New brewery-restaurant to champion all things local, especially oysters

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WILMINGTON – With a dozen craft breweries in the area, and more on the way, it is becoming increasingly important for new businesses to set themselves apart. Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s owner Jud Watkins hopes his new establishment’s dedication to all things local will do just that. “When we started thinking about this, there was one […]


Breaking a curse? Lifelong cooks believe they can make it happen in College Road spot

"And once they try the food, they'll realize we're doing something special. It'll be worth it for them to come back."

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WILMINGTON — The restaurant space at 1016 S. College Road has seen a lot businesses open and then close, sometimes in less than a year. Konstantinos Fontanas and his wife, Carlene, are hoping to change that trend with KC’s Good Times Diner, which opened several weeks ago. In the last six years, the space has […]


Could algae be used to cure disease? The answer could be right here in Wilmington

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  WILMINGTON – There is a quarter of a billion dollars on the table, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington has one of the best seats. UNCW and the Marine Biology in North Carolina Center (MARBIONC) were recently named as part of the $250 million National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMB) […]


With massive protester turnout, Carolina Beach shuts down helicopter tours

"I like win-win situations. I look for them I work hard for them. But I don't see that here." - Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox.

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  CAROLINA BEACH — The Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, was packed with protesters, overflowing into the parking lot where people listened to the proceedings over the loudspeaker. So many vehicles arrived that Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey had to intervene, preventing tow trucks from clearing the lot. It appeared that Alex […]


Wilmington International Airport flying high after record year

" ... as we got closer, we were all thinking that we might beat 2010. We didn’t want to talk about it out loud, of course, until the final numbers came in the other day.”

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WILMINGTON – Wilmington International Airport (ILM) had a record-breaking year in 2016, beating its previous record set in 2010. Airport Director Julie Wilsey told Port City Daily, “We were pretty confident in November that we would beat 2015, but as we got closer, we were all thinking that we might beat 2010. We didn’t want […]


Dosher Memorial Hospital takes aim at ‘community wellness’

Population Health Improvement Partners Senior Director Donna Albertone (center) announced a $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment for Dosher Memorial Hospital on Tuesday. Joining Albertone (from left) are Dr. Scott Starks, Dosher Hospital Board trustee, and Tom Siemers hospital president and CEO.

SOUTHPORT — Dosher Memorial Hospital is expanding efforts to improve the health of the residents in its area with the launching of the Brunswick County Community Wellness Coalition. The coalition has been made possible thanks to a $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment, of Charlotte. More details about what the program will become are due […]


The challenges of fresh, local and sustainable seafood; behind the scenes at Farmin’ Brands

"What we really care about,” said Mairs, “is getting the best possible fish to people."

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  WILMINGTON – Fresh, local and sustainable – those were the buzzwords when the Farmin’ on Front grocery store opened in November in downtown Wilmington. These simple-sounding ideals are at the forefront of modern cuisine, from the seafood counter at grocery stores to the menus of the best local restaurants. But the reality behind this ethos […]


Business heats up at Port of Wilmington Cold Storage

"Everything in the Cold Storage facility is built for expansion - we’re ready."

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WILMINGTON – The Port of Wilmington Cold Storage facility is bigger and colder than anything most people have ever seen or felt. And for businesses small and large, it is starting to heat up. The Cold Storage facility is a massive, 3 billion cubic foot facility, divided into a refrigerated loading and storage dock, a […]


Vertex Railcar partners with NourishNC to help feed hungry children

WILMINGTON — Vertex Outreach Services, a subsidiary of Vertex Railcar Corporation, has awarded NourishNC with a grant of $30,724. With this grant, Vertex Outreach Services will be sponsoring NourishNC’s Backpack Program for children at Rachel Freeman Elementary School and the Dorothy B. Johnson Pre-K Center. The grant will provide healthy food to 65 hungry children […]


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Wilmington Kmart closing in March; employees remain mum as liquidation is expected to start Friday

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WILMINGTON — Sears Holdings announced in a press release on Wednesday, Jan. 4, that it would be closing more “non-profitable” stores. Wednesday’s release listed 78 Kmart stores and 26 Sears stores nationwide. This is in addition to closings announced in late December (a complete list of closures is available here). Most stores, including the Wilmington location, will […]


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