First Alert Forecast: temperatures and rain chances rise next week

Temperatures will climb into the upper 70s and lower 80s during the week ahead as high pressure shifts offshore. This will also open up the chance for showers and possibly isolated storms to return.

  THE LATEST: Things to know about the COVID-19 in the Cape Fear

Brunswick County Courthouse changes hours beginning April 6

Woods fire in northern New Hanover County now contained

  Recovering from COVID-19: New Yorker shares tale from hard hit city

Body of boat crash victim found Saturday

Mystery restaurant finally opens in Wilmington, but with another chain’s menu

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  Truck drivers losing out on shipments due to slow production from overseas

  Parents need to stay aware of kids during coronavirus crisis

First COVID-19 related death reported in southeastern NC

  Girl Scout hopes to bring the country together by singing “Lean on Me”

  For the first time in their lives, some find themselves turning to a food bank

  High school seniors devastated over cancelled prom, uncertain graduation plans

Pender County health officials identify first COVID-19 case

Pender County health officials have identified the first positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.

  ‘Cancer doesn’t take a back seat to COVID’: Ovarian cancer patient urges community to follow social distancing guidelines

For someone battling cancer, COVID-19 presents additional problems.

  ’You just see the distress in their face and it’s heartbreaking’: Hospital worker talks gratitude, conditions inside local hospital

As the number of cases of Covid-19 continues to rise, health care professionals across the state are making difficult decisions on how to keep their families safe.

Pender County man pleads guilty to statutory rape

The original crime took place in 2017.

Church organization issues correction in pastor’s death

  Carolina Beach police investigate possible violations of short-term rental ban

  Belles living through an Azalea Festival that wasn’t

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

  Officials warn of fire dangers during dry period in COVID-19 pandemic

  New Hanover County plans to close all boat ramps Friday night

CFPUA: Chemours’ corrective action plan ‘falls far short’

Chemours submitted the corrective action plan (CAP) in December 2019 as part of a consent order with N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and Cape Fear River Watch.

N.C. woman charged with attempted murder for setting another woman on fire during dispute, police say

A woman was arrested for setting another woman on fire during a dispute at a Goldsboro residence, according to a news release.

  Over 2,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina; 19 deaths reported

At least 19 people have died and 2,093 tested positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

  DES announces staff, equipment additions to help with surge in unemployment claims

The DES says after these changes the division will have more than 850 people working to process unemployment claims and get payments sent out.

Four more flu-related deaths reported in North Carolina

Since a season high of 19 deaths were reported for the week ending Feb. 22, flu-related deaths have been trending downward.

  Leland police investigating fraudulent check case

According to a Facebook post, the incident took place at the BB&T in Brunswick Forest on Feb. 6.

  Sheriff’s office looking for two people in connection to larceny case

According to a Facebook post, the incident took place at the Family Dollar located 4840 Carolina Beach Road on Nov. 16, 2019.

Carolina Beach police attempting to locate teen

Precious Wilkins, 17, was last seen at the Hardees located at 254 N. Lake Park Blvd. where she is employed.

Covering COVID-19: Journalists share their stories of reporting on the deadly pandemic (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

They’ve covered hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters in their award-winning broadcast news careers. But the deadly coronavirus pandemic that’s gripping the world is a different story for journalists Alex Giles, Kaitlin Stansell and Jasmine Turner.

  First Alert Forecast: sunny with a couple of rain chances in the distance

Warm sunshine will mix with cool, brisk breezes Friday. Rain chances won't return until the weather gets even warmer next week.

  Shelters work to provide additional housing space for homeless

Shelters for homeless people are using a combination of disaster protocols and innovative thinking to provide safe places for people to stay in the new era of social distancing.

NC State manufacturing material for 500,000 surgical masks a day

North Carolina State University said its Nonwovens Institute is manufacturing material that can produce up to 500,000 surgical masks per day.

Baby born in S.C. during coronavirus outbreak gets parking garage welcome from friends

When Bryson Frye was born, he entered the world to an audience of one, but he still got a long-distance welcome party, thanks to family friends who went to great heights!

State calls problems with filing unemployment benefits ‘unacceptable’

Taylor said the state is working around the clock to make sure all benefits are submitted.

  Furniture store owner challenges selective enforcement of COVID-19 order

The owner of Rose Brother’s Furniture, the first Wilmington business to be cited for not complying with coronavirus restrictions, told WECT that because they sell essential items like small appliances, they are allowed to stay open.

  Masonboro Island to shut down to public Friday night

Dozens of people spent time on the island last week, despite pleas from the governor to socially distance.

Bladen County identifies first positive COVID-19 case

The Bladen County Health Department on Thursday identified the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county.

  VIDEO: SABLE aviation unit welcomes first female pilot

SABLE aviation unit welcomes first female pilot

  Filing for unemployment? More resources that may help

More than six and a half million people have filed for unemployment across the country.

  Hospitality leaders see overwhelming response for NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

Organizers of the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund say they’ve received more than 15,000 grant applications for help.

  Middle school teacher from Columbus County wins award for Best Modern Country Song

A singer from Whiteville received recognition from the World Songwriting Awards, an international music competition which celebrates and recognizes independent musicians

  Hospitals worry about staffing as providers prepare for surge of coronavirus patients

Ventilator and equipment shortages have been the primary topics of conversation around COVID-19, but there appears to be a shortage of personnel as well.

  A local cheerleader’s next routine? Making hand sanitizer

A cheerleader in Leland is using her time away from school to help the community and raise money for her sport.

  At least 4 inmates test positive for COVID-19, N.C. prison officials say

The head of the North Carolina prison system says four inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 while four staff members say they have been infected by the virus.

Christian McCaffrey launches ‘22 and You’ to raise money for medical workers during COVID-19 crisis

McCaffrey announced “22 and You” Thursday, an effort to raise money for medical workers and healthcare heroes in life-saving work.

  State officials address issues filing unemployment claims

Assistant Secretary of the Division of Employment Security Lockhart Taylor addressed issues the community has faced while trying to file for unemployment claims.

Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James clothing line giving away dresses to teachers as thank you

The clothing company made the announcement on social media on Thursday.

  Oregon veteran celebrates 104th birthday after coronavirus recovery

An Oregon veteran has overcome his latest battle, and he was able to celebrate his 104th birthday as a result.

Wilmington-based PPD awarded $750K federal contract to study possible COVID-19 treatment

The federal government has awarded Wilmington-based pharmaceutical company PPD $750,000 to research two antimalarial drugs being touted as a possible treatment for the novel coronavirus.

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

Healthcare providers still accepting donations of medical supplies

Novant Health announced on Tuesday that it will accept donations of medical supplies after a growing number of businesses and community members reached out to offer help.

  VIDEO: Paramedic nearly struck by alleged impaired driver while walking out of house

A close call was caught on camera Tuesday when a paramedic in Lincoln County was nearly struck by an alleged impaired driver while leaving his house.

Power outage in Brunswick County impacting nearly 50,000 resolved

A massive power outage in southern Brunswick County impacted nearly 50,000 residents Thursday around lunchtime.

CSU forecast for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season: active

Colorado State University meteorologists issued their annual Atlantic Hurricane Season outlook Thursday.

Two cats illegally dumped at Humane Society, authorities investigating

Two cats were illegally dumped at the New Hanover Humane Society. The shelter is closed due to the coronavirus.

Culvert replacement project along Old Ocean Hwy. in Brunswick County to start April 13

A NCDOT project to replace a culvert along a section of U.S. 17 in Brunswick County will now take place on April 13.

  Orton Plantation conducting controlled burn of more than 450 acres today

The public may see or smell smoke, including residents of Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Wilmington, as well as travelers on Hwy. 133.

  Making birthdays special during these trying times

Sunset Beach man got a special birthday message Wednesday.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office asking for public’s help in identifying suspects in separate larceny cases

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying people its says are suspects in two separate larceny cases.

  First Alert Forecast: warm in the sun, chilly in the shade

Strong April sun will grace the Cape Fear Region Thursday and should feel nice and warm on your skin, especially at any moment when the northwest breeze slackens or dies.

NC sheriff’s deputy dies after fight against COVID-19, authorities say

Deputy "Bud" was a 14-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and had previously served as a police officer with the Town of Candor, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins.

Blue Cross NC waives customer costs for COVID-19 treatment

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced Wednesday it is waiving customer costs for treatment for those diagnosed with coronavirus.

From the hands and hearts of community members to the heads of heroes

New Hanover Regional Medical Center NICU nurse Grace Caldwell is aptly named, bringing not only grace but an infectious joy to her fellow nurses and the community rallying behind them.

  “There is hope. We’re going to get through this together”; United Way shares ways to help in COVID-19 response

Non-profit groups are quietly answering the call for help across our country and here in the Cape Fear as each day brings new questions about how to best deal with the coronavirus and all that it means for our community.

Carolina Country Music Fest moved to September due to COVID-19

The Carolina Country Music Festival has been postponed due to the threat of the novel coronavirus.

  Church launching drive-thru food pantry

Food pantries are adjusting the way they operate to make sure those in need can still get food throughout the coronavirus crisis.

  Furniture store manager in Wilmington cited for violating “stay at home” order

Police say they warned the furniture store manager about needing to comply with the county order only yesterday.

Employee at North Carolina General Assembly tests positive for COVID-19

Officials say the employee was immediately sent home on March 26 after showing signs of the illness. The employee received the positive test results on Wednesday.

Teaching to the beat of his own drum, online for his students

Ogden Elementary music teacher, Michael Lauricella, is creating fun, unique lessons for his students online.

Making encouraging videos messages for Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish is asking for letters of hope for children who cannot travel or their Wish.

Coronavirus presents new challenges for pediatric cancer patients

Children facing pediatric cancer face additional challenges thanks to COVID-19.

Balancing act: Working full-time while trying to home-school

Stay at home orders and mass closures have left many with a lot of extra time on their hands, but not everyone.

  Carolina Beach donut shop adapts to life during COVID-19

The doors are open but it’s not quite business as usual for Wake N Bake Donuts.

CFPUA: Service disconnections, late fees remain suspended through May

CFPUA on Wednesday announced that service disconnections and late fees will continue to be suspended through at least the end of May.

  American Airlines suspends New York flights, other changes at ILM due to Covid-19

Both American and United Airlines have announced schedule changes at ILM due to lack of demand and coronavirus concerns.

  ‘Love them from a distance’: Local educators finding their way through virtual teaching

Virtual courses are kicking off in schools across the Cape Fear and just as parents and students are trying to figure it out, teachers are too.

CFPUA: Don’t flush wipes, cleaning supplies down toilets

Officials with CFPUA say that customers should avoid flushing products other than toilet paper down a toilet.

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.