UNCW professor discovers ancient mummified penguins in Antarctica

A professor from UNCW discovered mummified penguin remains that are at least 800 years old on a recent trip to Antarctica

  NC Treasurer says state employees’ pension plan has rebounded from pandemic-driven losses

  Former Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr plays on Beck Black’s new single and video

  Gov. Cooper: “still too early to tell” if North Carolina can move into Phase 2 of reopening on May 22

  Under One Roof livestream event to benefit NC artists impacted by coronavirus pandemic

  Vanna White: Famous? Yes! But still just a down home southern girl at heart (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

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

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NC Treasurer Folwell to speak at event sponsored by group opposed to NHRMC sale

2019 in review: Did you hear what they said? (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  Twins from Wilmington get their big break in ‘The Politician’

  Leslie “Bud” Hollenbeck: The bomb that nearly killed him at Pearl Harbor (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  Event lets you feel fabulous and thrifty at the same time

  Hurricane Florence and the memories of Mercer Avenue

Hurricane Florence and the memories of Mercer Avenue (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

It’s the image many people remember from Hurricane Florence. A group of Wilmington firefighters gathered along the street in prayer after saving a father, and learning they could not save his wife and infant son. More than a year later, those men share their memories and emotions from that day,

  Polka! The Polish Festival returns this year after Florence forced organizers to cancel last year

From pierogi to polka, all things Polish will be celebrated Saturday at the St. Stanislaus Church Polish Festival in Castle Hayne.

  Largest coastal outdoor art show in North Carolina returns to Wilmington

New Hanover County Arboretum and the Wilmington Art Association present Art in the Arboretum

  Basile Katsikis: The $20 bet that launched his stand-up comedy career (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

It was a $20 bet with his cousin that first got Basile Katsikis on stage to tell jokes. Since that night in 1986, ‘Basile the Comedian’ has entertained audiences around the world with his unique brand of humor, often sharing stories of growing up as the son of Greek immigrants.

  Art walk planned for historic Carolina Place/Ardmore neighborhood

  The Carousel Center Beer & Wine Festival makes changes to accommodate larger crowd

  STEM Activity Days planned to get children interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers

  Biennial faculty exhibition shows off the talents of UNCW staff

  Magazine that showcases the people, places of North Carolina launches new feature

  ‘Driving Without Privilege’ lecture examines the locations, importance and continued legacy of ‘The Green Book’

  Lacey Suggs: Lady Seahawks’ co-captain nearly walked away from the game (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

A Christmas break nearly changed Lacey Suggs’ life. After a stellar basketball career at East Bladen HS, her freshman year at UNC Wilmington brought more bench time than playing time. In December 2016, Lacey thought about giving up basketball. But something told her to stick it out.

  ‘Jitney’ explores the issues of gentrification, reconciliation and survival for African Americans in the 1970s

A group of men drive illegal taxi cabs in a neighborhood where other drivers refuse to go in 'Jitney', a show that gives audiences a look at a slice of African American life in the 1970s

Decision 2019: Hear from the candidates running for mayor and city council in Wilmington

The 2019 Municipal Election will give more than 84,000 registered voters the chance to decide who will be mayor in the City of Wilmington, and which candidates will occupy three seats on the city council.

  Enjoy the sounds of Bluegrass and the taste of BBQ at a weekend festival

The Cape Fear Bluegrass and BBQ Festival is a celebration of bands, food and beer from around the region

  Children of the 80’s can relive their youth at Cape Fear Museum event

A totally tubular event will raise money for the Cape Fear Museum

  Parents and educators invited to free workshops about dyslexia

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, which is aimed at creating awareness and improving the understanding of the conditio

  Two new film-related master’s programs at UNCW now accepting applications

The M.A. in film studies and M.F.A. in filmmaking have opened enrollment until February 2020.

  Sen. Tillis on impeachment inquiry, China, and potential primary challengers

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina talked about the impeachment inquiry against the president, the upcoming trade negotiations with China, and on having two potential challengers in the 2020 republican primary election.

  New podcast takes listeners inside New Hanover County Schools

"The NHCS Podcast: Voices of the District" will have a new episode each month. It features educators, administrators and staff.

  Elementary school student from Wilmington lands role on new Netflix show

Gavin Munn, a fifth grade student in Wilmington, can be seen on HBO’s "The Righteous Gemstones" and on Netflix’s "Raising Dion"

  Ryan Nyquist: BMX Freestyle champ enjoying the ride as Head Coach of U.S. Olympic team (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

As a teenager growing up in California, Ryan Nyquist witnessed the early years of bicycle motorcross, or BMX. He saw riders flying into the air and decided he wanted to be part of it. Now, more than 20 years after turning pro, Nyquist is headed to the 2020 Summer Olympics, coaching the US Team.

  Spend the day with pirates without spending a gold doubloon

Learn about the history of pirates in the Cape Fear region at the Feast of the Pirates this weekend

  Actor Judd Nelson talks about upcoming performance of ‘Love Letters’ and why he thinks a ‘Breakfast Club’ reboot isn’t possible

Actor Judd Nelson hasn’t been to Wilmington since filming "From the Hip" in 1986. He'll return next month for "Love Letters" on stage at UNCW.

  Lakefest event features lessons on science, nature and outdoor recreation

Lakefest celebrates the wildlife, recreational activities at Greenfield Lake

  Grow your gardening skills at the Native Plant Festival

The Native Plant Alliance hosts its fourth Native Plant Festival Sat., Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Hanover County Arboretum

  Plastic Ocean Project to celebrate opening of its new headquarters

The space gives the non-profit group a brick and mortar location to "educate through research"

  Visit breweries and get rewarded with the Wilmington Ale Trail Digital Passport

Earn rewards for visiting breweries and trying new beer

  Inclusive fashion show celebrates beauty of a special group of models

Those with disabilities have a chance to shine on the runway in an annual fashion show this weekend

  Makeup artist gives WECT News anchor an illusionist look

Cortney Cox, of Whiteville, spends hours perfecting her craft of illusionist makeup. Her fiance sent our newsroom an email, hoping to bring more attention to her work. We invited her to give WECT's Ashlea Kosikowski an illusionist look.

  Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center helps businesses prepare and recover from the storm

The center offers businesses a point of contact if they need help.

  Comedians compete for the title of Port City’s Top Comic

Port City’s Top Comic gives audiences a chance to laugh and comedians a chance to shine

  Husband and wife combine love of music with love of running for national tour

A husband-and-wife songwriting duo will take their show on the road

  Block party, dance party and bar crawl planned to celebrate Port City Pride

The events bring together LGBTQIA individuals and allies to highlight important issues in the community and celebrate an inclusive culture

  New app allows parents to track their child’s bus ride to and from school

Parents will be able to track their child's school bus with an app this year

  Daniel Hargrave: Fighting Captain America’s battles in ‘Infinity War’ & ‘Endgame’ (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Daniel Hargrave is an award-winning stuntman who you've seen in movies including "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Endgame". The UNCW grad has also worked on dozens of television shows. But had Daniel's brother not given him a second chance, his professional stunt career may not have happened.

  Back to school: New Columbus County Schools Superintendent calls on parents, community members to help students succeed

This is Dr. Meadows first year at the school district and it’s a time of transition for students as well.

  Get your child a free haircut before school starts

It’s a back to school tradition for many students: a haircut before the first day of class. This year, children can get the cuts for free.

  Support the next generation of entrepreneurs

An event offers kids ages 7 to 17 a chance to set up a 3 hour pop-up-shop to showcase products or services they created

  Back to School: Expert shares tips to get your child ready for a school year bedtime routine

Now is the time to start getting your children ready for back to school, especially when it comes to their sleep

  Fundraising campaign underway to help hire staff for Arts Council

The organization is currently a one-woman operation with Rhonda Bellamy leading the charge.

  Highway 6: Paradise Provisions shares recipe for Creole Shrimp

Paradise Provisions, a Holly Ridge-based business that creates meal kits, will show visitors to the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival how to serve up the shrimp they take home from the event

  Chance of storms inside Thalian Hall is 100 percent Saturday

Travel back in time and experience the way audiences in the 1800's heard storms during performances inside Thalian Hall

  Dinner honors Purple Heart recipients in the Cape Fear region

A dinner will honor recipients of the Purple Heart, which is awarded to those who are wounded or killed while serving in the U.S. Military

  Sydney Schneider: Making soccer history as one of the ‘Reggae Girlz’ (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Sydney Schneider of UNC Wilmington made history as the starting goalkeeper for the Jamaican women's national team, which earned its' first-ever birth in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

  Leme Nolan performs ‘Love with a Ring Attached’

Leme Nolan is a R&B, soul, gospel and country singer.

  Calling all artists! Wilmington art center searching for show submissions

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is seeking artists for their 5th Annual ARTfall Juried Art Show and sale.

  Incluza Palooza invites community to support programs for those with intellectual disabilities

Incluza Palooza will celebrate the employment, liberal arts, health and social programs for persons with intellectual disabilities in the Cape Fear Region

  Young actor taps his way to a milestone in ‘Billy Elliot’

Liam Redford stars as Billy Elliot in his fifth production of the show, opening Thursday, Aug. 1 at Thalian Hall

  Fundraiser will help Survivors Best Friend pair sexual violence victims with shelter animals

Survivor’s Best Friend pairs survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse with pets who will help them heal

  First Act: ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ on stage Wilmington for the first time

In the show, Marty, an acting teacher, holds an “adult creative drama” class at the local community center

  Support the life of Reilly, Airlie Gardens’ working dog

A night of family fun will help support a dog with a job

  Working Narratives: Giving voice and power to the forgotten (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Some communities have recovered from Hurricane Florence. For others, the recovery may never end. The non-profit group Working Narratives received grant funding to ensure stories are told during the healing process, and the flow of vital information reaches the often forgotten areas of eastern NC.

  Recipe: Serve a healthy, tasty cold watermelon soup for lunch (or breakfast?!)

Here's a recipe you can try with the watermelon you pick up at this weekend's Watermelon Festival in Fair Bluff

  TheatreNOW’s final act: ‘Clue, the Musical’ marks the beginning of the end

It’s the final act for a beloved theater company in our community

  New art exhibit uses the moon as inspiration

The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

  Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moonwalk

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on the moon on July 20, 1969

  New tech program at CFCC prepares students for careers in cybersecurity

The Cyber Crime Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is a two-year program, composed of 65 credit hours. It will train individuals to investigate computer crimes, properly seize and recover computer evidence, and aid in the prosecution of cyber-criminals.

  Gospel jazz concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

A gospel jazz benefit concert Saturday will feature Tyrone Hill, Shellie Hill, Darryl Murrill and other artists

  Photographer Brownie Harris using newly-found pictures in tribute to John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Veteran photographer Brownie Harris plans to feature some newly discovered images from his 1988 photo session with John F. Kennedy, Jr. in a tribute to the late son of the former President of the United States.

  Festival celebrates arts in the coastal south

Rhiannon Giddens, Regina Carter and John Jeremiah Sullivan will take the stage during the Lumina Festival of the Arts

  Experienced musicians put on a show to help out the next generation of music makers

The Rhythm of the River concert is Friday, July 12, at the Brooklyn Arts Center

  Suzanne McCormick: How she fell in love with the idea of service (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

For two years, Suzanne McCormick knew what it’s like to be ‘different’. The Peace Corps assignment taught her about humility and service to those in need. The Wilmington native has turned that passion into a career of service, leading to her new job as US President for United Way Worldwide.

  Walk the beach and get a guided tour of ocean life

One beach town offers family-friendly walks with experts on a variety of topics including shell and fossil finding

  Population of birds soars along Wrightsville Beach’s south end

A new effort to protect birds and their chicks has the population soaring along the south end of Wrightsville Beach

  PortCity Reggae Music & Art Festival brings good jams and good vibes to Wilmington for second year

Organizers encourage you to enjoy a day of unity, love, and reggae

  Cape Fear 7′s Rugby Tournament celebrates 45th year in Wilmington

One of the nation’s largest Summer 7′s rugby tournaments returns to Wilmington this weekend

  Let the good times roll with Five Guys Named Moe

'Five Guys Named Moe' is written by 'The Wire' and 'Treme' actor Clarke Peters and features the music of Louis Jordan

  Up-and-coming thespians take to the stage with a classic tale of life in small town America

Opera House Theatre Company's Apprentice Theatre debuts its first show