Fran’s Fans is heating up to cool senior citizens down

The Fran's Fans campaign has helped thousands of senior citizens in the Cape Fear region stay cool in the summer heat over the past two decades.

  Bald Head Island Conservancy wins award for work with sea turtles

  Get support to ‘Climb out of the Darkness’

  Learn to swim program at UNCW provides lessons for children in underserved communities

  Wilmington Farmers Market at Tidal Creek sets themselves apart with new benefits

Oldest living Williston alum celebrates 103rd birthday

  Environmental group abuzz about saving bees

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  Volunteers needed to clean up coast on America’s birthday

Survey reveals Wilmington citizens concerned about traffic, rebuilding after hurricane

  Town of Atkinson without mayor

  Kids learn about law enforcement during WPD’s Demo Day

  Quirky and sweet story of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ on stage this week in Wilmington

  Kure Beach leaders consider adding crosswalks at beach access points

  Highway 6: Historic steel bars of old Pender Co. Jail hold decades of slammer stories

At first glance, the building under the Burgaw water tower looks like any other.But look again. Steel bars cover the top floor windows, evidence this isn’t just an ordinary structure.

  Pender High looks back on Florence recovery efforts

Pender High School has dedicated two sections of their 2018-2019 yearbook to Hurricane Florence.

  Highway 6: Burgaw Cemetery is not full, no space is available to be purchased from town

Funerals continue on a regular basis at the Burgaw Cemetery, which has served as a final resting place for hundreds of residents since the late 1800s.

  Highway 6: Hollywood turned Burgaw into backdrop for films, TV shows since 1980s

Burgaw became a popular destination for filmmakers. It began with 'Silver Bullet.'

  Highway 6: Blueberry recipes sent in by viewers

  Highway 6: Blueberries produce huge health benefits

  Highway 6: Pender County Humane Society celebrates 10 years of saving lives

  Highway 6: Angels lend their legs to the disabled for the Blueberry Festival 5K

Water restrictions remain in place for Brunswick County residents

  Find inspiration aplenty for outdoor painting at Southport’s Plein Air Festival

  Bob Bonner’s Blueberry - Lemon Pound Cake

Bob Bonner's Blueberry - Lemon pound cake

CFPUA lifts mandatory water restrictions, urges continued conservation

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority on Thursday announced that it has lifted mandatory Stage 1 Water Conservation Advisory restrictions, effective immediately.

Sounds of Summer: Machine Gun rocks the stage TONIGHT

If the weather cooperates, Machine Gun is expected to take the stage at Wrightsville Beach Park tonight at 6:30.

  Knowing the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke as we approach the summer months

The symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion aren't exactly the same, but what to do once you feel those symptoms is very important.

  Wilmington food bank plans to kick out hunger for the summer

Annual kick off ofthe Stop Summer Hunger initiative at The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington. By July 31, the hope is to provide 220,000 meals to children in New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus and Pender Counties.

  Wrightsville Beach home a finalist in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt

HGTV has selected a home in Wrightsville Beach as a finalist for its Ultimate House Hunt 2019.

  If Old Glory has gotten really old, retire that flag at upcoming American Legion event

On June 15 at the Brunswick Forest Community Commons, Post 68 is holding a fundraiser and flag collection day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

  Wilmington woman celebrates 104 years of life, adventure

Annie Daniel turns 104 years old on Wednesday, but friends and family celebrated her big day a day early.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher needs donations to help students ‘breakout’ of traditional class

Mandy Humphrey is on a mission. She wants to help her middle schoolers breakout of the traditional lesson plans. Through Donors Choose, she’s hoping to get enough donations to purchase Breakout Boxes.

  History comes alive this weekend at Fort Fisher

The event features costumed interpreters, small arms demonstrations, special tours, and periodic firings of the site’s 12-pound bronze Napoleon cannon

  UNCW research team returns from Arctic expedition

Led by Til Wagner, a UNCW assistant professor of physics and physical oceanography, the research group spent three weeks collecting data on the edge of the Arctic ocean.

  Kure Beach holds public meeting for proposed 2019-20 budget

To make room in the budget for new hires, the town is proposing a one cent per $100 property tax increase, which would raise the current rate of 33 cents to 34 cents.

  First Act: ‘The Cake’ tackles controversial issue that’s making headlines

A baker is faced with a choice between faith and family.

  Gannon Medwick: Why it only takes one storm to make a difference (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

No matter what experts predict for this hurricane season, Gannon Medwick tells viewers it only takes one storm to make a difference in their lives. WECT’s Chief Meteorologist talks about the lessons learned from hurricanes Matthew and Florence, and how they should help us prepare for 2019.

Yard sales June 8

Yard sales for June 8, 2019

36,000 non-violent charges dismissed in New Hanover, Pender

New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney, Ben David, has dismissed over 36,000 non-violent charges.

  Despite rain, water restrictions still in place for CFPUA customers

Despite rain in some areas over the past few days, CFPUA customers are still under a Stage 1 Water Conservation Advisory.

  Practice swim safety as we dive into summer

YMCA shares tips for keeping the kids safe in the water this summer along with offering free swim lessons in June.

  Plant sea oats along the coast, clean the beaches on World Oceans Day

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host its first Party for the Planet on World Oceans Day, which is on Sat., June 8. World Oceans Day is a global event to celebrate and clean up the sea.

  North Carolina natives travel to France for 75th anniversary of D-Day

Sgt. Michael Moody and Lt. Samuel McCauley were selected to participate in ceremonies for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Safety, ironically, cited as one reason NCDOT won’t build barrier on I-140

For more than two years, residents of the Windsor Park community have pushed for a guardrail along the I-140 bypass, a portion of which lies adjacent to the Leland neighborhood.

  Property managers learn new ways to prepare for hurricane season

Community Associations Institute NC hosted an Emergency Preparedness Down East meeting in downtown Wilmington Wednesday.

  More than 20 sea turtles to head home

It’s a big day for more than 20 sea turtles in Pender County as they return to their home in the ocean.The turtles have spend time at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, getting a second chance at life.

  Watch independent films with ties to NC

The 2019 Cape Fear Independent Film Festival kicks off Thursday, June 6, at Ironclad Brewery

  St. James hosts public seminar, fair on upcoming hurricane season

The Town of St. James held events Tuesday to get communities ready for hurricane season.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Help these students fidget with a purpose

Ms. Sammartino has a unique group of students. They have very different personalities and a variety of disabilities.The Leland Middle School teacher says her class is creative and determined.

Cape Fear Literacy Council seeks to bridge the digital divide

Local non-profit organization, the Cape Fear Literacy Council, is working to help those adults who lack the necessary skills to accomplish important tasks on computer devices, such as filling out a job application or simply sending email messages.

  Paddle Out memorial held for beloved restaurant owner Josh Vach

If Josh Vach had been told he could either surf or own restaurants, his widow says that would have been an easy answer—surfing. It was truly a lifetime passion. Vach, though, learned at a very young age surfing everyday doesn’t pay the bills.

  Same space, new place: Downtown adds new hotel in its Historic District

3 years ago, Arrive Hotels made a plan to renovate and replace what is formerly known as The Wilmingtonian.

  New Hanover County Relay for Life event works to raise money and awareness for cancer survivors

The annual event is Saturday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

Yard sales June 1

Yard sales for June 1, 2019

  Stage 1 water restrictions start Saturday for all CFPUA customers

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has expanded its Stage 1 Water Conservation Advisory to all its customers starting Saturday, June 1.

  11 years after the ‘10 year plan to end homelessness’

Before Hurricane Florence, homelessness in the Cape Fear was reduced by more than 50 percent

  10-year-old Wilmington actress stars in ‘Swamp Thing’

Elle Graham is in 5 episodes of the new show, which filmed on location around Wilmington and at EUE Screen Gems Studios

  Charity concert to benefit programs that help feed children over summer break

Saturday is the 2nd Annual Jame to Help the Kids put on by the City of Wilmington.

  Local TheatreNOW venue is closing, future is uncertain

Now that local theater venue TheatreNOW will shut down this August, the Arts Council of Wilmington has expressed interest in finding a use for the location.

  WWII vet discusses D-Day, aftermath of war with Wilmington students

Arthur Kenan was a teenage paratrooper during the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944.

  Make summer boredom disappear with magic camp

Michael Rosander says the No Sleeves Magic Camp teaches magic skills and life skills too

  Surf City’s sea turtle hospital treats patients, gears up for release season

More than three dozen sea turtles are getting check-ups to see if they can answer that call of the wild.

  Red Cross in need of volunteers for disaster relief response

The Cape Fear Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to respond to disaster. The agency will offer a two-day training session for anyone interested in volunteering.

  Pender County aims to fix water issues

A water shortage emergency has been declared for residents in the Hampstead and Scott’s Hill areas of Pender County until further notice.

  COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants wobble seats for autistic students

Beth Forbes, the In Class Support (ICS) teacher at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design believes wobble chairs will improve her students' focus. All of her eight students are autistic. She would also like reading comprehension task cards and basic classroom organizational supplies.

  Lucky duck has a chance to win thousands

The Annual Coastal Duck Derby benefits Coastal Horizons Crisis Intervention Services (Open House Youth Shelter and The Rape Crisis Center).The event is on Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Jungle Rapids. Those who adopt a duck have a chance to win prizes.

New Hanover County cancels live burn training scheduled for Tuesday in Castle Hayne

The training exercise was set to take place at 4320 Castle Hayne Road from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CFPUA encourages customers to voluntarily conserve water

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority on Tuesday announced that it is encouraging customers to use water wisely as persistent high temperatures and lack of rain have increased demand on the community’s drinking water systems.

  See ya later, alligator! Sunset Beach PD coaxes gator back to pond

Some residents in the Sea Trail neighborhood had an unexpected visitor Monday morning, finding a gator resting on the walkway in the front of their home.

  Bow Wow Luau & the Cat’s Meow celebrates 10 years of raising money for needy animals

This year marks the ten year anniversary of The Bow Wow Luau & the Cat’s Meow, which raises money to help save lives of homeless and abused dogs and cats in our community.

  Hundreds attend emotional Memorial Day ceremony on the Battleship NC

In an emotional ceremony remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation, the invocation, benediction and memorial wreath were presented by The American Legion, Department of North Carolina, to honor the veterans service organization’s 100th anniversary.

Cape Fear Memorial Day events 2019

Several groups across the Cape Fear have organized events Monday to pay homage to America’s fallen heroes.

  Thalian Association boasts the 24th Orange Street ArtsFest on Memorial weekend

More than 80 artists will fill the street with their works for the annual Orange Street ArtsFest this weekend.

Yard sales May 25

Yard sales in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, and Bladen counties for May 25

Carowinds offers free admission for military members, discounts for their families

This summer, Carowinds is offering free admission for our nation’s heroes and discounts for their families during the park’s ‘Military Days’ events.

  City pools open, marking the unofficial start to summer

Cool off this weekend with a dip in the pool at Legion Stadium or Roger Strange Park, or splash along at the city’s splash pad next to the Northside Pool.

  The Coast Guard promotes safe boating practices ahead of Memorial Day weekend

It's National Safe Boating Week and the Coast Guard wants you to keep some things in mind while out on the water this holiday weekend.

  Weekend event highlights how to eat healthier, safer fish from the river

The event, Sunday, May 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Northern Regional Park in Castle Hayne, encourages healthy fish consumption.

Second business drops out of lawsuit against The Healing Place treatment center

The second of two medical facilities that sued over The Healing Place, a controversial planned treatment center on Medical Center Drive, has dismissed all its claims against the City of Wilmington, City Council, New Hanover County, IS Design and Trillium Health Resources.

  Rolling Thunder heads to D.C. for final rally, but advocacy doesn’t end there

The non-profit works to advocate for the Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action service men and women.

  Belville launches ‘Buy a Brick’ fundraiser to help veterans memorial construction

The town of Belville is looking to build a memorial for veterans at its riverwalk park and wants the public to help.