Regional task force continues work on justice initiatives

At its fourth meeting, the task force, that formed in the summer to address racial and social injustice in the Pender region, met to develop a mission statement

  Fill up ‘Big-Hearted Bins’ for seniors, shelter pets this holiday season

  Brunswick County small business owners giveaway 500 Thanksgiving dinners during their own time of need

‘Suicide Bridge’ survivor says simply asking someone if they’re okay could save a life

  Hand sanitizing stations placed throughout downtown Wilmington

  ‘It was instant regret’: Golden Gate Bridge suicide survivor to share story in virtual event in Wilmington

Volunteers needed to make turkeys for Thanksgiving

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COVID-19 forced cancelation of annual Polish Festival but pierogis and more will be sold during drive thru event

  Honor Flight is back in the area to thank veterans in a special way

  Wave Transit announces new executive director

  The City of Wilmington files appeal over short-term rental ordinance

  Veterans Day events still on the books in the face of the pandemic

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants art supplies for “extra special artists”

  Hundreds of cards pour in for local Veterans

Hundreds of children and members of the community pitch in to write letters to Veterans in lieu of the annual Veterans Day Parade.

15th Annual Run for the Warriors 5k and half-marathon go virtual this year

The race is usually held in Jacksonville, but since it's virtual, anyone from anywhere can participate and support post-9/11 vets.

  The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere this year

Instead of one big event, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere this year

  COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Brandon’s Battle, a non-profit group that helps families of children with cancer

Brandon’s Battle is a non-profit group that helps families of children with cancer

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher seeks subscription to national book club for students

Tree planting event works to replace trees lost in storms, add to Wilmington’s Tree Initiative

  Wilmington’s annual Greek Festival is a drive-thru event this year

  Work continues during pandemic to advocate for neglected and abused children

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Climb-N-Crawl Caterpillar wanted for K-2 students

UNCW to test warning siren system

  Cape Fear Heart Walk goes virtual this weekend

Cape Fear Heart Walk goes virtual this weekend

  Cameron Art Museum celebrates 19th Amendment with community art project

The museum marked the Women’s Suffrage Centennial with a banner created with the help of more than 140 artists, quilters, textile artists, students and community members

  Senior input needed to plan a healthier future for NHC

The five-year Master Aging Plan (MAP) is being developed by the Senior Resource Center to help identify resources and determine services needed for older adults now and in the future.

  Art-oberfest returns to support artists hard hit by pandemic

The event is an art walk through the Carolina Place/Ardmore Historic Street Car District neighborhoods

  Volunteers needed: Red Cross demonstrates how easy and safe it is to be a donation center volunteer

The pandemic has caused a need for blood donations and blood donation center volunteers.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants charging cart for students’ Chromebooks

Kathy Butler, a K-2 teacher at Williams Township in Whiteville, is hoping to purchase a charging cart for her students' Chromebooks.

Charter captain saves sea turtle from certain death, caught in a gill net

On a sunset cruise last week Charter Captain Jeff Williamson found a sea turtle tapped in a section of gill net that had been cut off and left in the water.

Films announced for 2020 Cucalorus Film Festival

Over 90 films are lined-up for the online and drive-in film festival.

Duke Energy hosts virtual career panel for students during Nuclear Science Week

The celebrate Nuclear Science Week from Oct. 19 through Oct. 23, Duke Energy nuclear employees will host virtual career panels for high school students that focus on different nuclear power career.

Pender County food pantries in need of donations

Local businesses partnered to collect donations for food pantries in Burgaw and Hampstead.

YWCA Lower Cape Fear Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday

YWCA Lower Cape Fear wrote and submitted proclamations to the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County to declare Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples Day.

WPD to host “Drive-Thru Demo Day”

The Wilmington Police Department is hosting a drive-thru demo day.The event will be held Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Port City Community Church at 250 Division Dr.

  2020 Flotilla will happen after all but with significant changes

Wrightsville Beach releases plans for this year's Flotilla with COVID-19 restrictions

  NHCS publishes new bus routes, rules as kids prepare to return to class

NHCS has implemented changes and new requirements for bus transportation. Students will need to wear masks, have temperature checks at home, and sit one per seat on the bus to and from school.

  End of an era: Azalea Belles no longer a part of the Azalea Festival

Azalea Belles no longer a part of the Azalea Festival

Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational goes virtual

The 18th annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational will go virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Smart oven needed for food sciences class at elementary school

Holly Majewski, a S.T.E.M. elective class teacher at Belville Elementary is hoping to purchase a Breville Smart Oven through the Donors Choose website, an online charity that helps local teachers get funding for school projects.

New stores begin to open, renovations continue at Independence Mall

A year after construction began, work continues and some stores begin to open.

  Run for the Ta Tas takes a virtual turn this weekend

Run for the Ta Tas takes a virtual turn this weekend

No-kill shelter asking for votes to win $25,000

Paws Place Animal Shelter is in the running for a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program.

  Longtime community leader, activist dies

Longtime community leader, activist dies

  A safer approach to Halloween is recommended this year

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) published guidelines Friday to help people celebrate Halloween safely.

  UNCW hosts 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Conference

The conference is free and virtual for the entire community.

  “Stuff like that warms your heart”: Wilmington community wishes UPS driver happy retirement with yard signs

Many neighbors in the Pine Valley community say they love Kevin and appreciate his years of hard work.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs help purchasing scholastic magazines for science studies

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs help purchasing scholastic magazines for science studies

  New welcome signs installed at Long Leaf Park

New welcome signs installed after County Commissioners voted to change the name of Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington to Long Leaf Park

Whiteville City Council votes in favor of food trucks at special events

Whiteville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a text amendment to an ordinance in order to allow food trucks at special events.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes donors will help surprise her students with Legos for learning

Teacher hopes donors will help surprise her students with Legos for learning

Drive-through hiring event taking place in Wilmington Monday

On Target Staffing is holding the drive-through event on Sept. 21. It’s from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Old Time Pottery in Wilmington.

52nd annual Shriners Fish Fry cancelled for the year

52nd annual Shriners Fish Fry cancelled for the year

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher would like seat pockets for her kindergarten students

Teacher would like seat pockets for her kindergarten students. She is requesting donations through the Donors Choose website

  NC officials say no lesions, markings on dead fish found at Ocean Isle Beach

Researchers with North Carolina’s Division of Marine Fisheries are trying to find out what caused dozens of menhaden to wash ashore Thursday at Ocean Isle Beach.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants to give students a ’digital window into the world of learning’

Teacher wants to give students a ’digital window into the world of learning’

Non-profit paws4people awarded sixth grant to train service dogs for veterans

A grant of $702,323 was awarded to paws4people by the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program (WWSDP) in August 2020 to train and place service dogs with 15 veterans and/or service members.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Help Snipes Academy dance students beat the isolation blues

Mrs. Cleare, who teaches dance at Snipes Academy of Art & Design in Wilmington, is asking donors to help her students “cure the isolation blues” while they’re at home.

  Back the Blue event gives free meals to officers to show support, appreciation

A Wilmington restaurant serves lunch to first responders Tuesday.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants sports and exercise equipment for fun, healthy learning

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants sports and exercise equipment for fun, healthy learning

FREE school supplies offered this weekend, compliments of Novant Health and WIMA

FREE school supplies offered this weekend, compliments of Novant Health and WIMA

  New Hanover County animal shelter closed

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit has closed the animal shelter do to maintenance.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Art teacher wants sketchbooks for students to reflect on these unprecedented times

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Art teacher wants sketchbooks for students to reflect on these unprecedented times

  Community Classroom returns, helps teachers buy school supplies

Community Classroom returns, helps teachers buy school supplies

  Riverfest 2020 canceled

Riverfest 2020, scheduled for October 2-4 in downtown Wilmington, has been canceled.

Brigade Boys & Girls Club extends hours to help families during remote learning

The Board of Directors of Brigade Boys & Girls Club decided to extend open hours at its Youth and Teen Center locations to help families with remote learning and enrichment activities.

Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputy saves elderly man

While on patrol Tuesday, August 4, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputy rescued an elderly man from a ditch full of water into which he had just fallen.

Tony McGhee selected to fill open spot on ballot for New Hanover County Board of Education

The Executive Committee of the New Hanover County Republican Party has unanimously voted to submit Tony McGhee’s name as the party’s third candidate for Board of Education in the November 2020 General Election.

CFPUA announces no late fees charged or water shut off through the end of August

CFPUA will continue to provide services and suspend late fees through at least the end of August.

Community-wide forums will address public concerns about NHRMC’s proposed partnership

The Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) is holding online forums to answer questions from the community about the proposed partnership between New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) and Novant Health.

Pender County board of elections opens new satellite office

Beginning August 11, voters in Pender County will have access to a satellite office at the Pender County Hampstead Annex at 15060 US Hwy 17.

Energy bill support available from NCDHHS during North Carolina’s hot summer months

Funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)’s Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) is available to help people from low-income households manage their energy bills.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery hosts 12th Annual Spearfishing Tournament

The Wrightsville Beach Spearfishing Tournament is being held Friday, July 24 – Sunday July 26, 2020 at Sea Path Marina for anyone in the community to enjoy.

  New tiny home community for chronically homeless in Wilmington

It’s specifically designed to help people who have chronic medical conditions, and physical or mental disabilities that prevent them from being able to afford permanent housing.

  Community Spotlight: Save A Vet Now works to raise awareness and prevent veteran suicide

Only a year old, Save A Vet Now is partnering with Coastal Horizons to offer free resources for veteran.

“Racial Justice and the ’Rona”: YWCA to host panel discussion with youth leaders

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear will host a youth panel discussion on racial justice and the coronavirus Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m.

Pick up a free hurricane preparedness kit this Saturday

The New Hanover Disaster Coalition (NHDC) is giving away 500 buckets filled with essential hurricane supplies from two locations this Saturday.

UPDATE: 315 gallons of wastewater entered Pages Creek in the Bayshore area after a sewer main break

A sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) was reported in the 300-block of the Bayshore area at 3:29 p.m. Wednesday.

  WECT to air 30-minute special on Chief Donny Williams: Rising through the Ranks

WECT to air 30-minute special on Chief Donny Williams: Rising through the Ranks

  Wave Transit postpones fare reinstatement to a later date

Wave Transit has backtracked on its intention to reinstate fixed route bus fares and reopen its transfer facilities to a later, unspecified date.

YMCA to open second City pool and offer free swim lessons

Following the recent opening of the Robert Strange pool, the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina and the City of Wilmington are expected to open Legion Stadium pool Friday, July 3.