sarah McLachlan to perform at CFCC’s Wilson Center in February

Sarah McLachlan, the multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will be hitting the stage at Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center in February.

Tabor City police looking for suspect in break-ins

The Tabor City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in at least two break-ins.

3 carnival workers charged in killings of Kansas couple

The Kansas Attorney General says 52-year-old Kimberly Younger, of McIntosh, Florida; 54-year-old Michael Fowler Jr., of Sarasota, Florida; and 35-year-old Rusty Frasier, of Aransas Pass, Texas, are jailed on $1 million bond in Arkansas while awaiting extradition to Kansas.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closures planned for I-140

Lane closures are planned for a section of I-140 in New Hanover County while maintenance work is done this week.

House fire kills 5 children, injures mother in OH

Youngstown Fire Capt. Kurt Wright says the first floor of the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Wright says three children were ages 9, 3 and 2 and the other two were 1-year-old twins.

Former Miss Kentucky allegedly sent topless photos to 15-year-old student

The boy’s parents found the photo of the teacher on his phone and reported it to authorities, police said. She had been his teacher when he was in middle school.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Portion of Independence Blvd. closed all week

A portion of Independence Blvd. will be closed all of this week, according to Wilmington officials.

Get those gifts under the tree in time

Holiday delivery deadlines you need to know

Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

Hundreds of young demonstrators are planning to turn out Monday on Capitol Hill to push Democrats on a package of ambitious environmental goals — including a nationwide transition to 100 percent power from renewable sources within as little as 10 years — that's collectively dubbed the Green New Deal

Winter storm affecting multiple flights at ILM

The winter storm that has hit North Carolina has caused the cancellation of multiple flights at Wilmington International Airport.

Wilmington Fire Department to roll out new $1.2 million fire truck

The new fire truck, a 2018 Pierce Velocity Ascendant Tandem Axle 107’ Aerial, is replacing a 21-year-old truck.

Live Online: Sunday Night Football

NBC Sports will have live coverage of this week’s Sunday Night Football match, the Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET

Winter storm puts NC under State of Emergency

Snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 11 inches with a light glaze of ice are possible, according to the NWS. WBTV’s team of meteorologists are forecasting very similar numbers across the viewing area as of Thursday afternoon.

Christmas Toy drive aims to help those affected by Hurricane Florence

A Pender County family that lost their entire home and belongings is taking time to give back this holiday season.