Board approves New Hanover Co. fiscal year budget; $116M slated for public schools

According to a news release from the county, this marks three consecutive years the tax rate has either stayed the same or been reduced.

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

  Willie Stargell Foundation distributes $150,000 for kidney care

  Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays and not just during the summer months

  Infectious Disease Doctor: No threat of Lyme disease in the Cape Fear region but you still should worry about tick bites

Ashley High School students honored for completing I Can Do It! program

  Lawmakers respond to Duke University study that warned of repeated coal ash spills at Sutton Lake

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  WECT Investigates: Medicaid and ER visits — a look at expenses, expansion

  New walking trail makes it safer for an evening stroll

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

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

Health care facility damaged by hurricane gets donation from NC Medical Society Foundation

  'He’s just amazing’: NC middle school teacher saves choking student

  NHRMC hosts ‘Stop the Bleed’ training at high school

Representatives with New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Trauma Services Department hosted a Stop the Bleed training event at Laney High School Tuesday afternoon.

  ‘One of the hardest jobs out there’: Encouragement and tips for not only taking care of yourself, but someone else too

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice as several resources for those caregiving for someone who is ill.

Local experts address factors impacting CBD dosage, efficacy

New CBD shops opening throughout our area mean more people deciding to take CBD, and if they do, how much to take, and how frequently.

  NC becomes first state to sue JUUL for targeting younger customers

North Carolina's attorney general is suing JUUL saying the company designed and marketed its e-cigarettes to attract younger customers.

  Learn to take care of yourself for Women’s Health Week

  Red Cross calls for donors amidst critical Type O blood shortage

  Working to solve food insecurity with a community kitchen

Firefighters fight internal battle

  Welcome Home Angel gives child bedroom makeover to help with sensory needs

Summer camp works to help kids cope with the death of a loved one

Local service dog program, paws4people, provided therapy dogs for UNCW students during finals week.

UNCW event, Recharge at Randall, allowed stressed out students to pet and interact with dogs during finals week.

  New bill would set tougher punishments for drug dealers if substance causes death

A bill that would create harsher punishments for a person who distributes drugs that result in the user’s death has passed in the state House and will go to the Senate next.

  Bunny yoga classes sell out

Bunny yoga might be the next big thing as classes were sold out for the days yoga sessions at the Wilmington Boxing and Fitness Center.

  ‘It’s very preventable:’ Unsafe sleep practices common in accidental infant suffocation deaths

A recent study published in the journal called Pediatrics shows accidental suffocation is a leading cause of infant deaths within their first year.

NC Senate overrides Cooper veto of abortion bill, House to vote Thursday

The North Carolina Senate has agreed to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation directing doctors and nurses to care for an infant born alive after an attempted abortion.

NC Treasurer touts NC Cash program, updates HB184

North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell talks about HB184, which would delay implementation of a new reimbursement structure for professionals who provide healthcare to state employees and retirees.

  Wilmington doctor to present findings on autism research at international conference

Dr. Karen Harum and UNCW graduate students studied more than 600 patients during a 10-year span.

  Medication take back event features 19 locations in 6 NC counties

New Hanover Regional Medical Center partnered with several healthcare centers, law enforcement agencies and other community organizations to orchestrate a medication disposal event Saturday.

  NHRMC and YMCA host Dancin’ in the Park for any and all fitness abilities

The free 8-week course helps get the community in local parks and breaking a sweat.

Strep behind cheerleader’s sudden death: 'This used to be something nobody knew about’

Dr. Riham Alwan at the Christ Hospital says there’s a reason they call strep leading to sepsis the silent killer.

  Three New Hanover County Schools will open for lunch May 1

New Hanover County Schools will open three schools for lunch May 1.

  Born after 1957? The CDC says you might need a booster shot to protect against measles

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ‘Generation X,' may want to consider getting another booster shot to protect against the measles.

  Stress Awareness Month: how stress impacts your work, relationships, and health

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress can have a serious impact on your mental, physical, and emotional health if not recognized and treated regularly.

  Neighborhood healthcare provider reopens after Hurricane Florence

Two to three feet of water flooded G & G Healthcare on South Madison Street in downtown Whiteville following the hurricane.

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.

  “I feel so much better”: Pender foster brothers out of hospital after successful transplant

Marshall Phillips (right) donated one of his kidneys to his foster brother, Kamali Hayes (left) during a combined eight-hour surgery in Greenville, N.C. (Source: Sheila Hayes)

  Wilmington counselor running Boston marathon with pacemaker

Peyton Chitty, Ashely High School counselor and track coach running Boston Marathon with pacemaker

Teams nationwide paddle to raise money for cancer patients and families

Staying afloat for 24 hours is the goal of paddlers Saturday, all to raise money for families affected by cancer.

Hundreds walk to raise awareness about ALS

Hundreds gathered today at Hugh MacRae Park Saturday to participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS.

  Walk to Defeat ALS: Local woman shares story of losing her brother

The Walk to Defeat ALS takes place April 13, 2019. Jessica Williams talks about losing her brother to the disease.

Help save a life by donating blood today

The American Red Cross and NHRMC are hosting two public blood drives in April.

  New Hanover County’s Coastal Fitness Challenge canceled due to weather

NHC's Parks and Gardens Department is hosting the second annual event at Ogden Park on Saturday, April 13.

  New ADHD treatment center works to help those suffering and to create awareness about the disorder

Coastal Ridge Health Services works to get children and adults the help they need to reach their full potential despite their ADHD.

  Hoggard High School student-athlete beats deadly virus to make it back on the football field

Doctors call him a miracle.

Researchers find toxic chemicals in Wilmington wildlife

Researchers at North Carolina State University say they found high levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in alligators and striped bass in the Wilmington area.

  Giving the gift of life: Pender Co. foster brothers displaced after hurricane prepare to go under the knife

In 48 hours, a pair of foster brothers will go under the knife and while they may not be related by blood, they will soon be united by possibly an even stronger bond.

  Wilmington dentist uses laser technology instead of drills

Dr. Sarah Pless of Renaissance Dental Studio is using the first dental laser in southeastern North Carolina to drill for cavities.

  Dosher Memorial Hospital partners with local restaurants to teach healthy cooking and eating habits

Dosher plans to hold at least 7 free cooking classes this year to help teach portion control and the importance of good heart health.

  Groups hope to convert old railroad downtown into walking, biking trail

It’s a “unique project with transformative potential.” That’s what a group made up of community members is calling its vision to convert the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in downtown Wilmington into a pedestrian and bike trail.

  Azalea Festival queen visits children at NHRMC’s women’s and children’s hospital

Some special patients were treated like royalty Thursday when Azalea Festival Queen Briana Venskus and her court stopped by the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital for a visit.

  NHRMC lifts flu-related visitor restrictions

Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Thursday announced that flu-related visitor restrictions have been lifted due to a decrease in the incidence of the flu.

Brunswick County free dental day coming in May

Free dental care will be made available to Brunswick County residents during Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry’s eight annual Dentistry from the Heart event in May.

Health Expo and Science Fair teaches healthy lifestyle choices

New Hanover Medical Center presented a Health Expo and Science Fair for the students of Snipes Learning Academy. The expo centered on teaching students positive fitness skills and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices on their overall well-being.

Doctors say pale is the new tan

In an effort to maintain a sun-kissed look, many teens will start using tanning beds. But just one UV tanning session increases the chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

  New Hanover Regional Medical Center first in state to offer new aneurysm treatment

Dr. Vinodh Doss, the director of interventional neurology at NHRMC, said this is a safer option than traditional treatments because it involves less time doctors are in someone’s brain.

  Pharmacies scrambling to keep popular shingles vaccine on shelves

It’s a vaccine that hit pharmacy shelves last year, and since then, keeping it in stock has been tough.

  People with disabilities looking to Carolina Beach for vacation options

Carolina Beach trying to tap an often underappreciated market of people with disabilities

  School receives lower than normal heath inspection score; officials say they’re fixing issues

The septic drain field filling with sewage was the biggest reason Malpass Corner Elementary School received a health inspection score of 81.5, according to a supervisor with the county’s heath department. The inspection was done on March 8.

  Bladen, Columbus counties rank poorly in latest health rankings

Bladen and Columbus counties ranked in the bottom 10 in the latest North Carolina county health rankings.

  New Hanover commissioners vote to consolidate Public Health, Social Services departments

New Hanover County commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to consolidate the county’s Public Health and Social Services departments into one human services agency.

  Operation Medicine Drop: Properly disposing your medicine and keeping your kids safe

An event called Operation Medicine Drop gives the community an opportunity to get rid of expired and unused medicines to keep children safe and help the opioid crisis.

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

Report: Suicide 2nd leading cause of death for NC children ages 10-17

According to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, the rate of youth suicide in North Carolina has almost doubled over the past 10 years,

  Concerned neighbors plan to appeal hospital’s emergency well project

Mac Cunningham’s home is next to the construction site. He said he and his neighbors’ biggest concerns are noise and possible odors and chemicals coming from the property.

  Carolina Beach opens new 1.2-mile section of Island Greenway

Pedestrians and bicyclists have a new path to explore in Carolina Beach.

Werk family estate gives $500K to NHRMC internal medicine residency program

Even though Dr. Emile Werk died in 2016, he continues to have an influence on doctors and medical care at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  CBD for dogs popular among owners; vets warn of quality control

Few studies have been conducted on the effects of CBD in dogs but some results have shown positive effects.

  More opportunities for seniors to socialize and exercise at new resource center in Castle Hayne

New Hanover County now offers a satellite senior resource site for residents in the northern part of the county.

  Wilmington brewery event supporting MS Society

For every pint sold, $1 will be donated to the MS Society, specifically the Shupe Troop for Walk MS.

  Learn to make informed food choices during National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month which encourages you to make informed eating choices and develop regular physical activity habits.

  Proposed bill would toughen penalties for criminals who target pharmacies with intent to steal opioids

A former sheriff, a pharmacist and a doctor are all coming together to fight the opioid epidemic from the state house.

  How to stay one step ahead spring allergy season

The months of February and March is not only the time when tree pollination is in full swing, but allergy season as well.

  NC sued over transgender surgery benefit; Treasurer Folwell responds

North Carolina’s State Treasurer is responding to a lawsuit filed over the state’s treatment of transgender people. State employees argue in a lawsuit filed Monday that their health plan violated federal law and their constitutional rights by dropping coverage of medically necessary procedures.

  Become aware of your sleep patterns and habits during Sleep Awareness Week

This week is Sleep Awareness Week. We're learning the importance of enough sleep and how it impacts our daily lives.

  Nourish NC, Nunnelee Pediatric Clinic launch Food Farmacy program

One in four children in New Hanover County struggles with hunger, according to Nourish NC.

  Eat cake for breakfast event to raise awareness of MSA

Eat cake for breakfast fundraising event to raise awareness of multiple system atrophy

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

The company intends to provide users with authoritative information on the controversial topic.

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

This is the third recall in one week.