Good Friends come together to support those in need

Women come together for luncheon to help those who slip through the cracks of other aid organizations

  ‘It could be your hurt,’ says Wilmington mother who lost son to gun violence

  Gov. Cooper delivers furniture, money to Market North residents

  Lidl is officially open in Wilmington

6-year-old collecting blankets to warm the hearts of seniors for the holidays

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach selling tickets for upcoming penguin exhibit

Chick-fil-A set to open long-awaited Leland location with campout party

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CENC Food Bank hosts Giving Tuesday Volunteer event

Leaders explore plans to address flooding issues on Canal Drive

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to stimulate critical thinking using Legos

Wrightsville Beach to hold remembrance service for firefighter who died in 1981 fire

  Pender County Commissioners delay revoking Hampstead Marina’s special use permit

  Vape education school program proposed to Pender County Commissioners

  Ribbon cutting held for Wilmington’s police and fire training center

The Wilmington Police Department held a ribbon cutting for its new training center on Monday, December 2.

  Leland names Shirley as town’s next police chief

When Leland Police Chief Mike James retires in February, current Deputy Chief Brad Shirley will be his replacement, town officials announced Monday.

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!)

Holiday Collection

WECT is making sure you're ready for the holiday season!  We've put together everything you need to get you in the holiday spirit.

Yard sales November 30

Get into the holiday spirit with the annual tree-lighting ceremony

Record number of entries for 2019 Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot

Diligence returns after 60-day patrol in Caribbean

Topsail High to perform in Chicago parade on Thanksgiving Day

Carolinas fall into top 10 list of worst states for drunk driving

  American Legion Post changes name to honor fallen soldier

Ceremony to honor and rename American Legion Post 68, Leland to John E. Jacobs American Legion Post 68, Leland

  Operation Pretty Things collecting cosmetics, beauty supplies for victims of domestic violence

Operation Pretty Things, an organization whose mission is to “love and empower women victimized by domestic violence and sexual assault,” is currently conducting its Fall Pretty Things Drive.

  Street Turkeys taking donations for families in Southeast North Carolina

Street Turkeys event taking donations for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

1898 descendants divided on George Davis confederate statue

1898 descendants divided on George Davis confederate statue

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher wants books for students to read during holiday break

Britta Burrows , a Pre K-2 teacher at Sunset Park Elementary, a year-round school, would like books for each of her students to read during the holiday break

VIDEO: Blitzen spotted checking out downtown Wilmington eatery

It looks like Blitzen was scoping out parts of downtown Wilmington to prepare Santa for the big night.

  1898: A tale of two descendants

1898 descendants share different views on reparations

  Start your holidays on the right track by making a stop at the Christmas Train and Light Spectacular

The event kicks off Friday, Nov. 29, at the Wilmington Railroad Museum at 505 Nutt St.

  WAVE Transit unveils new Port City Trolley Program

New trolley will replace the previous trolley, with a revised route and a new name. The community engaged in a naming contest, and in May 2019, the votes were in favor of the new name, Port City Trolley.

Help name the newest loggerhead sea turtles at Fort Fisher aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is holding a public contest to help name two baby loggerhead sea turtles currently in the aquarium’s care.

  What it takes to light up Enchanted Airlie and your holiday spirit

Planning for the big light show in Wilmington is a full-time job and takes a village to make it all come together.

  Recipes for easy, last minute Thanksgiving side dishes

A couple of recipes that don't take up much time, only require simple ingredients and are always a big hit at family gatherings.

Yard sales November 23

Yard sales November 23, 2019 in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties

Carolina Panthers Player Impact Committee helps reunite families separated by bail

The Carolina Panthers Player Impact Committee and the David Tepper Charitable Foundation are teaming up with The Bail Project to help low-income people accused of non-violent crimes get out of jail.

  Foster parents needed as our region still grapples with opioid crisis

New Hanover County has more 400 children and Brunswick County has about 120 children who are in the foster care system

Hundreds gather for annual vigil to honor victims of violent crime

Over 250 people will be honored and remembered during the 24th annual Candle Light Memorial Service in Brunswick County.

The 2019 National Thanksgiving Turkeys were raised on a farm in Clinton, NC

The 2019 National Thanksgiving Turkeys were raised on a farm in North Carolina for the first time in ten years.

Wrightsville Beach announces schedule for holiday events

Several holiday events are on the horizon for the Town of Wrightsville Beach.

  New Hanover Co. looks for foster families as greater percentage of kids enter the system due to opioid crisis

The most recent data from the Department of Social Services shows fewer children needed foster care in 2018 from the previous year, but a greater percentage of them are connected to the opioid crisis.

  Potbelly Sandwich Shop is coming to Wilmington

Wilmington will be the first of 13 new Potbelly Sandwich Shop locations to open across North and South Carolina.

  Opening pushed back for mysterious Wilmington eatery

The general manager couldn't give specifics about the restaurant, but did confirm it is owned by Cookout and will be the first eatery of its kind.

Firefighters hit the ground with boots in hand to raise money for MDA

Firefighters from New Hanover County Fire Rescue will hit the streets next week as part of its annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign.

Wilmington FD demonstrates cooking safety at fall open house

The Wilmington Fire Department presented an open house to demonstrate ways to keep Thanksgiving as safe and possible.

Exhibit chronicling NASA-Snoopy connection now open at Cape Fear Museum

A traveling exhibit chronicling the interconnected histories of NASA and the Peanuts characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy is now open to the public at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science.

  Beauty pageant has a plot twist

All of the contestants have one thing in common

Battleship North Carolina closes early due to tidal flooding

According to an announcement on the U.S.S. North Carolina Facebook page, the ship closed early Tuesday afternoon due to tidal flooding.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Cracking the code on coding

Mr. Kukor is hoping to help his students at Pender Early College High School crack the code on coding with some hands-on activities to help improve their skills.

  Nonprofit organized to stop sale or partnership of NHRMC

A new nonprofit organization has been formed to stop the sale or partnership of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Save our Hospital, Inc. says they plan to launch a public information campaign.

  St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church hosts its second annual German Christmas Market this weekend

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church hosts its second German Christmas Market this weekend

  A congregation returns home

14 months, that’s the amount of time that’s passed since the Grace United Methodist Congregation last saw their sanctuary.

  UNCW professor given North Carolina’s highest honor award

Accomplished author Philip Gerard was honored by Governor Cooper with an award for his outstanding literature.

Yard sales November 16

Yard sales in New Hanover and Pender counties

  Tips to prevent overeating and that sluggish feeling on Thanksgiving

Trainers from a local gym stop by the WECT studios to share some nutrition and fitness tips for the upcoming holiday.

  Musical comedy at Cucalorus looks at online toxicity and superfandom through the eyes of four online gamers

The musical, Push the Point, follows four online gamers through their squad-based mission

  Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity to start building energy-efficient, affordable housing development

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity has begun building an energy-efficient, affordable housing development.

Donate to Holiday Smiles, Weller’s Wheels through Dec. 14

The annual Holiday Smiles Toy Drive and Weller's Wheel collections will run Nov. 15 thru Dec. 14, 2019.

ROCAME to celebrate 40-year anniversary

Region “O” Council for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering (ROCAME) is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

  Online tool helps make permit process in New Hanover County as easy as possible

COAST provides NHC residents a faster way to access information when it comes to permits within the county.

  'The MisEducation of Bindu’ marks a return to Cucalorus for Indian character

A character first introduced in a short film at Cucalorus returns to the festival.

  PinkSocks founder spreads message of empathy, connection and kindness during keynote speech at Cucalorus

Cucalorus keynote speaker, Nick Adkins, is the co-founder of Pinksocks Life, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting human connection around the world by socially supporting other public charities.

  Spotlight on Cucalorus: ‘Black Barbie’ looks at introduction of diverse doll

A film that looks at the creation of the first Black Barbie is part of the Cucalorus festival.

Wilmington church offers free Thanksgiving dinner

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner. The complimentary meal will be offered Saturday, November 23 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

  Wilmington non-profit to receive Bank of America’s inaugural Neighborhood Champions grant

Bank of America is launching its Neighborhood Champions program in Wilmington, naming Kids Making It as its inaugural awardee.

  Blocks of AIDS Memorial Quilt coming to Wilmington

More than 30 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will soon be on display at several venues in Wilmington.

  Carolina Beach Town Council holds public meeting for proposed Freeman Park restrictions

Carolina Beach residents sounded off on their reactions to proposed restrictions to Freeman Park in an open public town council meeting.

Here’s how you can send Christmas boxes for N.C. troops overseas

Operation North State, a non-profit organization, is asking for names and addresses of N.C. troops overseas to send Christmas gift boxes to.

Zoning request denied for housing development near Creekwood North

A proposal to redevelop land once used as recreational space for the Creekwood North community into an affordable housing complex is facing opposition from city staff and the Wilmington Police Department.

  Newly revamped Operation School Bell supplies clothes, materials to local students in need

Operation School Bell is the signature project of the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington that services 22 schools in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties.

  Pender Co. mother’s petition for school bus safety reaches nearly 1,000 signatures

A Pender County mother’s petition for safer school bus routes has gathered almost 1,000 signatures in just two days.

  Donation drive will help animals in need after Hurricane Dorian

Help pets in the Bahamas still struggling after the hurricane

  Oak Island bans vaping on town-owned property

Oak Island Town Council passed a motion Tuesday banning vaping on all town-owned property.

  Kick off Cucalorus with the Visual/Sound/Walls Opening Night Party

This week, Cucalorus celebrates 25 years in Wilmington; it kicks off Wednesday with a show that mixes music, live performance, film and dance

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to help students start a business

Mrs. Edwards calls her classroom at Whiteville High School “home” for many of her students and strives to provide all she can for them. She says the love her students have for one another is so rich.

  Struggling Navy veteran receives free roof

Navy veteran Hank Weaver received a free roof 14 months after Hurricane Florence severely damaged his home.

  Film and dance come together for annual Dance-a-lorus

Dance-a-lorus became so popular in its first year at Cucalorus, it’s hard to imagine the festival without it

  Rise & Shine: The Inspiration Lab’s conference will bring together working women

The Inspiration Lab is a professional women’s organization that gives other women the tools to find balance and grow in both their personal and professional lives

UNCW collaborates with D.C. Virgo for ‘Super Health Fair’

Public health students at UNCW are teaming up with D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy to host a “Super Health Fair” this weekend.

  WWII veterans honored with commemorative book

Twenty-nine World War II veterans were honored in a commemorative book this Veterans Day.