First at Four

  New federal guidelines for child nutrition: no sugar for children under the age of 2

New dietary guidelines include recommendations for babies and toddlers for the first time

  Wilmington’s film industry sees action in the start of 2021

  Escape to a winter wonderland with ‘Our State’

  Public health experts work to overcome hesitance from minorities about COVID-19 vaccines

  Hundreds of volunteers in Cape Fear region helped to make COVID-19 vaccine a reality

  Jupiter and Saturn near for great conjunction on Dec. 21

  Otters settle in swimmingly inside new habitat at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Continued Coverage

  Holiday Flea at BAC is back

  Rare ‘dueling dinosaurs’ discovery makes for exciting future exhibit at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

  A flipped flotilla keeps the annual tradition alive

  Tips to host a smaller but memorable Thanksgiving meal

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

  Wilmington native Rear Adm. Laura Dickey returns to familiar waters with assignment as Coast Guard 5th District commander

  Doctors recommend changes to Thanksgiving festivities to curb COVID-19 spread

Doctors are concerned about families spreading COVID-19 around the Thanksgiving table.

  Find North Carolina’s best and quirkiest museums in November’s ‘Our State’

The magazine includes a list of the 35 most unforgettable museums in the state.

  Music will fill the air with ‘The Piano Men’ on stage

An outdoor musical review gives audiences the opportunity to enjoy live performances again

  Cucalorus Festival marks homecoming for ‘Drought’ movie

Filmmakers from Wilmington get to show off their work in the city where the movie was shot. 'Drought' is part of the Cucalorus Festival.

  The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere this year

  Online lecture looks at ornate, macabre ways Victorians mourned death

  NC Works Career Centers now open for in person appointments for job seekers

  Virtual Art in the Arboretum to feature work from 90 artists

  Work continues during pandemic to advocate for neglected and abused children

  Chef Vivian Howard promises to change the way you cook with ‘This Will Make It Taste Good’

  Cameron Art Museum celebrates 19th Amendment with community art project

The museum marked the Women’s Suffrage Centennial with a banner created with the help of more than 140 artists, quilters, textile artists, students and community members

  Art-oberfest returns to support artists hard hit by pandemic

The event is an art walk through the Carolina Place/Ardmore Historic Street Car District neighborhoods

  Find all the fall feels in October’s ‘Our State’

This month’s Our State magazine shows off some of the best spots across North Carolina for fall foliage.

  Clinical trials for possible COVID-19 vaccine and treatment underway in Wilmington

Enrollment is underway for a Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial in Wilmington.

  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

  Salvation Army hopes to count on more than coins during Rescue Christmas campaign

As pandemic-associated job loss means many are turning to the Salvation Army for the first time in their lives, there is a coin shortage due to the health crisis. That led to concerns about the effectiveness of one of the ways the Salvation Army brings in donations: the red kettle.

  Surfalorus to make waves in a new way with 2020 film festival

Surfalorus returns but the way you watch the movies will be different this year due to the pandemic

  Artists contribute pieces to help Save a Vet Now

At a time when many fundraisers are virtual, Save A Vet Now, which prevents veteran suicides, has a fundraiser underway during the month of September that encourages you to leave your house, go shopping and get some artwork for your home.

  Double your social distancing at the gym, doctor recommends

Advice from a doctor on how to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 when returning to the gym

  Added screen time can spell trouble at bedtime

Advice from a sleep expert for you and your children

  Pravda and KGB reinvented as cafes in order to reopen

Something new is brewing at two downtown Wilmington businesses, closed since the start of the pandemic in March

  Event that raises money for prostate cancer patients goes virtual this year

Prostate cancer survivor Lyle Leuck organized the event to benefit ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer, a 501 non-profit organization dedicated to prostate cancer education, testing, patient support, research and advocacy.

  Wilmington’s ‘Rise Together’ initiative to address issues of racial inequality

The goal of “Rise Together” is to bring the community together to make sure all citizens are valued and can have equal opportunities for prosperity

  Author features Wilmington’s gems in new novel

A teacher honors her late student with a new book inspired by her life; part of the book is set in Wilmington

  Job outlook improves in Cape Fear region, according to NCWorks

Advice for job seekers

  Say cheese: ‘Our State’ features North Carolina cheese

'Our State' helps you to perfect your wine and cheese pairings

  Virtual version of annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival underway

The event is virtual this year due to the pandemic.

  Depression, anxiety on the rise in North Carolina during pandemic

Health care providers are seeing an increase in overdoses and alcohol abuse as the coronavirus pandemic continues in North Carolina. Last week, state health leaders highlighted a dramatic increase in anxiety and depression, stating that the numbers have tripled.

  Red Cross shares advice for preparing for Hurricane Isaias

As we continue to monitor Hurricane Isaias and its possible impacts in Southeastern North Carolina, the American Red Cross of the Cape Fear Area shared important information to help our community prepare.

  UNCW creates committee to address campus diversity and inclusion

UNCW has created a task force to enhance diversity on campus.

  Hi-Wire Brewing to bring suds back to Wilmington’s Soda Pop District

A popular brewery based in Asheville will expand to Wilmington in the fall

  Audience grows for documentary about 1898 massacre ‘Wilmington on Fire’

A documentary about Wilmington’s 1898 massacre, when an armed mob of white supremacists overthrew the government, killed black citizens and burned black-owned businesses, can now be seen on Amazon Prime Video

  Find North Carolina’s best waterfalls and swimming holes in this month’s ‘Our State’

The magazine also celebrates blueberries and features Burgaw’s Shaken Creek Farms, which grows various kinds of blueberries on its 80 acres in Pender County.

  Dozens of donors answer the call to give blood in Wilmington

The blood drive was a partnership between WECT News, the Red Cross and held at Custom Home Furniture Galleries in Wilmington.

  Topsail Island makes the cover of this month’s ‘Our State’

Several coastal spots are featured in this month's issue

  More art coming to Wilmington International Airport

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County and ILM collaborated to incorporate art into the airport terminal. They are accepting proposals for three public art commissions as part of ILM’s terminal expansion.

  Wilmington woman injured in CA demonstration plans to continue protesting

A woman from Wilmington was badly injured when she got caught between police and instigators at what was a peaceful protest in San Diego. Eryn Roberts said despite her injury, she plans to continue to protest.

  Wilson Center to offer drive-in concerts this week

The concerts will be held in the surface parking lot behind the Wilson Center between Front and Second Streets.

  First at Four recipe: Chef Gwen Gulliksen from CFCC shares recipe for double chocolate chip cookies

Chef Gwen Gulliksen from Cape Fear Community College knows it is a struggle to find certain items on the shelves in the grocery store during this pandemic.

  Screen time up in response to pandemic so find beneficial uses

Experts say make sure your children are utilizing screen time in beneficial ways for learning, school and socializing while their screen time is up

  UNCW launches new eSports program

“All the parents who said you shouldn’t spend so much time playing video games, those kids are making money now!” said the program’s coordinator.

  Don’t be a PPE litterbug

Citizens urged to properly discard of masks and gloves

  Cool way to show appreciation: ‘Heroes Work Here’ ice sculpture delivered to hospital

Michael Kowalski, also known as Ice Man Ski, thanked healthcare heroes with a pretty "cool" gesture.

  Role on Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’ is full circle moment for actor with ties to Wilmington

Actor Cullen Moss talks about his role in the hit Netflix show 'Outer Banks'

  Paying for college during a pandemic

Because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, parents and their children may find themselves in a different financial situation than where they were when they filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  Swahili Coast reopens with a new mask initiative

Swahili Coast will donate a mask to those in the hard-hit country of Tanzania for every face mask it sells.

  ‘Our State’ highlights some of NC’s best hiking spots in the May issue of the magazine

May’s edition of "Our State" will make readers want to get outside

  Bird watching grows in popularity as people connect with nature while in quarantine

Many are finding comfort and peace in bird watching during this uncertain time

  Spending more time online during pandemic? Be sure to practice good eye health

With more of us working from home or learning online in the wake of the pandemic, it's important to protect your eyes from strain.

  Attorney General pushes for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

Attorney General Josh Stein joined two dozen other state attorneys general in pushing for the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than a year ago.

  Cape Fear Talent survey to help prepare workers for jobs of tomorrow

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Collective and RTI International are on a mission to survey 500 businesses in the Cape Fear to determine the industries that will see the highest growth rates and to find out what skills are needed to help regional employers grow and prosper.

UPDATE: 12-year-old delivers 368 lbs. of donations to food bank

Harper Sellers, 12, dropped off 368 lbs. of food and toiletries to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, after organizing a donation drive in her neighborhood

  Charlotte news anchor authors second book on life and motherhood

Portions of the book are based along the North Carolina coast

  Wilmington bank processes thousands of PPP loans, allowing businesses and non-profits to stay afloat

Live Oak Bank processed 600 loans in the Wilmington community. Daniels Tours LLC received one of those loans which has helped him keep employees on the payroll.

  After watching a news story about the need at food banks, sixth grader organizes food donation drive

Harper Sellers, 12, organized a food drive in her neighborhood to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

  Visit the North Carolina Zoo without leaving home

The North Carolina Zoo is offering several programs so people can still visit the animals...just virtually.

  Entrepreneur shares story in hopes of inspiring others

"Where you are at is not where you have to be," he said. "No matter what you’ve seen, no matter what’s going on around you, you can change your life. It’s not going to be easy. It's going to be tough but if you really want it, go get it."

  Advice for those looking for work during coronavirus pandemic

Some employers are hiring and NCWorks has tools to help you find a job during the pandemic or to help you prepare to find one after the economy normalizes

  Columbus County Schools Superintendent talks online learning, potential return to the classroom next month

Students in Columbus County continue to learn online, with 86% of students in the rural North Carolina county able to connect to the internet from home.

  Managing stress is especially important for those who are vulnerable to Covid-19 complications

Dr. Lucinda DeMarco, Chief Medical Officer for UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina, said managing stress is especially important for those who have an underlying medical condition that makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19. "Stress will lower your immunity," she explained.

  Get away without leaving your home with new podcast, Away Message, from ‘Our State’

'Our State' takes listeners of its Away Message podcast on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

  Need something to binge watch? Netflix show ‘Outer Banks’ premieres today

Escape the world we’re living in by going on a Goonies-inspired treasure hunt along the Carolina coastline

  Designer creates modern-Rosie the Riveter image to honor healthcare heroes

Designer and illustrator, Alex Tsatsos, created a modern-day Rosie the Riveter to honor today's heroes, the healthcare workers. The design will go to support, a group that tries to reserve medical-grade masks for first responders by producing masks for the public to wear.

  Expert on cleaning, as seen on A&E’s ‘Hoarders,’ shares tips to keep you and your home free of Covid-19 virus

An expert cleaner shared tips to help you better protect your family from Covid-19.

  For the first time in their lives, some find themselves turning to a food bank

“There are a lot of new people in the lines at food pantries and taking away hot meals that have never experienced food insecurity before,” said Beth Gaglione, the branch director of the Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington.

  Middle school teacher from Columbus County wins award for Best Modern Country Song

A singer from Whiteville received recognition from the World Songwriting Awards, an international music competition which celebrates and recognizes independent musicians

  Woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears in upcoming episode of ‘Naked and Afraid’

A woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears on The Discovery Channel’s 'Naked and Afraid' this weekend, competing in her late friend's honor

  ‘Our State’ is packed with features this month to help you getaway (without leaving your house)

The March edition of 'Our State' will take readers to North Carolina’s middle mountains; it also features several spots in Southeastern North Carolina