Distancing himself from President Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, Congressman Walter Jones calls healthcare repeal attempt ‘shameful’

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WASHINGTON, DC — House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his American Health Care Act from the floor of the house on Friday afternoon before a vote could be held. Despite last minute amendments and pressure from President Donald Trump, Ryan could not assemble the votes needed to pass the repeal of major Affordable Care Act provisions. […]

Taking babies from mommies – Opioids’ impact on families

The opioid epidemic in Wilmington destroys the lives of users and drives violent crime across town. But the youngest victims are the children caught in between parents struggling with opioids and the social service struggling to protect them. County officials are underfunded and backlogged, but a bigger – and more surprising – culprit is the recent proliferation of private treatment centers.

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

‘Me-wow!’ Wilmington might be getting its first ‘cat cafe’

"It's a chance for these cats, who might not get adopted or even seen, to get some exposure, and for people to fall in love with them."

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WILMINGTON — Delia Valenti Eveland, a self-described “crazy cat lady,” has wanted Wilmington to have its own “cat café” for a long time. So, she’s going to build one. Eveland moved from Guatamala to North Carolina about 12 years ago. She came to Wilmington to attend Cape Fear Community College and then University at North […]

Wilmington approves $20 million plan for north waterfront park, parking remains uncertain

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WILMINGTON — City Council voted to approve the North Waterfront Park master plan during their session this week. The plan represents the third phase of city planning for the 6.6-acre property, purchased in 2013 for $4.1 million. The current version was put forward during last year’s $38 million park bond, which set aside $20 million […]

Local favorites L-Shape Lot, Signal Fire to anchor Airlie Gardens ‘Summer Concert Series’

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WILMINGTON — Airlie Gardens has announced its ‘Summer Concert Series’ line-up of local and regional acts, as well as an improved solution for the limited parking available at the gardens. The summer series will kick off Friday, May 19, with North Carolina singer-songwriter Ellison. Ellison has toured North America and Japan, playing both covers and […]

Rock’n’roll, cocktails and ambrosia – Cape Fear Museum is throwing a ‘Patio Party’

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WILMINGTON – Pink flamingos, manicured lawns, whiskey cocktails – and, yes, ambrosia salad – are coming to the Cape Fear Museum this week. The museum will host its “Patio Party” to celebrate the opening of “Pools, Patios and the Invention of the American Backyard,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institute. The exhibit […]

UNCW Professor helps film students, others, find their way in Wilmington’s new economy [Video]

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WILMINGTON – Over one-third of Professor Suzanne Altobello’s business class students are film majors. That tells you something about Wilmington, but also something about what attracts students to Altobello’s class. “Some of these students went into the film program when it was still a vibrant industry here,” said Altobello. “I think some of them have […]

For your St. Patrick’s Day: Catch the sights and sounds of Wilmington’s parade (Video)

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WILMINGTON — The Friends of Hibernians celebrated its 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Wilmington a little early this year. So, whether you missed the festivities last weekend or just need a little Irish cheer on your Friday, here are the sights and sounds of the parade. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade featured […]

Opioids: ‘Addressing demand is the only way to stop this’

"One of the most important things I’d like people to know is that treatment works. It might take one or two times, but it works. It might be the only thing that really does.” - North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein

A serious accident at Independence Boulevard and Oleader Drive  sent five people to the hospital this morning, including two children. Police are still on the scene.

Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

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