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TRAFFIC ALERT: Cape Fear Memorial, Isabel Holmes bridges opening for ship this afternoon

According to a bridge tender, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is scheduled to open at approximately 3 p.m. with the Isabel Holmes Bridge to follow shortly afterward.

  Whiteville leaders encourage residents to sign up for Alert Whiteville

  Work underway to revitalize historic Navassa church

  Wilmington actor returns to ‘Ozark’ for third season of popular Netflix show

Port of Wilmington reaches historic milestone

  Columbus Co. Animal Shelter Director addresses violations

Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg announces Wilmington rally

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  Your count, counts! Campaign underway to educate public about upcoming census

President of Raleigh service dog company indicted on 42 fraud-related charges

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: A classroom set of ukuleles would be music to one teacher’s ears

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

Suspect in custody after man stabbed in Wilmington

  Columbus County Animal Shelter disputes claims 3 dogs were living in ‘inhumane conditions’

  Scholarship to honor former resident of Boys and Girls Homes of NC

“A lot of blessings that are going to come,” Roberto Diaz said when we interviewed him in 2017. Unfortunately, those blessings didn’t last. Diaz was murdered in May 2019. Now, work is underway to create a scholarship in his honor.

Moores Creek National Battlefield to conduct controlled burn on March 1

Moores Creek will be closed to visitors on March 1 and will reopen on March 2.

  H2GO, Belville move to end 2-year lawsuit, quicken construction of reverse-osmosis plant

Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO and the Town of Belville submitted motions to withdraw their appeals in a two-year-long court case between the two entities and the Town of Leland.

N.C. woman beat her husband to death with a baseball bat, police say

The 67-year-old woman is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approves grants for Tabor City, Elizabethtown

Azalea Festival Children’s Tea set for March 22

  First Alert Forecast: spring-like showers Tuesday but February to finish frosty

  Sheriff’s office trying to identify suspect in gas station larcenies

  3 Wilmington women set to compete in 2020 Olympic trials

  DOT says railroad improvements will shorten traffic commute through Wilmington

Two face charges in connection to Red Springs murder; 1 still wanted

Police announced that two people have been charged in connection to a September murder in Red Springs.

  Using A.I. to better understand concussions

UNCW held a seminar Monday, informing students and the public how artificial intelligence is changing the way healthcare professionals handle concussions.

  Michael Jordan remembers ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant during emotional memorial service

The NBA legend called Bryant his “little brother” but he cautioned that it didn’t start off that way. Jordan said his relationship with Kobe began as an “aggravation.”

  Elections intimidation complaint filed against Judge Sandra Ray

According to complainant Mike Korn, Ray confiscated campaign material Korn had handed out to a voter, including a pamphlet discouraging people from voting for Ray. Additionally, Korn indicates that Ray threatened legal action against him.

  N.Y. police: Remains may be those of Wilmington man who fled during 2018 traffic stop

According to the Associated Press, Sheriff Thomas Dougherty said Sunday evening that the body is likely that of David Clyde Morgan.

Cell phone distraction leads to runaway pickup truck, NC police say

Police say a driver distracted by his phone caused a runaway pickup truck to crash into a Greenville convenience store this morning.

  First Alert Forecast: unneeded rain returns

After some sorely-needed weekend sun, a soggy front is likely to heap more unneeded rain onto the Cape Fear Region between Monday and Wednesday...

  NHRMC launches new clinic to help treat ALS patients

New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Monday announced that a new multi-disciplinary clinic is now available to treat patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

N.C. agency joins search for missing Horry County woman

The search for a missing 61-year-old Horry County woman continued on Monday, as members of a North Carolina-based agency have begun assisting, according to authorities.

Burgaw man charged with DWI in fatal Pender County crash

A Burgaw man is facing several charges including driving while impaired following a deadly crash in Pender County early Sunday morning.

  74-year-old man accused of setting fire at Wilmington apartment

Andre McNeill, 74, has been charged with first-degree arson.

Police investigating animal death in Sunset Beach

Police are currently investigating the death of an animal that was found in the water off Sunset Beach.

  Hundreds of volunteers pack 85k meals for children in Haiti

Coastal Christian High School to host meal packing event to send 85k meals to children in Haiti.

6-month-old missing boy from Matthews found dead in Charlotte cemetery

Police said the boy's 30-year-old mother was was arrested for robbery on Friday night. The baby boy wasn't with her at the time of the arrest.

Williston Middle School teacher under investigation following criminal allegation

A Williston Middle School teacher is under investigation after a parent filed a criminal allegation earlier this week.

Overnight fuel tanker crash causes lane closures on S. College Road

Wilmington police responded to a crash at S. College Road and Randall Parkway involving a tractor trailer transporting fuel.

CFPUA customer service and payment software offline until Tuesday

The service went down Friday afternoon to allow staff to transition to our new billing system.

  Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics Brunswick County

The Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Middleton Park in Oak Island.

Annual recital featuring Leah Hawkins honors Wilmington’s Caterina Jarboro

Opera Wilmington holds The Caterina Jarboro Memorial Recital

  Corrections officer shares harrowing story of 2017 inmate attack

Graham had just begun a shift as a corrections officer in the dormitory of the Columbus Correctional Institution when an inmate approached him at his desk with focused eyes.

  Documentary on LGBTQ woman disemboweled 30 years ago to premiere in February

A documentary on the brutal murder of Talana Kreeger will premiere February 22

Public memorial service held of Faye Marie Swetlik

Faye’s family wants everyone to wear bright colors, especially pink and purple, to honor Faye’s bright and bubbly spirit.

Brunswick County chase ends when suspect crashes in New Hanover County

Brunswick County officials say a suspect is in custody after running from deputies Friday.

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

The Lockwood Folly Inlet has had depth issues since Hurricane Dorian.

Overnight freeze likely to damage blueberry crops

Pender County officials say Friday’s low temperature could be disastrous to the area’s blueberry crops.

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

School systems across the Cape Fear shut down Friday for the possibility of bad weather. It never came.

  WPD searches for suspect accused of robbery at First Citizens Bank

Wilmington police are investigating a bank robbery Friday afternoon at the First Citizens Bank at 41st and Oleander Drive.

Judge orders dentist accused of sexually abusing patients pay $4M to accuser in civil case

A Wilmington oral surgeon accused of sexually abusing nearly two dozen of his patients while they were sedated has been ordered to pay $4 million in a civil lawsuit filed last year by one of his accusers.

Investigation into drug sales at Bladen County home yields 5 arrests

Five people were arrested on various drug charges Thursday as a result of an investigation into complaints drugs were being sold from a home on Butler Loop Road in Bladenboro.

  Town of Leland declines H2GO’s proposed lawsuit settlement

The Town of Leland has denied a settlement agreement to end an ongoing lawsuit between the town, H2GO, and the town of Belville regarding H2GO water and sewer assets.

Alleged Brunswick Co. bank robber caught in Myrtle Beach

An alleged bank robber is being held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after Brunswick County deputies say he walked into the Cres Com Bank on Holden Beach Road and demanded money from the bank teller.

Wilmington proposes extending Maj. Gen. Joseph McNeil Commemorative Way

More of Third Street in downtown Wilmington could soon be designated as the Major General Joseph McNeil Commemorative Way.

WFD scores highest rating to date, good news for homeowners

The Wilmington Fire Department has improved on its score from the Insurance Services Offices (ISO), making it the highest rating the department has scored to date.

Public meetings scheduled to discuss proposed CSX rail improvements

The City of Wilmington has scheduled two public meetings to discuss the N.C. Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) proposal to improve approximately 13 miles of CSX Rail Line in Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

21 years later, NC detectives close case of ‘Baby Michael’

On March 3, 1999, a baby less than 24 hours old was found beaten to death in a plastic bag along Canady Pond Road in southern Cumberland County.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road washed out in Brunswick Co.

Malmo Loop Road is washed out near Miliken Way in Brunswick County.

North Carolina schools chief: People want Common Core gone

North Carolina's schools superintendent says survey results show people in the state want the public education standards known as "Common Core" eliminated.

Good Samaritan survives 75-foot fall off highway bridge

A FedEx driver who stopped to help a stranded driver on a North Carolina highway fell 75 feet from a bridge and survived.

Remembering Rev. Billy Graham: A look back at the life of ‘America’s Pastor’

Reverend William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr was laid to rest on February 21, 2018 next to his beloved wife, Ruth Graham, in Charlotte.

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

The Partnership Advisory Group met Feb. 20 for a meeting regarding NHRMC's financials.

  Closures, delays due to threat of inclement weather

A handful of schools in the area have announced weather-related changes to school schedules.

  First Alert Forecast: wet, windy and wintry

A low pressure wave along a recently-passed cold front will focus periods of rain, pin temps in the 40s, and drive wind chills deep into the 30s. As northerly winds continue to force temperatures downward through the 30s Thursday night, rain may mix with or switch to sleet pellets or snowflakes.

Elizabeth Smart to speak on adversity at trauma and acute care symposium

New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s trauma and acute care symposium will host two very special guests Friday.

'Looking for some kind of sign’: Family members search for missing Horry County woman

Family members of missing 61-year-old Horry County woman Marianne Marsh were planning to conduct a search Thursday morning for her in the Conway area.

Brunswick, Pender early voting hours changed due to weather

The expected impact of wintry weather in southeastern North Carolina is affecting early voting in Brunswick County.

  Hazing, alcohol violations reason for disciplinary actions taken against 4 UNCW Greek organizations

Six of UNCW’s 30 Greek organizations are not in good standing with the university.

Wilmington man sentenced to prison on federal drug charges

A Wilmington man is headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to federal drug-related charges.

North Carolina health officials report 11 new flu deaths

North Carolina health officials say 11 more people died of complications from the flu last week, including a victim between the ages of 5 and 17 years old.

N.C. soldiers return home from sudden Middle East deployment

By the end of the weekend, nearly 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force are slated to have returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

  Tip line dedicated to ex-band director sex abuse case still open

Since the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office launched a tip line dedicated to investigating former Roland Grise band teacher Peter Frank, just twelve calls have been made.

  First Alert Forecast: wet, wintry system targets Cape Fear

As northerly winds continue to force temperatures downward through the 30s Thursday night, rain may mix with or switch to sleet pellets or snowflakes...

Dosher Memorial Hospital names interim CEO, president

Dosher Memorial Hospital has named Dr. Brad Hilaman the interim CEO while Lynda Stanley will serve as the interim president.

Two-week investigation leads to man’s arrest on cocaine, meth charges

According to Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, a two-week investigation by the Vice-Narcotics Unit led to the arrest of Osvaldo Fuentes Buentello.

Brunswick County man missing since Tuesday found safe, deputies say

Jack Faulk, 32, was last seen in the Lakewood Estates area of Shallotte around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Portion of Independence Blvd. to temporarily close Saturday

A portion of Independence Blvd. temporarily will be closed Saturday, Feb. 22, while a contractor performs construction at CFPUA’s Pump Station 36.

Orton Plantation’s controlled burn season begins March 1

Orton Plantation will conduct its prescribed burning of more than 6,000 acres between March 1 and May 1.

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

C.C. Spaulding, as he was known, became one of the most influential African-American businessmen in the 20th Century — running a multi-million dollar insurance company in Durham called North Carolina Mutual.

  Annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast set for Saturday in Burgaw

The annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, a fundraiser for the festival, will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, in Burgaw.