Tractor trailer overturns on ramp near Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

A tractor trailer overturned on an on ramp to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Photo by Christina Haley.

WILMINGTON — Traffic heading onto the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge off South Front Street in Wilmington was still being blocked early Wednesday afternoon, several hours after a tractor trailer overturned on the on-ramp. According to Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief David Hines, the trailer was loaded with dry bulk cement and some product spilled out, but […]


‘Active shooter’ drill set to be conducted Wednesday morning New Hanover Government Center

WILMINGTON  — Emergency vehicles will converge on the New Hanover County Government Center Wednesday morning, but it’s only a test. The county is conducting an active shooter drill at the building Wednesday morning. New Hanover County Spokeswoman Jessica Looper said the drill will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday and will be limited […]


Family of 13-year-old killed in Shallotte wreck: ‘We want him to be remembered as a child that had a big heart’

“Sometimes I cry myself to sleep at night because I miss him so much. I will always love my brother and he will always be in my heart.” -- Hannah-Ruth Smith

Family and friends of Caleb Smith release balloons outside the courthouse following a plea in his death. Photo by Christina Haley.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Thirteen year-old Caleb Smith played many roles in his young life: son, grandson, brother, best friend and a means of support, love, faith and forgiveness for many that knew him. It was his care for others, and his big heart, which led to the situation that took his life a year ago, […]


Ocean Isle Beach teen takes plea for wreck that killed 13-year-old boy

Devin Keither Harris

BRUNSWICK COUNTY —  A Brunswick County teen charged in connection with a Shallotte wreck that killed a 13-year-old Caleb Smith has pleaded guilty in the case. Devin Keither Harris, 19, pleaded guilty Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and interfering with an electronic monitoring device in connection with the […]


Supply man pleads guilty to killing 21-year-old woman in April 2014

William Calvin Steward

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A Supply man will serve at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Iqueisha Tequila Monique Collins in April 2014. William Calvin Steward, 38, pleaded guilty Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court before Judge James Gregory Bell. Along with the murder plea, […]


Give blood in March in celebration of ‘Red Cross Month’

WILMINGTON — March is Red Cross month, and you can join in on the American Red Cross life-saving mission by giving blood. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and who bring hope to people facing emergencies, according to a press release from […]


Wanted murder suspect arrested in February shooting, held without bond

WILMINGTON — U.S. Marshals and Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have arrested a murder suspect wanted in the city. William Shemont Springer, 32, of Wilmington, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 5 shooting death of 28-year-old Montreal Holmes, according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. Holmes was killed in […]


Property revaluations set to be mailed to New Hanover County residents

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Property owners in New Hanover County should expect to get their property revaluation in the mail in the coming days. The New Hanover County Tax Department has completed its 2017 tax revaluation for all properties in the county. Residential property owners are first on the mailing list and will receive a […]


Catch the sights and sounds from the 152nd anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson (video)

Reenactors ready cannons for fire. Photos by Christina Haley.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — There’s still one more day to catch the sights and booming sounds of the “Plunging Shot and Screaming Shell” – The 152nd Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson. Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, located at 8884 St. Phillips Road SE in Winnabow, is hosting the event for one more day […]


Construction set to begin on $5 million bridge project in Wilmington

City officials breaking ground on the Love Grove community bridge project.

WILMINGTON — The City of Wilmington Friday broke ground on a new bridge project in the Love Grove area. It’s one of the largest projects approved by voters in the 2014 Transportation Bond, according to Wilmington’s Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert. The $5 million bridge construction project will provide a second access for Love Grove Community. The […]


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