Flesh-eating bacteria yet to reach North Carolina

  Second suspect in Bladen County child abduction arrested

  UNCW Board of Trustees discusses alcohol sales at on-campus sporting events

Bladen County Schools announces Pre-K screening dates

Columbus County celebrates opening of outdoor fitness park

Target unveils wheelchair-friendly costumes for kids

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  Customers share frustrations with Duke Energy’s AC energy-saving program

  TheatreNOW’s final act: ‘Clue, the Musical’ marks the beginning of the end

  First Alert Forecast: staying hot - even for a traditionally hot time of year

  Toys R Us plans a small comeback with 2 stores this year

EXCLUSIVE: N.C. man builds casket for 6-year-old who drowned in the Chattahoochee River based on favorite cartoon

NC Zoo arborist killed after falling 20+ feet during rescue drill

Fort Fisher aquarium closed Friday due to issues cooling building

The North Carolina aquarium at Fort Fisher closed at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and will stay closed through Friday due to issues in cooling the facility.

FOUND: Brunswick County deputies locate missing 95-year-old man

Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public for help finding a 95-year-old man who disappeared Wednesday afternoon.

  July downpours ease Cape Fear drought a touch

In its latest update, U.S. Drought Monitor, a division of NOAA, lists portions of the eastern Carolinas in a moderate drought designation.

  Brunswick Co. deputy’s vehicle struck during traffic stop

The deputy had stopped a driver on U.S. 74/76 at approximately 2:30 a.m. when another car came along and struck his vehicle.

  Former State Senator Michael Lee added to UNCW Board of Trustees

  Opera Wilmington presents production of ‘La Boheme’

Kids seeking candy trapped in store by sex offender, NC police say

  Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington announces she’s running for governor in 2020

  Pair get prison time for running meth-cooking operation in New Hanover County

  Heat hacks to stay cool while enjoying the outdoors this summer

  New Hanover County commissioner receives racist letter

New Hanover County commissioner Jonathan Barfield can’t believe the letter he opened on Wednesday.

  New Hanover County Schools looking to possible change dress code

New Hanover County High School students could soon have more options of what they can wear to school.

  Maides Park Community Garden utilizes Florence debris

The City of Wilmington has taken a fresh new approach to improve the community garden at Maides Park.

  Staying cool and healthy during the Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer refers to the hottest days of the summer, which will go through the middle of August. During these toasty days, there’s a few things that you and your furry friend can do to keep cool.

  Surf City re-opens beach accesses and park months after Hurricane Florence

Surf City is celebrating a milestone in Hurricane Florence recovery as the town has officially re-opened all thirty-six beach accesses and a local park.

Attorney accused of hitting fellow attorney in head with Lysol can

Blood had to be cleaned from a room in the Hall of Justice after two attorneys got into a fight Wednesday morning.

  Talented, young thespians star in ’Thoroughly Modern Millie’ as part of new theater program

Opera House Theatre Company recently launched its Apprentice Theatre, which gives young people a place to showcase their talents

  Brunswick County Schools announces teachers of the year

Brunswick County Schools made a very special announcement Wednesday honoring their best and brightest.

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates.

Cooper: Real people need to be heard in Medicaid debate

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says Republican legislators need to hear stories of real people unable to obtain affordable health insurance and struggling with illness so they understand the need to expand Medicaid.

  Bladen County Sheriff’s Office cracking down on parents not paying child support

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Bladen County Department of Social Services are teaming up to crack down on parents who are delinquent in paying child support.

  First Alert Forecast: in the fryer

A broiling high pressure ridge maintains control of the Cape Fear Region...

  Large scale heroin busts often a result of police, community working together

In the last two months, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office seized 8,400 bags of heroin and Lt. Jerry Brewer said these types of investigations sometimes begin with something as simple as a tip or a complaint from a neighbor.

  McCready to propose expanding national service

Dan McCready is expected to propose quadrupling the size of AmeriCorps, the program that now places 75,000 young people to work in early childhood education and environmental conservation.

  Abducted Bladen County, N.C. baby found alive at bus stop; mother in custody

A woman at the center of a nationwide Amber Alert after allegedly kidnapping her 4-month-old daughter from a Bladen County daycare has been arrested, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

Statesville mother charged in death of 4-month-old son

Erika Renee Altamirano, 34, was arrested on charges of felony second-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of baby son.

  What to know ahead of President Trump’s rally in Greenville

President Trump is headed to Greenville Wednesday as part of his re-election campaign.

  City council approves donation of Soccerplex property, management agreement

The Wilmington City Council unanimously approved to accept the donation of a 65-acre property from Cape Fear Soccerplex and to enter a management agreement with Cape Fear Soccer Association to operate the complex Tuesday night.

  City hopes ‘Baby Shark’ song will drive homeless away

Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children's songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility

  All things hurricane: Southport Maritime Museum educates with new exhibit and lecture series

The museum offers free, monthly lectures during this Hurricane season. They are also opening a new exhibit on hurricanes this fall.

  Wilmington City Council carries over discussion of what to do with former WAVE facility on Castle Street

After a lengthy debate, Wilmington City Council opted to continue discussion of the future of the former WAVE maintenance facility at 1110 Castle Street, giving a potential developer more time to finalize a proposal.

’I am fighting hard to get it all back’: Premature baby gives mom new lease on life

A Richmond mother is grateful she didn’t lose her baby after born at just 25 weeks.

ATF offers reward for information on several arsons in N.C.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a reward on Tuesday for information on several arsons in Laurinburg.

  New Hanover County Board of Education hires Brooks Pierce Law Firm to handle an independent investigation

The New Hanover County Board of Education decided at a meeting Tuesday night to hire the Brooks Pierce Law Firm to handle an independent investigation of the Michael Kelly case.

  Friend of murder victim: ‘He would give you the shirt off his back’

Friends of Deaundre Sansbury still can’t believe that the person they knew and loved is gone.

Wilmington Police K9 retires after six years of service

One of Wilmington Police Department’s finest received a sendoff at city council Tuesday night.

NC bill to help ID rideshare vehicles nears approval as some question need

A North Carolina bill that would create new regulations aimed at improving safety when riders use companies like Uber and Lyft moved forward Tuesday, though some drivers question whether it’ll have a positive impact.

Escaped emu continues to elude capture in NC

An emu has been on the run for three weeks around Orange County.

  New Hanover County receives feedback as it considers stormwater utility

With the Cape Fear region finally seeing some much-needed rain after months of drought, one of New Hanover County’s major efforts for the new fiscal year is much more top of mind.

New Hanover County announces mosquito spraying schedule

New Hanover County officials have announced mosquito spraying in two areas Tuesday and Wednesday.

Police warn of ‘porch pirates’ lurking as Amazon Prime Day wraps up

CMPD says they’re keeping a closer eye on neighborhood surveillance because thieves might be taking note of your delivery habits.

Nearly 100 violations filed after traffic checkpoint on state line

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office worked with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and local law enforcement agencies to conduct a checkpoint on the North Carolina state line Saturday night.

  Two southeastern NC summer meals programs recognized by USDA

The US Department of Agriculture's Turnip the Beet awards are given to summer meal programs sponsors who serve nutritious, appealing and appetizing meals when children are out of school.

Police: 3 kids found locked in back of U-Haul carrying drugs; 3 from NC charged

Authorities say three children have been rescued from the back of a U-Haul truck that was carrying drugs in Tennessee, and three North Carolinians have been charged in the case.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Art teacher at all-girls school needs help with supplies

Greyson Davis, an art teacher at Glow Academy, is asking for donations through the Donors Choose website to purchase better supplies for his classroom

  Carolina Beach billing office closing Wednesday for software upgrades

Upgrades to the town's billing software and system will begin at 8 a.m. The billing office/cashier window should reopen at around 2 p.m.

State could take over Cape Fear Museum

The Cape Fear Museum in downtown Wilmington could be taken over by the state of North Carolina.

  Whiteville officials prepping for move into new city hall

Whiteville City Hall, including its planning, inspections, and emergency services departments, will be closing to the public starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

  New Hanover Co. receives seven national achievement awards

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has given New Hanover County seven achievement awards, county officials announced Tuesday.

Man cited for animal cruelty after pics of dog pulling bricks on chain go viral

Scottie Lee Lewis, 28, a man with an extensive criminal record, has now been cited for animal cruelty after pictures posted to social media showed him walking a dog that appeared to be pulling a brick.

Durham dad remembered as hero after drowning while saving kids at Wrightsville Beach

A Durham father of seven is being remembered as a hero after his family says he died while trying to rescue his children from rough water at Wrightsville Beach.

  Man charged with murder after deadly Wilmington shooting to be held without bond

One person is in custody after a deadly shooting in Wilmington late Sunday night.

Woman unnerved after valet takes car from Columbia Airport

A 27-year-old Columbia man turned himself in Monday after taking a woman’s car from Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

  Wilmington Regional Safety and Health School annual education event slated for July 24-25

The event is titled The Changing Tide: Are You Riding The Wave?

  First Alert Forecast: sweltering once again!

A high pressure ridge will broil us again!

Tests confirm West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in parts of Richland County

Richland County officials have confirmed West Nile Virus activity in Forest Acres and St. Andrews.

Lack of state budget an issue for New Hanover County Schools

Lawmakers in Raleigh have not agreed on a state budget, and that's causing problems for New Hanover County Schools.

  Durham man dies while trying to rescue children off Wrightsville Beach

According to town officials, emergency workers were unable to resuscitate 35-year-old Johnny Lee Vann Jr. after he was pulled from the water.

Handcuffed man slips, falls face-first on wet concrete

“Everybody knows ... you don’t ever want to do stupid stuff when the streets are slippery, ” police say

Family: Ala. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria after kayaking on Tenn. River

A Lauderdale County man has been fighting for his life in the hospital after his wife says a day kayaking with their kids left him with a terrifying infection.

Police: Flushing drugs could create ‘meth-gators’ in north Alabama

A drug bust announcement out of Lawrence County, Tennessee came with an atypical warning about the dangers of trying to flush away drug evidence.

  New art exhibit uses the moon as inspiration

The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

“A freak accident:” Mother of skydiver killed after jump in South Carolina remembers her daughter

The Chester County Coroner says a Charlotte woman died after a hard-landing at Skydive Carolina on Sunday.

  Commissioner defends travel spending

New Hanover Commissioner Rob Zapple, the only commissioner to publicly speak out about a new travel policy for county commissioners, says new per-commissioner spending limits are onerous to the point they are preventing the county from participating in important business.

  Deputies find seven pounds of marijuana after responding to home invasion call

A 911 caller told Columbus County deputies last week that someone broke into his home. Deputies didn’t find any evidence of a break-in but they did find seven pounds of marijuana.

Career offender gets 25 years in prison for drug crimes

According to a news release, Covia Dzell Smith, 46, was convicted by a federal jury in January on three counts — distribution of marijuana and two counts of distribution of cocaine.

  Wilmington continues noise ordinance discussion ahead of public meetings

Ahead of a pair of community information sessions, Wilmington City Council heard additional updates on the proposal to amend the city’s noise ordinance — and got a real-world demonstration to help with the discussion.

  Columbus County shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

One person is dead and another injured following a shooting in Columbus County Friday morning.