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 […]

Local favorites L-Shape Lot, Signal Fire to anchor Airlie Gardens ‘Summer Concert Series’


WILMINGTON — Airlie Gardens has announced its ‘Summer Concert Series’ line-up of local and regional acts, as well as an improved solution for the limited parking available at the gardens. The summer series will kick off Friday, May 19, with North Carolina singer-songwriter Ellison. Ellison has toured North America and Japan, playing both covers and […]

Escape to the Mighty Five in Utah: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Travel and destination photographer T.J. Drechsel, a Wilmington resident, just visited five national parks in Utah, where he encountered the surreal tableau of arches, alcoves, hoodoos, and epic canyons.

Arches National Park. Photos courtesy T.J. Drechsel

UTAH — The Mighty Five, as it is referred to by adventure seekers from around the globe, is fast becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in America. Five of the country’s most beautiful national parks are all located in a small geographical area within the state of Utah, yet each one is so […]

Wilmington filmed horror movie ‘The Terrible Two’ to be screened

Billy Lewis wrote and directed his latest film "The Terrible Two." Photos courtesy- Orange St. Films.

WILMINGTON — Get ready for Thalian Hall to become a scream-fest. Local filmmaker Billy Lewis is planning a special screening of his new paranormal thriller, “The Terrible Two,” in the historic downtown venue on Thursday. In a time when the future of film making looks increasingly bleak in a place once called “Hollywood East,” Lewis is […]

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 […]

UNCW Professor helps film students, others, find their way in Wilmington’s new economy [Video]

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WILMINGTON – Over one-third of Professor Suzanne Altobello’s business class students are film majors. That tells you something about Wilmington, but also something about what attracts students to Altobello’s class. “Some of these students went into the film program when it was still a vibrant industry here,” said Altobello. “I think some of them have […]

Former superior court judge takes plea after federal bribery, corruption charges vacated for new trial

RALEIGH — Former North Carolina Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones II has pleaded guilty to promising payment to an FBI Task Force Officer in exchange for his wife’s text messages. This after earlier convictions on paying bribes, paying gratuities and attempting to corrupt an official proceeding were vacated. U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce recently announced the […]

Car accident leaves young Hampstead family in need of help

Collin McClearn and his new baby, Abigail. Photo courtesy- Briana Moyer.

HAMPSTEAD – No words can describe how tragedy can change the course of a person’s life in an instant. For 23-year-old Collin McClearn, a routine work task turned his family’s journey upside down in mere seconds last month when he was involved in a car accident. According to state Department of Transportation records, McClearn was […]