International biomarine conference comes to Wilmington

International leaders in marine biology will visit UNCW's CREST research facility Monday as part of a global convention in Wilmington.

The world’s leaders in biotech innovation are converging on the Port City. Monday, the sixth annual BioMarine Business Convention will wrap up this year’s program of events with three days of sessions in Wilmington. This is the first time the convention has been held in the U.S. Leaders from 16 countries–Canada, Iceland, Ireland, the United […]

NHRMC has new stroke program medical director

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Physician Group – Neurology has welcomed a new member to their group. Dr. James S. McKinney, who specializes in vascular neurology, will care for inpatients at the medical center’s main campus and will also serve as the medical director of the NHRMC stroke program. “Dr. McKinney brings a level […]

Virginia brewery Devils Backbone to take over local taps

Bottle shop Bombers Bev Co. will be adding Devils Backbone beers--and will let the Virginia brewery take over its taps tonight. Photo by Hilary Snow.

A Virginia brewery inspired by European tradition is bringing its handcrafted beer to Wilmington. In a first for North Carolina, Devils Backbone is stocking its brews in area bottle shops and pubs. To celebrate this latest expansion, the company is hosting 10 days of tap takeovers and samplings across town beginning tonight (Tuesday). “We are […]

Duke Energy, state reach $20M coal ash settlement

One of two coal ash ponds at the Sutton site, where vegetation has grown naturally on parts of the dried-out pond.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality reached an estimated $20 million settlement with Duke Energy today that holds the company accountable for groundwater contamination at all of its 14 coal ash facilities and requires accelerated cleanup of groundwater at four contamination sites—including the Sutton plant near Wilmington. According to a release from the Department […]

Duke Energy grant to support free STEM program at Children’s Museum

The Duke Energy will allow the Children's Museum to house a new STEM program aimed at first graders. Photo courtesy Children's Museum of Wilmington.

A local museum is gearing up to help illuminate young thinkers, thanks to a grant from Duke Energy Foundation. Earlier this month, the foundation gave $40,000 to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington to create Bright Minds, a flagship program focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grant will allow area first-graders to take […]

New guide to local craft beer scene hits stands

'Wilmington Ale Trail,' a print publication and website, offers up details on the Port City's growing number of breweries and bottle shops. Photo courtesy Jeremy Tomlinson.

A new publication dedicated to all things craft beer has hit local newsstands. Jeremy Tomlinson, co-owner of Port City Brew Bus, and his wife, Emily, a graphic designer, recently launched “Wilmington Ale Trail,” a print guide and website aimed at promoting the Cape Fear’s burgeoning brewery scene. “Every major town that has ‘x’ amount of […]

Two nonprofits merge to provide better service for job seekers

District Attorney Ben David, left, along with organization leaders, unveil the banner of a new organization to help those in need find jobs, Photo by Christina Haley.

Two non-profit organizations dedicated to helping those in need find employment opportunities, have merged  to form one organization to provide a better service for the Cape Fear region. Hometown Hires, a program previously under the United Way of the Cape Fear Area, has joined Phoenix Employment Ministry to have a greater impact on the local […]

Gourmet breakfast house planned for Wrightsville Beach area

Charlotte-based chain Famous Toastery will open up in the former Havana's Restaurant on Wrightsville Avenue later this year. Courtesy photo.

A popular North Carolina-born gourmet breakfast house is opening near Wrightsville Beach. Diane and Joe Kloiber and their son, Joe Jr., have decided to locate their Famous Toastery franchise in the former Havana’s Restaurant, 6722 Wrightsville Ave. The Havana’s in Carolina Beach remains open. The Kloibers, who reside in Charlotte but spend a lot of […]

Rheumatologist joins NHRMC Physician Group

Dr. Guy Fiocco has joined NHRMC Physicians Group as its rheumatologist. Courtesy photo.

A rheumatologist has joined the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Physician Group. Dr. Guy P. Fiocco is the first rheumatologist to join the Physician Group, according to Claire Parker, spokeswoman for New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC). Fiocco brings more than 30 years’ experience in specialized care of rheumatic diseases and conditions such as osteoarthritis, […]

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