One man’s trash is another’s treasure: Public Archaeology Corps invites everyone to salvage history

"Archaeology is very much a thing here in Southeastern North Carolina. It doesn’t just happen in Egypt or Greece, you can come down here to Princess Street and see it being done."

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  SOUTHEASTERN, NORTH CAROLINA — Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty; unleash your inner archaeologist. A local non-profit organization is working to connect the Wilmington-area community with professional archaeologists and historians to salvage pieces of history on private land. Public Archaeology Corps, led by Executive Director and local archaeologist Jon Schleier, right now […]

Leland’s lightning bolt, Steven Linkous, readies for Colorado Rockies Spring Training (w/audio interview)

Steven Linkous heads to Scottsdale, Arizona, for spring training in late February.

WILMINGTON — A childhood dream was realized for Steven Linkous when his named was called on day three of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft in June. Now, the Leland native and former UNCW standout is gearing up for a late February trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, and Spring Training as part of the Colorado Rockies organization. Linkous […]

Climbing TekMountain: Laney High student gets ‘dream’ meeting, and philosophical discussion, with CEO

“What we need are young people to make good choices, to lead, to do the next thing, to not have a plan, to not be afraid.”

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WILMINGTON — TekMountain CEO Brett Martin relaxed in a chair, talking with Laney High School student Sam Weaver. “We’re just talking about life,” Martin said. “Talking about the world.” Martin had agreed to a sit down with Weaver to discuss business development of Weaver’s robotics team, the Wired Wizards. For Martin, who is also the […]

Orange Theory owners talk about the challenges of running a franchise business

"We didn’t really know what challenges we’d face, and there were more than we thought there’d be.”

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WILMINGTON — Orange Theory Fitness opened in April of last year and has over 500 members. It is, by many measures, a successful business. But according to owners Susan and Dustin Gross, the business still has a long way to go. Port City Daily caught up with the Grosses, who also run a Rise Biscuit […]

A-list comedians, fantasy sports and everything in-between, Wilmington’s ‘My Fantasy Wife’ podcast finds success

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WILMINGTON — After two years of week-in-week-out toil in a spare-bedroom-turned-production studio, Wilmington-based “My Fantasy Wife” podcast has celebrated its 100th episode, audience growth and more. The sports-meets-comedy-meets-marriage podcast was born by accident. “My original podcast idea was to interview people with ‘normal’ jobs but unusual hobbies,” founder and co-host Blaire Postman explains. “One of my […]

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Out of the darkness, into the light: Fort Apache and the art of second chances (and the final resting place of Herbie the Love Bug)

"It's just unbelievable what people throw away. I'm happy to save it, make something out of it."

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SUPPLY – Fort Apache, like its owner and operator, is all about second chances. On a stretch of Brunswick county back road, a 28-acre compound is mostly hidden behind high wooden walls. In the front yard are an exceptional number of toilets, vintage cars and two buses, covered in anti-drug paraphernalia. Through a chain-link fence, […]

‘Sweat equity’ – Wilmington woman gets new home with lots of work and lots of help

"When the walls went up, I could see it. Rooms for my girls. A house. Our house."

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WILMINGTON — Not long after dawn on Saturday, Jan. 14, volunteers from the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity started congregating on the 600 block of Harnett St. in the downtown area. Workers and volunteers gathered for the wall-raising ceremony of Samantha Aryeetey and her two daughters, although the event was more construction site than ceremony. […]

Well-traveled artist Tatyana Kulida still calls Wilmington home

“Wilmington and Florence, they are like different planets. Wilmington is peaceful, a gentle pace of things. In Italy, it was very go-go-go."

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Tatyana Kulida left Crimea when she was just 17, leaving for the United States with little more than a suitcase. “It was 1998, not very long after the collapse of the Soviet Union,” Kulida said. “A lot of students were working hard at English because there were opportunities in the United States. It probably sounds […]