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.

Popular Wrightsville Beach bar can serve liquor again

Two hospitalized after 3-car crash in Wilmington

Is your pup the next Picasso?

  Bald Head Island Conservancy wins award for work with sea turtles

NC daycare worker accused of intentionally dropping 11-month-old child

  Get support to ‘Climb out of the Darkness’

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20-year-old killed in South 11th Street shooting, Wilmington police say

  Drug deal gone wrong impetus for deadly Shallotte shooting; teen suspect held on $1M bond

  Staying on track: Federal Railroad official discusses Wilmington grants, projects

  Columbus Co. Animal Shelter seems more like a zoo after receiving thousands of calls from ‘Teen Mom 2’ fans

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

  First Alert Forecast: consistently hot, occasionally stormy

S.C. boy fighting cancer receives 6K birthday cards

A 3-year-old Lowcountry boy who began his fifth round of chemotherapy Wednesday has received almost 6,000 birthday cards from well-wishers across the country.

Man serving life sentence for fatally stabbing wife at Wilmington gas station in 1987 up for parole

A man serving a life sentence for fatally stabbing his estranged wife at a Wilmington gas station in 1987 will be considered for parole.

  Officials release identity of body found in Wilmington

The body of a man who was found off of 41st Street on Tuesday has been identified as 23-year-old Brandon Williams of Wilmington, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

‘I have never felt so shocked and terrified:’ Toddler nearly impaled by umbrella along Grand Strand

One family’s day at the beach almost took a tragic turn after a toddler was nearly impaled by an umbrella launched in the air by a sudden gust of wind.

Woman shares photos of sharks inches away from swimmers in North Myrtle Beach

  At least a dozen shots fired, two people hospitalized in incident at Prince Mini Mart

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

  Employee arrested in connection to break-in at Whiteville restaurant

TRAFFIC ALERT: CFPUA repairs to affect traffic on Independence Blvd.

  UPDATE: Missing Brunswick Co. woman found safe, deputies say

  Wilmington teen last seen June 8 has been located

According to social media posts from the Wilmington Police Department, Kenyona Janel Drakeford, 16, was last seen June 8 at her residence in the 5000 block of Pine Street.

  KNOW HIM? Wilmington police seek ID of man accused of obscene act in public

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify a man accused of an obscene act in public last month.

Woman on mission to find owner of ring found in Myrtle Beach waters

She said she knows it may be a long shot, but one woman is on a mission to find the owner of a ring she found while swimming in the ocean in Myrtle Beach.

  ATTACK SQUIRREL: North Alabama deputies rescue wild rodent in meth bust

Deputies say a drug suspect claimed he held the squirrel captive and used it as an attack squirrel. They also say he was feeding it meth to keep it aggressive.

Oldest living Williston alum celebrates 103rd birthday

When Charlotte Perry was born in 1916, Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States.

  ‘I couldn’t ask for a better friend’: Longtime friend remembers motorcyclist killed in crash

Price’s friend of 15 years, Kevin Singletary, saw him hours before he died.

Coroner’s office identifies woman who drowned at Myrtle Beach resort

Crews are on scene of a drowning at a Myrtle Beach resort.

  Governor wants Medicaid expansion to be part of state budget talks

Gov. Roy Cooper wants the state budget to include money for expanding Medicaid and he hopes the third time is the charm for getting the initiative passed.

UNCW to test warning siren system

The school will test the siren at full volume as well as additional emergency communication tools including email, desktop, phone and text notifications.

  N.C. children found dead in burned home identified, mother’s body believed to be in Catawba River

Two children found dead inside a burning home in Alexander County were identified Tuesday as 11-year-old Angel E. Pacheco and his 13-year-old sister America D. Pacheco.

  Environmental group abuzz about saving bees

This week, Environment North Carolina will be canvassing southeastern NC to inform communities about the importance of protecting the bee population.

  Volunteers needed to clean up coast on America’s birthday

Dozens of volunteers will spend their Fourth of July picking up trash and passing out garbage bags on Masonboro Island to fight trash troubles on the uninhabited island

Federal, state money to pay for generators in several local communities

According to a news release from the NC Department of Public Safety, FEMA and the state approved around $1.4 million in funding for 24 generators.

Survey reveals Wilmington citizens concerned about traffic, rebuilding after hurricane

Traffic remains a concern for Wilmington residents but according to a citizen survey taken this year, satisfaction with city services is higher than regional and national averages.

Reward offered in unsolved 2018 Wilmington homicide

Crime Stoppers of New Hanover County is offering a $2000 reward to anyone with credible information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in the shooting death of a Wilmington man last year.

Divers remove large mass of ‘flushable wipes’ from pipes at Charleston Water System

Divers had to make three separate dives to remove a large mass of “flushable wipes” from pipes at the Charleston Water System.

  NHC leaders continue pledge to keep students in classrooms, out of courtrooms

New Hanover County leaders renewed their pledge to keep students in school and out of the court system Tuesday.

Wake County recreation center under fire for ‘racially motivated’ pool rules

Many on social media are calling for a boycott of the Outdoor Recreation Center in Wendell due to rules that some claim are racially motivated.

Public hearings set for proposed log fumigation rule changes

A pair of public hearings, including one in Wilmington, have been scheduled to discuss proposed changes to regulate emissions of methyl bromide at log fumigation operations.

  Crews respond to overnight fire in New Hanover County

Crews responded to calls for a residential fire early Tuesday morning in Wilmington.

  Town of Atkinson without mayor

The small Pender County town of Atkinson is without a mayor until further notice after former mayor Ken Smith resigned on Friday.

  A year later, police still searching for clues in Wilmington woman’s disappearance

Detectives with the Greenville Police Department are still searching for answers a year after a Wilmington woman went missing while visiting family.

  Oak Island police asking for assistance in identifying man in video

The Oak Island Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a person seen on video trying to enter a vehicle.

  First Alert Forecast: summery with increasing storm chances

Summer officially arrives with the solstice this Friday and your First Alert Forecast features classically sultry temperatures and humidity levels through the period.

  Teen charged with murder in Shallotte shooting death; victim’s brother also facing charges

Det. Sgt. John Holman with the Shallotte Police Department said Monday evening that Colby Neill Pridgen, 17, of Shallotte, Kasey Jennings Holar, 19, of Ocean Isle Beach, and Javon Bethel, 17, of Shallotte, were all taken into custody Monday.

Tuesday marks 12 years since 9 Charleston firefighters died battling furniture store fire

The Charleston Fire Department will remember the nine firefighters who died 12 years ago in a massive furniture store fire in West Ashley.

  After feedback, backlash over proposed noise ordinance changes, city adjusts suggested update

City staff returned to present an updated proposal for changes to the noise ordinance.

  Sheriff says ’Raising the Age’ will raise costs for Columbus County law enforcement

The Raise the Age law, or House Bill 280 as it was passed in 2017, goes into effect Dec. 1, and will change how juvenile, non-violent offenders are handled in the North Carolina justice system.

Brunswick County Board of Commissioners vote to cut ties and funding with Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad

In an unanimous vote Monday, Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners approved the budget that will cut funding and ties with Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Pender Co. commissioners approve budget, which includes reduced property taxes

Board of Commissioners Chairman George Brown said Monday night the budget also contains funding to hire another three school resource officers.

88 first graders touched inappropriately by PE teacher, prosecutor says video shows

More details are expected at an 11 a.m. news conference

  Experts say there is no rhyme or reason for three shark bites in three-week span

According to Julie Johnson, the husbandry curator at the aquarium at Fort Fisher, there isn’t a specific reason for the number of bites this month but she said it is more common to see sharks closer to the shore during the summer.

  Kids learn about law enforcement during WPD’s Demo Day

Around 200 kids toured the SABLE helicopter, met the mounted and K-9 units and learned about the bomb squad.

Columbus Co. woman admits to stealing nearly $100K from in-laws

A Columbus County woman admitted to pocketing nearly $100,000 from her in-laws, even stopping refills on their medications and replacing them with vitamins.

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.

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

A show based on an Academy Award-winning indie film comes to the stage in Wilmington this week

  ‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming in 2020

A decade after seemingly wrapping up "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins is bringing readers back to Panem.

  DNA links man to 2018 rape, Wilmington police say

The Wilmington Police Department on Monday announced that DNA evidence has linked a man with a rape case from 2018.

  Kure Beach leaders consider adding crosswalks at beach access points

Kure Beach town leaders discussed adding crosswalks at beach access points at Monday night's town council meeting.

  Pender officials lift boil water advisory for some Rocky Point residents

Officials with Pender County Utilities have lifted a boil water advisory for some residents of Rocky Point.

  8-year-old boy bitten by shark on Bald Head Island in N.C.

Brunswick County confirms EMS was called to Bald Head Island Sunday about a possible shark bite.

‘Reprisal’ to film scenes on Oleander Dr.

According to a film permit, exterior conversation scenes will be filmed Monday, June 24, at 5523 Oleander Dr. from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

North Carolina officials warn of possible measles case

Health officials warn that people who visited a coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, last week may have been exposed to measles.

  First Alert Forecast: seasonably muggy with modest rain chances

For the work week ahead, more seasonably high humidity levels are likely to bleed into the Cape Fear Region.

  Police ID motorcyclist killed in Whiteville crash, driver cited

Police have identified a 27-year-old man who was killed in a crash in Whiteville Saturday afternoon.

  Two Brunswick County men face rape charges in separate cases

Two Brunswick County men face rape charges in separate cases

  Third arrest made in April assault where woman’s hair was set on fire

Justice Denea Lewis, 22, was arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree kidnapping, malicious use of an explosive with injury and conspiracy.

  Democrat Cal Cunningham enters North Carolina Senate race

Democrat Cal Cunningham had been campaigning for lieutenant governor in North Carolina, but he announced Monday he's switching 2020 races.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Cape Fear Memorial, Isabel Holmes bridges scheduled to open today

Both the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and the Isabel Holmes Bridge are scheduled to open for a ship Monday, June 17.

  Wilmington police try to reunite stolen items with rightful owners after series of weekend break-ins

Wilmington police are trying to reunite stolen items to their rightful owners after a series of thefts over the weekend.

  Wilmington police search for missing teen

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.

  'He was honestly the best soul,’ friends of teen killed in Shallotte shooting tell his story

One night after Jacary Bethel was killed at Cardinal Pointe in Shallotte, his friends gathered at the very spot he was found bleeding.

  Local church finds new home after fire destroyed old location

CityLife Church has been without a building to call home since their old location went up in flames over a year ago

Special Father’s Day service held at Mother Emanuel AME Church

A special Father’s Day service was held at Mother Emanuel AME Church Sunday morning. Monday will mark four years since the church shooting where nine people died.

Murrells Inlet woman faces charges tied to missing husband’s death, authorities say

Authorities in Horry and Georgetown counties are expected to release more information Sunday about a missing Murrells Inlet man whose wife was arrested on Saturday.

Ordnance found on North Carolina beach, placed in garden

Police in a North Carolina beach town are warning people to be careful after a resident picked up military ordnance from the beach.

Remembrance flags placed at grave of Wilmington Fire Chief who died in line of duty

Decades after the chief made the ultimate sacrifice, the people of Wilmington are still showing their gratitude.

  First Alert Forecast: Mainly dry and Sunny Father’s Day

Rain odds look to be low for your Father’s Day with only an outside chance for a shower.