First responders across the state train in Pender County

Law enforcement from North Carolina and surrounding states have been participating in a four day long, around the clock training exercise in Pender County.

  Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

US housing construction jumps 16.9% in December

  First Alert Forecast: shot of cold air arrives, another stronger one for MLK Day

  Track coach remembers Pender County teen killed in hit and run as star athlete

  Brunswick County WW2 vet presented France’s highest honor

Dogs rescued from ‘monstrous’ puppy mill arrive at Humane Society of Charlotte

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14-year-old arrested for shooting cars on NC highway

  Years in the making: Leaders dedicate new WAVE multimodal station in downtown Wilmington

FBI says ‘Bad Wig Bandit’ has robbed yet another N.C. bank

  This weekend: 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher

WPD searches for suspect in car break-ins

  First Act: Youth Disney Revue kicks off in Wilmington

  Get Fit With 6: the turning point that ‘lit a fire’ to get healthy

As the 2020 Get Fit With 6 Race and Wellness expo approaches, we want you to know that we are as invested in your fitness and health goals as you are. Many of the staff members in front of and behind the scenes have worked hard and, at times, struggled to reach their own fitness goals.

  Operation Dodgeball yields several drug-related convictions of Wilmington gang members

Federal prosecutors will hold a news conference on Friday to discuss the results of Operation Dodgeball which led to the convictions of several Wilmington gang members on heroin- and fentanyl-related charges.

NY murder suspect believed to be in North Carolina, public asked to ‘exercise caution’

A man accused of killing someone in New York in November is believed to be in North Carolina.

  Brunswick County Gatorettes: a spirit squad for the ages

Four women make up the Brunswick County Gatorettes, a cheerleading squad for senior citizens.

Bond for suspect in Kim Bland’s murder set at $2 million

Woman accused of fraudulently cashing ex-husband’s checks

Heading to Wilmington’s MLK Parade? Here’s some helpful information

Wilmington to host MLK Fun Day

  Burglary suspect sought in Brunswick County

  First Alert Forecast: one cold shot Friday, another for MLK Day

WANTED: Armed robber on the loose after SWAT situation at Advance Auto Parts in west Charlotte

Police are searching for an armed robber following a SWAT situation at an auto store in west Charlotte Friday morning.

  Hurricane debris controlled burns planned for Orton Plantation

These burns will take place before Orton Plantation’s annual prescribed burning begins March 1.

  Man charged with murder in attempted robbery that resulted in fatal shooting

Erick Jemonia Gibbs, 29, was arrested by the Wilmington Police Department Thursday night.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Isabel Holmes Bridge to open this afternoon

The Isabel Holmes Bridge is scheduled to open for a sailboat at approximately 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.

Death doulas provide emotional support, education during the process of dying

Expecting mothers often enlist the help of birth doula to provide emotional support and education throughout their pregnancy. Now, end of life doulas are becoming popular for people whose loved ones are nearing death.

‘Turtleman’ spotted at busy intersection in Wilmington

Randy Gallagher, also known as the "Turtleman," travels all across the Carolinas setting up in empty lots at busy intersections with his African spurred tortoises. He has about a half dozen of the turtles that he allows children to ride.

Public meetings scheduled to discuss new Surf City mainland park

Town officials are asking the public for feedback on what they want to see at a park expected to come to the community.

YWCA hosts first Potluck for Peace event of 2020

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear held it’s first Potluck for Peace of 2020 at the MLK center Thursday night.

  High school donates $1,000 to NC Harm Reduction Coalition

New Hanover High School raised $1,000 from a Battle of the Bands concert and donated the proceeds to the NC Harm Reduction Coalition

  Fort Fisher/Southport ferry line undergoes major overhaul

The ramp overhaul on the Fort Fisher Southport ferry line is the biggest improvement project in the ferry’s run of more than 50 years.

  As massive, mysterious booms rock Cape Fear region once again, law enforcement officers check things out

If you live in Brunswick County and you experienced loud booms and shakes Wednesday night, you aren’t alone.

‘What a glorious day’: Arkansas inmates get baptized while in jail

The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office made a big announcement concerning the spirituality of their inmates.

  Troopers make arrest in deadly Pender County hit-and-run

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has arrested a man in connection with a deadly hit-and-run in Pender County last week.

Community complaints lead to drug arrests in Bladen County

Three men have been arrested after complains from the community led law enforcement to launch an investigation into drug activity in Bladen County.

  With WPD Chief Evangelous’ retirement imminent, city council to consider resolution naming interim chief

After nearly 50 years as a law enforcement officer, and 15 years as Wilmington’s top cop, Police Chief Ralph Evangelous is ready to retire. There will be a press conference Thursday afternoon to discuss next steps for his retirement.

  Boil advisories rescinded for areas near Brunswick County Government Complex after water main break

Brunswick County Publics Utilities has rescinded two boil water advisories for areas near the Brunswick County’s Government Complex in Bolivia following a water main break Wednesday morning.

Court documents provide new details into Kim Bland’s murder

New details have emerged in the murder investigation of Kim Bland.

GPS reception may be unavailable or unreliable to pilots due to military testing along the East Coast

According to an advisory from the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group 4 is conducting offshore military exercises from Jan. 16-24 that could make GPS reception unavailable or unreliable in the Southeastern U.S.

World record: Texas plant creates largest chocolate bar ever

Snickers and Guinness World Records have certified a huge Snickers bar created by Mars Wrigley Associates at the Waco, Texas plant is the largest chocolate nut bar ever created.

N.C. health officials report 11 new flu-related deaths; 33 for season

A total of 11 new flu-related deaths were reported by North Carolina health officials this week.

SUV crashes into Panda Express in Wilmington

One person was taken to the hospital after an SUV hit the side of a Wilmington restaurant Thursday.

Damaged equipment causes power outage for thousands in Wilmington

More than 2,500 customers are without power Thursday in Wilmington after equipment was damaged.

Lake Wylie woman pleads guilty to fatally poisoning husband with eye drops

A Lake Wylie woman accused of fatally poisoning her husband with eye drops pleaded guilty in court Thursday.

Chairwoman: Pledge of Allegiance will be on Bladen Co. Board of Elections meeting agendas starting in February

Two days after voting against adding the Pledge of Allegiance to the Bladen County Board of Elections’s meeting agenda, the group’s chair has reversed course.

Study: States with high opioid prescription rates have high rates of grandparents raising grandchildren

The continuing rise in the opioid epidemic is leading to a major concern about where children of parents with a substance abuse disorder live and who they live with.

Food Network host Tyler Florence to challenge local food trucks at GLOW event

Six local food trucks will compete against each other when Food Network star Tyler Florence hosts GLOW Academy’s annual celebrity chef events later this month.

CFPUA: Boil water advisory rescinded for parts of Water, Front streets

CFPUA has lifted a precautionary boil water advisory that was issued for parts of Water and Front streets Tuesday night.

  Board chair responds to story about alleged mismanagement, retaliation at CFCC

While David says the board only has one anonymous letter, during the last several weeks, WECT has spoken to more than two dozen current and former employees of CFCC who voiced similar concerns about CFCC President Morton.

  First Alert Forecast: winter is coming...

Spring has been winning the seasonal battle over the past couple of days but winter is ready to make its presence known. A cold front will finally move into the area which will bring a dose of wintry air by Friday and again early next week.

  Woman suffers burns in Southport house fire

A homeowner was injured and brought to the hospital, after a late night fire in Southport.

UNCW women’s basketball team to host Pink Day for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

UNCW women’s basketball team to host Pink Day for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

  UNCW professors hold free impeachment panel

UNCW professors hold panel on impeachment

Sign spinning isn’t just about advertising, it’s a sport too

Sometimes stories happen in our city that would go under the radar if we didn’t take a minute to highlight their uniqueness.

Puppy in bad health leads S.C. authorities to suspected puppy mill, police say

The discovery that a puppy was in bad health when it was purchased led authorities Wednesday morning to a suspected puppy mill in Laurens County.

3 arrested after ‘cages’ for children found in Alabama home

Three people have been arrested in a child abuse investigation after Lee County authorities discovered children were locked in cages.

Gov. Bill Lee expected to sign bill allowing adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that allows religious adoption agencies to deny adoptions based on religious and moral beliefs.

What’s next for Luke Kuechly? What may have led to his retirement decision? NFL expert weighs in

Luke is just 28 years old, and while you may have been surprised scrolling your feed to see this retirement after eight years of playing, an NFL expert says it’s actually close to three times longer than average.

  Rainbow shirt and cake a ‘lifestyle violation,’ student expelled from private school

The private school claims the picture is the latest in two years’ worth of “lifestyle violations”.

  Carolina Beach names new town manager

Carolina Beach named a new town manager at a meeting Tuesday night.

  Group behind controversial tv ad about NHRMC sale exploration says it’s ‘accurate, sourced, documented’

The group behind a controversial political television advertisement that is accusing the county of wanting to sell New Hanover Regional Medical Center to an out-of-state, for-profit entity stands by the ad, calling it “accurate, sourced, and documented.”

This season’s most common flu strain hasn’t been this prevalent in decades

Officials with the CDC say they’ve determined a flu strain more commonly seen at the end of the season was responsible for the early outbreaks this flu season.

Chadbourn police charge son with murder in father’s shooting death

Isaac Gene Miller, 25, is accused of fatally shooting his father, Anthony Chestnut, at the Jackson Street home on Dec. 17.

  Four years later, family and friends of Ebonee Spears refuse to give up hope of finding answers

The Wilmington resident has been missing for four years.

  Bladen Board of Elections votes down adding Pledge of Allegiance to regular meetings

A Bladen County Board of Elections motion to add the Pledge of Allegiance to each meeting’s official agenda failed to pass after it didn’t garner enough votes.

Fort Bragg army soldier killed in freefall training in Arizona

The U.S. Army says a Fort Bragg soldier was killed in a routine military freefall training event in southern Arizona.

Police: Stolen car crashes into two buses at middle school

A car reported stolen by police crashed into two buses at a North Carolina middle school, prompting officials to place the school on lockdown.

Mom speaks out after NC girl kidnapped, raped while walking to school bus stop

A teen walking to a school bus stop was kidnapped and raped — with her attacker then driving her to school Thursday morning

Brunswick County deputies warn of possible fraud involving asphalt sale

Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are warning the public about possible fraud involving the sale of asphalt.

Tillis challenges ‘eventual Democratic opponent’ to five debates

Senator Thom Tillis called on his “eventual Democratic opponent” to take part in five general election debates across the state, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Missing worker’s body removed from collapsed trench at NC construction site

Emergency responders are working to rescue workers after a trench collapse left them stuck underground, officials said.

  Second brewery to open in Leland by end of 2020

A second brewery is coming to Leland this year, town officials announced on Wednesday.

  TRAFFIC ALERT: Factory Road intersection to close for median work

Weather permitting, the road will reopen at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

  Davis Community seeks rezoning, special use permit to expand campus

Proposed plans call for the addition of a 150-unit multi-family independent living facility and 32 single-story cottages consisting of duplexes and triplexes.

  First Alert Forecast: winter waiting in the wings

Spring has been winning the seasonal battle over the past couple of days but winter is ready to make its presence known . A cold front will finally move into the area which will bring a dose of wintry air by Friday and again early next week.

Va. lawmaker proposes bill to establish an Animal Cruelty Convictions List

The General Assembly is in session and a handful of bills have been proposed relating to animals and expanding animal cruelty laws in Virginia.

Floating barge proposed for Carolina Beach fails to get enough votes

Carolina Beach town council members voted 2-2 so request for a conditional use permit for Carolina Beach Marina and Yacht Club to install a floating barge did not pass.

  ‘It just sounded like something exploded’: School roof collapses in NC storm; 3 students injured

The three fifth grade students injured when the microburst hit were treated at the hospital for minor injuries. They are all expected to be OK.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly announces retirement from NFL

In a tweet from Panthers Twitter account, Kuechly revealed his decision to retire in a heartfelt announcement.