Top Story

21-year-old killed in Pender Co. wreck

A 21-year-old driver died Saturday after running off the road and over correcting.

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

Wilmington AT&T employees demonstrate for workers rights

More vacationers opting into travelers insurance during hurricane season

You can help end the blood shortage by donating in Southport

  First Alert Forecast: cooler and wetter change for the weekend

  Book honors Wilmington’s WWII veterans

Continued Coverage

Columbus County businesses catching “HEAT” from the sheriffs office

  First Alert Forecast: a cooler and wetter change at home, watching tropics hawkishly

Man searches for rescuers after boaters pull him from water near Masonboro Island

  State elections board certifies voting equipment

  Mind the lines: ’Hazardous’ driving conditions prompt parking changes in Carolina Beach

  Hampstead Bypass project still on track despite NCDOT budget issues

Police seek person who abandoned dog at Sunset Beach

In a Facebook post, the police department said the dog was found at the end of Salt Marsh Street off of Seaside Road SW.

Leland solicits input on new community park

Leland Town officials are looking for ideas about the design of the new Sturgeon Creek Park.

‘High ranking’ Wilmington gang member gets 15-year prison sentence for heroin distribution

Federal prosecutors say a high-ranking gang member from Wilmington will spend more than 15 years in prison for heroin distribution.

Man stabbed, woman injured in Bladen County assault

A suspect is accused of stabbing a man and assaulting a woman in Bladen County Friday morning.

First Alert Forecast: a cooler and wetter change at home, watching tropics hawkishly

Couple celebrates wedding anniversary with winning lottery ticket

STUDY: New Hanover Co. Schools ranked 18th among N.C. school districts

  First Alert Forecast: a cooler and wetter change at home, watching tropics hawkishly

  Free home available in Southport...with a catch

  Wrongway driver on Isabel Holmes Bridge accused of hit-and-run

Murder trial underway for Wilmington man accused of fatal beating

A trial is underway for a Wilmington man accused of murder - after assaulting a man, who later died because of his injuries.

Wilmington police seek missing 16-year-old girl

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing teenage girl.

  Officials say alleged shoplifter threatened employees with scissors at beauty supply store

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, the robbery took place shortly after 5 p.m. at Sally Beauty Supply in the Porter’s Neck area.

  Suspect in Pender County man’s murder arrested at Wilmington hotel

The suspect accused of fatally shooting a Pender County man in Jacksonville earlier this week is now in custody.

  Hope for the Warriors Invitational set for Monday

Opening ceremonies for the event get under way at River Landing Country Club in Wallace at 10 a.m.

  Car hits trailer, flips onto side on Third Street

The wreck occurred just before 9:30 a.m. on Third Street near Nun Street.

  CFPUA: Northbound lane of U.S. 421 to close for water main install

A northbound lane of U.S. 421 in New Hanover County will be closed starting next week so crews with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority can perform a water main installation.

  Educate, exercise, and empower: Walk with a Doc program gets resident on their feet towards a healthy lifestyle

The Brunswick Wellness Coalition launch "Walk with a Doc" in May to get people in the community outside and on their feet while getting questions answered by local health professionals.

  Elected leaders tour Wilmington breweries, listen to industry concerns

Local and state elected leaders toured two of Wilmington’s newest breweries Thursday afternoon to learn about their contributions to the local economy and have open dialogue with brewery owners about their successes as well as their struggles.

  VIDEO: Octopus spotted slinking across sandbar on N.C. beach

Kris Chapin was with her family when they spotted the creature slinking across the sandbar in the sound in South Topsail Beach.

  Wilmington company under investigation by Attorney General appears out of business

The DTopp website is down, the owners phone number is disconnected, and the Better Business Bureau lists the company as out of business.

  How to protect your child from identity theft

Stein says children and teens are at an enhanced risk of falling victim to identity theft, because unlike adults, they don’t regularly monitor their credit, and he says many parents don’t realize they should be doing it for them.

  Bladen County officers kick off start of the school year with Signal 92 program

Deputies will begin daily safety checks at all schools in the county as children return to school Monday.

  Access to OD reversal drug varies based on where you live, CDC report says

Naloxone dispensing from pharmacies is on the rise, but experts say there’s still work to be done to increase access to the lifesaving drug.

  AG Coalition and major telecom companies announce unified plan to curb Robocalls

NC Attorney General Josh Stein, AG Gordon MacDonald of New Hampshire and Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas, announced a Memorandum of Understanding Thursday between state Attorneys General and 12 major phone companies

Three-legged bears popping up around NC mountains

Bears with missing limbs have been spotted in western North Carolina - and they’re worrying some residents.

  West Nile virus found in mosquitos in central Brunswick County

The State Laboratory of Public Health identified the West Nile virus in a pool of mosquitoes collected in the central part of the county on Aug. 13.

  Coast Guard ends active search for missing Florida firefighters

The US Coast Guard and their partner agencies say they plan to conclude active searches at sunset Thursday for the missing boaters from Florida.

  Plans submitted for additional condos near River Road-Independence Blvd. intersection

Plans for Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the Marshes at River’s Edge were submitted to the City of Wilmington on Thursday.

Missing 63-year-old man found dead in Bald Head Island harbor

A 63-year-old man reported missing yesterday afternoon was found dead in Bald Head Island’s harbor Thursday morning, according to officials with the village’s Department of Public Safety.

  First Alert Forecast: tropics buzzing, weekend cool-down on-track

A cooler, showery front continues to put its fingerprints on the weekend portion of your forecast.

Brunswick Co. deputies respond to report of shots fired in grocery store parking lot

According to officials with sheriff’s office, deputies responded to the Food Lion located at 9869 Ocean Hwy. West at approximately 8:30 p.m.

  Bumper left lying on sidewalk after hit-and-run collision

Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a driver involved in a hit-and-run earlier this month at Seventh and Wooster streets.

Police seek missing Wilmington teen

Officials with the Wilmington Police Department are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing teenager.

Pirate Promise Agreement will help CFCC students transfer to ECU

ECU Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach and CFCC President Jim Morton are scheduled to sign the Pirate Promise Agreement, a co-admission agreement, on Tuesday. Aug. 27.

  Wilmington man killed in head-on collision with dump truck

A Wilmington man was killed after his car collided with a dump truck near Hampstead Wednesday morning.

Recent rains dent drought across Cape Fear Region

In its latest update, U.S. Drought Monitor, a division of NOAA, lists portions of the eastern Carolinas in a moderate drought designation.

  Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office looking for man last seen about a month ago

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, Marcos Adail Perdomo Mejia was last seen at a residence on Calabash Lakes Blvd. on July 24.

Dale Jr. planning to compete in upcoming Darlington race despite recent plane crash

Despite suffering minor injuries in a plane crash, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he’s still planning to compete at an XFINITY series race at Darlington Raceway’s ‘Too Tough to Tame’.

  National Immunization Awareness Month: local exemption rates, facts, and myths

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and WECT spoke to a local doctor to find out why vaccines are so important.

  Wilmington community leaders discuss continued impact of the Confederacy

The Port City community gathered Wednesday night to continue the conversation about Confederate monuments and the lasting impact of the Confederacy on the community.

  Pilot program aims to treat opioid addiction in rural communities

The North Carolina Medical Society Foundation is working to address the opioid epidemic with a new pilot treatment program in five rural North Carolina counties including Brunswick and Pender counties.

  Brunswick County SROs prep for upcoming school year

The Brunswick County School Resource Officers had a school meeting Tuesday about how to keep kids safe for the 2019-2020 school year.

  Flu vaccines delayed for upcoming season

You are going to have to wait a bit longer to get your flu shot. The CDC says vaccine production was delayed this year.

  Election officials closely watching state vote on voting systems Friday as 2019, 2020 races loom

Along with everything else it takes to prepare for the upcoming 2019 municipal elections, and the 2020 primaries close on their heels, election officials in Southeastern North Carolina are also waiting to see what kind of equipment they will be able to use.

Nicholas Sparks cleared in defamation lawsuit

A federal jury in Raleigh cleared author Nicholas Sparks in a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday.

Authorities raid illegal nightclub in Columbus County

Several agencies worked together to raid the Triple K Ranch in Delco after an investigation of the location.

  WANTED: Man wanted for strangulation and assault on a female

The Pender County's Sheriff's Office is searching for a man accused of strangling a female.

  1 arrested, 1 sought in armed robbery of Columbus County mini-mart

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one person and is seeking a second in connection with the armed robbery of a mini-mart in Columbus County last month.

NC leaders propose $663 million refund for taxpayers

Senate Leaders Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore announced the Taxpayer Refund Act Wednesday, saying taxpayers sent too much money so they’re sending some back.

Trio arrested on cocaine trafficking charges, deputies say

Three people are accused of trafficking cocaine to the Port City from out of state, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

QUIZ: Do you know when to stop for a school bus?

Millions of students use school buses every day to get to and from school, and there are several things students and drivers can do to ensure everyone stays safe.

  Man pleads guilty in 2017 fatal shooting in Wilmington

Freddie William Fralin III pleaded guilty to second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in the death of Montez Greene.

Gov. Cooper vetoes bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate with ICE detainers

Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have required sheriff’s office’s to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement when it comes to immigration detainers.

  First Alert Forecast: tropical activity ramping up...

Your First Alert Forecast features a front dropping into the Cape Fear Region - gradually, you know, August style - between Wednesday and the weekend.

  Two Columbus Co. men heading to prison on gun charges

Two Columbus County men are heading to federal prison after pleading guilty to firearm charges earlier this month.

Early in-person voting begins for 2 congressional seats

Early in-person voting is starting for two special congressional elections in North Carolina.

  Show your appreciation on National Senior Citizens Day

National Senior Citizens Day is a day to recognize seniors for their accomplishments.

Whiteville police trying to ID ‘person of interest’

The Whiteville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it describes as a “person of interest” in a case.

  Council grants developers more time for redevelopment of former WAVE facility; Changes to Wilmington noise ordinance approved

Wilmington City Council considered several items at its Aug. 20, 2019 meeting.

  Governor delivers school supplies, talks pay raises with teachers

Gov. Roy Cooper visited Penderlea Elementary School Tuesday to deliver school supplies and meet with educators to discuss teacher pay.

  1,800 gallons of untreated wastewater discharges in Brunswick County

Several hundred gallons of untreated wastewater discharged from a manhole last week, according to officials with Brunswick Regional Water & Sewer H2GO.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs help buying books for classroom

Adrian Tharpe is asking for donations on the Donors Choose website to purchase diverse books for her classroom library so her students will be able to take accelerated reading tests.

  Following Florence, Wilmington Police Department acquires two military-grade vehicles for high-water rescues

Through a Department of Defense loan program, the Wilmington Police Department is now equipped with two high-powered vehicles it can use during severe weather.

  New STEM school ready to open in Brunswick County

A new school year is almost here and a new school is ready to open its doors. Brunswick County celebrated the ribbon cutting of The Center of Applied Sciences and Technology (COAST).

Act of kindness helps Raleigh boy ace ‘America’s Got Talent’ audition

In June, a generous gift helped Tyler Butler-Figueroa, a young violinist, ace his America’s Got Talent audition. On Tuesday night, Tyler will return to the stage, more confident than ever.

  Higher NC fishing, hunting fees inside bill getting final OK

An omnibus wildlife regulation bill now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk would create new fees and raise others - some for the first time in over 30 years - for activities related to hunting and fishing.

  ‘Mobocracy is not the preferred model of a civilized community’: Commissioner stands firm in exploring sale of NHRMC

A majority of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners still appear to be in favor of exploring the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, despite overwhelmingly negative feedback at two community forums.