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  Woman survived Clarkton triple killing by playing dead, sheriff’s office says

The woman who survived a shooting that killed three people has been released from the hospital.

  Sand build up in Lockwood Folly Inlet causing issues as waterway waits for dredging

Parents scramble to find outlet for children after schools cancel for bad weather

  ‘It really helped put into perspective what we’re really looking at’: NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group gets closer look at hospital financials

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT: C.C. Spaulding, a man from Columbus County who ran the richest black-owned company in America

  DOT crews prepping roadways for potential winter weather

  NCDOT wants your input to prioritize projects over the next 10 years

Continued Coverage

  ‘One of the biggest corporate crimes in history:' Mark Ruffalo talks contaminated water and his role in ‘Dark Waters’

  Wilmington leaders approve resolution on Lock & Dam No. 1

  ‘It’s going to change the health of the nation:’ Growers tout health benefits of local grape

  Columbus County Schools gives progress update after cyber hack wiped systems

  Bladen County Commission approves agreement for repairs to White Oak Dike

  Crime rate goes down in 2019 as WPD releases annual crime report

  Brunswick County NAACP denounces “Gun Rights Sanctuary” resolution

Brunswick County NAACP denounces “Gun Rights Sanctuary” resolution

  Stunning mural inspires creativity in Wilmington’s Castle Street district

Martha Anne Efird, who lives off of Castle St., has turned her home into a work of art. Bringing a colorful mural to her neighborhood

New Hanover County Commission appoints Woody White to new WAVE board

The new board met for the first time on Feb. 10.

  Cape Fear Museum honors the Commissioners Barfield

The Cape Fear Museum highlighted two of New Hanover County’s African-American commissioners Sunday.

  Leland group holds meeting discussing solutions on littering

  Middle school band teacher charged with sex crimes fired by New Hanover County Schools

  ‘Some walls must come down’: Harrelson Center celebrates expansion, begins exterior renovations

  Group rallies, seeks signatures for delay petition

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Remembering the first black student to integrate New Hanover County Schools

  Slow down heading into town: Southport speed limit changes now in effect

  The earliest spring on record? How warm temperatures are affecting plants

Much of the southeastern United States is seeing spring bloom about three weeks early.

  Internet, phone service issues continue to frustrate the people of Atkinson

The people of the town struggle with using their computers and cell phones every day to do simple things like make a call or send an email.

  Pender County schools talks sex abuse training, new school calendar

Pender County Schools discussed several notable items at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

Wilmington attorney named one of 23 NCAA certified agents in the country

Wilmington attorney Gary Shipman has been named one of 23 NCAA certified agents in the country and the only certified agent based in North Carolina.

  New Hanover County Schools still without an interim superintendent

New Hanover County Schools still without an interim superintendent

  Romance scams: Are you a catch, or are you getting catfished?

Online romance scams, also called confidence fraud, spike around Valentine's Day. Scammers look for vulnerable individuals and end up getting financial or personal identifying information.

  Pender County ABC plans to withhold profits given to municipalities

Pender County, along with all six municipalities within the county, got a letter from the ABC Board about a decision to reallocate funds.

  New Hanover County Commissioners deliver State of County address

The 2020 State of the County Address looked back 2019, touched on current pressing topics and also focused on the bright future of the county.

  Driver breaks window to rescue passenger from submerged car in Pender County

Two people were able to safely escape a car after they were swept away by floodwaters in Pender County.

  As new board looks to tackle financial issues at WAVE, additional cuts may be on the horizon

The road ahead remains uncertain for WAVE Transit.

  Group works to clean up Leland’s litter problem

If you look down Village Road in Leland, you’ll see an Adopt a Highway sign with the name Leland Rotary Club on it.

Researchers ask commercial fishermen to take part in economic survey

This week, commercial fishermen will be receiving surveys in the mail, aimed to see impacts NC fishing has on the economy.

  Strategic Needs: NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group continues digging into details

Work continues in charting the path of New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Looking back on Wilmington’s all-black hospital

Janice Barfield remembers the old Community Hospital well — she was a nursing student there in the 1960′s.

  City Council, planning commission discuss details of workforce housing incentive

As housing prices rise, city leaders look for a solution.

  Wilmington demonstrators protest impeachment trial

Protesters gather in downtown Wilmington ahead of impeachment vote.

Trogdon announces retirement as NCDOT secretary

James Trogdon has announced his retirement after three years as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Amanda Knox, acquitted in roommate’s murder in Italy, visits Wilmington

Amanda Knox, who served four years for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher will be the keynote speaker at the LINC’s 2020 Milestones Dinner at Hotel Ballast Feb. 3.

  WECT Investigates: Culture of retaliation, mismanagement alleged at troubled charter school

A lawsuit filed in New Hanover County Superior Court alleges a charter school has not only skirted federal law, but retaliated against those who pushed back against school leadership.

  Local anti-litter group heads to Raleigh this week

The Greater Leland Beautification Coalition hopes you can join them as they continue their fight for stricter ant-litter laws.

WECT to feature special reports, documentary during Black History Month

WECT to feature special reports, documentary during Black History Month

  Reggie Shuford: Growing up in Wilmington helped shape his civil rights career (”1 on 1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Reggie Shuford has made a career out of fighting for civil rights. As Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Reggie now looks back at his childhood in Wilmington and remembers facing many of the same wrongs he has since tried to right in court.

  Lawmaker discusses new sex crimes law as New Hanover County investigates third employee charged

As the investigation continues into Peter Frank, the Roland Grise Middle School teacher charged with 12 counts of indecent liberties with a child or student, a new state law aimed at reducing sexual abuse of children comes into sharp focus for one of the legislators behind it.

  City, County to consider ’major changes’ for WAVE after request for $700,000 loan

Big changes could be in the immediate future of WAVE Transit.

  New Hanover County Schools receives donation of over 100 instruments

On Wednesday, over one hundred instruments, along with $2,000, were donated to New Hanover County Schools, by National Pawn.

  Expanding Island Greenway is not a priority at the moment, Kure Beach says

Neighbors in Kure Beach have reached out to leaders asking to extend the Island Greenway in Carolina Beach into their town.

  Coloring book illustrates local black history month heroes

Coloring book illustrates local black history month heroes

  NHC Board of Education considers resolution to support clean water in schools

After the EWG study about PFAS was released earlier this month, Clean Cape Fear proposes the board take action.

  Surf City seeks community input on new skate park

Surf City is looking to get public input on a skate park the town has planned for the community.

  ‘It was the most contagious smile’: Community remembers Wilmington soldier Antonio Moore

Antonio "Tony" Moore died Friday while serving in Syria.

  Discussion on short term rental postponed in Brunswick County

The Southport Board of Alderman postponed a public meeting regarding short term rentals Monday.

  League of Women Voters celebrates 100 year anniversary

The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear (LWVLCF) celebrated its 100th anniversary Monday, as well as the passage of the 19th amendment.

Driver killed in Whiteville wreck identified

It happened on Highway 701 near Talbot St. Saturday afternoon.

  Pender County leadership program to serve dropout students

Mt. Calvary University opened its doors in 2018, but they’re already striving to branch out in the Pender County education community.

Late WWII veteran honored with Bronze star

People gathered Saturday in Southport to remember a beloved World War Two soldier who was an icon of his community for decades.

  Mayor wants answers about WAVE’s fund balance after transit service asks for loan

Financial issues are mounting for WAVE Transit, and that has city leaders concerned.

  Awaiting responses to RFP, NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group digs deeper on how to evaluate responses, remaining independent

Members of the Partnership Advisory Group met to discuss the key elements they will use to evaluate responses to their RFP.

NHC schools classify cheerleading as a club, not a sport

Cheer parents at Trask Middle School were shocked to find out that their children’s coaches weren’t getting paid.

  Uncertain future of Lock & Dam No. 1 has water authorities on edge

Those in charge of the Cape Fear region's water supply have concerns about the future of a piece of infrastructure the federal government no longer wants to maintain.

  Wilmington City Council takes steps towards railroad realignment

On Tuesday, city council members approved $2.5 million in grant money to an engineering group to start a study

  Save Our Hospital group holds meeting to discuss ongoing exploration of NHRMC’s future

Hundreds packed a room at the northeast campus of the New Hanover County Library to discuss the ongoing exploration of the future of NHRMC.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: “Let’s have a moment of science” Teacher wants tools for students to compete in Science Olympiad

6-8 grade students at Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply are getting ready for a Science Olympiad March 7 at UNCW. Their teacher, Patricia Gilliand, is asking for donation on the Donors Choose website to purchase tools to help them get prepared.

  Dozens without homes find warmth at Wilmington church as temperatures drop

Michael Joachim has been homeless in Wilmington for a month now.

  New Hanover County ABC stores explore opening on more holidays after a banner 2019

A look at New Hanover County ABC Store sales data from 2019.

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.

  Women’s rights rally brings hundreds to downtown Wilmington

Millions of people have taken to the streets this weekend to protest women’s right, including hundreds lining city hall steps in Wilmington.

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

The future of WAVE Transit might be up in the air, but one project decades in the making is finally complete.

‘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.

Court documents provide new details into Kim Bland’s murder

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

  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

  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.

Community members train to react when disaster strikes

eighbors in Pender County gathered at the Pender County Government Annex Tuesday to begin training for The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

  Neighbors raise stormwater concerns at Echo Farms development

Stormwater concerns have popped up at one of New Hanover County's most controversial developments.

  Columbus County parents outraged over talks of school closures

Parents, school staff and community members crowded the Columbus County School Board meeting room Monday night to voice concerns about possible school closings.

  ‘Circumstances are different for everybody, but emotions are the same;’ Crisis negotiators wield weight of the job

They’re on the front lines in some of the most intense situations; called in to negotiate with individuals who may be threatening to take their life, or someone else’s.

Rally planned for Ebonee Spears on anniversary of disappearance

Rally planned for Ebonee Spears on anniversary of disappearance

  Local group joins Australian relief efforts

Kelsey Kelly and the Plastic Ocean Project have joined forces to help the Australian relief effort after the country has battled bush fires for weeks now.