Meet some talented service dogs and the Wilmington couple who provide them for free (video)

These service dogs are trained for years. They can do laundry, get food and drink from the fridge, find a ringing phone and much more. The training can cost upwards of $40,000, but this Wilmington non-profit has been providing service dogs at no cost for two decades.

Pat Hairston (left) and Angel (right). Angel went through the training program, but ended up being the official matriarch at Canines for Service. (Port City Daily photo / BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

WILMINGTON – Service and therapy dogs provide a wealth of benefits for people with disabilities, but training takes considerable time and money. That cost can put a service dog out of reach for many of those in need. And that’s why, for the last 20 years, a Wilmington group has worked to provide service dogs […]

To save Masonboro Island, this group is taking a whole generation to experience what it offers

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY – Against the constant drumbeat of construction and expansion in the area, Masonboro Island is a distinct counterpoint: undeveloped, uninhabited and untouched. But not, as many locals know, unthreatened. Tom Hackler, who serves on the board of, told Port City Daily his organization has spent the better part of the last […]

Local organic produce is expensive, here’s how to grow your own

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WILMINGTON — Farm to table cuisine revolves around two interlocking ideas: environmental sustainability and good tasting food. It’s the philosophy pushing the Wilmington food scene, but it’s also expensive. As Chef Craig Love of Surf House told Port City Daily in a recent interview, the philosophy has to do with how food gets on your plate. […]

Here are all the places to eat during the Azalea Festival street fair

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WILMINGTON — There are many reasons to check out the Azalea Festival this weekend, but one of the best is the street food. The street fair will feature 21 food vendors this year, including some several regional and local favorites. Among the local vendors will be Wilmington’s Poor Piggy’s BBQ, the area’s first food truck for barbecue, […]

Cape Fear’s first toilet bowl is aflush with history

An 18th Century toilet bowl is now on display at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. (Photo by Christina Haley.)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Plunge into history with Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s newest exhibit, a colonial-era toilet bowl now on display at the site’s museum. This circa 1760s artifact is possibly the first archaeological evidence of indoor plumbing in the lower Cape Fear region, according to Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site Manager Jim McKee. It’s the […]

Letter from dad inspires local runner to first-place finish at Wrightsville Beach Marathon


WILMINGTON – The motivation one may use to fuel themselves in an athletic competition varies from person to person. For Wilmington resident Erin Hogston, a letter penned by her late father while he was stationed overseas – found just days before this weekend’s race – helped provide reassurance that dad was watching. Racing conditions were about […]

‘Me-wow!’ Wilmington might be getting its first ‘cat cafe’

"It's a chance for these cats, who might not get adopted or even seen, to get some exposure, and for people to fall in love with them."

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WILMINGTON — Delia Valenti Eveland, a self-described “crazy cat lady,” has wanted Wilmington to have its own “cat café” for a long time. So, she’s going to build one. Eveland moved from Guatamala to North Carolina about 12 years ago. She came to Wilmington to attend Cape Fear Community College and then University at North […]

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