“It’s a racial justice issue”: Advisory group recommends elimination of elementary school students’ suspensions

There’s a new push to have school suspensions removed as a punishment option for elementary school students in New Hanover County.

North Carolina’s percent positive of COVID-19 cases falls below 5 percent

  Trooper shot seven times re-lives brush with death as shooter faces possible parole

Schools in New Hanover County prepare for Friday Night Lights

  “I shot him twice.” 911 calls reveal frantic moments after man allegedly pushes his way inside off-duty deputy’s home

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

nCino under federal investigation over hiring practices, SEC filing indicates

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  COVID-19 strike teams vaccinate homebound seniors in New Hanover County

MISSING: Brunswick County man last seen Thurs. morning

  Whiteville Fire Department struggles with staff shortages and lack of volunteers

  How Tenn. police tracked down the missing 4-year-old NC girl at center of Amber Alert

WPD looking for missing man

WPD: Man armed with knife robs hotel clerk

  WPD introduces new crisis negotiation trailer

New trailer to help crises negotiation team

  Foul play suspected after body found during search for missing woman

Law enforcement officials suspect foul play was involved after the body of a woman was located off of Klondyke Road near Clarkton Wednesday afternoon.

UNCW unveils new seating policy after governor’s order allows more fans at NC sporting events

UNCW Athletics has released its updated seating guidelines after Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order Wednesday that will allow more fans at North Carolina sporting events.

CFPUA awarded $4.59 million loan for sewer projects

Work on these projects is scheduled to begin in late fall.

  Gov. Cooper signs state of emergency declaration in wake of deadly Brunswick County tornado

MISSING: Wilmington teenager last seen Feb. 20

Orton’s prescribed burns to begin in March

  Some local businesses reinventing themselves in the face of COVID-19

  Local airports receive funding from State for improvements

  Elizabethtown police investigating pair of break-ins

‘It’s a good feeling’: Bars able to open with indoor seating for first time since start of pandemic

As North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took to the podium Wednesday, bar owners across the state were awaiting news they could be back in business.

  WPD suspends cruise lights pilot program

Since January 22, 2021 WPD officers have been patrolling with their cruise lights on to test a theory that doing so would increase visibility and help deter crime.

  As N.C. bars prepare to re-open, more than 100 have permanently closed

Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday bars will be allowed to re-open for indoor service beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, but for many bar owners the rollback on closures is too late.

  NEW DETAILS: Man shot by off-duty NHCSO deputy after forcibly entering deputy’s home

The SBI is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that happened Wednesday afternoon.

  Greta Van Susteren: How a toga party helped her become an accidental anchor (“1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Greta Van Susteren has hosted shows on all three major cable networks in her 25-year television career. She is the guest on this week's episode of the "1on1 with Jon Evans" podcast, looking back at that career and how a toga party played a part in making it happen.

  Crimes of the Cape Fear: FBI ‘Colcor’ sting uncovered hotbed of corruption in Southeastern North Carolina

It was an undercover FBI operation that went on for well over a year in the early 1980s. Dubbed “Colcor” by federal officials, the far reaching organized crime scandal shocked the community with the eventual arrest of over 50 people, including about a dozen public officials.

Gov. Cooper’s new order allows more fans at all N.C. sporting events

Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order that allows more fans at sporting events in North Carolina.

Cape Fear Museum opens Smithsonian exhibition, explores global water story

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibit will promote conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology

  2,200 school workers receive first COVID-19 vaccines in New Hanover County

More than 2,000 people working in education got COVID-19 shots Wednesday in New Hanover County.

  North Carolina Black Film Festival goes online

The North Carolina Black Film Festival goes online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  UPDATE: The 4-year-old NC girl at the center of the Amber Alert, has been found and is safe

Aubrey McFarland, the four-year-old Brunswick County girl who was allegedly abducted by her father on Wednesday, has been found safe

  Valentine’s Day fire destroys home, Leland family still displaced

Carrie Hernandez-Elox says the fire destroyed her home in minutes. She lost everything and now even her kids seem out of reach as they’re forced to stay with family across state lines.

Summer school to counter COVID online learning OK’d by the House

Legislation requiring school districts to offer in-person summer school now heads to the Senate

Judge approves Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan for Belk chain

The move provides the ailing department store chain financial breathing room as it grapples with the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Gov. Cooper eases some COVID-19 restrictions; bars allowed to have customers indoors

The news conference is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

  Bladen County Health Department partners with schools to vaccinate teachers

Teachers receive vaccinations through the Bladen County Health Department

Willow Spring man convicted of habitual DWI in Pender Co.

Cameron M. Campbell, 39, was sentenced to a term of 18-31 months in prison.

Prosecutors drop drunken driving charge against Springsteen

Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area.

  CFPUA detects heightened bacteria level in Burnt Mill Creek after wastewater spill

An overflowing manhole cover was discovered on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street earlier this week, according to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

  Rehab work planned for 40-year-old Pender County bridge

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to extend the life of a nearly 40 year old bridge in Pender County.

  Wilmington lottery office closed due to potential COVID-19 exposure

The office closed Tuesday afternoon after an employee reported possible COVID-19 symptoms.

Wilmington woman sentenced to 7.5 years for trafficking methamphetamine

A Wilmington Woman has been sentenced for trafficking methamphetamine after a confidential informant alerted the New Hanover County Vice and Narcotics Unit of her actions.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office warns drivers of flooding dangers after truck sinks in high water

It’s a common sight in the low-lying region of the Cape Fear - standing water covering the roadway. For some, driving through the water seems like a better idea than turning around, but the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has posted a photo of an incident showing why that is never a good idea.

  Wrighstville beach board of aldermen hold retreat; issues include beach biking

Wrighstville beach board of aldermen hold retreat; issues include beach biking

‘I want to get out of here’: Flooding continues for neighborhood along Waccamaw River

Residents living in the Lee’s Landing area near Conway continue to deal with flooding from recent rain.

  Brunswick County commissioners approve preliminary debris cleanup plan

Commissioner chairman Randy Thompson says the county will launch a curbside pickup program to pick up construction and demolition debris that homeowners can physically bring to the curb.

Leland fast food restaurant hosts fundraiser for tornado victims

A fundraiser is being held Wednesday, February 24, by the Chick-fil-A franchise at Leland Town Center to support the tornado recovery process.

NC bars, restaurants seek to end curfew rules as health official hints at easing COVID-19 restrictions

North Carolina’s bar and tavern association is asking Gov. Roy Cooper to allow customers back inside and end the curfew as COVID-19 numbers decline and more vaccines are distributed.

  Teenage girl dies in 16-vehicle crash on old Miss. River Bridge, police say

Louisiana State Police say a 13-year-old has died following a 15-vehicle crash on US 190 on the old Mississippi River Bridge Tuesday morning.

  Half a dozen quilts uncovered from region struck by deadly tornado

A week after an EF-3 tornado tore apart Brunswick County, people continue to find pieces of hope hidden in the rubble.

Officials ask for prayers for N.C. trooper battling COVID-19 in ICU for last 12 days

Officials say Trooper James Montgomery, better known as “Brent,” of Troop C District 4 - Vance County has been in intensive care for the last 12 days at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill battling the virus.

  Community quilts will commemorate stories of the COVID-19 pandemic

Quilts displayed at the Cameron Art Museum will tell the story of how those in the Cape Fear remembered and lived through the COVID-19 pandemic

  COVID-19 causes Whiteville High School to revert to online learning

Whiteville High School (WHS) will revert to full-time, online instruction beginning Tuesday, February 24, because of a rise in positive COVID-19 cases and the associated quarantines.

Free dental services available this Saturday

Dental services are available for free at a Wilmington dental office this Saturday, February 27, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  School systems working to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

Employees of Bladen County Schools will be able to get COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, February 24, the first day they are eligible under the state’s vaccination plan. Other county school systems are working to get educators vaccinated when doses become available.

NC Board of Elections director says March 2022 Primary elections should be delayed

The director of North Carolina’s State Board of Elections says all municipal elections in the state should be delayed until 2022.

UPDATE: 92-year-old Brunswick County woman found, safe

A 92-year-old woman was reported missing Tuesday morning.

NC now receiving COVID-19 vaccine shipments delayed by last week’s weather

The secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the state has begun to receive shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine that were delayed last week.

  Coast Guard: Incident at Port led to cargo container sinking in Cape Fear River

An incident that led to three containers being knocked off a cargo ship at the Port of Wilmington Monday is being investigated by the United States Coast Guard.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher asks for donations for headphones for students

Teacher would like to purchase headphones for her students to help them focus while reading. She's asking for $576 in donations

  Sheriff’s office investigating larceny case at CVS

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, the incident took place Jan. 21 at the CVS located at 6435 Carolina Beach Road.

‘SSS-TAY SAFE’: Horry County police warn of snakes, other wildlife in floodwaters

Horry County police are warning residents of the dangers floodwaters can pose when it comes to wildlife.

  Caught on camera: Tabor City Police asking for help locating woman wanted for armed robbery

Police in Tabor City are asking for help in identifying a woman wanted for armed robbery that was caught on camera.

  Brunswick Co. church keeps faith after tornado damage

The tornado caused damage to the Seaside Christian Fellowship Church. It blew the door off and caused damage inside. The storm also ripped off part of the roof and completely took out the patio.

Governor Cooper orders flags lowered to half-staff

In remembrance of more than 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19, Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff

  Recovery continues in Brunswick County nearly a week after deadly tornado

Nearly a week since an EF-3 tornado pummeled parts of Brunswick County, work crews are still trying to clear away much of the wreckage left behind.

  Firefighters face additional pressures amid COVID-19 pandemic

New Hanover County Fire Rescue conducted a live fire training in the Monkey Junction area for junior staff members to get more realistic experience as well as a chance for seasoned firefighters to brush up on skills.

  New juvenile justice building provides better access to rehabilitation services

Work has finished on a new juvenile justice system building in downtown Wilmington. Those dealing with the juvenile justice system say New Hanover County is headed down the right path.

Vigil held for young children killed in Hickory mobile home fire

The children’s mother said a vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. at West Hickory Park in Hickory.

  No injuries reported after WPD patrol car crashes into school bus

No one was hurt after a Wilmington police cruiser crashed into the back of a school bus Monday afternoon.

Florida’s agriculture commissioner says she won’t lower flags in honor of Rush Limbaugh

Florida’s agriculture commissioner said she will not lower flags to half-staff in honor of Rush Limbaugh.

School-issued computer helps lead law enforcement to N.C. 14-year-old’s abductor

During a press conference, deputies and officials called the accused abductor, 38-year-old William Ice, was “sophisticated” with digital media and computers.

  Third arrest made in Columbus Co. murder

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division arrested Christopher Jermaine Reaves, 22, on Feb. 18 in connection to the Nov. 29, 2020, murder of Tristan Stavee and the attempted murder of George Stump Sr.

  Historian to lead discussion on Wilmington’s ‘Green Book’ locations

Historian Lettie Shumate will highlight her research into Wilmington locations included in the 'The Green Book', a guidebook for African American travelers, published annually by Victor H. Green from 1936 to 1966. More than 50 Wilmington locations were included in the publication.

Grammy-winning duo Daft Punk break up after 28 years

The helmet-wearing French duo shared the news Monday in an 8-minute video called “Epilogue.”

Ft. Fisher Aquarium to host virtual shark program

The North Carolina Aquarium at Ft. Fisher is seeking some “detectives” as it and the Vermilion Sea Institute host a virtual exploration of sand tiger and whale sharks and the identification methods scientists use to protect the animals in the wild.

  Wilmington man gets at least 12 years in prison for machete attack

A Wilmington man will spend at least 12 years in prison after he was convicted of assaulting another person with a machete and using someone else’s identity while seeking medical care following the attack.

  State rejects NHMRC’s bid to build hospital in Scotts Hill

The North Carolina Department of Health and Services rejected NHRMC’s application for the $210 million project.