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  WECT Investigates: Avoiding post-storm scams

Red flags to watch for and tips for how to avoid falling victim to post-storm scams.

  Hurricane victims get help with free groceries

NCDOT closely monitoring roadways for flooding

  Bill to create Wrightsville Beach specialty license plate approved, heads to governor’s desk

  N.C. Attorney General announces lawsuits against eight additional e-cigarette companies

5.7M kids water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

  Back to School: life hacks, tips, and tricks for getting back into a routine

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  Cape Fear group holding discussion on anniversary of “March on Washington”

  NC high school football players now eligible for international play

  All female surfing competition hosted in Wrightsville Beach

  Wilmington YMCA assembles playground created by kids

  Wilmington company under investigation by Attorney General appears out of business

  How to protect your child from identity theft

  Hundreds of surfers battle foul weather to compete in O’neill Sweetwater Pro-Am

More than 200 surfers took to Wrightsville beach this weekend to compete in the O’neill Sweetwater Pro-Am surf competition.

  Historic radio station in danger of being pulled from the airwaves

WVOE is the first black owned and operated radio station east of the Mississippi River. The business in Chadbourn has seen its airwaves go to locals for 57 years, but that might soon end.

  Local conservationists unhappy with changes to Endangered Species Act

The Trump Administration announced new changes to the Endangered Species Act, Monday. Laws that have been in place for 45 years will now list endangered plant and animal species on a case-by-case basis.

  No Polygamy Porter for you, or your spouses, ABC commission rules

Beer drinkers will have to travel if they want to get a taste of Polygamy Porter

  Beergasm, Kissing Cousins, Polygamy Porter and the other beer and wine names the NC ABC rejected

New scam ‘hires’ you to be a secret shopper, aims to steal money from you

  Benefit concert held for family of man killed by wave in Oak Island

  Bulletproof backpacks show up in Wilmington stores

  Highway 6: How the Shrimp Festival came to be

Abuse of Power: WECT Investigates risks seniors face with powers of attorney

  Cats and dogs will be allowed in breweries and taprooms this fall under new NC law

Cats and dogs will be allowed in North Carolina breweries and taprooms starting in September now that a new law is in place.

  Downtown Wilmington gets a permanent market

The Brooklyn Cafe and Market on N. 4th Street is converting itself into a local market.

  County, hospital officials pitch business leaders on proposed hospital sale

At a meeting at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning, New Hanover Regional CEO John Gizdic and County Manager Chris Courdriet explained to business leaders and elected officials in attendance they thought the need to eventually sell the hospital was “inevitable.”

  Drinks for a cause: Tavern holds benefit for hungry children

In an unlikely pairing, Salty Dogs Tavern has partnered with Nourish NC, but this isn’t the first time.

  ‘We miss our customers,’ says owner of Wilmington restaurant damaged in fire

Sean Franklin, the owner of The Sawmill Restaurant, said he is making every attempt to reopen the doors of the popular eatery.

  ‘My Promise to PJ’: A documentary on those left behind from opioid overdose

Daniel Baldwin, the oldest of the Baldwin brothers that include Alec, Stephen and William, has started his latest documentary on the opioid epidemic in the Cape Fear region.

  Pender schools band together to help those still recovering

Dozens of families received boxes of food Wednesday, as The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Pender County Schools joined forces to help feed those still displaced and recovering from Hurricane Florence, from over 10 months ago.

  The facts and figures on fuel you need to know about when a hurricane hits

GasBuddy reveals how quickly gas stations run out of fuel and get replenished when a hurricane hits.

  It’s National Ice Cream Day!

The Original Ice Cream Stand doesn’t have their own building to house their stash of ice cream. They have a stand right as you enter Wrightsville Beach, and they couldn’t be any more excited for the day catered to them.

  Oak Island Water Rescue gets new, life saving equipment

Oak Island Water Rescue recently unveiled their new drone.

  Hundreds line up for Hurricane Expo in Wilmington

Hundreds of residents lined up to receive information from dozens of groups on how to prep, power through and recover in the possibility of another hurricane.

  Highway 6: Fair Bluff farmers power through the heat for the perfect Watermelon

The Watermelon Festival is taking over Fair Bluff, and of course, one can not have a watermelon festival without the fruit itself.

  Highway 6: Wild cat rescue slated to open in Fair Bluff 2021

Shizzy’s Wild Cat Rescue has been in the works since Hurricane Matthew. Since the storm, construction crews have leveled acres of property to make room for animal habitats.

  Watching and waiting: Sales of Freeman Park passes continue as Carolina Beach plays chicken with Mother Nature

Two months into the summer season, and beach-goers hoping to utilize Freeman Park on the north end of Carolina Beach are at the mercy of the tides and currents flowing along the island’s northern inlet.

  Opportunity Zones: Wilmington explores potential benefits, holds forum to connect investors to projects

While local officials continue to grapple with affordable housing concerns, a new private investment tool might be the answer — at least in some areas of town.

  Flesh-eating bacteria yet to reach North Carolina

Vibro Vulnificus, dubbed the ‘Flesh-eating bacteria,’ has yet to make it to North Carolina, but it has spread already from the Gulf of Mexico to southern Virginia.

  Heat hacks to stay cool while enjoying the outdoors this summer

Here are some tips and tricks to stay safe and cool during these hot summer days.

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

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

  New Drive-In movie theater up and running

Stateline Movie Time is the newest drive-in move theater in the country, according to a Facebook post by Driveinmovie.com.

  Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on new home for Florence victim

Habitat for Humanity broke ground on another house meant for a new homeowner today.

  As debate over noise ordinance continues, public information sessions planned

For more than a month, Wilmington elected officials and staff have been grappling with proposed changes to the city’s noise ordinance.

  Frustrated with robocalls? Let the N.C. attorney general know

Most North Carolinians have a searing hatred for robocalls and starting today, you can share your frustrations about the automated annoyances with the state attorney general’s office.

  Just hang up: Law enforcement officials warn of possible Social Security phone scam

WECT viewers have reported getting calls from suspicious sources claiming something is wrong with their Social Security Number.

Commissioners vote down proposed travel budget changes, decrease travel spending instead

Instead of approving a proposal that would have allowed some commissioners to exceed their current $4,000 annual travel budget, commissioners reached a split decision to cut the current travel budget in half.

A congregation finally back in their church home

The old saying goes, ‘The church is the people, not the building.’ But, having your own building feels more like home, and Pastor Clifford Barnett of Warner Temple AME Zion Church would agree.

  Hundreds of Rugby players takeover the cape fear

The Fear 7s rugby tournament has now seen its 45th year of action. Rugby players from not only North Carolina, but other continents take part in the once a year event.

  Businesses starting to see rise in tourism

Hurricane Florence has come and gone. Around the city, it’s hard to see any physical damage still left, but the impact went far beyond Wilmington.

  Back on Track: CVB says tourism activity where it should be as summer gets fully underway

According to the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, July is historically the peak month for tourism activity in New Hanover County.

  CFPUA to assist Pender Utilities with water supply as dry conditions continue

The deal will bring some much-needed relief to Pender County’s strained water infrastructure.

Sunday talk: Plastic Free July

The Cape Fear Museum had a talk about a new initiative for the month of July.

  Local church dissolves after final service

Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church, after being open for more than a century, has closed after holding its last service Sunday.

  NFL coach talks conservation during visit to Bald Head Island

In a place that is mostly undeveloped, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh spoke about the importance of keeping Bald Head Island maintained and preserved.

  Home with three acres in Rocky Point considered a local best buy in real estate week of June 24

The home appears to be in relatively good shape and it sits on more than three acres.

  Wilmington yoga studio raises money for girls in India

The Wilmington Yoga Center has raised money for Home of Hope Orphanage since 20017, and this year was no different. The orphanage benefits girls in India .

  Greenfield Lake gets a face-lift

If you ran by Greenfield Lake Sunday, it probably looked a little cleaner than normal.

  Volleyball for a cause: Community raises money for stroke awareness

Ranse Jones died nine years ago from a stroke playing the sport he loved, volleyball. Jones was a firefighter and a UNC-Wilmington graduate who put his life on the line for others.

  Healthcare providers statewide meet to plan for future disasters

Healthcare providers from across the state met with Governor Roy Cooper Saturday to discuss how to improve patient treatment during a natural disaster.

  Senior Center celebrates fortieth anniversary

The Oak Island Senior Center celebrated four decades as a staple in the community Saturday.

  Attorney General warns North Carolinians of summer travel scams

Summer is officially underway, but North Carolina’s top law enforcement official says it isn’t a time to relax — at least when it comes to fraud and scams.

Clerk blames turnover, human error as N.C. Auditor finds deficiencies at Pender Superior Court office

The findings were part of a routine audit.

  Brunswick County home with boat slip considered a best buy in local real estate for week of June 16

Boat owner's dream home in Brunswick County, NC considered a local best buy in real estate.

  UNCW now offers Styrofoam recycling services for the public

UNCW now offers styrofoam recycling services with a new styrofoam densifier; the only one of its kind in New Hanover County.

Acme Smoked Fish recognized as North Carolina Star Site

One of North Carolina’s most recognizable faces was in the Cape Fear region Thursday as Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry congratulated Acme Smoked Fish Corp. on a safety distinction from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

  Wilmington police introduce new gunfire detection software for better patrols

Within the past week, New Hanover County has seen multiple shootings.

  Drug deal gone wrong impetus for deadly Shallotte shooting; fourth teen charged with kidnapping, robbery

Colby Pridgen, the murder suspect in the shooting death of Jacary Bethel, had his first court appearance Wednesday.

  Wilmington Farmers Market at Tidal Creek sets themselves apart with new benefits

New Hanover County Cooperative Extension has partnered with Wilmington Farmers Market to bring more benefits to residents who receive government assistance.

  'He was honestly the best soul,’ friends of teen killed in Shallotte shooting tell his story

One night after Jacary Bethel was killed at Cardinal Pointe in Shallotte, his friends gathered at the very spot he was found bleeding.

  Local church finds new home after fire destroyed old location

CityLife Church has been without a building to call home since their old location went up in flames over a year ago

  Surf camp for wounded veterans hosted in Carolina Beach in honor of International Surfing Day

On International Surfing Day, military veterans grabbed their boards and paddled out into the ocean with Ocean Cure and the Wounded Warrior Project.

  Pender Co. farm estimates this fruit brings millions to local economy

We get to showcase what we do here that’s pretty hidden in southeastern North Carolina on rural farms that people are making their living and livelihood from," said Cal Lewis.

  Wilmington food bank plans to kick out hunger for the summer

Annual kick off ofthe Stop Summer Hunger initiative at The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington. By July 31, the hope is to provide 220,000 meals to children in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender Counties.

Twins graduate Pender High with over $1 million in college scholarship money

Markhel and Lavell Henry walked across the stage Saturday knowing they won’t graduate college with a mountain of debt.

  “You just never realize how quick something like this can happen,” says man who pulled driver from deadly Columbus Co wreck

Eric McCollum isn’t a first responder but he was first on the scene of Thursday’s deadly wreck near Chadbourn.

  ’We can’t run a business, at all’: Restaurant, venue owners concerned about noise ordinance update

Friday night, just after 6 p.m. at Reel Cafe in downtown Wilmington, the entire outdoor patio was empty due to the rain.

  Proposed Senate budget would eliminate specific funding for schools

The proposed Senate budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year calls for an increase on spending for public education by $1.3 billion over the next two years.

  Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays and not just during the summer months

It's important to wear sun skin while laying out by the pool or when going to the beach, but you should actually wear it every day, according to medical experts.

  National Weather Service holds hurricane preparedness talk

National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Armstrong spoke at the Cape Fear Museum Sunday, about being prepared for the hurricane season that started June 1.

Dock Dogs agility competition makes its way to local area

Dock Dogs, a national competition that tests the agility man’s best friend, had its most recent competition in Leland this weekend.