This Wilmington virtual reality company wants to change the way you see cannabis culture

"There are so many problems hemp and cannabis can help address. But here’s the thing - the usual messenger for this kind of information, that kind of stereotypical dreadlocked college kid, that makes it easy for people to laugh off and basically ignore. This technology is going to help change that."

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WILMINGTON – Behind a narrow door on the ninth floor of the Murchison building, the Cannabis Virtual Reality Network is gearing up to launch what its founder calls a revolutionary program. Cannabis Virtual Reality Network (CVRN) promises a subscription-based service for 360-degree and virtual reality (VR) content based around cannabis culture, the first of the […]

‘Wilmington is a heroin town’ – the rise and return of heroin in the opioid crisis

"[T]he real story is that a lot of good doctors who were simply ignorant about addiction started cutting back. And a lot of people who were already hooked suddenly were left in the lurch.”

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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, […]

Could movies be returning? Governor Roy Cooper’s budget would reinstate tax incentives

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RALEIGH — After making it a cornerstone of his gubernatorial campaign, Governor Roy Cooper was silent about the film tax incentive program for months. His budget proposal breaks that silence, suggesting a return to the program that has been widely credited with sustaining the area’s film industry. Cooper’s budget calls for the conversion of the […]

Beyond ‘bad hombres’ – border visit opens Rouzer’s eyes to ‘humanitarian’ immigration issues

"Actually going there is like going from black and white television to 3D.”

WILMINGTON – Last week Congressman David Rouzer traveled to the Texas-Mexico border. The trip, he said, changed the way he saw the issue of border security and immigration. Congressman Rouzer was part of a caucus of Republicans inspecting border security measures along a 160-mile route from McAllen to Laredo. The group, which included Senators John […]

5 things Wilmington wants from the North Carolina General Assembly

City Council addressed film, the opioid crisis, education funding and the upcoming budget. These requests will in large part shape the relationship between Wilmington and Raleigh in the coming year.

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WILMINGTON – With the general assembly entering its long session in Raleigh, the City of Wilmington took the opportunity to gather state representatives and lay out its wish list for the coming legislative year. Many of the issues are longstanding, but several specific requests came out the meeting. City Council addressed film, the opioid crisis, […]

Opioids, ‘one of the most frightening issues of our time’

“It’s one of the most frightening issues of our time. It’s also one of the most important." --- Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo

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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. […]

Take a tour of Cape Fear Community College’s $33 million ‘technology job’ center

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CASTLE HAYNE – Cape Fear Community College’s new North Campus development, aimed at preparing students for jobs in emerging technology fields, is nearly complete. The CFCC Advanced and Emerging Technologies Center features 127,000 square feet of laboratory and lecture space. The $33 million project began broke ground in October 2015 and will be completed on […]

New shipping route will connect Wilmington to Europe’s largest ports

"To have the top two container carriers in the world come together and provide service options for us on the transatlantic and transpacific side is pretty special.”

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WILMINGTON – The region’s commercial ties to northern Europe will be strengthened with the addition of the Port of Wilmington to a major transatlantic route. Starting April 1, the new route will bring a weekly container vessel to Wilmington on its way from northern Europe to New York. The route is operated by the 2M network, a […]

Bitty & Beau’s announces expansion location will be chosen by fans

"We love the idea of going global – someday. But for now we’re talking about the United States."

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WILMINGTON – Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is planning a major expansion, where its new location will be, however, requires a little help from friends. The coffee shop posted an announcement on its Facebook page asking fans nationwide to weigh in on where the next Bitty & Beau’s location should be. Amy Wright told Port City Daily […]