Foster Pantry opens its doors for even more families in need

Foster pantry, a nonprofit opened its doors to kinship and foster families Saturday. Cofounder of Foster Pantry, Emily Klinefelter felt called to start the nonprofit that helps foster and kinship families get clothes, toys and every day essentials they may not have when they brought a child in.

Interior secretary Zinke to leave administration by end of year, Trump says

Lumberton Police officer killed in the line of duty Saturday

Coroner to test Baby Boy Horry’s DNA for possible match to mother accused of killing two babies

Exclusive: Mark Harris addresses voter fraud allegations in race for 9th Congressional District

Texas judge dismantles Obamacare, ruling individual mandate unconstitutional

Wilmington police investigating homicide after man found shot to death

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Watch: Pair of horses pull tractor trailer up icy hill

Temporary pump installed in Wilmington neighborhood to fight flooding while failed pipe is replaced

One suspect still at large, two arrested after Columbus Co. chase

State board to hold Jan. 11 hearing on NC-9 election fraud investigation

Discount deadline extended for Freeman Park permits

NBC’s Chuck Todd expects new election in NC-9 because of fraud investigation

Johnson & Johnson knew its baby powder was often tainted with asbestos for years, report says

A Reuters investigation found that for decades, Johnson & Johnson sought to hide the fact that in many cases cancer-causing asbestos contaminated the talc that was used to produce its talcum powder products.

Gov. Cooper vetoes voter ID bill

North Carolina’s governor has vetoed legislation implementing a voter photo identification mandate added to the state’s constitution in a recent referendum.

Former youth pastor at Leland church charged with sexual assault

A former youth pastor at a Leland church is accused of sexually assaulting a child nearly a decade ago.

WPD looking for man suspected of punching fire chief

According to a news release from the Wilmington Police Department, Chardrick Tywain Conyers-Hall, 27, of Wilmington, punched Wilmington Fire Chief Cecil Martinette on Tuesday around 6 p.m.

Bladen County state senator refuses to answer questions about election fraud investigation

Petsense holds Adopt an Angel event

NHC detectives seize 100 pounds of high grade marijuana during bust

UNC Board of Governors rejects plan to store ‘Silent Sam’ in $5 million building

‘Just for Buyers’: The best local real estate deals for the week of December 10th

Sorry, Lululemon is not recruiting brand ambassadors through Instagram

  Eastern North Carolina’s near brush with a thermonuclear catastrophe

During the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, a military plane carrying two thermonuclear bombs crashed landed near Faro, NC. It wasn't discovered until decades later just how close eastern North Carolina was to a disaster.

Hiring red flags, officer safety cited as concerns in Southport police audit

A lengthy audit of the police department in Southport shows several areas of concern for newly-installed Chief of Police Todd Coring to tackle.

Deputies release names of two arrested following chase Thursday

Two Tabor City residents were arrested by deputies following a chase Thursday.

‘Let this Lamborghini light your fire,’ pastor says while giving wife $200k luxury SUV - he’s now defending the purchase

The South Carolina pastor said no money was taken from the church to purchase the luxury sports car.

Facebook bug gave third parties access to photos for 6.8 million accounts

A glitch caused third parties to be able to access more photos than they should’ve between Sept. 13 to Sept. 25, but the company has fixed the issue.

New Smithfield Foods distribution center opens in Tar Heel

Smithfield Foods celebrated the opening of a new 500,000-square-foot distribution center Friday in Tar Heel.

  Armored truck deposits cash on highway in NJ

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Rich family offering a photographer $100k to travel the world and take photos of them

You get sick pay and 30 days of vacation time, but you have to be ready to go at a moment's notice.

Friday is National Free Shipping Day

The website has a comprehensive list of stores with online deals. Deals also include guaranteed delivery by Christmas Day, in many cases.

Several N.C. ferries running alternate schedules Dec. 24-25

In order to limit operating costs on traditionally low traffic days, the N.C. Department of Transportation has announced several routes in the N.C. Ferry System will be operating on an alternate schedules Dec. 24-25.

Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Michael Cohen — who for more than a decade was a key power player in the Trump Organization and a fixture in Trump's political life — said he "gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty." Cohen spoke in an interview with ABC that aired Friday on "Good Morning America."

Toyota recalls address possible restraint, braking issues

Thursday, the auto maker recalled nearly 90,000 Land Cruisers and Lexus LX-570 vehicles from the past decade over a safety issue that involves the front passenger seat belt.

Woman seriously injured in bear attack in PA

Melinda Lebarron was outside of her home with her dog when she was attacked by a bear Wednesday evening.

Southport-Fort Fisher ferry operating on one-boat schedule

The Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry will be operating on a one-boat schedule Friday due to a mechanical issue.

Mueller rejects Flynn’s argument that FBI interview was deceptive

Mueller’s office submitted a response on Friday to Flynn’s sentencing memo, which itself was submitted earlier this week.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Although the resolutions are largely symbolic — because it's unclear if they will be considered by the House — passage Thursday showed senators seeking to assert oversight of Trump administration foreign policy and the relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Pender County emergency officials issue warning about flooding in low-lying areas

According to WECT meteorologists, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for southeastern North Carolina from Friday morning into Saturday afternoon.

Get those gifts under the tree in time

Holiday delivery deadlines you need to know

Bladen election officials prepare for possible election

The Bladen County Board of Elections is making preparations and decisions as if a new election in the 9th Congressional District was imminent.

Children’s play raises money to protect waterways

Luv2Act is partnering with Cape Fear River Watch and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to protecting waterways.

Police: SC mother facing four felonies after the remains of two newborns were found

A woman has been charged with four felonies after giving birth to two babies and then allegedly killing them, according to the North Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Jury deliberates for less than 30 minutes, returns guilty verdict for man accused of killing Wilmington woman

The man accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a woman last April was found guilty on all charges Thursday and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

  Governor Cooper tours Pender County to survey Florence recovery efforts

Governor Roy Cooper made a stop in Pender County Thursday morning to survey several spots that were damaged by Hurricane Florence, including U.S. 421 near the New Hanover County line where a huge section was completely washed away by floodwaters.

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

The children are in the Big Buddy program, Hurricane Florence evacuees and in foster care.

Boiling Spring Lakes residents ready for well-traveled road to be repaired

Boiling Spring Lakes residents are frustrated with how long it has taken for East Boiling Spring Road to be repaired. The road has been under construction since September after it was washed out by Hurricane Florence.

Manhunt follows chase into Horry County; two suspects in custody

A police chase that started in Columbus County, NC went through a part of Horry County Thursday morning.

Bomb threats sent to businesses, universities and media nationwide

Threats are being sent in to create mass disruption.

Surf City Swing Bridge should be removed by March

Crews cut power to the bridge on Thursday and they're scheduled to begin removing the bridge tender house on Friday.

Judge bars tree-removal company accused of price gouging from collecting fees

A Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction against an out-of-state tree removal company which keeps the owners from operating in North Carolina and collecting exorbitant fees they charged victims in Castle Hayne in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance extended to Dec. 19

Gov. Roy Cooper requested and received a deadline extension in early November and the deadline was extended again Thursday at Cooper’s request. The deadline to register is Dec. 19 at 11:59 p.m.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former attorney at a White House event. But Trump has been far from silent during the monthslong Cohen saga.

Boy Scouts of America considers filing for bankruptcy, report says

The organization is one of the largest youth groups in the country.

Tech Connect: new devices help you fight back against porch pirates

You've seen the reports and may even be a victim yourself. But there are ways for you to fight back against the dreaded porch pirates during the holiday season.

WECT’s Frances Weller given StarNews Lifetime Achievement Award

At 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, WECT's Frances Weller wasn't where you normally find her.

Convicted rapist charged with killing missing NC woman

A registered sex offender has been arrested and charged with the murder of a missing 71-year-old Johnston County woman, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

New Hanover County crews to conduct live fire training Monday

New Hanover County Fire Rescue crews, in conjunction with Cape Fear Community College, will conduct a live fire training exercise on Monday.

Son has nowhere to hide when Mom embarrasses him on camera at basketball game

Mandy Remmell went for it when the 'fan cam' pointed at her during a Kelly Clarkson song. Her son may never forgive her.

N.Y.-based business announces distribution center at Cape Fear Industrial Complex

A New York-based business is establishing an 80,000-square-foot distribution center at the Cape Fear Industrial Complex in Rocky Point.

Suspect identified, charged in Leland Walmart larceny

Detectives with the Leland Police Department have identified a man wanted in connection with a theft at Walmart last month.

Reverend requests independent investigation into how NHC school system handled sexual misconduct allegations

Reverend Dante Murphy of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice said “in the midst of trying to do good ... the administration failed students."

Ian Ziering added to cast of ‘Swamp Thing’

Ian Ziering, who starred on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, and the Sharknado film series, has been added to the cast of the Wilmington-based television series Swamp Thing.

Bones found in family home ID’d as father missing for decades

One night back in 1961, Mike Carroll's father, George, disappeared. The explanations for his father's disappearance never sat well with the son.

Trump’s 10 terrorists: The evolution of a statistic

These 10 do not exist, except as a federal statistic that Trump and his vice president put through a rhetorical grinder in service of describing emigrants from Mexico as a menace.

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

As evidence mounts of election fraud in Bladen County, WECT has learned this may not be an isolated problem. WECT has just uncovered that things in Columbus County may be even worse.

Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary

The House and Senate voted Wednesday to require both new primary and general elections if the state elections board decides a redo is needed because of ballot irregularities in a close congressional contest.

Wilmington nears landmark 100 inches of rain for 2018

A breakdown of the wettest year to date in Wilmington.

Boy, 11, changes last name from ‘Trump’ due to bullying

While his parents work on getting his name legally changed, the boy will be going by his father’s last name at school.

Would-be burglar rescued after getting stuck in restaurant grease vent for 2 days

The sheriff’s office says the man was physically exhausted and suffering from dehydration. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Cape Fear River Watch, SELC explain Chemours consent order in public session: ‘This is a first step’

Kemp Burdette, riverkeeper with Cape Fear River Watch, joined Geoff Gisler, senior attorney with the SELC, to answer questions at Wednesday's session.

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

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal affairs investigation in reference to a 2016 incident involving the suspect charged in connection with the death of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.

Wilmington Tree Commission replants Greenfield Park

Since Hurricane Florence uprooted thousands of trees in Wilmington, it was perhaps more important to replant trees this year.

Wilmington Fire Department rolls in new engine

In a time-honored tradition Wilmington Fire Department held a ceremony by literally rolling out the old engine to roll in the new engine Wednesday.

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

Mary Maness met the girl's mother while volunteering to help Hurricane Florence victims.

Colin Hackman encourages you to Get Fit with 6

Need a jump start to your New Year’s Resolution? Or maybe you are looking for an opportunity to showcase your health and wellness business? Get Fit with 6 is the Cape Fear’s ONLY Race and Wellness Expo!

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

Development in southeastern North Carolina continues to boom with new restaurants and stores set to open in the coming months.

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

Goose Masters uses border collies to keep problematic geese away from their customers' properties.

Police officer sells blue Christmas trees in support of law enforcement

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 13 years in West Jefferson, North Carolina, and we think it’s important to support law enforcement across the state of North Carolina,” said Brad Jordan, who works with Barr Evergreens.

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

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