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.

NHRMC's Innovation Center fosters new ideas to improve health and wellness

New Hanover Regional Medical Center, which opened Monday, plans to foster collaboration between nurses, doctors and hospital administrators as well as community partners and thought leaders from various industries to increase awareness of health technology initiatives.

NEWS NOW: Search continues for men suspected of killing a man in SC then robbing a store in NC

Join us at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for News Now, our new daily, digital-only news program.

Yelp highlights Wilmington-made treats and sweets

Yelp highlighted some Wilmington-made treats and sweets on WECT News First at Four.

Rodeo of cowboys and cowgirls will help Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Embrace your inner cowboy or cowgirl at an event that will help the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. For the first time in several years, the facility will host a professional rodeo at the B&GH Farm and Exhibition Center on Bill Thompson Lane.

Wilmington company makes Inc. magazine's list of fastest-growing companies

Did you know the headquarters for one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country is in Wilmington?

  Aspiring cat cafe owner hopes to collect signatures for petition at pop up event

The café would serve coffee and be inhabited by furry friends who are available for adoption.

Port City Jerry Garcia Day will raise money for charity

Deadheads will unite for an event that celebrates Jerry Garcia.

WPD on scam attempt: Don't hesitate to call 911 in a situation like that

The Wilmington Police Department wants the public to know that if it feels like it may be a target of a scam, don't hesitate to reach out to law enforcement.

UNCW grad holds his Marine commissioning ceremony on campus

Jeremy Jones was able to blend two pivotal factors in his growth when the time came for his Marine Corps commission ceremony.

First at Four Recipe: Red Snapper en Papillote

A chef is on a mission to help home cooks get over their fears of cooking fish.

Back to school tech advice for parents

Children going back to school will likely need a computer to complete their assignments, and experts have some helpful hints for parents to keep in mind as they begin their annual shopping trips. Sascha Segan, the lead mobile analyst at, says the first tip for parents is to know what the students will need when it comes to a computer, as opposed to what they want.

First all-female crew flies NOAA mission into Hurricane Hector

Since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane hunters program began in the 1960s, no two women had piloted an NOAA plane together. That changed Sunday.

Boxing at the Beach will punch up your weekend plans

Amateur boxers will show off their skills in an event this weekend.

Success is sweet for family behind pie company

A family recipe that dates back to the late 1800s turned one family business into the most popular piemakers in the state.

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival features drama, documentary, comedy

A drama, a documentary and a comedy will be featured during the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival's third summer series, which begins Thursday.

'World of Dance' Live Tour to perform in Wilmington

NBC's summer smash hit series World of Dance has announced its second live tour and will be making its way to the Port City. Some of the greatest dancers from across all genres will take the stage at the Wilson Center on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m.

Event will combine art and activism

Art can change the world. That's the message from organizers of a weekend event that brings together art and activism.

New alliance aims to support breastfeeding teachers

The Educators Breastfeeding Alliance is launching a new program to empower breastfeeding mothers who want to continue their journey as they go back to teaching.

You could say these children are acting animals

One of the most popular animated movies of the new millennium hits the stage as a children's musical.

Female powered 'Steel Magnolias' features some of Wilmington's best actresses

Steel Magnolias follows a group of women who are as "delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel." The stage play is coming to Cape Fear Academy's Erin E. McNeill Fine Arts Center beginning Friday, Aug. 3.

Coordinator at recovery center discusses his struggle with addiction

Dermot Gibney says his American dream ended up in a swamp in Okeechobee, Fla., at a drug and alcohol treatment center.

Stories of food, family and faith adapted from cookbook for musical

Memories, Molasses & More is a musical adapted from a cookbook written by sister churches, Missionary Macedonia Baptist and Winter Park Baptist.

Instructor shares tips for driving during wet weather

Al Gover, the director of Cape Fear Community College's truck driver training program, said roads are usually at their slickest shortly after rain begins to fall and waiting to drive can be safer.

UNCW shark researcher 'absolutely fascinated about these animals we know so little about'

While most people can trace their fear of sharks to watching the movie Jaws, UNCW assistant professor Kara Yopak has a much different take on the movie and sharks.

Play imagines meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso

Picasso at the Lapin Agile imagines what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Parisian cafe in the early 1900s.