Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Brunswick County

Wilmington proposes extending Maj. Gen. Joseph McNeil Commemorative Way

WFD scores highest rating to date, good news for homeowners

  Come to the Cabaret, a night of Broadway favorites, to benefit Thalian Association Youth Theatre and She ROCKS

  Hampstead residents voice criticism over proposed sand mine development at public hearing

  Art is accessible and affordable at Art for All 10

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  City, county leaders meet with Wilmington Sharks to discuss stadium renovations

  CFCC offers classes on the history and science of beer

  Event for pet owners coming to Coastline Conference Center

  Pender County school staff undergo active shooter training

  Leland group holds meeting discussing solutions on littering

  Skippy and The Comedy Warriors perform at Thalian Hall Saturday

Cooler weather this weekend for 16th Annual Polar Plunge

Hundreds of brave souls will dive into the water this weekend for the 16th Annual Polar Plunge, which benefits the Special Olympics New Hanover County

  Community Spotlight: LINC, Inc. continues turning setbacks into comebacks after 20 years

The Wilmington based non-profit works to empower men and women, who were previously incarcerated, to become productive members of the community.

  Groups team up to offer free trees to replace ones lost in Hurricane Florence

Members of the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees and Verizon employees will distribute 500 three-gallon trees at Legion Stadium located 2149 Carolina Beach Road from 9 a.m. to noon or as long as trees are available.

  Learn about food that fuels your body and the economy at the Local Food Conference

Feast Down East will host its 10th annual Local Food Conference, which brings together community members and farmers, with the focus of supporting the local food system in Southeastern North Carolina

  Public meeting to address litter, illegal dumping issues in Brunswick Co. and across state

  Pender County ABC plans to withhold profits given to municipalities

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: ‘Kids learn by doing’

Carolina Beach leaders to hold meet-and-greet with new town manager

  Irish Music Night to support St. Patrick’s Parade, Cape Fear Literacy Council

  Perfect for date night: Fan favorite, ‘Guys & Dolls’, on stage Valentine’s Day weekend at UNCW

  Hundreds take part in Night to Shine Wilmington

Over 1,000 people take part in Night to Shine event in Wilmington.

  New Hanover County School’s Magnet Fair

New Hanover County Schools is hosting a Magnet and Choice Schools Fair.

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Looking back on Wilmington’s all-black hospital

Janice Barfield remembers the old Community Hospital well — she was a nursing student there in the 1960′s.

  Holli Saperstein stars as humorist who found laughter in suburban home life in ‘Erma Bombeck: At Wits End’

Erma Bombeck, an author and top syndicated columnist whose articles appeared in more than 900 newspapers, is known as the original female humorist

An “Event-Full” weekend full of peace, love and music

On this weekend before Valentine’s Day, grab the whole family and check out these events aimed at sharing the love and community support.

  StriperFest lures families for day of education about about the Cape Fear River’s ecosystem

StriperFest returns again this year to educate the public about ways to protect the Cape Fear River’s ecosystem

Letters donated to Cape Fear Museum show rare look into slavery

The Cape Fear Museum now has two letters that provide a look into slavery in New Hanover County in 1849-1850.

  Community members give their take on Battle Park development

New Hanover County wants the public’s input on plans for making Battle Park a passive recreation park.

  As neighbors continue to recover from two devastating hurricanes, Whiteville aims to get the attention of HGTV ‘Hometown Takeover’

Volunteers in Whiteville are hard at work in an effort to convince HGTV to select the Columbus County town for its “Hometown Takeover.”

  ‘What Goes Where?’ event clears up confusion around recycling, composting and waste diversion

The rules of recycling change often. Many have questions about what can and can’t be recycled

‘Every life is a biography:’ Teacher hopes to get materials for her students to create books

As part of the second-grade curriculum, students learn about people all over the world. Mrs. Dolan wants to give her students the opportunity to write about their own lives in the form of a personal narrative.

  Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sublime with Rome to perform at Azalea Festival

Sublime with Rome and Michael Franti & Spearhead will perform at this year’s North Carolina Azalea Festival on Friday, April 3, organizers announced Tuesday.

  Community meeting set for tonight for proposed senior-living apartments on Middle Sound Loop Road

The Residence at Canopy Pointe would be located on a approximately five-acre property at 205 Middle Sound Loop Road.

Former chief deputy with Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office passes away

John Marlow, a longtime member of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, passed away Sunday.

Amanda Knox, acquitted in roommate’s murder in Italy, visits Wilmington

Amanda Knox, who served four years for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher will be the keynote speaker at the LINC’s 2020 Milestones Dinner at Hotel Ballast Feb. 3.

  It won’t take ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ to ‘Help!’ JDRF

An evening of music from the Beatles raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

  New Community Arts Center Choir gives singers a chance to hit a high note

Have you ever wanted to sing in a choir? Get in tempo with the new Community Arts Center Choir

  Local anti-litter group heads to Raleigh this week

The Greater Leland Beautification Coalition hopes you can join them as they continue their fight for stricter ant-litter laws.

Second Amendment protection resolution passed unanimously by Columbus Co. commissioners

The Columbus County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution during Monday night’s meeting that would declare the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

Bladen County commissioners pass constitutional rights resolution

During its meeting Monday night, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution 6-3 that declares Bladen County a constitutional rights protected county.

  Take the plunge to help Special Olympics athletes

The 15th annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics New Hanover County will take place Saturday, Feb. 15, at Kure Beach Oceanfront Park (105 Atlantic Ave.).

  N.C. soldier killed overseas returns home, community shows up in droves to show support

The community showed up in droves Saturday to honor the sacrifice Specialist Antonio Moore made for his country. People lined the streets of Wilmington with American Flags to pay their respects and show support to his family.

WECT to feature special reports, documentary during Black History Month

WECT to feature special reports, documentary during Black History Month

  Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate, is featured guest at upcoming Writers’ Night

Green is a poet, teacher, community arts advocate, and the author of eight collections of poetry, published in over eighty national and international anthologies and magazines

Woman giving free hugs on nationwide mission to spread love and happiness

“People need human connection and they’re deprived of it. It just makes them happier and then that spreads on to the next person. It’s like a ripple effect of love and happiness.”

Community comes together to honor Police Chief Ralph Evangelous

Dozens of community members and members of area law enforcement agencies gathered Thursday afternoon to honor Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous as he approaches his final day of work.

Dancing, Laughing and Coffee: three ingredients for a good time this weekend

What do Football, the 1970s, Mardi Gras, coffee and oysters have in common? They’re all the focal point of events taking place this weekend.

  Cape Fear Council of Goverments counts homeless population in annual Point in Time count

The Cape Fear Council of Government’s conducted it’s annual Point in Time (PIT) homeless count Wednesday.

  Coloring book illustrates local black history month heroes

Coloring book illustrates local black history month heroes

  Little Black Dress Initiative increases awareness about human trafficking

The Junior League of Wilmington’s Little Black Dress Initiative is a week-long campaign designed to harness the power of social media to increase awareness around human trafficking and to raise money to support the League’s efforts

  Wilmington’s R&B connection returns with new urban radio station

A new urban adult contemporary radio station with deep roots launches in Wilmington during Black History Month.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to add a new cozy carpet

Hewlett’s class is full of 21 energetic five and six year old boys and girls who work better when they can spread out on the carpet, instead of sitting at tables.

  Community invited to forum on Black History Month & Martin Luther King Jr.

CastleBranch to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month with forum at the company's headquarters

  Concert event brings together rap and R&B artists

Organizers want the event to have the feel of 'America’s Got Talent' meeting 'P Diddy’s Starmaker.'

  Evening of culinary delights helps to make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses

Wish Upon a Chef, an event that includes culinary delights from 16 regional chefs, will make sure wishes come true for children with critical illnesses

  Enjoy a 70’s dance party fundraiser for Access of Wilmington

70's themed dance party fundraiser for Access of Wilmington at Edward Teach Brewery

  Largest home for sale on the Cape Fear River features sweeping waterfront view

WECT has been profiling unique homes across southeastern North Carolina in recent weeks.

  Fitness, Fishing and Fantasy: See what’s happening this weekend

if you’re looking for a way to relax, we’ve got you covered.

  ’Unmask a Cure’ at Brunswick Relay for Life Masquerade Gala

Relay for Life Brunswick County is hosting a Winter Masquerade Gala.

Food Network host Tyler Florence challenges local food trucks at GLOW event

Six local food trucks competed against each other Friday when Food Network star Tyler Florence hosted GLOW Academy’s annual celebrity chef event.

NHC schools present Minority and Women-Owned Business Fair

New Hanover County schools held the second annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Fair, an outreach event that opens the door for entrepreneurs to network and create business connections with the school system.

  Cash strapped WAVE transit warns city, county it could be ‘forced to suspend operations’

WAVE transit is in a cash crunch. Wilmington’s bus system relies on money from the federal, state and local government to operate, and some of that money hasn’t materialized as quickly as expected.

  North Carolina Jazz Festival: 40 and going strong

The North Carolina Jazz Festival is 40 and going strong

  Interim police chief speaks on new role, issues in Wilmington

In a sit-down interview with WECT Wednesday, Williams shared his thoughts on some of the city’s biggest issues and his transition into the top cop role.

  Shallotte Rotary Club to host Las Vegas Night fundraiser

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Planet Fun located at 349 Whiteville Road NW.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: “Let’s have a moment of science” Teacher wants tools for students to compete in Science Olympiad

6-8 grade students at Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply are getting ready for a Science Olympiad March 7 at UNCW. Their teacher, Patricia Gilliand, is asking for donation on the Donors Choose website to purchase tools to help them get prepared.

Beam me up: leaders celebrate Juvenile Justice Building expansion project with beam signing

County leaders celebrated Tuesday, the construction of the Juvenile Justice Building in downtown Wilmington with a beam signing ceremony.

  Former ‘Essence’ Editor-In-Chief is keynote speaker for UNCW’s 35th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration

Former 'Essence' Editor-In-Chief Susan Taylor will be the keynote for an event on the campus of UNCW to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  Hundreds come together for Martin Luther King Jr. parade

Despite the cold temperatures, the community honored MLK Jr. by attending the parade in downtown Wilmington Monday.

Heading to Wilmington’s MLK Parade? Here’s some helpful information

The parade begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Wilmington.

  Men in Black church service honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dozens of people turned out to Enoch Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Sunday for its annual Men in Black service, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  This weekend: 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher

This weekend, Fort Fisher will mark the 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher. The event will feature a tactical demonstration.

  Get Fit With 6: the turning point that ‘lit a fire’ to get healthy

As the 2020 Get Fit With 6 Race and Wellness expo approaches, we want you to know that we are as invested in your fitness and health goals as you are. Many of the staff members in front of and behind the scenes have worked hard and, at times, struggled to reach their own fitness goals.

  Brunswick County Gatorettes: a spirit squad for the ages

Four women make up the Brunswick County Gatorettes, a cheerleading squad for senior citizens.

Wilmington to host MLK Fun Day

The event, which include games, activities and refreshments, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MLK Center at 401 S. 8th St.

‘Turtleman’ spotted at busy intersection in Wilmington

Randy Gallagher, also known as the "Turtleman," travels all across the Carolinas setting up in empty lots at busy intersections with his African spurred tortoises. He has about a half dozen of the turtles that he allows children to ride.

UNCW women’s basketball team to host Pink Day for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

UNCW women’s basketball team to host Pink Day for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

  Davis Community seeks rezoning, special use permit to expand campus

Proposed plans call for the addition of a 150-unit multi-family independent living facility and 32 single-story cottages consisting of duplexes and triplexes.