Wilmington City Council approves plans for new juvenile court facility, hears updates on projects

Wilmington City Council approved a special use permit Tuesday night to allow for a new, three-story building to replace the existing juvenile court building.

Women Organizing for Wilmington holds #MeToo support group for parents of New Hanover Co. students

  Astronaut reflects on 29 years of Hubble imagery and discovery

  NHRMC hosts ‘Stop the Bleed’ training at high school

  Attorneys: Ohio State needs to reveal who knew about abuse

Thousands sign petition to make Danny Devito next Wolverine

School bus driver robbed in Bladen County

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Dozens of artists will show off their works at the Orange Street ArtsFest

  Man robs Walgreens pharmacy of narcotics, deputies say

‘Sesame Street’ introduces Karli, a Muppet in foster care

  Recount scheduled in Bladen County Commission race

  ‘He’s a violent monster’: Another ex-girlfriend of murder suspect speaks about near deadly attack

State initiative bringing free Wi-Fi to downtown Whiteville

Miss Victory Sunshine crowned Perfect Pinup Wilmington 2019

Nine women competing for the crown in the Perfect Pinup Wilmington contest raised thousands to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

  Women rally in downtown Wilmington against anti-abortion laws

Women across the country are stepping out to voice their concerns about the recent anti-abortion laws in several states.

Former employees of Salty Paws continue closed store’s mission of helping animals in need

A few months after a shop supporting local animals closed its doors, employees are continuing its mission.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Special needs teacher wants visual schedules, calendars for her students

Amanda Ulfsax, a preK through second grade teacher at Acme Delco Elementary School in Riegelwood would like for her students to have visual schedules, an illustrated calendar for children with special needs.

  3-year-old Janiyah Brooks’ family speaks out

Wilmington man heading to prison for trafficking fentanyl

  NCDOT hosts public meeting to discuss potential replacement options for Wrightsville Beach drawbridge

Oak Island splash pad set to open on Friday

  ‘Stranger Things’: New Coke, from 1985, to make comeback on TV show

TRAFFIC ALERT: Westbound lane of Oleander Drive reopens after completion of emergency repairs

  Andrea, the first Atlantic tropical system of 2019, weakening near Bermuda

Subtropical Storm Andrea formed from a broad cluster of thunderstorms between the Bahamas and Bermuda late Monday.

  Wilmington murder suspect and victim were dating, police say

Police have arrested 33-year-old Jermaine Pompey of Wilmington in connection to the death of 30-year-old Quinchelle Carr.

  Reward offered for info on hit-and-run involving pedestrian

At approximately 10 p.m. on March 23, officers responded to the intersection of Randall Parkway and Marlboro Street. When they arrived, officers located a 56-year-old man lying in the road with multiple injuries.

  DO YOU RECOGNIZE HER? Police seek credit card theft, fraud suspect

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of stealing a credit card and using it to buy nearly $1,200 worth of items.

Four charged in connection to methamphetamine in Pender Co.

Agents with the Pender County Vice/Narcotics Unit arrested and charged four people in connection to a month-long investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the Hampstead area.

Sumter Police searching for missing active-duty Airman

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Shaw Air Force Base, is searching for an active duty airman who has been reported missing.

  Elizabethtown police seek public’s help in fraud case

The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman it wants to question in connection to a fraud case.

  ‘One of the hardest jobs out there’: Encouragement and tips for not only taking care of yourself, but someone else too

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice as several resources for those caregiving for someone who is ill.

  First Alert Forecast: searching for cooling showers as sizzling holiday weekend nears

In this forecast period, a weak cool front will tail into the Cape Fear Region Tuesday and engineer a slight temperature drop for Wednesday. Big heat is set to return by Memorial Day weekend, though!

  ‘He’s very dangerous’: Murder suspect’s ex-girlfriend describes him as evil

Mary Deschamps says hearing the news that her ex-boyfriend was accused of killing a woman was not surprising. Deschamps was one of his victims. He stabbed her in 2006.

  Military plane crash reported near Havelock; pilot ejected safely

Craven County officials say they are responding to reports of a military plane crash.

  Golf cart rentals to roll into Kure Beach

Kure Beach Town Council approved a special use permit (SUP) application for golf cart rentals in the town Monday.

  North Carolina class teaches kids as young as six how to use guns

The children spend four hours, both in classroom time, and shooting.

Man charged in death of beloved dog Tommie

Richmond police have arrested a man in connection to tying and setting fire to the pit bull named Tommie.

More details released about slain Auburn officer, suspect

The names of an Auburn police officer who was shot and killed Sunday night, as well as two other officers who were injured, are being released.

Former UNC Wilmington head coach Jerry Wainwright joining Haith’s staff at Tulsa

Former UNC Wilmington head basketball coach Jerry Wainwright has accepted a job as a full-time assistant coach at the University of Tulsa, where he will be reunited with a long-time friend, Golden Hurricane Head Coach Frank Haith.

  Hate speech, racist symbol spray-painted on vehicle, sign in Wilmington neighborhood

Wilmington police are investigating after racist and violent words were spray-painted on the side of a van Sunday night.

Statesville files lawsuit over massive American flag

A petition drive has started and the company has vowed on Facebook that when it comes to the request to take the flag down, “We won’t do it.”

Firefighters stop to do yard work for elderly woman they see struggling with mower

Firefighters with the Concord Fire Department went above and beyond when they saw an elderly woman struggling to mow her yard on Monday.

  WPD survey shows business owners, residents feel safe downtown at night

The Wilmington Police Department conduced a survey to find how residents and business owners perceive the safety of downtown Wilmington.

  Laughter is the best medicine: ‘This Hurricane Blows’ follows neighbors stuck together during storm

'This Hurricane Blows' follows a group of neighbors stuck together during an insanely long hurricane; the show will donate some of its proceeds to Hurricane Florence recovery.

  Leland mayor writes open letter addressing feedback to Regional Compromise Plan

The community feedback has been positive for the Regional Compromise Plan but some have stated opposition based on misinformation, Brenda Bozeman said.

Indictment: Race, color a factor in 13-year-old Hania Aguilar’s kidnapping, death

The kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar was due to her “race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin.”

Report: Administrative mistakes, lack of expertise delayed NC Matthew-related funds

A North Carolina government watchdog agency says administrative mistakes and a lack of expertise caused delays in the state’s distribution of certain federal long-term recovery funds following Hurricane Matthew.

KY man finds unlicensed bears behind wheel of car

An Owensboro barber’s wild experience last week is gaining some attention on Facebook.

  First Alert Forecast: summer to keep flexing...

In this forecast period, unusually strong high pressure ridge will continue to sear and steam the Cape Fear Region with summery weather.

  ‘Game of Thrones': Water bottles join coffee cup in guest-starring roles

The series finale of “Game of Thrones” treated fans to another visual faux pas as two modern-day water bottles showed up in one of the scenes.

Scalf honored after final home series with Seahawks

Family, friends, current and former players and members of the administration of UNCW and the CAA were on hand for a ceremony honoring head coach Mark Scalf, who is retiring at the end of the season.

  Ex-Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott arrested on federal charges in Florence County

Deputies in Florence have arrested the former chief of the Columbia Police Department on warrants issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Driver dies days after school bus crash that injured 22, including students

Officials said a total of 22 people were injured in the crash. A total of 18 children were injured while four adults were also treated for injuries.

  TRAFFIC ALERT: Maintenance scheduled for Wrightsville Beach drawbridge

An inspection of the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge will cause lane closures Wednesday, May 22.

  Winnabow man accused of sex crimes involving a child

Toby Dean Hinson, 37, was arrested by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Friday and charged with three counts of second-degree forcible sexual offense and three counts of indecent liberties with child.

Former Carolina Beach Mayor dies

Ted Seawell, former Mayor of Carolina Beach passed away May 14

  4 swimmers rescued in Emerald Isle, one rushed to hospital in critical condition

Emerald Isle officials have confirmed that a 48-year old Jacksonville man is in critical condition after being pulled from the water Sunday afternoon.

  Wilmington Fire Department opens new station on Shipyard Blvd

The Wilmington Fire Department unveiled its newest station Saturday.

  Lidl announces store coming to Wilmington

Discount grocery store chain Lidl announced plans to open several stores across the East Coast on Friday, including one in Wilmington.

Wilmington City Council considers funding for police training simulators

Wilmington City Council is expected to discuss requests made by the Wilmington Police Department for two different training simulator systems on Tuesday.

Community comes together to smash cancer in local tennis tournament

The Greater Wilmington Tennis Organization brought hundreds of people together this weekend for their 10th annual Smash Cancer tennis tournament.

Local animal hospitals hold dog wash fundraiser for improved animal health

The College Road and Carolina Beach animal shelters teamed up to wash dogs to help pay for outstanding vet bills

  First Alert Forecast: summery heat and humidity continue

A summery high pressure ridge continues to deliver a sun and south breeze combination to the Cape Fear Region.

  Non-profit helps families send their children to Pre-K

The Megan Cajigas Education Foundation is a nonprofit that raises money for families who don’t meet that requirement, but still can’t afford Pre-K. The group hosted a cook off Saturday to raise money for scholarships for those families.

Thousands gather nationwide to raise awareness about clean energy

Crowds joined hands forming lines across beaches, parks and state capitol steps across the country in synchronized “Hands Across the Sand/Land” demonstrations Saturday.

Country music star Travis Tritt involved in multi-vehicle crash that left two dead, others injured on Highway 22

Two people are dead following a multi-vehicle car crash on Highway 22 early Saturday morning.

Cape Fear community advocates for a more diverse blood bank

Area leaders held a summit Saturday morning to discuss the importance of having a blood bank full of diverse donors.

Volunteers needed for Sunset Beach shoreline planting project

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is reaching out to volunteers to help plant native grasses behind a newly constructed reef at Sunset Beach Waterfront Park.

Isabel Holmes Bridge back open after brief malfunction

The Isabel Holmes Bridge Tender confirms traffic is moving on the bridge Saturday afternoon after a short malfunction.

  WPD looking for man accused of using counterfeit bills

According to the WPD, fake $50 bills were used at Hanover Shopping Center.

  First Alert Forecast: Summery temps in store this weekend

Daily chances for showers and storms stay low while temperatures fly high as a summery high pressure ridge builds and delivers a sun and south breeze combination to the Cape Fear Region.

  Surveillance video shows grandmother violently carjacked in broad daylight

A grandmother is recovering after she was carjacked Tuesday afternoon, in broad daylight. Police reports indicate the suspects demanded her keys and threatened to kill her before one of them attacked.

World War II vet celebrates 100th birthday

Donald Browning celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family Friday afternoon.

UNCC Police recognize untold story of student’s heroics during campus shooting

After the campus shooting at UNC Charlotte that killed two students and injured four others, there were stories of heroics and images that will forever be linked to the active shooting.

  Surf City considers smoking ban on beaches

Surf City is one of few North Carolina beaches that still allows smoking, but that could change come June.

Ocean Isle Beach woman arrested after hitting police officer with her car, high speed chase

A woman from Ocean Isle Beach faces attempted murder charges after she injured a South Carolina police officer and ran from law enforcement on Tuesday.

  Wilmington City Council to hear updates on rail realignment, soccerplex at meeting Tuesday

After years of study and planning, Wilmington’s rail realignment project is finally gaining steam.

SC school district considering a four-day school week

According to the plan proposed by Florence School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson, classes would be Monday through Thursday, with school days extended 1.5 hours per day.

Overturned vehicle on U.S. 17 near Surf City slows southbound traffic

An overturned vehicle near Surf City is slowing southbound traffic on U.S. 17 Friday afternoon.

NC Coast Guard safely pulls 3 from sinking sailboat

Three people were hoisted out of a boat taking on water Thursday night, according to the Coast Guard.

  Several alligator sightings reported this week, including one underneath someone’s front porch

Seeing alligators isn’t that uncommon for people living in southeastern North Carolina. Finding one underneath someone's front porch is rare, and no doubt shocking, but that's what happened at a residence on Sam Potts Highway in Bolton on Wednesday.