FDA investigating Hepatitis A cases related to frozen strawberries


The FDA announced this week that it is continuing to investigate a Hepatitis A outbreak in Virginia and surrounding states, including North Carolina. The investigation began in early August when the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) investigated a cluster of Hepatitis A cases in Virginia. The outbreak was linked to the International Company for Agricultural […]

Blue Ribbon Commission celebrates its successes with Wilmington’s youth and makes plans for the coming year


WILMINGTON — After successfully guiding thirty Wilmington youth into the job market, the organization dedicated to preventing youth violence in the city is looking forward to another successful year. The Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC) held an open house Wednesday, sharing its programs with the public and outlining its plans for […]

Wilmington choir taking its Christmas concert on the road to New York City’s Lincoln Center

WILMINGTON — A Port City tradition is getting the chance to shine at Lincoln Center in New York City. The First Baptist Church Chancel Choir has performed an annual Christmas concert for 22 years. This year, they are taking it on the road. The choir will perform as part of Lincoln Center’s Distinguished Concerts International […]

Meet the students from E.A. Laney’s Students Against Violence Everywhere chapter, Allstate Foundation grant recipients


WILMINGTON — The E.A. Laney High School chapter of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) won an Allstate Foundation grant last week and met on Monday, Oct. 31, to celebrate and plan for the coming year. The biweekly meeting allowed students to review their recent volunteer efforts in the community. Several members had attended the  YMCA’s […]

Brunswick County residents now eligible for FEMA aid

A screenshot provided by the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation shows the Whiteville substation during Hurricane Matthew.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Residents in hurricane-ravaged Brunswick County will now be getting some help from FEMA. Brunswick County, which saw catastrophic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, started receiving assistance from the federal agency on Oct. 10. However, that funding was limited to support for county and local government agencies. The new FEMA announcement […]

2017 Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest is open to submissions from all over


WILMINGTON — The North Carolina Azalea Festival organizers are offering young students a chance to be part of a 70-year tradition and hope they’ll be part of the next 70 years. The Children’s Art Contest, founded in 2010, asks students to provide an artistic answer to the question: “what does the Azalea Festival mean to […]

Update: Waterline bypass completed, but conservation still requested

The repair site of the broken water main in Brunswick County on  Oct. 28. Courtesy of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.

BOLIVIA, NC – The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority announced the completion of a bypass for the waterline that ruptured nearly two weeks ago, but water conservation remains a priority. The bypass completed today reconnects the Kings Bluff Pump Station to several treatments plants in the Cape Fear area. However, the CFPUA is emphasizing that […]

“An Evening Ride on the Carousel” benefit to support Wilmington’s Carousel Center


WILMINGTON — It will be a good time for a good cause when the Port City Design Group hosts a catered evening of entertainment. The Nov. 18 event will support the Carousel Center, a Wilmington group dedicated to supporting abused and neglected children. The non-profit children’s advocacy group opened downtown in 2000 and is accredited […]

Emsley A. Laney High School student group SAVE receives Allstate Foundation Grant


WILMINGTON — Students at a Wilmington high school will have a helping hand in their efforts to prevent school violence. Emsley A. Laney High School is one of 20 chapters of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) selected to share a $75,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation. SAVE is a national nonprofit dedicating to promoting school […]

Local writer and director’s independent film “Baphomet” starts filming in Wilmington this week


WILMINGTON — The film incentives may be gone but the Port City still has an active film-making scene. The independent thriller “Baphomet” starts shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 2., in Wilmington and the Cape Fear area. A cast and crew of Wilmingtonians will film throughout the month of November. Writer and director Alex Sinesi said Wilmington […]