Laney High School student represents the face of Wilmington’s economic future

Laney High School senior Sam Weaver said he is preparing for a new economy that not a lot of people understand.


WILMINGTON — “It was really tough, because it wasn’t what we were planning on,” said Sam Weaver, captain of the robotics competition team Wired Wizards. “But the changes we made served us well. In the end they saved us.” Weaver was talking about the last-second design change his team made during a recent competition: a design […]

Lightsabers, aerial silks and martial arts abound in the ‘Great Wilmington Nutcracker’ (photos and video)


WILMINGTON — The Wilson Center was anything but quiet and staid as Daniel Seamans, master of ceremonies, worked the crowd before pulling back on the curtain on this year’s “Great Wilmington Nutcracker.” Seamans promised the crowd an aerial silk artist, “Star Wars-style” fight scene and a riotous martial arts performance by King Tiger Tae Kwo […]

Robots come to life as Brunswick Community College hosts inaugural Robocon


BOLIVIA, N.C. — The sound of cheering, laughter and whirring electrical motors filled the hallways of Brunswick Community College’s Building B on Saturday. The inaugural RoboCon 2016, which brought together educational, corporate and non-profit groups, focused on the role robotics could have in leading students into successful careers in technology and the sciences. “From Kindergartners […]

2nd Annual Polar Express Day at the Children’s Museum (Slideshow and Video)

As one child remarked, "holy cow, he's here, he's really here."


WILMINGTON — The Children’s Museum gave children a chance to relive a holiday classic on Saturday. Despite rain early in the day, the Sudan Shriners of Wilmington provided children and their parents a train ride on the Shiner Choo Choo before taking them to visit Santa. South of the Arctic Circle, it was as close […]

Enviva’s Port of Wilmington facility comes online, helps turn the tide on climate change


WILMINGTON — The effects of climate change leave low-lying port cities like Wilmington the most seriously at risk. But a North Carolina company’s new facility at the Port of Wilmington is trying to turn the tide. Enviva Wilmington Holdings, LLC, produces wood pellets, a kind of biomass fuel. These tiny pellets of pulverized wood may […]

UNCW grad student expanding program to help non-profits


WILMINGTON — Creating a startup business from nothing is a daunting prospect; creating a nonprofit business is even more difficult. Navigating the complicated rules of incorporating, learning the language of grant applications and figuring out how to survive in a world where even successful for-profit business do not always survive — these are the challenges […]

Take a tour of St. James Plantation without leaving your home


SOUTHPORT — The St. James Plantation, founded by WWII veteran and North Carolina native Homer Wright, is an award-winning planned community. For many potential guests, however, visiting the Plantation meant a long drive, taking time off from work and making other logistical arrangements. That is, until now. This week St. James Plantation went live with […]

Jason Isbell returns to the Port City, tickets on sale tomorrow


WILMINGTON — Jason Isbell returns to Wilmington after playing a sold-out show at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater last year. Isbell, who is known both for his solo work and his six years fronting Drive-By Truckers, of Athens, Ga., is touring off his 2015 “Something More Than Free,” which won a Grammy Award for Best Americana […]

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