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Man charged in connection to home invasion in Tabor City

Rodney Crayshawn Gore, 26, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first-degree burglary and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

  Jen Lilley: Star of ‘USS Christmas’ is making sure Christmas is not cancelled by COVID-19 (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

WECT anchors share recipes of their favorite Thanksgiving appetizers

  ‘He disappeared off the face of the earth,’ Search continues for missing man in Pender County

  Attorney raises the bar with millions of views on TikTok

  New Hanover elections board pushes hearing in Chief Justice election

  WRAAP, Food Bank distribute meals ahead of Thanksgiving

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Employee fatally shot at Duplin County chicken plant

Historic Wilmington Foundation executive director steps down

  “It’s a lost art, nobody wants to do it”: Independent living facility resident makes baskets from pine needles

  A flipped flotilla keeps the annual tradition alive

  From condo owners to the town, how Carolina Beach claims ownership of Freeman Park’s entrance

NHCSO asks for public’s help in larceny cases

‘I seen blood everywhere’: 911 caller describes grim scene after father allegedly killed by son

New Hanover County officials have released a 911 call that paints a grim picture of the scene at a home where a man was allegedly killed by his son last week.

WPD looking for vehicle that struck motorcycle

Wilmington police are looking for a car that struck a motorcycle before fleeing the scene last week.

Supply man given $1 million bond on child porn charges

A Supply man is being held in the Brunswick County jail under a $1 million bond following his arrest on child pornography-related charges.

N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike

Three state prisons have been closed, with hundreds of inmates being transferred to other facilities across the state, as COVID-19 continues to spike within the prison system.

Gov. Cooper signs executive order to strengthen mask mandate in N.C.

Young boy receives help from his hometown heroes

  Police Chief speaks about new executive order updating pandemic restrictions

  COVID-19 testing site at UNCW sees rush before Thanksgiving holiday

  Lake Forest Academy moves to remote-only instruction for 2 weeks due to COVID-19 cases

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs new chairs for reading space

  The State Board of Elections certifies historic 2020 election results

The official election results are finalized by canvass, the process that determines all votes have been counted and tabulated correctly.

  Tips to host a smaller but memorable Thanksgiving meal

A turkey may be too large to serve at a smaller meal - there are some alternatives to consider.

  Retail stores prepare for the holiday shopping season under the new, stronger mask mandate

Governor Cooper's new executive order strengthening the mask mandate goes into effect Wednesday at 5 p.m.

WPD, WFD bring free Thanksgiving meals to 100 families

Members of the Wilmington Police and Fire departments surprised a couple who had lost their home in fire with a Thanksgiving meal Tuesday morning.

  Wildeboer replacing Rivenbark on New Hanover Co. Board of Education

The New Hanover County Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of Pete Wildeboer as Bill Rivenbark’s replacement on the board Tuesday.

Columbus County teen missing for two weeks may be in Brunswick County

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a teenager who has been missing for two weeks.

Do’s and Don’ts for pets on Thanksgiving

Not all Thanksgiving foods are good to share with your pets.

  Wilmington police investigating after woman shows up at hospital with gunshot wound

Wilmington police are investigating after a woman arrived at New Hanover Regional Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound Monday night.

  Bladen County commissioner election still contested

Bladen County commissioner David Gooden isn’t ready to concede in his race for another four years as an at-large member of the board.

  Governor Cooper’s latest mandate requires masks while exercising indoors

Up until this point, gyms and their members have enjoyed some freedoms from mask wearing while exercising.

  As virus case counts and statewide hospitalization numbers climb, hospitals prepare for a surge they hope can be avoided

Cape Fear region hospitals have room for patients now, but hospital leaders are urging the public to keep steady on precautions to avoid a surge.

  Columbus County tops the state for highest COVID-19 case rate, positivity rate

State leaders released an updated COVID-19 county alert system map Monday afternoon.

  Tips to keep your family safe this holiday season

The Red Cross has responded to more than 130 fires in Eastern North Carolina in almost three months...and that’s before Thanksgiving Day, which typically sees more fire calls than any other time of the year.

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee shop owners announce second franchise

Bitty & Beau’s, the Wilmington-based coffee store company, will now be serving their custom blend of java in Charlotte, N.C.

N.C. man arrested, accused of pointing gun inside Surfside Beach Piggly Wiggly during mask dispute

Surfside Beach police identified the man who is accused of pointing a gun at another customer during a mask dispute inside a Piggly Wiggly.

  Two new clinical trials underway in Wilmington for COVID-19 vaccines

Two more clinical trials just got underway in Wilmington as researchers try to find a vaccine to fight COVID-19. Trial Management Associates (TMA), the same company that has been testing a vaccine for Moderna, was selected to test two new vaccines in production by other pharmaceutical companies.

  New Hanover man charged with murder in father’s death denied bond after court appearance

A New Hanover County man who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father over the weekend will continue to be held in jail under no bond.

Bladen County Commissioner David Gooden alleges illegal votes in general election

Bladen County Commissioner David Gooden is refusing to concede to fellow commissioner G. Michael Cogdell in the 2020 General Election race for the final county-wide or at-large seat on the board.

  Fill up ‘Big-Hearted Bins’ for seniors, shelter pets this holiday season

Pick up a few items the next time you shop to help the elderly in our community

Shallotte man gets 14 years in prison on federal drug trafficking charges

A Shallotte man will spend 14 years in prison on federal drug trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Brunswick County teen killed in hunting accident in Mississippi

Authorities in Mississippi say a North Carolina teen died when his hunting stand turned and he fell onto his rifle barrel.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in NC top 1,600 for first time

COVID-19-related hospitalizations continue to climb in North Carolina with the state breaking the 1,600 mark for the first time ever on Monday.

  Man arrested for decades-old sex crimes against Wilmington minors

Police in Bennington, VT arrested 67-year-old Peter Drutchal Sunday night on warrants out of Wilmington, NC. Wilmington Police took out the warrants against Drutchal after two victims came forward alleging Drutchal had molested them in the 1970s and 1980s when he lived in the Wilmington area.

Friends, family devastated after NC woman who received state’s first bilateral hand transplant dies

The holidays will be difficult for family and friends of Deb Kelly.

  Woman allegedly killed by N.C. lottery winner was shot to death, autopsy reveals

A woman who was allegedly killed by a former North Carolina lottery winner died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head, an autopsy from the State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded.

  Suspect captured after manhunt in Lenoir Co.

A standoff between an armed suspect and sheriff’s deputies is ongoing as of 6:15 a.m. Friday morning.

Southport Police need your help identifying a criminal suspect

They need the public’s help identifying a person in reference to a criminal incident that happened at the Southport Walmart.

  After several extensions, Downtown Alive comes to a close

The initiative known as Downtown Alive, that was created to help bring more business to Downtown Wilmington is coming to a close today.

  A final farewell for beloved Wrightsville Beach Fire and Ocean Rescue Captain, Jeremy Owens

The final bells rang for Jeremy Owens, Saturday. Owens was a Captain of the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department and Ocean Rescue, actor, mixed martial artist and surfer.

  Pet food bank to open, help families lighten the toll of COVID-19

Christmas came early for pets and their families this year. Heidi’s Hope for Homeless Animals held a pet donation drive along with the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office Animal Service Unit.

  Brunswick County small business owners giveaway 500 Thanksgiving dinners during their own time of need

Chris and Amanda Dabideen, the owners of The Kitchen Man in Winnabow, used their own money to buy 500 Thanksgiving meals for those in need.

  Christmas tree sellers taking COVID-19 precautions

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all our lives in different ways, and with a recent spike in cases it will change how many of us celebrate the holidays.

  District attorneys transition 25th annual memorial to drive-in service

It was a night for remembrance in downtown Wilmington as the district attorney’s offices for the 5th and 13th districts hosted the 25th annual homicide and victims of violent crime memorial service for families in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

  COVID-19 patient opens up about her battle with the virus

In the hospital for a fifth day, Carolann Cotton, of Tabor City, hoped sharing her story about her battle with COVID-19 will compel others to take the risk seriously

  Health officials warn COVID-19 spread will get worse if people don’t answer contact tracing questions

As more cases pop up around Southeastern North Carolina there’s an increased push for contact tracing. It’s where health workers track down people who may have been exposed to the virus and let them know they may need tested as well.

  Recount, protest hearings get underway in NC Chief Justice race

The recount is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 25.

NHC Schools pauses Grab & Go meal service for Thanksgiving holiday

The New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Grab & Go meal service will not be available November 25, 26, and 27

  ILM bookings down 50 percent for Thanksgiving travel

If you do make the decision to travel this year, ILM has several safety measures in place.

  Split appeals court upholds ruling on hog farm’s liability, kicks back multi-million dollar damages

The legal battle over hog farms in North Carolina dates back several years.

  Driver arrested after crashing car into brick wall at Wilmington home identified

A driver was arrested after crashing his car at a Wilmington home while fleeing from law enforcement Thursday afternoon.

Deputies: 1 teen arrested, 1 sought for armed robbery of delivery driver

One teenager was arrested and another is sought for the armed robbery of a Chinese food delivery driver earlier this week.

  18-year-old indicted in Columbus County man’s stabbing death

An 18-year-old has been indicted by a Columbus County grand jury after he allegedly stabbed a man to death back in the summer.

  Robin Moffitt nominated to fill open seat on Brunswick County Board of Education

Robin Moffitt of Oak Island has been nominated to join the Brunswick County Board of Education.

Here’s a look at WECT’s holiday programming!

This year’s holiday programming on WECT is enough to turn any Grinch into a George Bailey (at the end of the movie, of course!)

  WPD asking for public’s help in identifying suspects in larceny case

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two people it says are suspects in a larceny at Lowe’s Home Improvement.

‘Suicide Bridge’ survivor says simply asking someone if they’re okay could save a life

‘Suicide Bridge’ survivor says simply asking someone if they’re okay could save a life

  Restaurants see spike in Thanksgiving meal pre-orders

Pre-ordered meals are in high demand this year and for restaurant owners who’ve had a tough year, it’s a double-edged sword.

  NHC GOP committee selects Wildeboer to replace Rivenbark on school board

The Executive Committee of the New Hanover County Republican party has selected Pete Wildeboer as the nominee to replace Bill Rivenbark on the New Hanover County Board of Education.

Superintendent resigns from Bladen County Board of Education

Dr. Taylor has accepted a position as a Deputy State Superintendent at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

  Wilmington restaurants frustrated over unauthorized listings on food delivery websites

With pick-up and carry-out food orders going through the roof during the pandemic, businesses like GrubHub, DoorDash and Uber Eats became household names.

Brunswick County man charged in child pornography case

A Brunswick County man is facing multiple charges following a child pornography investigation by local, state, and federal agencies.

  Ward named new Carolina Beach police chief

Town officials announced Thursday that retired State Highway Patrol Officer Vic Ward has been hired to replace retiring chief Chris Spivey.

  N.C. health officials report more than 4,200 new COVID-19 cases, state’s highest one-day increase

With a week until Thanksgiving, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 4,296 new cases reported.

  WPD looking for suspects in armed robbery of delivery driver

According to Wilmington police, the driver was delivering food in the area of 350 S. Turners Road at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday when a man with a gun approached him and demanded money.

  Crews on scene of house fire in Ocean Isle Beach

Emergency crews are at the scene of a residential structure fire Thursday morning in Ocean Isle Beach.

  Crews respond to report of fire at McDonald’s in Southport

Crews responded to a report of a fire Thursday morning at the McDonald’s at 4992 Long Beach Road SE in Southport.

Federal report: Walmart, Food Lion, McDonald’s have the most workers on food stamps in N.C.

According to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Walmart, Food Lion, McDonald’s, Dollar General and Bojangles’ are estimated to have the most workers who received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for help buying food in North Carolina.

  Health experts urge caution on Thanksgiving, lest Turkey Day become the ‘Grinch that steals Christmas’

Health experts say actions at Thanksgiving will set the tone for the rest of the holiday season.