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? […]

New Wilmington-based service would support small batches of experimental beers

“Before I brew something or put it in a barrel, I can know – is anyone interested? Does anybody want to drink an oyster stout? If I make something with some exotic, expensive hop, is anyone besides me interested in that?”

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WILMINGTON – Craft breweries establish themselves in many ways, but frequently it’s with bolder or more experimental beers. That’s the joy of craft beer – it’s also the risk. Wilmington’s Wide Open Technologies’ new Brewfully website, which launched this week, has a goal to take some of the risk out of the craft beer game, while at […]

Suspect in broad daylight shooting will face the death penalty

Joseph Corbett was brought into court bandaged and in a wheelchair. Police have not said if he was injured during his arrest.

WILMINGTON — Arriving in a wheelchair, Joseph Corbett, the man wanted for a broad-daylight murder on Tuesday, made his first appearance in court on Thursday morning after being arrested by U.S. Marshals. Corbett appeared before 5th District Judge Richard Russell Davis in a wheelchair, his left hand and thumb visibly bandaged. Corbett appeared anxious and […]

As largest ships ever approach Wilmington port, optimism about impact on pork and agriculture

"These are the largest ships to visit Wilmington - they're the largest ships providing consistent service to the east coast."

The Yang-Ming Unity called on the Port of Wilmington on Sunday. Photo Courtesy of NC Ports.

WILMINGTON — A new trade route with Asia will bring massive new ships to the area. Port of Wilmington officials hope the new deal will have a positive impact, specifically on North Carolina’s pork industry. Cliff Pyron, a spokesman for the port said, “the ships on this route are the largest ships to visit Wilmington […]

‘Reversal fatigue’ – Narcan and needle exchanges have saved thousands of lives, but not everyone is on board

"We don’t preach and we don’t judge. We build their trust and they’ll reach out to their mates. That’s how we build a peer-to-peer network. That’s how we can help. That’s just the old-school way we’ve always done it.”

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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? […]

Vivian Howard restaurant could lead the way for new ‘warehouse district’ near Greenfield Lake

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WILMINGTON — Chef Vivian Howard’s new restaurant, Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, will anchor a major commercial development by Greenfield Lake. Developers hope it will become a new facet of Wilmington’s downtown. “All the great southern cities have warehouse districts,” said Terry Espy, president of MoMentum Companies. “Charleston has one, Asheville has one. I think it’s […]

Opioids: An appendix for readers

Note for readers: The conversations around the opioid epidemic are often peppered with technical terms and names. We’ve compiled this appendix of terms and will continue to build it as the series continues.   Buprenorphine – Sold as Subutex in the US, buprenorphine might best be described as a “semi-opioid.” The drug is derived from thebaine, […]

‘This numbs pain’ – The connection between mental health and opioids

"The desire to push things away, to not deal with it, to forget is powerful. Sadly, opioids are probably the best thing for forgetting.”

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Author’s note: Anecdotes and statistics agree, Wilmington is suffering an epidemic of opioid drug use. What remains unclear –– and what this series hopes to clarify –– are fundamental questions about the epidemic. The epidemic does not have one single narrative but, instead, intertwining threads. Street heroin has a different, but related, story to prescription drugs. Likewise, […]