Late educator’s work continues with scholarship in her honor

Port City Rip the Runway raises money for the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship.

  ‘Stuart Little’ comes to life with cast of children

The Ability Garden celebrates the capabilities of those in our community

First Act: Show follows story of technology-challenged senior and her virtual assistant

Downtown Wilmington surges post-Hurricane Florence

Calendar featuring famous bulldog raises money to help animals in need

Remember and reflect at floating lantern ceremony

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  Fifth grade student wows with his singing voice in ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Swing dance to save animals

Deadline approaches to apply for specialty plates that show love for one NC beach town

NHRMC’s Employee of the Year honored for work to get patients to quit smoking

My, my: ‘Mamma Mia!’ will have audience dancing, singing along at Thalian Hall

Plunge for a purpose: Communities In Schools invites you to dive in

  Ring in the New Year at a speakeasy with craft cocktails, food and entertainment

The event has a Prohibition era flair with craft cocktails, decor and a show and meal inspired by the roaring 20′s.

Prevent underage drinking on New Year’s Eve night

As you toast to the New Year, make sure your children aren’t doing to same.

  Church makes sure no one goes hungry on Christmas Eve

The Pine Valley Family Christmas Dinner feeds more than 4,000 people each year.

What’s the story with the straw goat that suddenly become the fire department mascot?

“Billy the Christmas Goat” has become the mascot for the Wilmington Fire Department ahead of holiday season.

  Historian’s decade-long work to get Wilmington recognized as “American World War II City” nears completion

Children’s play raises money to protect waterways

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

Recipe: Cocktails to make spirits bright at your holiday party

Colin Hackman encourages you to Get Fit with 6

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

  Merry Little Christmas Festival offers shopping, food and family fun

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

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.

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

Guests are invited to tour the Burgwin-Wright House and the Bellamy Mansion, while sipping on festive refreshments.

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.

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

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

  Man shares letter from President George H.W. Bush

At age 15, he received an inspirational letter from President George H.W. Bush.

Craft beer makers team up to encourage visitors to Wilmington

Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance: Wilmington is open for business.

Celebrate the holidays in Leland

Santa will be there!

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.

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.

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.

Serve up Thanksgiving dinner without breaking the bank

Hosting your relatives for Thanksgiving can be expensive. But we have an expert who can help you gobble up some deals.

Riverfest returns: The annual event is later and cooler

Hurricane Florence led to the postponement of Riverfest. But now it’s time to celebrate the popular event.

Mini movie makers create films with focus on environment

A group of movie-making kids get their own film festival. The SEA Academy in Wilmington is a school for students with autism.

First at Four recipe: Maple-Almond-Cinnamon Granola

Chef Gwen Gulliksen from CFCC shares a recipe that will help you fit granola into your balanced breakfast.

David Hyde Pierce lends his star power to ‘Music from the Silver Screen’ concert

Actor David Hyde Pierce will join the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra for its "Music from the Silver Screen" concert this week.

NC artist hopes to sing his way to the next round of ‘The Voice’

Kameron Marlowe, of Kannapolis, is representing North Carolina in the competition on Team Adam. The 21-year-old started singing in church when he was 10 years old and later joined a band in high school.

Big and Strong or Grande y Fuerte Festival hopes to connect community

Plenty were disappointed when Wilmington’s largest Latino Festival was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. But organizers say as a result, something better is coming together in its place this year.

Make the perfect Apple Pie this Thanksgiving

A pie-making expert shares tips.

Local expert discusses FDA’s approval of powerful new opioid

WECT’s Frances Weller interviewed Kenny House from Coastal Horizons on Wednesday afternoon’s News Now about the drug, which can only be given in hospitals and is meant for those who can’t take medication intravenously.

The focus is on GigTech, FinTech, HealthTech, Startups at this year’s Cucalorus Connect

The Connect events are in the Daniels Hall Ballroom on the 5th floor of the Union Station building. On Thursday and Friday, the space will host all-conference sessions, highlighted by Susan Ellis and Charlie Fink, the keynote speakers for Connect’s main events.

Down dogs will help UNCW students get back up

A yoga class will balance into the body and mind, while helping UNCW Seahawks recover from Hurricane Florence.

Go on board beautiful boats during Yachtventure

Yachtventure is the Children's Museum of Wilmington's largest fundraiser.

Dance-a-lorus combines choreography and film for unique Cucalorus experience

Cucalorus, a festival that mixes film, technology, dance, theater, innovation and culture, begins Nov. 7.

Countdown to Cucalrous

The 24th annual Cucalorus Festival takes place November 7-11. (Source: WECT)

‘Godspell’ features cast of 25 youth performers

Thalian Association Youth Theatre presents 'Godspell.'

Go fly a kite this weekend

The Cape Fear Kite Festival is this weekend at the state recreation area at Fort Fisher.

WPD providing extra security at screening of ‘Who Will Write Our History?’

UNCW Jewish studies professor Jerrod Tanny joined Jon Evans on WECT News Now Friday to discuss the movie

Arboretum ready for large outdoor art show after Hurricane Florence clean up

The event features artists' works, including paintings, prints, pottery, sculpture and more.

Ranking the worst Halloween candies

Almost everybody loves Snickers bars and there are probably a few other sweet treats most people can agree are great, but what are the worst candies to get on Halloween?

Some of the finest craftsmen in the state show off their unique creations at weekend show

The 12th Annual Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Annual Holiday Show & Sale takes place at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington starting Nov. 2.

Halloween night seances planned with Harry Houdini’s Ouija board

Here's a spooky way to spend Halloween night.

Give hope to vulnerable pets after Hurricane Florence

Donations will help keep even more pets from ending up in already strained shelters.

Benefit concert will help those who helped many during Hurricane Florence

Hospital employees stuck it out through Hurricane Florence to care for the patients who were there and those who came in during the storm. Now, it’s time to care for them.

Children and adults with special needs can be part of an inclusive holiday ballet

One of the most traditional Christmas events is coming to a stage near you. Making it even more special, it's an inclusive show.

  Hurricane Florence places more importance on Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Nearly 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease and there is no cure.

HEAL ILM music festival and silent auction to help community rebuild after hurricane

A concert and silent auction will help our community heal from Hurricane Florence.

Trick or Treat surrounded by sea creatures and creepy crawlers

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher invites you and your family to have a fun, safe Halloween at the facility.

Local filmmaker addressing ‘civics illiteracy’ by making documentary about the Constitution

David Garrigus is trying to counteract what he calls “civics illiteracy” by making a movie about one of the most important documents in American history.

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.

Highway 6 in Pleasure Island postponed due to Florence

WECT launched an on-location segment called Highway 6 earlier this summer in which the WECT anchor team leaves the studio and broadcasts morning, midday and evening newscasts live in different locations throughout the summer. The team was slated to head to Pleasure Island, Thursday, Sept. 13, but that stop has been postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.

Real Households of New Hanover County tour showcases affordable homes

Five affordable homes will be shown by a tour guide with snacks and drinks provided at each location. The homes are accessible to lower income members of the community.

Advice to help prevent pet boredom

With children heading back to school, you'll want to pay attention to the other "child" in your life: your pet.

'Violet' follows a woman's journey to discover her inner beauty

The stage show is based on The Ugliest Pilgrim, a short story written by North Carolina native Doris Betts.

Race will make a splash and help uninsured neighbors get health care

A race that makes a splash will help raise money for a group that makes sure everyone has access to medical and dental care.

Families invited to make magical memories of Harry Potter during anniversary party

The New Hanover County Public Library will celebrate a magical milestone this weekend. Harry Potter Day is Saturday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northeast Library.

New Hanover County breaks tourism spending mark for seventh straight year

New Hanover ranks eighth in the state in tourism expenditures.

UNCW chancellor discusses $25K scholarship gift, Silent Sam

Fall semester classes have started at UNCW, but even before the first day of class on Wednesday, it was a busy week for Chancellor Jose "Zito" Sartarelli.

Breweries collaborate to celebrate under-appreciated beer

Jud Watkins, who owns the brewery, joined us on WECT News First at Four and talked about an event that brings together several breweries this weekend.

Talented teens star in a musical about growing up

Talented teens star in a musical about growing up, fitting in and standing out.

State treasurer discusses state employees benefits, Connect NC bonds projects

State Treasurer Dale Folwell is able to share some good financial news, and he's hoping the economic upswing will eventually reach even more people.

Animal lovers gather for event that helps our furry friends

The Wilmington Fur Ball benefits no-kill animal groups in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties.

'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' is classic western tale of good versus evil

It's rare to see a Western on stage in Wilmington, especially one that isn't a musical.

Volunteers to provide backpacks filled with supplies to foster children

Many children haul their personal items to foster homes in a black trash bag.

Low-interest rate loans help North Carolina students close the tuition gap

The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), a free service that helps college-bound students and their families plan, apply, and pay for higher education, now offers low-interest rate loans for students attending college in the state.