TRAFFIC ALERT: Road closure information for tonight’s Carolina Beach Christmas Parade

The parade, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m., will proceed from Atlanta Ave. down Lake Park Blvd. to the Federal Point Plaza.

Sunset Beach police ask for public’s help in identifying woman

  Wilmington crews investigate Thursday night house fire

  Partnership Advisory Group continues refining goals, hopes to get draft of RFP soon

Navy sailor who killed 2 at Pearl Harbor shipyard was facing disciplinary proceeding

  Lenny Simpson issues call to action over violence in Wilmington

  Coast Guard closes section of Cape Fear River after submerged boat blocks channel

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Children of wartime veterans scramble to repay money after state makes last-minute cut to scholarship

Veteran receives first-of-its-kind heart transplant at NC hospital

  5 flu-related deaths reported in NC this season

Armed car thief crashes stolen vehicle with baby in back seat, police say

Sources: Major League Soccer to announce Charlotte as newest franchise

TRAFFIC: Crash involving overturned mail truck closes lanes on Military Cutoff

North Carolina lottery takes step toward more online sales

North Carolina lottery leaders have taken a key step toward expanding online sales, while leaving themselves a way out if they aren’t satisfied with the details or face opposition from retailers or politicians.

Elizabethtown woman pleads guilty to stabbing victim with razor blade

An Elizabethtown woman will spend time in prison after she charged another woman with a razor blade.

Bladenboro man to spend up to 8 years in prison following domestic dispute

A Bladenboro man will spend the next 7 to 8.25 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges stemming from a domestic dispute in August.

  School bus tracking app now available for New Hanover County parents

New Hanover County Schools administrators are preparing to launch a new phone app that will help parents track their child’s school bus. The Parent Portal Bus Tracking Application won’t officially go live until January 2, but administrators are doing a soft roll out this month to help people get fam

  Bladen County man gets 10 years in prison for Christmas Day shooting

N.C. man wanted for kidnapping, raping woman

  Don’t let a Grinch steal your Christmas, protect yourself from porch pirates

  Worker recognized for actions during Bladen County active shooter situation

  Good Friends come together to support those in need

  Man tries to run from detectives, arrested for several drug-related crimes

Concerns about fire suppressant foam caused a flight delay at ILM

The FAA told airports in the U.S. that using the foam would result in “longer-than-expected extinguishing times or possible failure to achieve extinguishment.”

  CBFD conducting live fire training this weekend

The Carolina Beach Fire Department will conduct live structure fire training at 515 Cape Fear Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

  First Alert Forecast: sunny now, showers soon

Your Thursday weather is nice and bright and dry but several shower chances dot the extended forecast.

  New film advisory council to have inaugural meeting in Raleigh

The new Governor's Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming will have its first meeting next week in Raleigh.

FBI asking public nationwide for help identifying woman in child pornography investigation

The female, only known as Jane Doe 37, may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.

’Narwhal’ staying with rescue; role as therapy dog

The extra feature isn't causing any complications.

USPS issues new Healing PTSD semipostal stamp

The U.S. Postal Service issued a new stamp this week, aimed to help raise money for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

New Hanover County Schools to launch online reporting system

On Monday, New Hanover County Schools will launch a new system that will allow parents, students, employees, and community members to report a complaint or concern anonymously.

  WPD investigating shooting in Redpoint neighborhood

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to the 600 block of Steamboat Springs Ave. in the Redpoint neighborhood at approximately 2:45 a.m. in reference to shots fired.

  Man armed with knife attempts to rob gas station

A man attempted to rob a gas station with a knife early Thursday morning, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Smart Start executive director wins big in education lottery, plans to start education legacy

Connie Carr-Costin, the executive director of Smart Start in Pender County, won $636,788 on Nov. 17 with a ticket she purchased using Online Play on the Education Lottery’s website.

Developer of proposed Porters Neck project asks for continuance of public hearing

Logan Developers, Inc. has submitted a request to rezone approximately 52 acres of land from R-15 and R-20 Residential Districts to a Conditional Residential Multi-Family Low Density District.

'That’s my mom’: Necklace with mother’s ashes, engagement ring stolen during smash-and grab

A Grand Strand woman is hoping for a miracle after a necklace with her mother’s ashes and two rings belonging to her late mother were stolen.

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

For the fifth year, a number of Wilmington-area faith communities and local organizations came together for a vigil to remember victims of gun violence and to pray for an end to gun violence.

  Gov. Cooper delivers furniture, money to Market North residents

Gov. Roy Cooper will visit Market North Apartments Thursday

  Man injured in shooting in Wilmington

A victim was sent to the hospital Wednesday night after shots rang out in Wilmington.

  Lidl is officially open in Wilmington

It’s been a long time coming, Lidl officially opened its first store in Wilmington Wednesday.

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

The 6-year-old little girl’s project, Grandma’s Lap, aims to collect blankets to distribute to nursing homes across our area.

  WIS reporter donates bone marrow to 2-year-old with rare blood disorder

You see her on TV reporting on the big stories every day, but tonight she’s actually part of the story.

  Pender County EC students prepare for Merry Market

EC students at schools throughout Pender County are creating their own products to sell for Christmas. Dog treats, ornaments, Christmas decorations, you name it.

County Commissioners join NCACC board members for meeting at The White House

County commissioners Frank Williams and Jonathan Barfield joined other members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ Board of Directors for a meeting Wednesday at The White House.

  First at Four recipe: All-purpose rub for pork, chicken or beef

Pitmaster Kevin Kuruc of Mac’s Speed Shop shared his recipe for an all-purpose rub for pork, chicken or beef

  On-shore risks of off-shore drilling: Environment NC releases report in continued effort to get NC removed from list

Environmental advocates argue the on-shore risks of drilling along the Atlantic Coast are just as significant as those off shore.

Wilmington insurance agent accused of embezzling premium payments from client

A Wilmington insurance agent is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars of insurance payments from a client, according to the N.C. Department of Insurance.

How essential oils can make your pet sick

Essential oil diffusers are popular Christmas presents but they can make your pet sick!

Hair dye, chemical straighteners linked to increased cancer risk, study shows

If you've ever wondered if using the hair products was safe, scientists are tackling the issue!

  Wilmington sets North Waterfront Park’s groundbreaking for Monday

The city of Wilmington will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Dec. 9 at the site of the future North Waterfront Park.

Uber and Lyft drivers get lighted signs ahead of law change

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers in North Carolina have been picking up lighted signs to display in their vehicles.

Sheriff: 5-year-old N.C. girl fighting for life after possible gang shooting

A five-year-old child is hospitalized after authorities say she was shot Tuesday night.

Missing elderly Lincoln County couple found safe

A Silver Alert issued for an elderly couple in Lincoln County has been cancelled after the man and wife were found safe, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Presales are live for Penguin Encounters and VIP Penguin Experiences at the Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse.

Ron Rivera addresses being fired by Panthers: ‘Get ready for the next chapter’

The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday that the team has parted ways with Head Coach Ron Rivera after nine seasons, according to a statement released by team owner David Tepper.

  Additional public information meeting scheduled for Brunswick Co. Schools redistricting

The school system has scheduled an additional public information meeting for Monday, Dec. 16, for Phase 1 of its redistricting process.

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

The grand opening for Chick-fil-A Leland Town Center will kick off Dec. 4 and carry on into Dec. 5. The first 100 people in line for the official opening will receive free Chick-fil-A for a year.

Spotify releases most-streamed artists of the decade

What did people listen to this decade?

  New Wilmington councilman sworn in

There’s now a new face on city council.

Court: N.C. lawmakers can decide block-grant spending

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel upheld unanimously on Tuesday a trial-court decision favoring Republican legislative leaders whom Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper sued over line-items in the 2017 state budget law.

  First Alert Forecast: weather pattern makes dark days bright

Your forecast features bright sunny to partly cloudy skies and that is key because, this time of year, the tilt of the earth does not afford much daylight.

Woman on oxygen killed after cigarette blows up tank

The 61-year-old woman’s husband was sleeping in another room and was awakened by the smoke detector going off.

80-year-old man heartbroken over lost wedding ring

Mr. Cunningham lost his wedding ring. A ring that represents the love he has had for his wife for the past half a century. Now he needs the publics help, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t trying to find it himself.

CENC Food Bank hosts Giving Tuesday Volunteer event

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina hosted a Giving Tuesday volunteer event.

Silver Alert issued for missing elderly man in Kannapolis

A Silver Alert was been issued in Kannapolis on Tuesday evening after an elderly man was reported missing.

  New Hanover Board of Education moves forward with redistricting plan

The board voted on the item on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Indigo Farms owners worried Carolina Bays extension project could eliminate farm

The proposed plans have the owners of a farm at the state line worried.

  WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous announces retirement

After more than 15 years serving Wilmington, Chief Ralph Evangelous has announced his retirement.

Marine charged with illegally flying guns from NC to Haiti

A Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti took off from the airport in New Bern.

  Gangs behind 5 of 6 Wilmington shootings over Thanksgiving

Officers believe five of the six shooting reported over the Thanksgiving holiday were gang-related.

‘The bad people shot mommy’: Richmond Fire Lt. shielded 5-year-old son from gunfire that killed her

Lt. Ashley Berry's father was surrounded by members of the Richmond Fire Department, as he revealed that his daughter shielded her five-year-old son from the bullets. Lt. Berry and her son were standing on Sunnyside Avenue in Hopewell, after celebrating Thanksgiving, when she was shot.

  New oyster recycling program hopes to help declining population

The North Carolina Coastal Federation has started The Oyster Shell Recycling Program in hopes of bringing back the oyster population after years of decline.

Leaders explore plans to address flooding issues on Canal Drive

The Town of Carolina Beach is hosting an open house Tuesday night for residents to speak out about flooding issues that have plagued the island for years.

State to get help with Hurricane Florence recovery

North Carolina is getting more money to help with Hurricane Florence recovery.

  23rd Street in Wilmington reopened following gas leak

Wilmington police are cautioning drivers about a gas leak Tuesday afternoon.

Boil water advisory announced for Bladenboro

A water main break prompted a boil water advisory in Bladen County Tuesday.

Carolina Panthers fire coach Ron Rivera

Carolina Panthers fire coach Ron Rivera

US Marine accused in roommate’s death pleads guilty

A U.S. Marine accused of killing his roommate last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and will spend at least 25 years in prison.

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Teacher hopes to stimulate critical thinking using Legos

Mrs. W of Williams Township School is asking for a variety of Lego sets to help stimulate students in grades K-2 during their weekly library centers.

  Wilmington nonprofits awarded $250K in affordable housing grants

Bank of America reps visited Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity and the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) as part of their Giving Tuesday celebration.

  New Hanover Co. health board asks for public comment on possible rule prohibiting e-cigarettes

The New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would prohibit the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes in county-, town- and city-owned buildings, grounds, and vehicles as well as public places.