First COVID-19 related death reported in southeastern NC

Brunswick County health officials confirm the first COVID-19 related death in southeastern North Carolina.

  For the first time in their lives, some find themselves turning to a food bank

“There are a lot of new people in the lines at food pantries and taking away hot meals that have never experienced food insecurity before,” said Beth Gaglione, the branch director of the Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington.

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  ’You just see the distress in their face and it’s heartbreaking’: Hospital worker talks gratitude, conditions inside local hospital

As the number of cases of Covid-19 continues to rise, health care professionals across the state are making difficult decisions on how to keep their families safe.

Church organization issues correction in pastor’s death

Mandy Iahn, 41, passed away over the weekend.

  Carolina Beach police investigate possible violations of short-term rental ban

Many beach towns across the Cape Fear have passed orders shutting down short term rentals in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
  Carolina Beach police investigate possible violations of short-term rental ban
  Officials warn of fire dangers during dry period in COVID-19 pandemic

  Hospitals worry about staffing as providers prepare for surge of coronavirus patients

Ventilator and equipment shortages have been the primary topics of conversation around COVID-19, but there appears to be a shortage of personnel as well.

  A local cheerleader’s next routine? Making hand sanitizer

A cheerleader in Leland is using her time away from school to help the community and raise money for her sport.

  At least 4 inmates test positive for COVID-19, N.C. prison officials say

The head of the North Carolina prison system says four inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 while four staff members say they have been infected by the virus.

Christian McCaffrey launches ‘22 and You’ to raise money for medical workers during COVID-19 crisis

McCaffrey announced “22 and You” Thursday, an effort to raise money for medical workers and healthcare heroes in life-saving work.

  State officials address issues filing unemployment claims

Assistant Secretary of the Division of Employment Security Lockhart Taylor addressed issues the community has faced while trying to file for unemployment claims.

Wilmington-based PPD awarded $750K federal contract to study possible COVID-19 treatment

The federal government has awarded Wilmington-based pharmaceutical company PPD $750,000 to research two antimalarial drugs being touted as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus.

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

Healthcare providers still accepting donations of medical supplies

Novant Health announced on Tuesday that it will accept donations of medical supplies after a growing number of businesses and community members reached out to offer help.

Two cats illegally dumped at Humane Society, authorities investigating

Two cats were illegally dumped at the New Hanover Humane Society. The shelter is closed due to the coronavirus.

  Making birthdays special during these trying times

Sunset Beach man got a special birthday message Wednesday.

NC sheriff’s deputy dies after fight against COVID-19, authorities say

Deputy "Bud" was a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and had previously served as a police officer with the Town of Candor, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins.

Blue Cross NC waives customer costs for COVID-19 treatment

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced Wednesday it is waiving customer costs for treatment for those diagnosed with coronavirus.

From the hands and hearts of community members to the heads of heroes

New Hanover Regional Medical Center NICU nurse Grace Caldwell is aptly named, bringing not only grace but an infectious joy to her fellow nurses and the community rallying behind them.

  “There is hope. We’re going to get through this together”; United Way shares ways to help in COVID-19 response

Non-profit groups are quietly answering the call for help across our country and here in the Cape Fear as each day brings new questions about how to best deal with the coronavirus and all that it means for our community.

  Church launching drive-thru food pantry

Food pantries are adjusting the way they operate to make sure those in need can still get food throughout the coronavirus crisis.

  Furniture store manager in Wilmington cited for violating “stay at home” order

Police say they warned the furniture store manager about needing to comply with the county order only yesterday.

Employee at North Carolina General Assembly tests positive for COVID-19

Officials say the employee was immediately sent home on March 26 after showing signs of the illness. The employee received the positive test results on Wednesday.

Making encouraging videos messages for Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish is asking for letters of hope for children who cannot travel or their Wish.

Coronavirus presents new challenges for pediatric cancer patients

Children facing pediatric cancer face additional challenges thanks to COVID-19.

Balancing act: Working full-time while trying to home-school

Stay at home orders and mass closures have left many with a lot of extra time on their hands, but not everyone.

Ft. Bragg soldiers help build massive temporary medical station in downtown NYC

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina were among those helping to build a massive temporary medical station in New York City.

  ‘Love them from a distance’: Local educators finding their way through virtual teaching

Virtual courses are kicking off in schools across the Cape Fear and just as parents and students are trying to figure it out, teachers are too.

  Additional call center assists with deluge of unemployment claims

The North Carolina Employment Security Office has added a 50-person call center to handle the unprecedented number of unemployment claims being filed.

CFCC hosting virtual activities for students, employees during coronavirus outbreak

Cape Fear Community College is hosting multiple virtual activities for its students and employees.

  UNCW announces pass/fail policy changes for spring semester

A new policy will allow UNCW students to opt into pass/fail grading for many of their courses after the spring semester ends and grades are reported, the university announced Tuesday.

NC sheriff’s deputy dies after fight against COVID-19, officials say

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy has died from the coronavirus, according to a Facebook post by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Customer surprises employees of local restaurant with $500 tip

Employees of a local restaurant got a pleasant surprise on Tuesday!

Sheriff Greene on reason for curfew: A gummy bear has more teeth than governor’s stay at home order

A daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will go into effect for the unincorporated parts of Columbus County starting Wednesday, April 1.

  Community members step up to create protective gear during pandemic

The country continues to battle an extreme shortage of personal protective equipment like face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  N.C. Attorney General, U.S. Attorney warn against Coronavirus-related scams

NC Attorney General Josh Stein spoke by video chat with WECT about potential scams.

  ‘We are all in this together’: Wilmington mayor denounces accounts of racism, urges unity in facing COVID-19

Incidents of racism and discrimination sparked a social media post from the City of Wilmington.

Cooper signs executive order prohibiting utilities from disconnecting delinquent customers

Governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday announced that he has signed an executive order that will prohibit utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  New initiative supporting local restaurants, healthcare providers and first responders

"Meals For Heroes" is an initiative between the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and, to help Wilmington-area restaurants and healthcare practitioners during the coronavirus pandemic

  Women helping women with home, work struggles during coronavirus crisis

The Inspiration Lab, a local group of over 300 women ranging in all ages, is making sure that all women have support during this unprecedented time.

UNCW suspends non-athletic summer programs

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington will suspend summer programs scheduled to begin in April and run through June 24 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Chief physician at NHRMC warns against ‘unproven therapies’ that claim cure for coronavirus

Dr, Philip Brown, Chief Physician at NHRMC warns against “unproven therapies” that claim cure for coronavirus