‘Senators’ sons’ – Now that opioid victims look more like lawmakers, what will they do?

“You ask me the question now, as to whether or not we’re having the discussion of decriminalization and treatment versus incarceration is because the users look more like senators’ sons and prosecutors’ kids – the answer is 'yes.' Absolutely yes." District Attorney Ben David

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

10 questions with Rob Zombie’s guitarist John 5 before his solo show in Wilmington

"In a small show, I can put my head down and it can rest on someone’s head...I love that stuff. Because when I was a kid, I would go so people that were in major bands that were playing tiny shows, in small clubs. And I will never, ever forget those shows."

John 5 will play the Calico Room in downtown Wilmington on April 1. (Courtesy Natalie Camillo, Adrenaline PR)

WILMINGTON — John William Lowery, better know as John 5, loves guitar. Lowery, who took on the moniker John 5 when playing with Marilyn Manson in 1998, has also played with David Lee Roth, Lynyrd Skynyrd and – most recently – Rob Zombie. When he is not touring, Lowery’s love of eclectic guitar styles has […]

Going to the Wells Fargo Championship? Here’s how parking will work

Google Maps has highlighted areas where parking will be available for Wells Fargo Championship.

WILMINGTON – With less than 50 days to go before the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship comes to Wilmington, tournament officials this week announced locations for parking, shuttle services and will-call sites for when the event arrives in early May at Eagle Point Golf Club in Porters Neck. The tournament is May 1-7. Designated shuttle service to […]

Distancing himself from President Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, Congressman Walter Jones calls healthcare repeal attempt ‘shameful’

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WASHINGTON, DC — House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his American Health Care Act from the floor of the house on Friday afternoon before a vote could be held. Despite last minute amendments and pressure from President Donald Trump, Ryan could not assemble the votes needed to pass the repeal of major Affordable Care Act provisions. […]

Taking babies from mommies – Opioids’ impact on families

The opioid epidemic in Wilmington destroys the lives of users and drives violent crime across town. But the youngest victims are the children caught in between parents struggling with opioids and the social service struggling to protect them. County officials are underfunded and backlogged, but a bigger – and more surprising – culprit is the recent proliferation of private treatment centers.

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

Flu decreasing, but still hanging around the Wilmington area

Cases of the flu are decreasing, but the season still has a few months to go.

Even with spring on the horizon, flu is still widespread in North Carolina and taking a toll on the elderly. First, the good news. Flu cases have dropped, according to the North Carolina Weekly Influenza Surveillance Summary released Thursday, March 16, by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Statewide, there were 501 cases […]

Rock’n’roll, cocktails and ambrosia – Cape Fear Museum is throwing a ‘Patio Party’

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WILMINGTON – Pink flamingos, manicured lawns, whiskey cocktails – and, yes, ambrosia salad – are coming to the Cape Fear Museum this week. The museum will host its “Patio Party” to celebrate the opening of “Pools, Patios and the Invention of the American Backyard,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institute. The exhibit […]

Opioids: ‘Addressing demand is the only way to stop this’

"One of the most important things I’d like people to know is that treatment works. It might take one or two times, but it works. It might be the only thing that really does.” - North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein

A serious accident at Independence Boulevard and Oleader Drive  sent five people to the hospital this morning, including two children. Police are still on the scene.

Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

New Wilmington-based service would support small batches of experimental beers

“Before I brew something or put it in a barrel, I can know – is anyone interested? Does anybody want to drink an oyster stout? If I make something with some exotic, expensive hop, is anyone besides me interested in that?”

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WILMINGTON – Craft breweries establish themselves in many ways, but frequently it’s with bolder or more experimental beers. That’s the joy of craft beer – it’s also the risk. Wilmington’s Wide Open Technologies’ new Brewfully website, which launched this week, has a goal to take some of the risk out of the craft beer game, while at […]