New elementary schools open ahead of schedule

Two elementary schools in New Hanover County are opening months ahead of time to accommodate students.

  One person injured in plane crash at Holly Ridge Airport

Remains of Surf City shipwreck unearthed by tide

  Neighborhood healthcare provider reopens after Hurricane Florence

  A show for fans of British humor makes its stage debut in Wilmington

Wilmington Port visited by largest ship yet

  Brigade Boys & Girls Club celebrate Earth Day

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Man wanted for homicide in D.C. could be in the Carolinas

NCDOT hosting open houses, public hearings about proposed Cape Fear Crossing

Jailhouse interview: Inmate admits he shot man accused of beating pregnant woman on Easter

  CFPUA welcomes newly introduced Gen X-related bill

  Teens save blind woman from SC mobile home fire, authorities say

Judge rules against H2GO agreement with Town of Belville

  School canceled at Topsail Elementary due to sewer issues

School was canceled for Topsail Elementary School students Monday after staff members discovered a backup in the building’s water and sewer lines, Pender County Schools officials announced.

WPD looking for missing pregnant woman

According to a tweet from the WPD, Brandie Elizabeth Dicello was last seen on Martin Street.

First Alert Forecast: dry and warmer

Sun and shifting winds will generate a significant warming trend.

CFCC hosting construction career day this week

Attendees will have the chance to meet employers from the area. CFCC faculty also will be on hand to answer questions about their construction programs.

  Crews to conduct 26-acre controlled burn at Orton Plantation

  Trump, business organization sue Democratic House chairman to block subpoena of financial records

Parents can trade in unwanted car seats at Target’s annual event

  Pender County Sheriff’s Office searching for man wanted in double homicide

Kohl’s starts ‘Military Monday’ discount

  Police investigating third shooting in Wilmington in two days

  Skydiver dies in ‘freak accident’ at Cape Fear Regional Airport

Sgt. 1st Class Justin Goff of the United States Army died in a skydiving accident at the Cape Fear Regional Airport Sunday morning, according to Sgt. Loyd Hames with the Oak Island Police Department.

  Paddle boarding tournament makes a splash in Wrightsville Beach

The Association of Paddlesurf Professionals made its way to Wrightsville Beach this weekend.

  Underwater Easter egg hunt pays for pet adoption fees

Scuba Now and Adopt an Angel partnered to host an underwater Easter egg hunt Sunday.

Murder suspect, kidnapped ex-girlfriend found dead in Columbus County home, police say

Police in Pickens, SC said the search for a man accused of killing a woman before kidnapping his ex-girlfriend ended Saturday when he and his ex-girlfriend were found dead.

First Alert Forecast: sunscreen and sunglasses needed for the next several days

Colder air has moved in, which has dropped the temperatures a bit from the average for this time of year. You might want to grab a light jacket tomorrow morning heading to church service!

  Funeral held for Pender County brother and sister who died in crash

The funeral for Brittany Holyfield, 16, and Calvin Ennis Jr., 7, was held Saturday in Burgaw.

  Town holds fundraiser for Carolina Beach family after fatal crash

Neighbors in one town are coming together to support a family after a fatal crash.

Police investigating two shootings in Wilmington Saturday

Two men were injured in a shooting Saturday morning in Wilmington, according to a spokesperson with the Wilmington Police Department.

  Northern Kentucky BBQ business getting heat for ‘LGBTQ’ shirts

The owner says he has already sold out all of his shirts and has a back order for more.

Family Dollar now reopened after hurricane, looting

The store has made a recovery over 7 months after the storm.

  WEEK IN REWIND: Catch up on the week’s most memorable stories

Each week, WECT's Frances Weller will compile compelling stories into a rundown that airs Saturday mornings.

Yard sales April 20

Yard sales for April 20, 2019

  Wrightsville Beach restaurant damaged in Florence opens for charity event this weekend

Fans of Oceanic in Wrightsville Beach will be able to enjoy meals on the water again soon.

  HAPPENING TODAY: Live fire training in Leland to cause road closures and smoke advisory

A portion of Village Road will close for the training from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.

Egg hunts and Easter events across the Cape Fear region

The Carolina Coast has tons of great Easter events! Whether you’re looking for kids activities, bar crawls or events for your pet, we have you covered!

First Alert Forecast: Easter Weekend to feature cooler temperatures, lower rain chances

Last night’s raucous storms have moved through, setting the stage for drier and cooler conditions for your Easter weekend plans.

  Underage children calling Uber to ride home from school

A local rideshare driver says more parents are calling Ubers and Lyfts to pick up their children from school or other places. He says this is against Uber policy and wants to see the state do something to stop it altogether.

Insomnia giving away free cookies Saturday

If you’re looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, a local bakery might be able to help you out for free!

  Cape Fear Comeback: Varno’s Musical Instrument Repair reopens after Florence

Varno’s Musical Instrument Repair reopened this week after six months of being closed because of Hurricane Florence.

Boat breaks free of anchor during storm and gets stuck under bridge in Wrightsville Beach

The Coast Guard was called to the South Banks Channel Bridge Friday evening after a boat broke free from its anchor and hit the structure.

Pender County Schools superintendent proposes compromise with teachers regarding May 1 rally

Pender County Schools Superintendent Steven Hill is asking teachers to show up to work May 1, as educators across the state march in Raleigh.

First Alert Forecast: SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE FRIDAY, settled by Easter

As a strong, dynamic, and stormy cold front approaches the Cape Fear Region this Friday, please make sure your WECT Weather App is configured to follow your location. That way, if a heavy precipitation, lightning, and / or severe weather alert needs to find you, wherever you are, it can!

Luxury waterfront home in Hampstead considered a best buy

A waterfront home in Hampstead comes in as best buy with sweeping views and a 50-foot boat slip.

Southport Spring Festival begins its 25th year

Events are planned 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

  SC 5th grader died of natural causes, no criminal charges to be filed, investigators say

No criminal charges will be filed in the March death of a 10-year-old Colleton County girl who died after a fight in her classroom, the solicitor says.

Severe weather causes multiple flight cancellations at ILM

The severe weather across North Carolina has caused multiple cancellations at Wilmington International Airport on Friday.

UNCW grad student hopes his Florence research will benefit future flood preparation

Christopher Hidalgo, a graduate student at UNCW, believes his research on Hurricane Florence flooding will benefit North Carolina in future hurricane preparation.

  Sheriff: NC woman found safe after being ‘dragged’ and held against her will, suspect in custody

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance in Wilkes County and quickly learned 37-year-old Rosalino Duarte-Cruz “may have taken Lauren Hall away from the house against her will.”

Bladen County Schools releasing students, staff early today due to weather

Due to weather concerns, Bladen County Schools will dismiss students at 1 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Carolina Panthers’ video game-themed schedule release gets rave reviews

The Carolina Panthers earned rave reviews across social media this week after announcing their 2019 schedule with a video game-themed video.

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

The announcement is expected as early as Wednesday and would cap months of deliberation over his political future.

Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office adds extra special deputy

The sheriff’s office made a little girl’s week when she was sworn in as a special deputy.

UNC’s Hatchell resigns after findings from program review

Sylvia Hatchell coached the Tar Heels for more than 30 years. The school won a national championship in 1994 under her tenure. Hatchell is the ACC’s all-time winningest coach.

Colbert donates more than $400,000 from book sales to N.C. hurricane relief

In a Facebook post Thursday night, Gov. Roy Cooper showed a check for $412,412 from the host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Target recalling wooden toys due to choking hazard

No injuries have been reported.

UPDATE: Missing Shallotte woman found safe

Ana Elizabeth Chilel was last seen wearing a green sweater and red sport pants walking near McMilly Road in Shallotte at around 8:30 p.m.

  Rabbits don’t make the best Easter gift

They're cute and fluffy, but they require a lot of care and attention just like cats and dogs.

Treatment center coming to Wilmington faces lawsuit from neighboring businesses

Businesses near a proposed 200-bed treatment center for drug addicts have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to shut the operation down before it even opens.

  Fire at Ocean Crest Motel ruled accidental

The massive fire that gutted a portion of the Ocean Crest Motel in Oak Island last month has been ruled accidental.

EPA announces settlement for soil cleanup at contaminated Columbus Co. plant

The DOJ and the EPA announced a settlement Thursday with Honeywell International Inc and International Paper Co. regarding the cleanup of contaminated soil at the Holtrachem plant in Columbus County.

  Invasive plant species a serious nuisance

Invasive plants easily get out of control, and once they take over, it can be extremely hard to get rid of them.

Convicted Wilmington drug dealer sentenced to 9 years in prison

US Attorney Robert Higdon announced Thursday a man from Wilmington was sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

Brunswick County Schools to close for students on May 1 due to rally

Brunswick County Schools will be closed for all students on May 1 due to the planned teachers rally in Raleigh, the school system announced Thursday.

  CFPUA: Boil advisory lifted for Wrightsville Ave., which has reopened to traffic

Wrightsville Ave. between Independence Blvd. and Dawson St. has reopened to traffic after crews with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority made emergency repairs to a water main.

  Two months after the funeral, family still waiting for mother to be buried

Dorthy Johnson couldn't be interred on the day of her funeral because of bad weather.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

Kure Beach announces summer programs

The Town of Kure Beach has announced its slate of summer programs.

  Rabbit rescue group hosts egg hunt at Halyburton Park

The New Hanover County Rabbit Rescue of Wilmington hosted an Easter egg hunt at Halyburton Park.

Carl’s Jr. testing CBD burger in Colorado - at one store, for one day

The 'Rocky Mountain High: Cheeseburger Delight' will only be sold in Denver on April 20.

  ‘It’s going to be a thorn for us’: residents react to Market Street project forcing nightly lane closures until late 2022

A Market Street widening project by the N.C. Department of Transportation will require nightly lane closures until late 2022 to accommodate the construction.

  Wilmington Police Department proposes county takeover of crime lab

The Wilmington Police Department announced plans to transfer its crime lab over to New Hanover County, which will then be managed by the sheriff’s office.

North Carolina Gov. Cooper vetoes ‘born-alive’ legislation

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a measure written by Republicans and backed by social conservatives that addresses a doctor's responsibilities if an abortion results in an infant born alive

  McCready tweets reason for returning Omar donation

Dan McCready, a candidate in the N.C. 9th Congressional District, has returned a $2,000 campaign donation from Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

  Introducing Donation Stations: A new way for the community to support local farmers and food security

The New Hanover County Cooperative Extension is launching Donation Stations at local farmers’ markets as a way for the community to engage in supporting local food and food security efforts.

  One Love Tennis brings historical property back to life

Newly renovated tennis courts are now open at One Love Tennis on Orange Street in Wilmington.

  Wilmington family left homeless after reportedly falling victim to housing scam

Paula Grado and her family of nine were scammed $1,900 when they tried to rent a home last month.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closures scheduled on I-40

Wilmington drivers, be aware!

Brunswick County commissioner travels to White House for discussion on economic growth

Brunswick County Commission Chair Frank Williams joined other local and state leaders from around the country at the Opportunity Zone Conference at the White House.