Watch as ‘Chopped Jr.’ chef from Wilmington cooks up signature Moroccan Chicken Wings [Video]

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WILMINGTON — One of the Port City’s youngest and most ambitious chefs will appear on the Food Network’s “Chopped Jr.” this week. Stefano Dongowski will appear in episode “Heads will roll,” but before he makes his television debut, he talked about New York City and the experience of cooking on live television. The young chef has […]

Longtime Supper Optimist Coach readies for another season in local senior softball

Bill Manley has been playing high arc softball for over 40 years. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Senior Softball Association.

WILMINGTON – Seventy-two-year-old Wilmington resident Bill Manley feels like a kid in a candy store each time he’s able to get back on the field as an accomplished senior softball player. The retired, part-time life insurance agent was honored in 2016 by the Wilmington Senior Softball Association (WSSA) and enshrined as a member of the league’s […]

Aspiring young Wilmington chef takes on NYC, ‘Chopped Jr.’ and his own small business

"It's real. Once the cooking starts, it’s a straight-up 30 minutes. It’s really serious."

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  WILMINGTON – The Food Network’s “Chopped” series presents contestants with difficult – and sometimes unappetizing – combinations of ingredients and challenges them to come up with gourmet meals. Thirteen-year-old Stefano Dongowski, who recently competed on the show, said he was up to the challenge. WATCH: Stefano Dongowski teamed up with Port City Daily to […]

Heaven at Half Hell: Greenlands farm reopens store and reinvigorates family farming

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BOLIVIA – Local, seasonal and sustainable: customers are increasingly encouraged to seek out these things but often remain at the mercy of what grocery stores have in stock. Unless, of course, those customers know a farmer. Or where to find a farm store. The Greenlands farm store, located in the area of Bolivia known locally […]

County’s inaugural ‘free wedding’ event begins a new Valentine’s Day tradition

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WILMINGTON — Love was in the air at the New Hanover Country Register of Deeds office on Valentine’s Day. On the sixth floor of the county’s renovated building at 320 Chestnut St., Phillip Garwood and Claire Engelschjon sat nervously while another couple finished up their wedding ceremony. Garwood and Engelschjon were the 13th couple of the […]

Looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift? Send men in hats

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WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Chordsmen are hitting the streets to bring old-school barbershop serenades to the greater Wilmington area. The Chordsmen, a charitable nonprofit, is the Wilmington chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The group offers its “singing valentine” service as one of three major annual fundraising drives. Board member Richard Millard, who directs the […]

Mary’s Gone Wild, where art, charity and God coalesce

“He tells me, ‘listen to me Mary, this isn’t your place. This is my place. You’re doing my work.’ He tells me all time.”

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SUPPLY — Mary’s gone wild, but she’s not crazy. Mary’s Gone Wild is a folk art museum, located on a back road a few miles north of Holden Beach. Owner, artist and Brunswick County native Mary Paulsen has welcomed people from around the world to see her artwork. Paulsen produces two different and distinctive types […]

Catch scenes of Wilmington in Rebekah Todd’s new music video, ‘Hustle’

Rebekah Todd has released a new music video ahead of her new full-length album "Crooked Lines." Photo by Jesse Gagne.

WILMINGTON — This year has proven to be another milestone for local alternative blues and soul musician Rebekah Todd. She released an all new music video on Thursday. Following the release of her new album’s debut song, “Hustle,” Todd released the music video, which features several scenes from the area. The video follows Todd’s successful Kickstarter […]

In the multi-dimensional role of a lifetime, these women show the joys of motherhood and acting

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WILMINGTON — Meet three women with a common bond. They balance the dicey demands of acting, with the multi-dimensional role of a lifetime – being a mom. Between them, Alisa Harris, Maggie Miller, and Nina Repeta have four sons; all under the age of 10. They’ll be appearing onstage in Thalian Hall’s Pied Piper Children’s […]

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Wilmington Hospice advocate launches new podcast, ‘Death by Design’, to help normalize discussions about end of life

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WILMINGTON — Longtime hospice and end-of-life advocate Kimberly C. Paul has launched a new podcast to help normalize conversations about death, dying and end of life. In “Death by Design,” available online at, Paul, a Wilmington resident, talks to people from around the world about their personal death experiences and the life-affirming benefits of […]

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