City sets deal, sells air rights for Water Street development

The city-owned Water Street Parking Deck between Grace and Chestnut streets downtown is slated for redevelopment, but details are still afloat. File photo by Ben Brown.

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Plans for the redevelopment of the Water Street Parking Deck are beginning to move forward after a public hearing on the purchase and development agreement for the project was held during last week’s Wilmington City Council meeting. Terms of the deal include selling air rights and leasing land to Water Street Ventures, a limited liability […]


Out with the old, in with the new: WFD celebrates its newest fire engine

The new Engine 4 rolls-in to the WFD Headquarters on Market Street during a ceremony on Tuesday. Photo by Christina Haley.

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An afternoon downpour didn’t stop a group of firefighters and their families from rolling in the Wilmington Fire Department’s newest fire engine Tuesday. With a group of kids riding in the front of Wilmington’s new addition to the squad – a 2015 Pierce Velocity Pumper Engine – firefighters pushed the sides and back of the […]


Battleship latest Wilmington landmark to earn national acclaim

As of Monday afternoon, Battleship North Carolina held the fourth spot on USA Today's list of top 20 museum ships in the country. File photo.

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Wilmington is in the running for yet another national superlative, this time around for the historic landmark that lines the Cape Fear River. The city that boasts the nation’s best riverfront and al fresco dining – and owns bragging rights for being a draw for beer drinkers and small businesses alike, among other accolades – is […]


Murder trial set for ’09 death that was a cold case for 5 years

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A Texas man charged with the 2009 murder of a 20-year-old man will face trial next month. Larry Karl Gonzales, 53, will face a first-degree murder charge in New Hanover County Superior Court at his trial, which is scheduled to begin on July 25, according to Samantha Dooies, assistant to District Attorney Ben David. Gonzales […]


Historic Wilmington Foundation’s salvage shop to be featured in HGTV show

A couple searching for the perfect historic home will make a trip to HWF's salvage shop during an upcoming episode of HGTV's 'Hunting Vintage.' Courtesy photos.

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A small but dedicated local preservation group will soon be under a national spotlight. Historic Wilmington Foundation’s (HWF’s) Legacy Architectural Salvage shop will be featured in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Hunting Vintage,” foundation executive director George Edwards said. Crews with “Hunting Vintage” traveled to Wilmington in early February to film at a local home […]


Second annual sobriety concert to offer free admission, festival feel

Nyla Cione addresses the audience at last year's Recovery Rock Fest. This time around, the musician and promoter  is planning  the celebration of clean living as a free event at an outdoor venue. Courtesy photo.

A concert celebrating sobriety is making its return to Wilmington and this time around, its goal is to wipe out ticket costs altogether. Recovery Rock Fest, the brainchild of local musician and promoter Nyla Cione, made its debut in August 2015 at UNC-Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium. While a successful first attempt – more than 200 turned […]


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