Newly elected school board members go back to class

For the first time since 1960, Bill Rivenbark, a newly elected New Hanover County School Board member, was back in the second grade, not as a student this time, but as an elected official to help oversee direction of the county’s school system.

  Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric

Florida Sec. of State orders ballot recount in Senate, governor, cabinet races

Colorado voted to abolish slavery in their state – in 2018

Brian Kemp steps down as secretary of state after declaring victory over Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor’s race

Board of Elections director says human error likely caused Columbus Co. poll issues

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  Jeff Sessions out as attorney general

Trump celebrates GOP midterm victories despite loss of House to Democrats

Candidates stop by WECT to discuss Election Day victories

Republicans lose veto-proof majority in NC House

Democrats win 3 of 4 NHC school board votes

'It is very humbling’: Carson Smith, Jr. beats John Johnson to win N.C. House District 16 race

  'I’m just ready to get to work now’: Alan Cutler projected to be new Pender County Sheriff

Alan Cutler is projected to win Pender County Sheriff in the 2018 N.C. General Election.

McVicker wins Bladen County sheriff’s race

Republican James McVicker won the Bladen County sheriff’s race, defeating Democratic challenger Hakeem Brown.

Grange wins tight race for NC House District 20

Holly Grange edged Leslie Cohen to win the NC House District 20 seat, which covers the northern section of New Hanover County including Ogden, Kings Grant, Porters Neck, and Figure Eight Island.

Davis emerges from three-candidate field running for NC House District 19

Three candidates ran for North Carolina House District 19, which serves the southern portion of New Hanover County from Kure Beach to the Seagate community.

  Peterson ousts Lee by 38 votes for New Hanover County Senate seat

Butler wins election to appointed seat

Jones wins NC House District 46 race

McMillian wins Columbus County District 1 Commissioner seat

Voters deny additional one quarter percent local sales and use tax in Columbus County

Tight race for sheriff in Columbus County

Republican candidates take the vote for school board in Brunswick Co.

The Brunswick County Board of Education has a new member. With 26 of the 26 precincts reporting in the general election, Gerald Benton (R) beat Joanne Levitan (D) with 60 percent of the vote for the District 5 seat.

Iler keeps District 17 House of Representatives seat

With 19 of 19 precincts reporting in the general election, Republican Frank Iler has been re-elected to House of Representatives from Brunswick County.

Incumbent John Ingram re-elected as sheriff

With 26 of the 26 precincts reporting in the general election, Sheriff John Ingram beat challenger Charles Warren in the race for Brunswick County Sheriff.Ingram has served as Brunswick County Sheriff since 2008.

Richardson wins Whiteville City Board of Education District 1 seat

With three of three precincts reporting in the general election, Anna Hall Richardson received 692 votes to Carlton Prince’s 375.

Coleman Barbour wins Whiteville City Board of Education at-large seat

Coleman Barbour is projected to win the Whiteville City Board of Education member at-large seat.

Congressman David Rouzer wins re-election to U.S. House

The Associated Press announced at 9:19 p.m. that Republican David Rouzer won re-election to U.S. House in North Carolina's 7th congressional district.

North Carolina voters reject amendment that would have given lawmakers dominant role in filling judicial vacancies

North Carolina voters reject amendment that would have given lawmakers dominant role in filling judicial vacancies

  Election officials extend voting hours in Tabor City

North Carolina officials say high humidity is to blame after receiving reports that ballots in some precincts can’t be fed through tabulators, but they stress that all ballots will be counted.

Man not allowed to wear Trump shirt votes shirtless

Be careful what you’re wearing to vote Tuesday.

Facebook blocks accounts for possible election meddling by Russia and others

On Sunday evening, Facebook was notified of the online activity, which may be linked to foreign entities.

On Election Day, a bald eagle was seen soaring in Murrells Inlet

As many across the country head to the polls Tuesday, a symbol of American democracy was seen soaring in the Murrells Inlet area.

Get an Uber, Lyft, Lime to cast your vote on Election Day, use promo code for discounts

Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, Lime and others want to help Americans get to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Longtime Columbus Co. commissioner reflects on decades of service

Amon McKenzie has served as a Columbus County commissioner for 20 years and is the chairman of the board, but he lost in the May Democratic primary to newcomer Jerome McMillian.

Fact or Fiction: Looking into 2018 political ads

WECT has taken a look at the claims made in the ads, checking for what is fact, and what needs further clarification. In particular, we looked at the ads that use GenX and the water quality turmoil in the region over the last two years.

Rihanna says she doesn’t want Trump using her song at his ‘tragic rallies’

Last year, the singer entrepreneur referred to the president as an “Immoral Pig” when he banned citizens from Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. (Source: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Pizza to the Polls delivers free pies to voters stuck in long lines

Pizza to the Polls takes reports of long polling lines and then sends pizza to those locations.

In Georgia, online voting database problem leads to countercharge of hacking

Georgia's online voter database morphed into a last-minute curveball in one of the nation's hottest governor's races, with Republican nominee Brian Kemp making a hacking allegation against Democrats just as reports emerged of a gaping vulnerability in a system that Kemp controls as secretary of stat

These 2018 midterm candidates can make history with a victory

Candidates for governor, House and US Senate seats will make history as people of color, women and LGBTQ candidates are on 2018 midterm election ballots.

Pink wave: Women poised for political leadership in 2018 midterms

Even though women make up half the population of the U.S., they only make up about 20 percent of Congress.

Michael Lee blames media, ‘dirty politics’ in response to ethics complaint

State Senator Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) held a press conference Friday to address a formal ethics complaint filed against him by two Wilmington residents.

Meet the candidates running for school board in New Hanover Co.

Eight candidates are vying for four seats on the New Hanover County School Board in the upcoming election, Nov. 6. Here’s a breakdown of the candidates and their goals.

'It’s dirty politics’: Libertarian Party members unhappy after candidate endorses incumbent Lee in NC Senate race

Ethan Bickley, a Libertarian candidate running for the District 9 seat in the North Carolina Senate, has decided to endorse the incumbent in the race, Sen. Michael Lee, a Republican seeking re-election to a third term representing most of New Hanover County.

Barbra Streisand to release anti-Trump album and star in ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Barbra Streisand has released a new political song aimed at Pres. Donald Trump called "Don't Lie to Me."

Campbell VP who tweeted Soros conspiracy theory leaves company

On Twitter on Monday, Kelly Johnston alleged the Open Society Foundations, which was founded by businessman and activist George Soros, was assisting the caravan by providing what he called “troop carriers” and “rail cars.”

’We also remember a fallen hero’: President Trump honors Trooper Kevin Conner during Charlotte rally

U.S President Donald Trump extended his condolences to the family of N.C. Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Conner during a campaign rally in Charlotte on Friday night.

President Trump heading to Charlotte for campaign rally Friday

Trump is expected to rally at 7 p.m. at Bojangles Coliseum, located at 2700 E. Independence Boulevard. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Troops may be sent to halt caravan at border

The U.S. is expected to send troops to the border as part of a plan to prevent a migrant caravan from entering the country.

Defense Secretary Mattis may send at least 800 troops to southern border

Mattis may send around 800 troops to help border patrol agents when the caravan of migrants reaches the U.S.-Mexico border.

GenX, affordable housing dominate discussion at Power Breakfast

The breakfast served as a forum for business leaders to hear from those running for New Hanover County Commission, North Carolina State Senate District 9 and US House of Representatives District 7.

Challenge for indicted Republicans: Win re-election

Two Republican congressmen trying to win re-election while under indictment in a fresh test of partisanship in the Trump era

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

Republican candidates who are still calling for repeal of the Obama-era health care law find themselves on the defensive about how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions

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Early voting in North Carolina begins Wednesday

Voters can visit any one-stop voting site in their county to vote during the early voting period

Cabinet secretaries check out Florence relief efforts

Two members of President Trump’s Cabinet toured Wilmington and Whiteville on Monday, looking at Hurricane Florence relief efforts.

GOP lawmakers say they’re ready to OK $800M in Florence aid

NC lawmakers will reconvene Monday to vote on a Florence aid package

Redistricting, school safety, funding are top issues at school board candidates’ forum

Redistricting, school safety and funding were some of the issues discussed at a forum featuring candidates running for seats on the New Hanover County Board of Education

  Hurricane recovery, school safety, GenX among issues discussed at candidates’ forum

Four candidates running for two seats on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners met at a forum held at the Senior Resource Center.

NHC commissioner, school board candidates to meet in forum tonight

Candidates running for New Hanover County Board of Education and Board of Commissioners will attend a forum Thursday, October 4, at 6:30p.m. at the Senior Services Center in Wilmington.

Trump orders ‘limited’ new FBI probe after judiciary committee sends Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to Senate for vote

President Trump said the supplemental FBI probe into Brett Kavanaugh must be limited in scope, and last no longer than a week.

The Latest: Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein

President Donald Trump has postponed his highly anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week

Here’s what to expect at the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify separately about her allegation of sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s.

White House postpones meeting between Trump, Rosenstein

President Donald Trump says his would prefer to keep Rod Rosenstein and not fire the deputy attorney general

Still employed, Rod Rosenstein to meet with Trump Thursday

As deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein had been in charge of the Russia investigation.

‘Unbelievable’: Bald eagle lands on fire truck during 9/11 tribute

Many Facebook users expressed their belief the event was “a sign from above honoring those who gave all for others.”

Columbus County Board of Elections closes early voting sites

Early voting doesn't start for another month, but it's already causing controversy in Columbus County.

President Trump visiting Charlotte today to raise money for House candidates

President Donald Trump is stopping in North Carolina to raise money for two U.S. House candidates amid uncertainty about the future of the state's existing congressional districts.

Rouzer responds to criticism of recent opioid symposium

The symposium happened July 30 at the Coastline Convention Center and featured people recovering from opioid addiction, followed by a panel of experts who deal with patients suffering from addiction.

N.C. election investigators looking into registration drives in New Hanover County

North Carolina election investigators are looking into alleged misconduct involving voter registration drives in several counties, including New Hanover.

NC Board of Elections approves Sunday voting in Brunswick, Pender counties

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement approved a proposal allowing voters in Brunswick County to cast their ballots Oct. 28 from noon-4 p.m. at satellite locations.

Lt. Governor: 'The ball was dropped' on federal hurricane relief

During a stop in Columbus County not far from Fair Bluff — one of the communities hardest hit by the October 2016 storm — Forest was asked about the delay in the state dispersing federal money designed to help Hurricane Matthew victims.

Disaster relief committee to meet over funds for Hurricane Matthew victims

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has reauthorized the state House Select Committee on Disaster Relief to address funding earmarked to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus) is a co-chair of the committee and represents Fair Bluff, one of the areas hardest hit by the October 2016 storm.

NHC commission, school board, and sheriff candidates take part in forum

Republican candidates running for New Hanover County Commission, School Board and Sheriff will be part of a candidates forum Thursday night at the Northeast Public Library on Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington. The forum begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be streamed live online and at the top of the free WECT News App.

NHC commissioner: Charlotte shows 'wisdom and inclusion' in RNC decision

Hours after the Republican National Committee unanimously voted to make Charlotte the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention, New Hanover County Commissioner Skip Watkins said he was happy to hear the news.

Most area judges to run unopposed in November

Nearly all Superior and District Court Judges from counties in southeastern North Carolina are running for re-election in 2018. The filing period for judicial offices ended Friday at Noon, with only one current member of the local bench not on the ballot for the November General Election.

Rep. Butler pushes for companion bill to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Deb Butler was entering the fifth grade when the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972. Forty-five years later, she's pushing to rewrite history while making history at the same time.

Constitution Party candidate on Pender County ballot

According to a news release, Peggy Lanier is on the list of candidates for the Board of Commissioners District 3 along with George Brown, who edged David Fallin in May's Republican primary race.