‘Front row seat to history’ – Wilmington residents describe the inauguration

"The news media only likes the negative when it comes to Trump. But I was there in-person and there's a lot more positive then you would think, from all walks of life."


WASHINGTON – Donald John Trump became the 45th president at 12 seconds after noon on Friday, Jan. 20, as he repeated “So help me God” after Chief Justice John Roberts. Despite outbreaks of violence outside the barricades of the National Mall, the ceremony proceeded as planned. A small percentage of protesters did command more media attention […]

Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter and others join thousand-strong Women’s March in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON — In contrast to isolated outbreaks of violence during President Trump’s inauguration, Saturday’s Women’s March in downtown was peaceful, though turnout considerably exceeded early expectations. The event did turn boisterously vocal at one point, late in the rally, when Black Lives Matter spokes Sonya Bennetone led the crowd in a chant of “No Trump.” […]

Climbing TekMountain: Laney High student gets ‘dream’ meeting, and philosophical discussion, with CEO

“What we need are young people to make good choices, to lead, to do the next thing, to not have a plan, to not be afraid.”

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WILMINGTON — TekMountain CEO Brett Martin relaxed in a chair, talking with Laney High School student Sam Weaver. “We’re just talking about life,” Martin said. “Talking about the world.” Martin had agreed to a sit down with Weaver to discuss business development of Weaver’s robotics team, the Wired Wizards. For Martin, who is also the […]

Orange Theory owners talk about the challenges of running a franchise business

"We didn’t really know what challenges we’d face, and there were more than we thought there’d be.”

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WILMINGTON — Orange Theory Fitness opened in April of last year and has over 500 members. It is, by many measures, a successful business. But according to owners Susan and Dustin Gross, the business still has a long way to go. Port City Daily caught up with the Grosses, who also run a Rise Biscuit […]

Massive U.S.-backed Iraqi bond draws criticism from North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones

"I think both parties are smoking something illegal."

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WASHINGTON, DC — Iraq’s $1 billion bond has sparked the outrage of Congressman Walter B. Jones, who said through a press release, “the insanity is astonishing.” The five-year bond, issued by the Republic of Iraq, is backed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is guaranteed by the U.S. Government. On Wednesday, Jan. […]

Concerned about over-medicating your children? Consider play therapy

"You’re messing with brain chemistry, which is a double-edged sword to say the least."

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There are over 8 million children on psychiatric drugs in the United States, according to IMS Health, one of the largest healthcare information providers in the world. Over 1 million of these children are 5 years old or younger. But there are other options – one of which is play therapy. Port City Daily spoke […]

In a crowded downtown scene, Dram + Morsel embraces an evolving identity

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  WILMINGTON – In the crowded downtown bar and restaurant scene, many businesses struggle to create an identity for themselves. Dram + Morsel is taking a different approach to the problem, letting its identity evolve. “We’ve only been open a few weeks, and we don’t know exactly what this place will be,” Operations Manager Nick […]

New brewery-restaurant to champion all things local, especially oysters

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WILMINGTON – With a dozen craft breweries in the area, and more on the way, it is becoming increasingly important for new businesses to set themselves apart. Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s owner Jud Watkins hopes his new establishment’s dedication to all things local will do just that. “When we started thinking about this, there was one […]

Out of the darkness, into the light: Fort Apache and the art of second chances (and the final resting place of Herbie the Love Bug)

"It's just unbelievable what people throw away. I'm happy to save it, make something out of it."

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SUPPLY – Fort Apache, like its owner and operator, is all about second chances. On a stretch of Brunswick county back road, a 28-acre compound is mostly hidden behind high wooden walls. In the front yard are an exceptional number of toilets, vintage cars and two buses, covered in anti-drug paraphernalia. Through a chain-link fence, […]

‘Sweat equity’ – Wilmington woman gets new home with lots of work and lots of help

"When the walls went up, I could see it. Rooms for my girls. A house. Our house."

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WILMINGTON — Not long after dawn on Saturday, Jan. 14, volunteers from the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity started congregating on the 600 block of Harnett St. in the downtown area. Workers and volunteers gathered for the wall-raising ceremony of Samantha Aryeetey and her two daughters, although the event was more construction site than ceremony. […]

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