NC Governor extends eviction, utility shutoff moratorium

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has extended the prohibition on cutting off utilities and evicting folks from their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Wilmington rapper goes back to school to earn high school diploma

‘Justice for George Floyd’ demonstration planned for Saturday

Pender County Board of Education approves graduation plans

Car chase ends in wreck at 3rd and Dawson Streets

Coronavirus case is confirmed at New Hanover County Schools central administration building

The Azalea Festival’s main stage concert featuring Aaron Lewis will not be rescheduled

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  'It’s not normal for us:’ Surf City sees record number of rip current rescues

  Portuguese Man o’ Wars wash ashore Eastern NC beaches

CFPUA expands open hours and reopens office on Chestnut Street

Riegelwood man accused of firing gunshots at pair repossessing car

New Hanover County announces fifth COVID-19 related death

Chris Young among performers Saturday night at Grand Ole Opry

WPD Interim Chief Donny Williams addresses the death of George Floyd

Donny Williams, Interim chief of the Wilmington Police Department, wrote in a Twitter post, Friday afternoon, that he was deeply troubled by what he saw happen to George Floyd.

$10M in capital improvements, unanimity among local leaders needed for state to take over Cape Fear Museum, study finds

A study has found it is feasible for the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) to incorporate the Cape Fear Museum into its regional museum system, but only if certain factors are met.

Prisons announce mass COVID-19 testing at Caswell Correctional after news investigation

North Carolina prison officials announced Friday that they will test all inmates at Caswell Correctional Center for COVID-19, with results expected next week.

Swimmer who was reported missing later found safe on land

After a nearly two-hour search, a swimmer who was reported missing was found safe on land.

NC responds to RNC letter detailing safety conditions for 2020 convention

Bald Head Island has first Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle on record

CFCC plans to resume in-person classes for the fall semester

Southport looks to replace weather tower

As more COVID-19 testing leads to prison workers being out, DPS asks other law enforcement if they’d work at prisons

  New Hanover health officials identify COVID-19 outbreak at congregate care facility

  Coronavirus-related deaths in NC increase by 32; cases near 26,500

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

  Saffo says all local restrictions above and beyond statewide order will be lifted

Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo discusses the city's next phase of its State of Emergency Declaration.

Bladen County woman’s $100K Cash 5 jackpot is ‘major game changer’

A Bladen County woman said her Cash 5 jackpot win is a “major game changer” and will allow her to start her own business.

  First Alert Forecast: tropical end to May, but cooler as June begins

Tropical moisture will convert to rain chances in the short-term but there are strong signs of lower humidity in the long-term...

  4-year-old battling rare cancer is treated to drive-by parade

Make-A-wish organized a drive-by celebration for Colbie Congleton, 4, Thursday night

  Wilmington bars ready to reopen

On Thursday, state lawmakers voted to allow bars to reopen in outdoor spaces.

Republican National Committee sends new letter to Gov. Cooper seeking approval for the convention in Charlotte

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to hold a media briefing Thursday, May 28.

  Summer day camps prepare to reopen

As part of North Carolina's modified Phase Two reopening, summer camps may reopen for children with some stringent requirements and many other recommendations to protect health and safety.

Brunswick County Sheriff expresses disgust over the actions that led to George Floyd’s death

"The heinous act perpetrated on George Floyd was reprehensible."

  NC limits information on meatpacking plants’ COVID-19 outbreaks as case numbers grow

“The virus gets into a meat plant and that can turn disastrous,” one expert says.

Media coalition sues Cooper, cabinet agencies for COVID-19 records

A coalition of more than two dozen media outlets filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking the release of a list of records related to COVID-19 that the state had, so far, refused to provide.

EPA regional staff was ‘unaware’ of GenX consent order, probe finds

An investigation by the internal watchdog for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found “insufficient communication and coordination” within the agency allowed DuPont, and later Chemours, to discharge the toxic compound GenX into the Cape Fear River virtually unchecked for nearly a decade.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Closures planned at 2 Wilmington railroad crossings

Closures are planned for two Wilmington railroad crossings beginning next week, according to officials with CSX.

House passes bill to allow N.C. bars to reopen despite executive order, bill now headed to Gov. Cooper.

The state House joined with the Senate and approved legislation to allow “safe”outdoor seating for dining and beverage service in North Carolina at half of each bar’s total maximum occupancy.

In-person court dates far less likely under ‘new normal’ starting Monday

Many people will find welcome, and likely permanent changes at the courthouse.

N.C. House approves ballot access rule changes due to pandemic

Changes to mail-in absentee ballot rules in North Carolina and funds to improve safety at in-person voting sites during the COVID-19 pandemic have received overwhelmingly approval in the state House.

Necco Wafers are returning! Here’s where you can buy the classic candy

You will soon see Necco Wafers on store shelves again after a two-year absence.

NCDOT looking to improve oversight after agency overspent $742 million in 2019

Leaders of the North Carolina Department of Transportation said Wednesday they’re making some changes following an audit that outlined how the agency overspent by about $742 million last year, with lawmakers saying they’re drafting legislation to improve oversight.

Senate votes to reopen NC bars

Lawmakers voted 42-6 in favor of House Bill 536, which would allow some bars to reopen outdoor areas -- either permanent patios or temporary spaces -- and serve customers at 50% capacity.

Watch your step! Portuguese man o’ war on two beaches

Several Portuguese man o' war found at Carolina and Wrightsville Beach.

CVS Health opens new drive-thru test sites in Wilmington area

CVS Health will open 55 new COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across the state starting Friday, May 29.

Brunswick County woman reported missing

Ashton Edwards has been reported missing, she was last seen in Brunswick County on May 26th.

Four people displaced in Wilmington duplex fire

Fire people were displaced in a duplex fire on 7th street in Wilmington

  Businessman files complaints against the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the County Clerk of Court

Businessman Dennis Burgard has filed complaints against both the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the County Clerk of Court.

New ‘Hunger Games’ book sells more than 500,000 copies

A decade after the “Hunger Games” series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more.

Two officers shot, one flown to hospital after shootout in Anson County, three suspects at-large

The vehicle came to a stop in the Myrtlewood Apartments complex off Myrtlewood Drive. There, the officers and the suspects exchanged gunfire.

Phase 2 outdoor seating approved for ABC permit holders in unincorporated New Hanover County

The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Commission issued guidelines, May 24, to temporarily allow outdoor seating for on-premises ABC permit holders.

  Pandemic-response elections bill headed to State House floor, but some legislators don’t think it goes far enough

It deals with the financial aspect of running an election during the pandemic

NHC Senior Resource Center to resume free tax preparation service on June 1

The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center will resume its free tax preparation service beginning Monday, June 1.

  New Hanover Co. gym owner files lawsuit against Gov. Cooper in effort to reopen business

Jason Morgan, the owner of Muscleworx Fitness Systems, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in response to Cooper’s decision last week to not include gyms in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.

  ‘The virus isn’t going anywhere,’ Columbus County sees trends change as coronavirus case counts top 300

Columbus County continues to report the highest number of coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths in our part of eastern North Carolina.

Charlotte man faces drug charges after checkpoint leads to high-speed pursuit in Columbus County

A Charlotte man faces multiple charges after a traffic checkpoint leads to a high-speed pursuit in Columbus County over the weekend.

Fair Bluff receives $4.8 million EDA grant to establish small business center

The EDA grant will be matched with $1.2 million in local investment and is expected to create or retain 60 jobs and spur $2.4 million in private investment.

Elderly woman fights off 19-year-old during attempted rape, deputies say

Deputies say an elderly woman managed to fight off a 19-year-old who allegedly broke into her home and attempted to sexually assault her last week.

Rock Hill mother, boyfriend charged in death of 4-year-old who tested positive for cocaine at birth

A 4-year-old child was dead in Rock Hill late Tuesday morning, prompting a death investigation and leading to the arrest of the child’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend.

New Hanover High teacher named county’s educator of the year

Elizabeth Felts, an English and service learning teacher at NHHS, was named New Hanover County Schools’ Educator of the Year.

  Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts for 5 days in June

Krispy Kreme is extending its free doughnut giveaway promotion to give customers more opportunities to swing by and pick up a sweet treat.

  Head of N.C. Division of Employment Security replaced

Governor Roy Cooper’s Office on Wednesday announced that he has appointed a new head of the Division of Employment Security.

  NC Zoo caring for otters before their release back into wild

The North Carolina Zoo is caring for three recently orphaned North American river otter pups as they prepare them for their release back into the wild.

  Surf City warns of fraudulent rental scam in the area

This type of scam has been going around for years.

Gov. Northam announces statewide mask mandate to begin Friday

Governor Ralph Northam announced a statewide mask mandate during his press conference Tuesday afternoon that will begin Friday.

  Top educators to be honored at home with sweepstakes-style celebrations

This year, with the coronavirus pandemic changing so many of our traditional moments, the folks in New Hanover County Schools are using some "Publishers Clearing House" inspiration to announce their educators of the year.

  New Hanover County Schools Board of Education discuss high school graduation ceremonies

The format for this year's high school graduation ceremonies was discussed during the New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night.

  Governor Cooper announces COVID-19 funds for public health and essential services

Federal funds for COVID-19 relief, to the tune of $85.4 million, will be distributed to more than 60 counties across North Carolina this week.

  President Trump giving N.C. governor a week to make decision on RNC before considering other options

President Donald Trump is giving Governor Roy Cooper a week to make a decision about allowing full attendance at the Republican National Convention before considering other locations for the convention.

  North Brunswick High School changes graduation standard amid pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed nearly every high school and college graduation this semester, but that doesn’t make the big day any less special for graduating seniors at North Brunswick High School Tuesday.

  US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  New Hanover County libraries now offering curbside service

Starting Tuesday, all libraries across New Hanover County are now offering curbside service for residents.

  New Hanover chapter of Reopen NC says voices will be heard even after state opens completely

Groups across the state have demonstrated against the governor’s process for opening the state’s economy. Members of ReOpen NC say many businesses can’t wait any longer.

  Count on Me NC: Cape Fear businesses take pledge to keep customers, employees safe and healthy

Nearly 700 businesses in North Carolina have done the COVID-19 training developed by health officials.

  Mechanical failure causes discharge of untreated wastewater

A mechanical failure caused untreated wastewater to be discharged.

  Wilmington man accused of assaulting child in Pender County, deputies say

A Wilmington man is accused of assaulting a child in the parking lot of a Pender County business last week, according to the sheriff’s office.

  Man struck by multiple gunshots near Elizabethtown

According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to 93 Blue Moon Dr. in reference to a gunshot wound victim shortly after 1 a.m.

  Gov. Cooper: It’s OK for political conventions to be political but pandemic response cannot be

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are holding a news conference Tuesday, May 26.

  Wanted Pender County sex offender may be in Wake County, deputies say

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help locating a registered sex offender who has changed his address without notifying deputies.

  UNCW launches new eSports program

“All the parents who said you shouldn’t spend so much time playing video games, those kids are making money now!” said the program’s coordinator.

Major Wilmington drug dealer busted with 39K bags of heroin, $250K in cash sentenced to federal prison

A major drug dealer in Wilmington will spend over a decade in prison on federal heroin charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina announced.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.