Drugs found in system of driver in deadly River Road crash; Good Samaritan recovering

A giant poster and card were set up on a wall in the waiting area of Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn in Carolina Beach last week. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

The driver involved in a fatal crash on River Road on April 24 was found to have “multiple prescription and illegal narcotics in her system,” according to a search warrant filed by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Twenty-nine-year-old Melissa Ann Henderson of Wilmington¬†was driving a white SUV on River Road toward Carolina Beach around […]

Airlie Gardens celebrates National Public Gardens Day, starts summer exhibit

Local artist Andy Cobb works on one of the frog sculptures that make up "Ribbit the Exhibit." Courtesy of New Hanover County.

Airlie Gardens is opening its gates free to the public from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in celebration of National Public Gardens Day. In addition to free admission to the 67-acre historic gardens, there will be book readings and signings by author Anne Russell and illustrator Alexandra Morse, both locals. According […]

Jewish film fest continues with Mother’s Day, Israeli independence selections


The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival picks back up Sunday with a special homage to moms. The third-annual screening event kicked off May 1-4 with a host of shorts and feature-length documentaries, dramas, comedies and thrillers, including one in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. It gets back underway on Mother’s Day with the aptly themed selection, […]

Closing arguments set for Thursday in police officer’s manslaughter trial

Closing arguments in the bench trial of a Southport police officer charged in the shooting death of a mentally ill teen were delayed Wednesday for the court to hear arguments for jury instruction. Bryon Vassey, 46, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal, a mentally ill teen diagnosed with schizophrenia. […]

Proposed Airlie Road rezoning continued until September

Parking lot across from Dockside Restaurant on Airlie Road. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

After a lengthy public hearing and discussion, Wilmington City Council members decided to continue a controversial rezoning request along Airlie Road until their first meeting in September, asking the developers and the community to work more closely together to find a compromise. The request was previously continued from council’s March 1 meeting. Owners of properties […]

Cause of Kings Beach Store fire undetermined but not suspicious

A fire destroyed Kings Beach Store in Wrightsville Beach on Friday afternoon. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

The cause of the fire that destroyed a landmark waterfront business and caused thick smoke to fill the blue skies over Wrightsville Beach Friday afternoon is still unknown, according to a release from Wrightsville Beach Fire Chief Glen Rogers. Firefighters from the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue […]

Police open homicide investigation after gunshot victim dies

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have opened a homicide investigation after a shooting victim died in the hospital over the weekend. Lavar Demond Riley Jr., 32, of Wilmington, died Saturday¬†from an injury he sustained in a shooting reported the day before, according to police spokeswoman Cathryn Linsday. The shooting happened in the 1000 block […]

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