Local groups provide support for people with autism—including adults

Most people associate autism with children: an autism diagnosis is usually given in early childhood, and children with the condition then navigate their way through the school system. But like all children, kids with autism grow up—but their challenges don’t disappear. “When they become adults, they still have that need for ongoing support,” said Beth […]

UPDATE: One dead, one injured in Monkey Junction shooting

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UPDATED at 8:23 P.M. WILMINGTON — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic situation that left one person dead Tuesday afternoon in Monkey Junction. According to a press release from New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer,  sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at 5229 Woods Edge Rd today for shots […]

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 […]

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee announce fan-voted Charleston, South Carolina location

The paws4people foundation visited Bitty & Beau's Coffee on Wednesday to raise awareness about their work. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

WILMINGTON — Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, the local favorite responsible for keeping Rachael Ray caffeinated, has announced the result of its month-long search for a second home. Owners Ben and Amy Wright announced in late February that they would be taking fan suggestions for the location of a second family-run location throughout March. Monday morning, […]

Inside the 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race (photos/video)

Participants get under way at the 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — The 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race stand-up paddleboard (SUP) race kicked off this morning in front of a large crowd and rough seas. Despite the ocean conditions, racers braved the 13.2 mile race around Wrightsville Beach. The “Graveyard Race” began Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m. in front of hundreds of […]

4th annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival begins this weekend

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WILMINGTON – The fourth annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival begins this Sunday, kicking off three weeks of films. Hosted by Thalian Hall, the United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington and the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival will present “A World of Jewish Film.” The festival will feature weeknight films with coffee and dessert receptions and Sunday matinees catered […]

Tregembo Animal Park open for business, despite complaints from PETA

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WILMINGTON — Southeastern North Carolina’s oldest Zoo, Tregembo Animal Park, came under fire this week when PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the well-being of the parks animals. The complaint from PETA states that “an eyewitness recently documented animals in cramped cages […]

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