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 […]

Cape Fear Halloween Comic Con comes to the Coast Line Center in Wilmington


WILMINGTON — “The Walking Dead” alumni, WCW legend Papa Stro Maestro and the original TV Spider-Man will all be at the Coast Line Conference and Convention Center this Saturday, Oct. 28. Rob Kellum (aka Papa Stro Maestro) will serve as Grand Marshall of the 2016 Cape Fear Halloween Comic Con, joining several famous zombies from AMC’s […]

Voter Briefing: Facts and figures from the 2016 Wilmington Parks Bond


What is the vote about? The 2016 Parks Bond is the first major funding referendum to improve the City of Wilmington’s parks and recreation facilities since 2006. The vote would provide nearly two-thirds of the total $61 million in parks improvements planned for the Port City. The construction and improvements are expected to be completed […]

TNT’s “Good Behavior” Returns to Wilmington for Reshoots in Mayfaire and Downtown

Michelle Dockery of the television show'Good Behavior.' Cast and crew from the show are returning to Wilmington to re-shoot scenes at various locations ahead of the series return Nov. 15.

WILMINGTON — “Good Behavior,” TNT’s 10-part adaptation of the novella series from Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines) returns to the Port City Nov. 7-9 to re-shoot scenes ahead of the series premiere on Nov. 15. The drama, staring Michelle Dockery, will shoot downtown on Front Street at the City Limits Saloon on Monday, Nov. 7, from […]

Dual haunted houses at Bellamy Mansion offer antique horror this Halloween weekend


Time travel can be dangerous – or at least scary – business, as anyone brave enough to visit “Hell’s Belles and the Colonial Damned” this weekend will find out. The haunted houses, hosted by the Bellamy Mansion Museum, promise “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties.” The Burgwin-Wright House will feature the ‘Colonial Damned,’ with eighteenth […]

‘Distinguished’ Charter Day School science teacher knows how to serve his students

David Johnson leads his class at Charter Day School in Leland in October, 2016.

LELAND — David Johnson, who won the North Carolina Science Teachers Association “Distinguished Service Award” at the annual ceremony last week in Goldsboro, always wanted to teach in a way that truly engaged students. The NCSTA Award recognized The Charter Day School teacher’s ability to put that desire into practice. Johnson’s seventh-grade science class is academically […]