N.C. trooper hit by car on I-485 returns home after 84 days of treatment

North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Adolfo Lopez-Alcedo, who was seriously injured when he was hit by a car on I-485, has returned home to his family after 84 days of hospital treatment.

Tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach, sends beach chairs flying

  New Hanover County will make final decision on NHRMC sale at Oct. 5 meeting

  UNCW announces plans for spring 2021

  North Carolina Supreme Court overturned murder conviction of Tyler Greenfield

UPDATE: UNCW identifies another cluster of COVID-19 cases, the first in University Suite O

  Hallmark star wraps filming ‘U.S.S. Christmas’ in Wilmington, reflects on time on set

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LGC offers insight into bylaws for proposed $1.25 billion community foundation from sale of NHRMC

  Duck recovering at sanctuary after being shot in the head with blow dart

  Judge rules against group seeking to delay NHRMC sale over release of documents

Traffic stop leads to trio of arrests on heroin-related charges

  More than half of NHRMC trauma patients come from falling, groups trying to decrease that number

  NC toddler accidentally shot in the head by sibling, officials say

  Benadryl Challenge: FDA warns public about overconsuming allergy medicine

The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about serious side effects when overconsuming diphenhydramine because of the popularity of the “Benadryl Challenge” social media trend.

NC elections board released closed meeting minutes, memos after vote scrutiny

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has released meeting minutes and a legal memo related to a vote it took in closed session last week.

4th grade virtual learner gets suspended for having a BB gun in his bedroom

9-year-old Ka Mauri Harrison is a 4th grader at Woodmere Elementary, and this year he’s a virtual learner so his classroom is his bedroom.

President Trump signs Executive Order on pre-existing conditions in Charlotte

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order aimed at helping Americans with pre-existing conditions with their healthcare coverage, among other things, during his trip to Charlotte Thursday.

  Wilmington company opiAID wins federal grant

Soldier who’s been deployed for 13 months surprises mom at N.C. restaurant

  New Hanover County Schools stocks up on PPE for start of plan B

S.C. governor suspends Chester Co. supervisor facing meth manufacturing, drug trafficking charges

  Black Lives Matter Wilmington rallies for further justice in Breonna Taylor case

  New welcome signs installed at Long Leaf Park

  Wilmington film industry bounces back after global 6 month industry blackout

Three different productions are underway in Wilmington right now; Its welcome news after a global shutdown in the film industry.

Black voters’ mail-in ballots in NC rejected twice as often as whites. Why?

The most common flaw with those ballots is having incomplete witness information, with 824 ballots turned down for that reason. Of those, 55 percent were cast by Black voters.

  Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office refuses to release incident reports, media outlets engage attorney

For the past three weeks, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has refused to release reports of criminal activity as it had done previously in accordance with North Carolina law.

North Carolina surpasses 1 million mark for absentee ballots requested

In NC, over a million absentee ballots have been requested as of Sept. 23. The state was the first in the country to have them mailed out to voters beginning on Sept. 4.

Wilmington drug dealer gets decade-long federal prison sentence

A Wilmington drug dealer is headed to federal prison after he was sentenced on crack cocaine-related charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Officers shot in downtown Louisville identified

The shots were fired around 8:40 p.m. while officers were conducting crowd control at Brook Street and Broadway after a large crowd had set fires, damaged property and failed to disperse after being warned following an announcement by a grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case, according to police.

Resignation of NC elections board Republicans raises questions about closed session vote

The resignation of the two Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections late Wednesday night has raised new questions about a vote, taken by the board in a closed session, that would ease some legal requirements pertaining to absentee by mail ballots.

Downtown Wilmington Riverwalk undergoing repairs

City crews have begun repairs to the safety railing along the Riverwalk near the Visitors Information Center in downtown Wilmington.

Officials to lift burn ban in unincorporated parts of New Hanover Co.

The burn ban in the unincorporated portions of New Hanover County will be lifted Friday, Sept. 25, county officials announced.

Man dies after trying to save daughter in rough N.C. surf

Currituck County spokesman Randall Edwards said the man was overcome by waves when he entered the water.

  Former animal control director files complaint against District Attorney

Former Columbus County Animal Control Director Joey Prince says he is not guilty of criminal charges leveled against him in 2018, but cannot clear his name because the District Attorney still has not taken his case to trial.

  Pender Co. deputies seek ID of car break-in suspects

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify two men who broke into several vehicles in the Hampstead area earlier this month.

  Elderly man, five animals killed in Duplin County home explosion

Duplin County officials say a 79-year-old man and five animals were killed in a home explosion in the Beulaville area Wednesday morning.

  Pender Co. sheriff says community should stay vigilant in wake of recent human trafficking arrests

After a recent human trafficking investigation led to three arrests in Pender County, local law enforcement is asking you to be vigilant and report anything out of the ordinary.

Both Republican members of N.C. State Board of Elections announce resignation

Both Republican members of the North Carolina State Board of Elections have resigned from the board Wednesday night.

  Gale Sayers remembered by childhood friend of Brian Piccolo

Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers died Wednesday at the age of 77.

  Lara Trump makes ‘Women for Trump’ campaign stop in Wilmington

President Trump’s daughter-in-law and Wrightsville Beach native, Lara Trump, rounded out two days of campaigning for the president across North Carolina with a quick visit to Wilmington Wednesday night.

  UNCW professor discovers ancient mummified penguins in Antarctica

A professor from UNCW discovered mummified penguin remains that are at least 800 years old on a recent trip to Antarctica

  Two New Hanover County Schools honored with national health award

Two schools in New Hanover County were presented with national awards this week.

Whiteville City Council votes in favor of food trucks at special events

Whiteville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a text amendment to an ordinance in order to allow food trucks at special events.

Presidential candidate Joe Biden hosts Black Economic Summit in Charlotte

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden arrived in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon to host a Black Economic Summit.

Bladen deputies use stop sticks to blow out tires, arrest suspected motorcycle thieves

Deputies used stop sticks to end a vehicle chase and capture a man and a woman accused of stealing a motorcycle from a Bladen County business Tuesday afternoon.

Plasma from Red Cross blood donors helps people with COVID-19

Plasma taken from whole blood donations from individuals previously diagnosed with COVID-19 can help the most critically ill patients fighting the coronavirus because it contains antibodies.

NHCSO asks for public’s help in larceny cases

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for public’s help in two separate larceny cases it is investigating.

  Reverse osmosis water coolers installed at 29 New Hanover County schools

The CTE department of New Hanover County Schools is launching a new online college and career readiness program called Xello for students and staff.

  Judge to rule on lawsuit seeking to delay NHRMC sale over document requests

A Superior Court judge heard arguments Wednesday morning after a group filed a lawsuit seeking to delay the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center until the hospital and New Hanover County turn over documents related to the transaction.

Pender County Schools announces administration changes at Topsail High, Penderlea

Dr. Susan Graziano, current principal at Penderlea School, will join the Topsail High as an assistant principal while Topsail High assistant principal Fallon Fuller will move to Penderlea School as the interim principal.

  COVID or flu? Doctors urge children get the flu vaccine so symptoms aren’t mistaken

A local pediatrician answers common questions regarding children and the flu.

  Two injured in wreck on Andrew Jackson Highway

Two people were injured in a wreck that tied up traffic on Andrew Jackson Highway for more than two hours Wednesday morning.

  Wilmington-shot ‘USS Christmas’ to premiere on Nov. 28

“USS Christmas” will premiere Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as part of the channel’s “Miracles of Christmas.”

WPD investigating hit and run on S. 5th Ave.

The Wilmington Police Department is looking for a driver that is “responsible for thousands of dollars of damage” after a hit and run.

Woman charged in connection with 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant’s August murder

A 21-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony accessory after the fact in connection with the murder of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant in Wilson.

  WPD: Man found hiding in closet at boarding house after allegedly robbing gas station

Eric Layne Walters, 24, was arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, breaking or entering, and interference with electronic monitoring devices.

  Survey: 72% of respondents believe NHRMC-Novant partnership would have positive impact on community

A third-party survey conducted on behalf of Novant Health found that 72 percent of respondents believe a partnership between Novant Health, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and UNC School of Medicine would have an overall positive impact on the community.

  Kure Beach Pedestrian & Bicycle Committee requests connector to Island Greenway

When the Town of Carolina Beach decided to construct the Island Greenway, a multi-use trail leading across the town, neighboring Kure Beach decided not to participate in the project. Now, the Kure Beach Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee is asking town leaders to approve a pathway connection between t

CDC’s Halloween guidance discourages activities like trick-or-treating due to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging Americans to avoid higher-risk Halloween activities like trick-or-treating in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Charges are pending for driver who caused wreck in Bladen County

A serious road traffic accident occurred in Bladen County around 1 p.m. Tuesday on Marsh Road, just north of NC-41 when a pickup truck hit an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer head on.

Tillis and Cunningham spar police reform, Supreme Court pick

Sen. Thom Tillis (R) and challenger Cal Cunningham (D) were at CBS 17 in Raleigh, taking part in their second debate amid the North Carolina Senate race.

  Coronavirus trends improving on UNCW’s campus weeks after housing changes

Almost all of UNCW’s students living on campus are now living alone.

  Save Our Hospital group files lawsuit over documents, asks for delay of NHRMC purchase deal

A group that has opposed the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health continues to fight the move and has now taken the matter to the courts, specifically pertaining to records associated with the deal and the process leading up to it.

  How schools in Pender County make in-person learning work

Families of PreK-5 students are now being asked to complete a Plan A & C Return Survey

  The NC State Board of Elections files a motion to ensure more lawful absentee ballots count

The State Board of Elections filed a motion in Wake County Superior Court on Tuesday to make it easier for voters to fix problems with their absentee ballots.

  Class action suit filed over ‘disgusting and unacceptable’ housing conditions at Camp Lejeune

The lawsuit alleges that military families have had to live with disgusting and unacceptable conditions in housing units they lease at Camp Lejeune.

  Brunswick County school board votes to allow K-5 students to return to class for in-person instruction

The Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously voted to allow students in grades K-5 to return to school for full-time, in-person instruction beginning next month.

  National Voter Registration Day: Here’s what you need to know

In North Carolina, over 7 million people are registered to vote.

Improvements, repairs planned for I-40 in New Hanover, Pender counties this fall

The work is expected to begin on Oct. 26 and wrap up by late fall 2021.

  Cooper: State plans to allow larger outdoor event venues to open at 7% capacity starting Oct. 2

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to give an update on COVID-19 Tuesday, Sept. 22.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes donors will help surprise her students with Legos for learning

Teacher hopes donors will help surprise her students with Legos for learning

  YWCA hosts “From the Block to the Ballot” curbside registration drive

YWCA hosts “From the Block to the Ballot” curbside registration drive

Fermental owners trying to get creative to save their bottle shop from development

Since 2012, Fermental has been a staple in Ogden but according to owners Steve and Kristen Gibbs, the bottle shop and live music space is at risk of being sold by landlords unless they can figure out a way to match the offer.

  TRAFFIC ALERT: Single bridge to replace twin US 701 bridges in Bladen Co.

A state contractor soon will begin replacing the twin U.S. 701 bridges in Bladen County with a single four-lane bridge.

  Conner’s Law: NC sends additional payments to families of slain public safety workers

Nearly $1 million has been retroactively paid to the families of nine public safety officers who were murdered in the line of duty since 2016, according to the N.C. Department of the State Treasurer.

  GRAPHIC: Utah police release footage after officers shoot 13-year-old boy

A 13-year-old Utah boy with autism was shot by police after his mother asked for help getting him hospital mental-health treatment and officers agreed to talk with him, police footage released Monday showed.

  New Hanover County officials asks YMCA to return $300,000 for pool project that hasn’t broken ground

Two years ago New Hanover County agreed to spend $1.5 million to help the YMCA construct a natatorium, so far the county has paid $300,000 for a project that has not yet broken ground and now, county leaders are asking for that money to be returned -- for now.

  No Fans: No problem for Coastal Christian volleyball parents

Even though they aren’t allowed to watch in the gym, parents of Coastal Christian volleyball players don’t have to miss a single serve.

Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin form new NASCAR team, sign Bubba Wallace

Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin are teaming up to form a new NASCAR team and have signed rising star Bubba Wallace as a driver.

  NHC Board of Education votes for AA/BB model for returning students to class

New Hanover County (NHC) Board of Education voted to approve the transition to Plan B using an AA/BB model instead of a three-week rotation schedule at a special board meeting Monday night.

  Salvation Army hopes to count on more than coins during Rescue Christmas campaign

As pandemic-associated job loss means many are turning to the Salvation Army for the first time in their lives, there is a coin shortage due to the health crisis. That led to concerns about the effectiveness of one of the ways the Salvation Army brings in donations: the red kettle.