Children of all needs can visit with Santa this holiday season

The event is free on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m at the Mayfaire Town Center.

Yard sale December 7

  Senior care community staff receives disaster preparedness certification

  Wilmington student receives gift of a lifetime from classmates

  ’We want to try to help them deal with the grief and begin their recovery’: Red Cross brings fire victims relief in time of crisis

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

State fines Columbus County farmer for ‘drift damage’ from pesticide spray

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Woman injured in Brunswick County assault

  Wilmington police officers use tourniquets to save lives after string of shootings

Comedy is going to the dogs!

  Wilmington-shot ‘Reprisal’ debuts on Hulu

Navy sailor who killed 2 at Pearl Harbor shipyard was unhappy with commanders

Wilmington half marathon kicks off Saturday

Get into the holiday spirit with the annual Wilmington Holiday Parade

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

  Twins from Wilmington get their big break in ‘The Politician’

Trey and Trevor Eason, twins from Wilmington, got a lot of buzz for their roles in the Netflix show, 'The Politician'

  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.

Woman wanted in Texas arrested in N.C. after car chase through two counties

  Unique townhouse in historic Wilmington all about location, location, location

Boil water advisory lifted for Bladenboro

  Leslie “Bud” Hollenbeck: The bomb that nearly killed him at Pearl Harbor (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  First Alert Forecast: rain chances return to Cape Fear Region

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

Garth Brooks’ Charlotte show sells out in 90 minutes

Country music fans wasted no time buying up tickets to superstar Garth Brooks’ May concert in the Queen City.

High Point armed robbery suspect arrested in Wilmington

A man wanted in connection with an armed carjacking and police chase in High Point last month was arrested in Wilmington on Thursday.

  ‘Suspicious package’ turns out to be sprayer full of sand; S. 17th Street reopened to traffic

A suspicious package that shut down a section of South 17th Street Friday morning turned out to be a weed-killer-type spray bottle full of sand.

Family: Florence County teen missing since Nov. 14 suffers from impairment

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating a Florence County teen who has been missing since mid-November.

Ohio company recalls canned cat food due to health, safety and quality standard concerns

An Ohio based company is recalling cans of cat food due to concerns about its health, safety, and quality standards.

  Wilmington crews investigate Thursday night house fire

Wilmington firefighters responded to a house fire late Thursday night.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road closure information for tonight’s Carolina Beach Christmas Parade

The parade, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m., will proceed from Atlanta Ave. down Lake Park Blvd. to the Federal Point Plaza.

  WPD looking for suspects in larceny cases

The WPD posted pictured of the three suspects on its Facebook page Thursday.

  Sunset Beach police ask for public’s help in identifying woman

The police department posted a picture on its Facebook page Thursday of a person involved in “an incident” at Dollar General.

The trick to teaching your kids to save

Teaching your children about money-- could be one of the most important lessons a parent can provide. Especially in a world where millions carry debt each year for mortgages, student loans and credit cards.

  Partnership Advisory Group continues refining goals, hopes to get draft of RFP soon

Members of the NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group continued to discuss the goals the group has for the future of the hospital.

  Lenny Simpson issues call to action over violence in Wilmington

In the midst of a violent streak in Wilmington, sports legend Lenny Simpson is quietly working day in and day out to give kids a chance for a better future.

  Coast Guard closes section of Cape Fear River after submerged boat blocks channel

The Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone on a section of the Cape Fear River near the Port of Wilmington.

Children of wartime veterans scramble to repay money after state makes last-minute cut to scholarship

Children of wartime veterans—including children whose parents have been killed or injured in combat—are scrambling to adjust to major cuts to a promised state-funded scholarship weeks before the semester is set to end.

Veteran receives first-of-its-kind heart transplant at NC hospital

History was made at Duke University Hospital after a heart transplant team became the first in the U.S. to transplant an adult heart into a recipient through a process known as Donation after Circulatory Death, or DCD.

  5 flu-related deaths reported in NC this season

Five people have died from the flu in North Carolina since the season began.

Armed car thief crashes stolen vehicle with baby in back seat, police say

Police say a man stole a vehicle with a baby inside and crashed in east Charlotte before he was arrested near a middle school where children had been playing outside Thursday afternoon.

Sources: Major League Soccer to announce Charlotte as newest franchise

Sources confirmed to WBTV Thursday that Major League Soccer (MLS) will announce Charlotte as the newest franchise. The announcement is expected to happen on December 17.

TRAFFIC: Crash involving overturned mail truck closes lanes on Military Cutoff

Wilmington authorities are on the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Military Cutoff Road and Covil Farms Road.

North Carolina lottery takes step toward more online sales

North Carolina lottery leaders have taken a key step toward expanding online sales, while leaving themselves a way out if they aren’t satisfied with the details or face opposition from retailers or politicians.

Elizabethtown woman pleads guilty to stabbing victim with razor blade

An Elizabethtown woman will spend time in prison after she charged another woman with a razor blade.

Bladenboro man to spend up to 8 years in prison following domestic dispute

A Bladenboro man will spend the next 7 to 8.25 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges stemming from a domestic dispute in August.

  School bus tracking app now available for New Hanover County parents

New Hanover County Schools administrators are preparing to launch a new phone app that will help parents track their child’s school bus. The Parent Portal Bus Tracking Application won’t officially go live until January 2, but administrators are doing a soft roll out this month to help people get fam

  Bladen County man gets 10 years in prison for Christmas Day shooting

A judge sentenced a man from Bladen County to up to a decade in prison for firing shots last Christmas in Bladenboro.

N.C. man wanted for kidnapping, raping woman

A 20-year-old man is wanted after Harnett County deputies say he kidnapped a woman from her yard and raped her.

  Don’t let a Grinch steal your Christmas, protect yourself from porch pirates

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community about the rise in porch pirates this time of year.

  Worker recognized for actions during Bladen County active shooter situation

The Bladen County Sheriff recognized a man Thursday for his help during a shooting at Smithfield Foods last month.

  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

  Man tries to run from detectives, arrested for several drug-related crimes

A man in Maple Hill was arrested after running from detectives.

Concerns about fire suppressant foam caused a flight delay at ILM

The FAA told airports in the U.S. that using the foam would result in “longer-than-expected extinguishing times or possible failure to achieve extinguishment.”

  CBFD conducting live fire training this weekend

The Carolina Beach Fire Department will conduct live structure fire training at 515 Cape Fear Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

  First Alert Forecast: sunny now, showers soon

Your Thursday weather is nice and bright and dry but several shower chances dot the extended forecast.

  New film advisory council to have inaugural meeting in Raleigh

The new Governor's Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming will have its first meeting next week in Raleigh.

FBI asking public nationwide for help identifying woman in child pornography investigation

The female, only known as Jane Doe 37, may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

’Narwhal’ staying with rescue; role as therapy dog

The extra feature isn't causing any complications.

USPS issues new Healing PTSD semipostal stamp

The U.S. Postal Service issued a new stamp this week, aimed to help raise money for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

New Hanover County Schools to launch online reporting system

On Monday, New Hanover County Schools will launch a new system that will allow parents, students, employees, and community members to report a complaint or concern anonymously.

  WPD investigating shooting in Redpoint neighborhood

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to the 600 block of Steamboat Springs Ave. in the Redpoint neighborhood at approximately 2:45 a.m. in reference to shots fired.

  Man armed with knife attempts to rob gas station

A man attempted to rob a gas station with a knife early Thursday morning, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Smart Start executive director wins big in education lottery, plans to start education legacy

Connie Carr-Costin, the executive director of Smart Start in Pender County, won $636,788 on Nov. 17 with a ticket she purchased using Online Play on the Education Lottery’s website.

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.

'That’s my mom’: Necklace with mother’s ashes, engagement ring stolen during smash-and grab

A Grand Strand woman is hoping for a miracle after a necklace with her mother’s ashes and two rings belonging to her late mother were stolen.

  ‘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

  Man injured in shooting in Wilmington

A victim was sent to the hospital Wednesday night after shots rang out in Wilmington.

  Lidl is officially open in Wilmington

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

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

The 6-year-old little girl’s project, Grandma’s Lap, aims to collect blankets to distribute to nursing homes across our area.

  WIS reporter donates bone marrow to 2-year-old with rare blood disorder

You see her on TV reporting on the big stories every day, but tonight she’s actually part of the story.

  Pender County EC students prepare for Merry Market

EC students at schools throughout Pender County are creating their own products to sell for Christmas. Dog treats, ornaments, Christmas decorations, you name it.

County Commissioners join NCACC board members for meeting at The White House

County commissioners Frank Williams and Jonathan Barfield joined other members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ Board of Directors for a meeting Wednesday at The White House.

  First at Four recipe: All-purpose rub for pork, chicken or beef

Pitmaster Kevin Kuruc of Mac’s Speed Shop shared his recipe for an all-purpose rub for pork, chicken or beef

  On-shore risks of off-shore drilling: Environment NC releases report in continued effort to get NC removed from list

Environmental advocates argue the on-shore risks of drilling along the Atlantic Coast are just as significant as those off shore.

Wilmington insurance agent accused of embezzling premium payments from client

A Wilmington insurance agent is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars of insurance payments from a client, according to the N.C. Department of Insurance.

How essential oils can make your pet sick

Essential oil diffusers are popular Christmas presents but they can make your pet sick!

Hair dye, chemical straighteners linked to increased cancer risk, study shows

If you've ever wondered if using the hair products was safe, scientists are tackling the issue!

  Wilmington sets North Waterfront Park’s groundbreaking for Monday

The city of Wilmington will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Dec. 9 at the site of the future North Waterfront Park.

Uber and Lyft drivers get lighted signs ahead of law change

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers in North Carolina have been picking up lighted signs to display in their vehicles.

Sheriff: 5-year-old N.C. girl fighting for life after possible gang shooting

A five-year-old child is hospitalized after authorities say she was shot Tuesday night.