Hard News

  Wilmington leaders approve resolution on Lock & Dam No. 1

  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

New Hanover County Commission appoints Woody White to new WAVE board

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

Continued Coverage

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

  Group rallies, seeks signatures for delay petition

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

  New Hanover County Commissioners deliver State of County address

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

  Strategic Needs: NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group continues digging into details

  City Council, planning commission discuss details of workforce housing incentive

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

  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.

  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.

  Discussion on short term rental postponed in Brunswick County

  Pender County leadership program to serve dropout students

Late WWII veteran honored with Bronze star

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

Court documents provide new details into Kim Bland’s murder

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

  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.

  Neighbors raise stormwater concerns at Echo Farms development

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

  ‘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.

  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.

  Too soon? Campaign signs signal early start to 2020 elections

Candidates across the Cape Fear region are preparing for the upcoming primary election in March, but it turns out that it is possible to start campaigning too early.

  Under Contract: Pending sale of Belvedere Country Club has neighbors nervous over what’s to come

A buyer may have snagged a hole in one when it comes to a legacy country club in Pender County, but neighbors are concerned.

  Brunswick County parents voice concerns over redistricting process

Parents had one last chance to voice their thoughts and concerns about redistricting plans Tuesday night and the Brunswick County school board meeting.

  Wilmington looks to form citizen climate committee

Mayor Bill Saffo wants to get the community involved in making decisions about the city's carbon footprint.

  Oldest sanctuary in Southport still rebuilding after Hurricane Florence

The oldest sanctuary in Southport is still under some major construction after Hurricane Florence tore off part of the roof and caused major damage to the interior of the building.

Funeral service held for Judge Ola Lewis

The funeral service for Senior Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis was held Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia.

NC Attorney General will appeal Voter ID decision, but won’t seek to require ID for upcoming primaries

Attorney General Josh Stein announced his position on what comes next for Voter ID

  UNCW student loses years of work after New Year’s Eve break-in

Sam Farance, a film student at UNCW, was enjoying time with his family over the holidays when he got a call from a neighbor saying his apartment had been broken into.

  ILM gives tips to speed up airport visit

More Americans than ever are expected to travel this holiday season

  Local church responds to racially charged hate mail

It’s been a week, but service went on as scheduled for the congregation. In fact, they had a message for the unknown sender.

  ‘We won’t let them sink’: Neighbors support family after house fire

The Noonan family lost everything in a house fire Tuesday morning in Carolina Beach.

  Laser Christmas displays can pose threat to flight safety, FAA says

Holiday cheer has different shapes and forms, including laser lights that can mimic Christmas lights on a house. But, they can also prove dangerous for pilots if not used properly.

  ‘We are at the 5 yard line:’ NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group moves closer to RFP draft exploring hospital’s future

The Partnership Advisory Group for the future of NHRMC met for its Dec. 19 meeting and inched closer to a completed RFP.

  Rouzer challenger Pete D’Abrosca candidacy canceled by state elections board

The lone challenger to incumbent Republican Congressman David Rouzer may not end up on the ballot at all, as state officials have canceled his notice of candidacy.

  Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting wanted for crimes in Charlotte, Myrtle Beach

A man killed during an officer-involved shooting at a New Hanover County apartment complex Tuesday night has been connected to a kidnapping incident in Charlotte last week that crossed state lines.

  New Hanover health board passes new rules on vaping, smoking; Final decision in hands of County Commission

New Hanover Co. health board heard public comments and voted on possible rules prohibiting e-cigarettes in public places.

  Draft options finalized for Brunswick County redistricting

Parents got their final lesson on four draft options for redistricting in the northern part of Brunswick County.

  Gold Star family gifted mortgage-free home just in time for Christmas

A Brunswick County Gold Star family received a new home, mortgage-free, just in time for Christmas.

  New Hanover County Commission to vote on new stormwater service

Residents of unincorporated New Hanover County may be seeing a new charge on their annual tax bill, but officials say it should make life easier for property owners.

  Governor Cooper visits Columbus County family recovering from both Matthew and Florence

Governor Roy Cooper visited the home of a Columbus County family that saw damage from both Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Matthew.

  Candidate files to challenge Rouzer in NC’s Seventh Congressional District

Congressman David Rouzer will have at least one primary challenger if he files to run for a fourth term representing North Carolina’s Seventh District. Peter D’Abrosca filed Wednesday as a republican candidate for the newly redrawn district

  Search warrants allege murder suspect also stole victim’s credit, debit cards

The Wilmington Police Department is still investigating the murder of Kim Bland, found stabbed to death in her home at Mill Creek Apartments in Wilmington.

  City holds groundbreaking on North Waterfront Park

City leaders officially kick of the construction of Wilmington's next park.

  ’We want to try to help them deal with the grief and begin their recovery’: Red Cross brings fire victims relief in time of crisis

Less than three weeks before Christmas, two families have been displaced from their homes after a late-night fire.

  Leland first responders pack patrol car, fill firetruck with food for Brunswick Family Assistance

Personnel from two of Leland’s public safety departments came together for a different kind of mission Friday.

  Partnership Advisory Group continues refining goals, hopes to get draft of RFP soon

Members of the NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group continued to discuss the goals the group has for the future of the hospital.

  Don’t let a Grinch steal your Christmas, protect yourself from porch pirates

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community about the rise in porch pirates this time of year.

County Commissioners join NCACC board members for meeting at The White House

County commissioners Frank Williams and Jonathan Barfield joined other members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ Board of Directors for a meeting Wednesday at The White House.

  On-shore risks of off-shore drilling: Environment NC releases report in continued effort to get NC removed from list

Environmental advocates argue the on-shore risks of drilling along the Atlantic Coast are just as significant as those off shore.

  New incentives to help revitalize downtown Whiteville

New incentives are in place to help revitalize downtown Whiteville after two historic floods in two years.

  Consideration of barge project at Carolina Beach marina postponed again as neighbors mull further action

A controversial project to expand a marina on the north side of Pleasure Island has once again been pushed back.

Judges rule new North Carolina map will be used in 2020 congressional elections

A panel of North Carolina judges say the U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators drew last month will be used in elections next year.

ILM expects high volumes for Thanksgiving after already seeing big year

Many in Southeastern North Carolina will take to the skies week to visit family and friends for the Thanskgiving holiday, but the Wilmington International Airport is ready.

  Industrial hose manufacturer expands to Pender County; will bring 51 jobs in $7.9M investment

The governor made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

  ‘Stuck between a rock and a hard place’: Her home was damaged by Florence but woman says a roofing company has been the real nightmare

Customers of a local roofing company report leaky roofs, and few answers.

  Duke Energy warns against utility scams during annual awareness week

Duke Energy is joining other utilities for Utility Scam Awareness Week.

  Southport PD completely revamped one year after former chief’s suspension

It’s been a year since the entire Southport police force was suspended after the police chief and top lieutenant were charged with corruption.

  Concerns over water, air quality continue in Southport as Capital Power seeks DEQ permit renewal; Public hearing set for Thursday

Concerns over water and air quality are expected to come up as the state considers renewing a local power plant's permit to discharge into public waterways.

  City leaders say increased price tag ‘worth it’ as North Waterfront Park moves into construction phase

The plan to transform a stretch of Wilmington’s river front into an entertainment and leisure destination is moving forward, despite the final cost coming in well over budget.

  Wilmington City Council to consider new contract with Live Nation as concert company offers additional $2 million for North Waterfront Park

Wilmington City Council will take up a slew of items related to the city’s next major public project, as North Waterfront Park gets closer to the starting line.

  New redistricting lines for Brunswick Co. schools will be discussed Monday

New school lines drawn in Brunswick County will be presented at a school board meeting Monday.

  With seats in the balance, New Hanover Co. election officials approve absentee, provisional ballots; Final counts to be tallied Friday

Just six votes separate candidates in two different municipal elections in New Hanover County as of Election Night, but that is likely to change Friday morning.

NHRMC Partnership Advisory Group gets primer on healthcare industry, hospital strategic plan as RFP process really begins

“We can figure out how to respond to that future, or we can create the future,” said New Hanover Regional Medical Center CEO John Gizdic.

  ‘Never would’ve imagined I’d lose my limb,' says teen recovering from ATV wreck

It was supposed to be the perfect day for an ATV ride.

  Seizing the Opportunity: WECT Investigates Opportunity Zones in the Cape Fear region

WECT Investigates Opportunity Zones in Southeastern North Carolina, how they were chosen, and if they will deliver on their promises.

  Parents upset with candy-filled pill bottles distributed at middle school career day

Parents of students at Myrtle Grove Middle School are concerned a visual aid used during a career fair sends the wrong message — and could even be dangerous.

  Coastal Horizons sees continued success, need for Overdose Quick Response Team

As southeastern North Carolina continues to struggle against the addiction epidemic, one of the measures created to fight on the front lines is seeing continued success — as well as continued need.