Brunswick County identifies COVID-19 outbreaks at two additional congregate living facilities

Brunswick County Health Services has identified COVID-19 outbreaks at two additional congregate living facilities in the county.

  Community fights property development that they say won’t fit in

Gov. McMaster issues executive order prohibiting bars, restaurants from selling alcohol past 11 p.m.

  Suspect in Thursday’s deadly shooting on Carolina Beach Road arrested

‘I came here to get a better opportunity:' UNCW international student responds to new ICE guidelines

Deadline for feedback on New Hanover Schools’ reopening plans extended to Monday

Man allegedly leads law enforcement on foot chase just one day after completing probation

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NC’s prisons said all inmates would be tested for COVID-19 by August. It doesn’t have a schedule to do so.

WECT currently experiencing issues with livestream

  Find North Carolina’s best waterfalls and swimming holes in this month’s ‘Our State’

  For fifth day in row, N.C. reports record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations; cases eclipse 81,000

Gaming machines seized from Columbus Co. gas station

  UNCW launches ‘Best for the Nest’ website to help students prepare for upcoming fall semester

  Fourth resident at Brunswick congregate living facility passes away due to COVID-19

Brunswick County public health officials announced that a fourth resident at a congregate living facility in the county has died from COVID-19.

  Guns, marijuana found after probation absconder arrested in Bladen Co.

Law enforcement officials found assault rifles and marijuana in the home of a probation absconder Thursday after noon.

  WPD: Man accused of finding lost wallet, using card to make purchase

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly found a lost wallet and then used a card inside it to make a purchase.

  “The real problem would be if people freak out:” UNCW professor on national coin shortage

A nationwide coin shortage has businesses posting signs requesting “exact change only” or limiting transactions to credit and debit cards.

UNCW officials say university currently deemed “hybrid school”

  Attempted scams targeting Duke Energy customers hit record high

  As case counts increase, so does the difficulty of contact tracing

Inflatable pool drifts offshore; juveniles get into difficulty

Man convicted of trying to lure students from Wilmington school

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  One person killed, another injured in gun battle between 2 cars along Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington police say

One person was killed and another injured following a gun battle between two vehicles along Carolina Beach Road Thursday afternoon, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

Cases continued for eight arrested during downtown Wilmington protests

Court cases for eight people who were arrested during protests in Downtown Wilmington have been continued.

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: Columbus County man last seen by family in December has been found

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office reported the man who was last seen eight months ago has been found

  Gov. Cooper: Announcement on schools coming next week

An announcement on reopening schools in North Carolina will come next week, Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday.

New Hanover County Schools employee at International School at Gregory has tested positive for COVID-19

According to NHCS, the employee was last present at work on Tuesday, June 30.

ACC Olympic sports to delay start until Sept. 1

The Atlantic Coast Conference will delay the start of its fall Olympic sports until Sept. 1.

  Riegelwood man charged in June shooting in Bladen County

A Riegelwood man has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a night club in Bladen County last month.

  WPD: Suspect in Rankin St. shooting taken into custody

A man is facing attempted murder and drug charges after he was arrested by the Wilmington Police Department Wednesday night.

  Former labor union president sentenced to prison in embezzlement case

Keith Alan Ludlum, 48, of Bladenboro, was sentenced today to 14 months in prison and ordered to pay $213,201.05 in restitution Wednesday.

High School football player injured in ATV accident

Rising junior football player at New Hanover High School, Patrick Faircloth, was badly injured in a four-wheeler accident Wednesday.

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.

  Partnership Advisory Group holds virtual Q & A session

The Partnership Advisory Group exploring the future of NHRMC held a virtual Q&A about their decision.

  ‘We’ve already lost everything:’ Thief steals home from family displaced by Florence

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for a 21 foot 2009 Gulf Stream Camper. While the agency regularly files reports for stolen property, this case is different because the camper was home to the Cline family.

Deputies serving unrelated warrant reportedly find man in possession of 88 grams of cocaine

According to Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were serving a warrant for Gregory Paul Little at his residence on Tupelo Drive when they reportedly found drugs and a gun in his possession.

Gov. Cooper’s vetos stand as override attempts fail in General Assembly

The North Carolina House and Senate failed to override six vetoes by Gov. Roy Cooper during floor sessions on Wednesday.

Up to 170,000 gallons of wastewater discharges in Ocean Isle Beach

Up to 170,000 gallons of untreated wastewater discharged from a sewer main in Ocean Isle Beach early Wednesday morning.

NCDOT overspent on salary increases by $39M, audit says

The North Carolina Department of Transportation overspent on salary adjustments by $39 million during the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to a state audit.

  Your skin and masks: advice to keep skin healthy while wearing masks

Amid the mask mandate, many of us are having trouble with skin irritation or breakouts. Some Wilmington dermatologists offers some advice.

  VIDEO: Wilmington police looking for suspects in break-in

The Wilmington Police Department is attempting to identify two suspects who broke into a local business recently.

WPD looking for suspect in hit and run at Independence Mall

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted in connection to a hit and run.

  NCHSAA waiting to make decision on when high school sports can resume

North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Commissioner Que Tucker held a virtual meeting with the media on Wednesday.

  Wilmington-shot ‘Halloween Kills’ pushed back to Oct. 2021

John Carpenter, the iconic horror mastermind behind the “Halloween” film franchise, announced on Twitter Wednesday that the latest chapter of the newest trilogy — “Halloween Kills” — has been delayed until October 2021.

3 charged in Bladen County tractor theft

A trio of men is accused of stealing a tractor in Bladen County.

  2 charged with hate crime for vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural in California

California prosecutors have charged two people with a hate crime along with other misdemeanors for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural.

  Justice Department warns of fake mask ‘exemption’ cards

The Department of Justice is warning the public of fraudulent cards and other documents bearing the agency’s logo that claims individuals are exempt from mask-wearing requirements.

  High school sports calendar up for discussion Wednesday

As of now, the official start date for high school practice in North Carolina for Fall athletes is August 1st. Teams can start playing August 17th.

Several veto override votes on today’s agenda for North Carolina General Assembly

A veto from Governor Roy Cooper hasn’t been overridden since late 2018.

  Key figure in election fraud investigation files for re-election in local race

Monday, McCrae Dowless filed to run for re-election for a position he has held since 2012. He signed up on the last day candidates were eligible to file.

  Former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr plays on Beck Black’s new single and video

You can hear Ringo Starr’s drums behind Beck Black’s vocals in the new single “Who’s Gonna Save Rock n’ Roll”. The video for the song released just in time for the former Beatles’ drummer's 80th birthday on July 7. Black, who grew up in Bladen County, talks about how their talents got together.

  New Hanover County Schools issues survey to gather feedback on proposed instructional plans

While awaiting guidance from Governor Roy Cooper about school instruction for the fall, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) is seeking input about Plans A, B and C.

COVID-19 clusters confirmed at Union Co. graduation ceremony and among middle school staff

Officials have identified 16 people who tested positive for COVID-19 who all attended the Marvin Ridge High School graduation.

  New Hanover County Schools discusses changing the name of Walter Parsley Elementary School

At a meeting Tuesday evening, the New Hanover County Schools Board of Education members discussed the renaming of Walter Parsley Elementary School.

  Virtual public meetings held for Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization held its second of three virtual public hearings Tuesday night on Zoom.

  NHRMC Trustees approve of a potential deal with Novant Health

The board of trustees for New Hanover Regional Medical Center is also in favor of a deal with Novant Health.

  Community discusses impacts of Cape Fear Memorial Bridge replacement

Engineers are working on plans to replace one of the Cape Fear region’s most famous icons.

Man with North Carolina connections wanted in association with Horry County drug trafficking operation

Local and federal authorities are still searching for a man wanted in connection with a drug trafficking bust in Horry County, SC.

  CDC releases guidelines on youth sports safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with updated guidelines for youth sports safety in the age of COVID-19.

  EPA approves first surface disinfectant products tested for the coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two products for killing the novel coronavirus on surfaces following laboratory testing.

NCDHHS warns of methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers that can cause blindness, death

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is joining the CDC and FDA in alerting consumers of adverse health effects associated with methanol-contaminated hand sanitizers.

  NWS confirms tornado touched down Monday at Caswell Beach

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down briefly Monday in Brunswick County.

Pender County Sheriff’s Office seeks help locating missing trailer

The public’s assistance is sought to find a 21-foot Gulf Stream camper trailer that was stolen from Millstone Trail in Rocky Point sometime after noon July 5th.

  NCDHHS issues order to make COVID-19 testing more widely available

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday issued a statewide order to make COVID-19 testing available in more communities, including historically marginalized populations, and increase reporting of test results, both positive and negative, to state health officials.

  Court allows NC bowling alleys to reopen; Gov. Cooper requests stay

An association representing bowling establishments across North Carolina can reopen immediately following a court’s ruling on Tuesday.

  N.C. again sees record number of hospitalizations as COVID-19 cases top 75,000

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has been releasing a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045 virtual meetings being held this week

You have a chance this week to learn more about plans for transportation and roadway improvements for the Cape Fear region.

  Third coronavirus-related death reported at Brunswick County congregate living facility

Brunswick County public health officials announced that a third resident at a congregate living facility in the county has died from COVID-19.

New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office looking for larceny suspects

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying people connected to a larceny at a gas station.

Public safety officer taken to hospital after fire call on Bald Head Island

A public safety officer for the Village of Bald Head Island required medical attention after assisting with a fire call on the island Monday afternoon.

  Dr. Mandy Cohen: She is a mom, a wife and the face of North Carolina’s effort against COVID-19 (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

After handling health crises on Capitol Hill, Dr. Mandy Cohen never anticipated having to help ten million people through a pandemic. As North Carolina's DHHS Secretary, Dr. Cohen is the face of the state's effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, while also being a wife and mom to two little girls.

  Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrates 80th birthday

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is celebrating his 80th birthday on Tuesday.

  New Hanover County sports teams open summer workouts

For the first time since COVID-19 canceled high school sports back in March, teams from New Hanover County are back on the field Monday.

Gov. Cooper vetoes bill that would make death records secret

Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 168 Monday night, which has gained national attention for a provision that would have shielded some death investigation records from the public.

  Faith group files federal complaint, calls for charges of three former WPD officers for conspiracy

The Wilmington Clergy Truth and Reconciliation Mission filed the complaint, naming the three officers recently caught on tape using racist language.

  CFCC provides heavily redacted legal bills after WECT hires attorney

After repeatedly refusing to provide itemized bills for the college’s legal expenses, insisting the bills from their attorney were protected by attorney-client privilege, CFCC changed course and gave those documents to WECT at the end of June.

  Passenger numbers at ILM on the rise as airport adjusts to financial hit of pandemic

The Wilmington International Airport has seen a dramatic decrease in passengers this spring and summer thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Young Scientist Academy launches summer coding program for local girls

Wilmington’s Young Scientist Academy kicked off their Code Girls program on Monday.

  Waterspout spotted off Brunswick County beach

A waterspout was briefly spotted off a beach in Brunswick County Monday afternoon.