Yard sales December 14

Yard sales for December 14, 2019

Calling all polar plungers: 2020 Wrightsville Plunge registration open now

  The Salvation Army now accepting donations through Apple Pay, Google Pay

  New training center for Wilmington police and fire aims to train for the future

  One Love Tennis luncheon raises thousands for training and education

  Free trees: homeowners can pick up trees to replace ones lost to Hurricane Florence

What is that walnut sized mass on my Christmas tree?

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  80-year-old Army veteran builds wooden toys for children in need

Holiday shipping: money-saving tips & last-minute deadlines

  Pleasure Island neighbors invite you to tour their homes this holiday season

  Volunteers needed immediately for angel tree and to deliver meals on Christmas Eve

  “You want to make sure that your money is going to be well spent”: the dos & don’ts of charitable giving

  Pender Co. Board of Education approves anti-vape program

  PFAS detected in New Hanover County compost

New Hanover County’s compost facility tested positive for low levels of 16 different types of PFAS.

  Wilmington restaurant in running for highly touted national award

Pine Valley Market is one of only ten restaurants across the country to be nominated for the Toasty Award

  ‘It changed by life,’ YMCA recognized by CDC for Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA of Southeastern NC received full recognition status for their Diabetes Prevention Program. The award is the highest honor given by the Center of Disease Control.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: ‘Send us to the show!’ Librarian wants to take students to Broadway play in N.Y.

Librarian wants to take students to Broadway play in N.Y.

  Wilmington’s oldest bed and breakfast is nearly restored from Florence damage

  Two Wilmington moms host ‘Autism Closet Exchange’

  6-year-old collecting blankets to warm the hearts of seniors for the holidays

  Freeman Park annual permits on sale today after delivery delays

  Live fire training underway in Carolina Beach

  Children of all needs visit with Santa this holiday season

Yard sale December 7

Yard sales today in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties.

  Wilmington fishing industry has “bounced back,” despite fewer oysters on the market

Local fish markets in the area are seeing an increase in most species of fish, a sign by co-owner of Seaview Crab Company, Sam Romano, that the local industry has finally made a comeback.

Get into the holiday spirit with the annual Wilmington Holiday Parade

The 17th annual Holiday Parade will take place in downtown Wilmington Sunday evening.

  Leland first responders pack patrol car, fill firetruck with food for Brunswick Family Assistance

Personnel from two of Leland’s public safety departments came together for a different kind of mission Friday.

  Wrightsville Beach holds remembrance service for fallen firefighter

The Town of Wrightsville Beach and the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department held a remembrance service Friday for a firefighter who died in the line of duty nearly 40 years ago.

  Be a child’s angel this Christmas through the Salvation Army, 200 children still in need

The Salvation Army plans to help over 2,000 children across the region in the annual Angel Tree program.

  Good Friends come together to support those in need

Women come together for luncheon to help those who slip through the cracks of other aid organizations

Developer of proposed Porters Neck project asks for continuance of public hearing

Logan Developers, Inc. has submitted a request to rezone approximately 52 acres of land from R-15 and R-20 Residential Districts to a Conditional Residential Multi-Family Low Density District.

  ‘It could be your hurt,’ says Wilmington mother who lost son to gun violence

For the fifth year, a number of Wilmington-area faith communities and local organizations came together for a vigil to remember victims of gun violence and to pray for an end to gun violence.

  Gov. Cooper delivers furniture, money to Market North residents

Gov. Roy Cooper will visit Market North Apartments Thursday

  Lidl is officially open in Wilmington

It’s been a long time coming, Lidl officially opened its first store in Wilmington Wednesday.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach selling tickets for upcoming penguin exhibit

Presales are live for Penguin Encounters and VIP Penguin Experiences at the Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse.

Chick-fil-A set to open long-awaited Leland location with campout party

The grand opening for Chick-fil-A Leland Town Center will kick off Dec. 4 and carry on into Dec. 5. The first 100 people in line for the official opening will receive free Chick-fil-A for a year.

CENC Food Bank hosts Giving Tuesday Volunteer event

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina hosted a Giving Tuesday volunteer event.

Leaders explore plans to address flooding issues on Canal Drive

The Town of Carolina Beach is hosting an open house Tuesday night for residents to speak out about flooding issues that have plagued the island for years.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to stimulate critical thinking using Legos

Mrs. W of Williams Township School is asking for a variety of Lego sets to help stimulate students in grades K-2 during their weekly library centers.

  Pender County Commissioners delay revoking Hampstead Marina’s special use permit

The Pender County Commissioners discussed the revocation of the Hampstead Marina’s special use permit after numerous violations were found against certain requirements.

  Vape education school program proposed to Pender County Commissioners

The Pender County Health department proposed an educational program to the Pender County Board of Commissioners on the dangers of vaping in county schools.

  Leland names Shirley as town’s next police chief

When Leland Police Chief Mike James retires in February, current Deputy Chief Brad Shirley will be his replacement, town officials announced Monday.

A look at WECT’s holiday programming

This year’s holiday programming on WECT is enough to turn any Grinch into a George Bailey (at the end of the movie, of course!)

Holiday Collection

WECT is making sure you're ready for the holiday season!  We've put together everything you need to get you in the holiday spirit.

Yard sales November 30

Yard sales November 30 in New Hanover and Pender Counties

Get into the holiday spirit with the annual tree-lighting ceremony

Thanksgiving is over and now it's time to switch gears! The annual downtown Wilmington holiday tree lighting ceremony will take place tonight at Riverfront Park.

Record number of entries for 2019 Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot

A record turnout of 3,230 runners and walkers started their Thanksgiving Day by helping Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, taking part in the 2019 Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot 5K race and one-mile walk.

Diligence returns after 60-day patrol in Caribbean

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned home to Wilmington just in time for Thanksgiving on Thursday after completing a 60-day patrol in the Caribbean.

Topsail High to perform in Chicago parade on Thanksgiving Day

The Topsail High School marching band is in Chicago getting ready for their most watched performance. The band will perform Thursday in the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade.

Carolinas fall into top 10 list of worst states for drunk driving

According to its website, the DUI severity score is calculated using each state’s DUI arrest rate per 100,000 population and the DUI fatality rate per 100,000 population.

  American Legion Post changes name to honor fallen soldier

Ceremony to honor and rename American Legion Post 68, Leland to John E. Jacobs American Legion Post 68, Leland

  Operation Pretty Things collecting cosmetics, beauty supplies for victims of domestic violence

Operation Pretty Things, an organization whose mission is to “love and empower women victimized by domestic violence and sexual assault,” is currently conducting its Fall Pretty Things Drive.

  Street Turkeys taking donations for families in Southeast North Carolina

Street Turkeys event taking donations for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

1898 descendants divided on George Davis confederate statue

1898 descendants divided on George Davis confederate statue

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants books for students to read during holiday break

Britta Burrows , a Pre K-2 teacher at Sunset Park Elementary, a year-round school, would like books for each of her students to read during the holiday break

VIDEO: Blitzen spotted checking out downtown Wilmington eatery

It looks like Blitzen was scoping out parts of downtown Wilmington to prepare Santa for the big night.

  1898: A tale of two descendants

1898 descendants share different views on reparations

  Start your holidays on the right track by making a stop at the Christmas Train and Light Spectacular

The event kicks off Friday, Nov. 29, at the Wilmington Railroad Museum at 505 Nutt St.

  WAVE Transit unveils new Port City Trolley Program

New trolley will replace the previous trolley, with a revised route and a new name. The community engaged in a naming contest, and in May 2019, the votes were in favor of the new name, Port City Trolley.

Help name the newest loggerhead sea turtles at Fort Fisher aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is holding a public contest to help name two baby loggerhead sea turtles currently in the aquarium’s care.

  What it takes to light up Enchanted Airlie and your holiday spirit

Planning for the big light show in Wilmington is a full-time job and takes a village to make it all come together.

  Recipes for easy, last minute Thanksgiving side dishes

A couple of recipes that don't take up much time, only require simple ingredients and are always a big hit at family gatherings.

Yard sales November 23

Yard sales November 23, 2019 in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties

Carolina Panthers Player Impact Committee helps reunite families separated by bail

The Carolina Panthers Player Impact Committee and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation are teaming up with The Bail Project to help low-income people accused of non-violent crimes get out of jail.

  Foster parents needed as our region still grapples with opioid crisis

New Hanover County has more 400 children and Brunswick County has about 120 children who are in the foster care system

Hundreds gather for annual vigil to honor victims of violent crime

Over 250 people will be honored and remembered during the 24th annual Candle Light Memorial Service in Brunswick County.

The 2019 National Thanksgiving Turkeys were raised on a farm in Clinton, NC

The 2019 National Thanksgiving Turkeys were raised on a farm in North Carolina for the first time in ten years.

Wrightsville Beach announces schedule for holiday events

Several holiday events are on the horizon for the Town of Wrightsville Beach.

  New Hanover Co. looks for foster families as greater percentage of kids enter the system due to opioid crisis

The most recent data from the Department of Social Services shows fewer children needed foster care in 2018 from the previous year, but a greater percentage of them are connected to the opioid crisis.

  Potbelly Sandwich Shop is coming to Wilmington

Wilmington will be the first of 13 new Potbelly Sandwich Shop locations to open across North and South Carolina.

  Opening pushed back for mysterious Wilmington eatery

The general manager couldn't give specifics about the restaurant, but did confirm it is owned by Cookout and will be the first eatery of its kind.

Firefighters hit the ground with boots in hand to raise money for MDA

Firefighters from New Hanover County Fire Rescue will hit the streets next week as part of its annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign.

Wilmington FD demonstrates cooking safety at fall open house

The Wilmington Fire Department presented an open house to demonstrate ways to keep Thanksgiving as safe and possible.

Exhibit chronicling NASA-Snoopy connection now open at Cape Fear Museum

A traveling exhibit chronicling the interconnected histories of NASA and the Peanuts characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy is now open to the public at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science.

  Beauty pageant has a plot twist

All of the contestants have one thing in common

Battleship North Carolina closes early due to tidal flooding

According to an announcement on the U.S.S. North Carolina Facebook page, the ship closed early Tuesday afternoon due to tidal flooding.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Cracking the code on coding

Mr. Kukor is hoping to help his students at Pender Early College High School crack the code on coding with some hands-on activities to help improve their skills.

  Nonprofit organized to stop sale or partnership of NHRMC

A new nonprofit organization has been formed to stop the sale or partnership of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Save our Hospital, Inc. says they plan to launch a public information campaign.

  St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church hosts its second annual German Christmas Market this weekend

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church hosts its second German Christmas Market this weekend

  A congregation returns home

14 months, that’s the amount of time that’s passed since the Grace United Methodist Congregation last saw their sanctuary.

  UNCW professor given North Carolina’s highest honor award

Accomplished author Philip Gerard was honored by Governor Cooper with an award for his outstanding literature.