SBI, sheriff’s office investigating death of female inmate

State and local authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was reportedly held at the Brunswick County Jail. Deputies discovered 35-year-old Heather Alene Johnson unresponsive in her jail cell from an apparent suicide attempt at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax. After about 45 minutes, deputies […]


National Weather Service predicts the rainiest winter in decades

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Due to this year’s strong El Niño season, representatives from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington believe this winter could see the highest precipitation totals in decades, rivaling some of the strongest events in recent history and creating a high potential for river flooding. According to Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist and climate program leader […]


Man killed in wreck on US 17 in Brunswick County

A Wilmington man died in a wreck involving a tractor trailer Thursday morning. David Christopher Satrazemis, 62, was killed when his 1999 Toyota struck a tractor trailer that crossed the southbound lane of U.S. 17 from Galloway Road just after 6 a.m., according to N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper J.M. King. The tractor trailer stalled […]


For the love of music: The Penguin celebrates 12 years on the air with concerts

98.3 FM The Penguin  hosts Kim Czornij and Beau Gunn celebrate the music they love at a recent live concert. The station is celebrating 12 years on the air, a feat Gunn contributes to a shared love of music among listeners, deejays and performers alike. Courtesy photos.

With the blaring of horns over the airwaves on midnight over a decade ago, a local musical revolution was born. Those horns, and that song–Rufus Thomas’ “Do The Funky Penguin”–signaled the birth of WUIN–98.3 FM The Penguin. The Wilmington radio station, which is owned by Port City Daily’s parent company Hometown Wilmington Media, turns 12 […]


Cape Fear Museum to open community park

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After years of planning and months of construction, the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is set to open new a community park on Friday, September 25. The latest addition to the museum will welcome visitors with engaging hands-on exhibits, gardens featuring native and adaptive plants, and educational programs. According to a news release […]


Crime notebook: Man charged with burning child’s hand on stove

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Wilmington A Wilmington man has been charged in connection with burning a 5-year-old boy’s hand. John Lee Stevenson Jr., 27, of South 15th Street in Wilmington, was arrested Wednesday on charge of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. Stevenson is charged with burning the child’s […]


Mayor Saffo, county officials speak out against sharing local sales tax

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Legislation currently being debated in the North Carolina General Assembly could take $22.4 million in Wilmington sales tax revenue along with $24 million from New Hanover County from 2017 to 2020 and redistribute it to rural counties throughout the state—potentially forcing local officials to cut some public services and raise property taxes another 5 percent. Wilmington […]


Brunswick behavioral treatment center for school-age kids delayed again

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Brunswick County school district officials have hit another snag in their efforts to get a behavioral treatment center for elementary students up and running this year. While assistant superintendent Dr. Deanne Meadows had hoped to have an agreement with a mental health provider ready to present to the board of education during its monthly meeting […]


New Hanover County taps Ruth Ravitz Smith as new chief communications officer

New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet announced the final change in the recent reorganization of the New Hanover County executive leadership team, appointing Ruth Ravitz Smith as chief communications officer. Coudriet recently announced that the executive leadership changes were made in an effort to “accelerate decision making and enhance strategic focus,” including promoting Avril Pender […]


NOAA updates hurricane season predictions

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In a press conference on Thursday morning, forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) updated the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season outlook—calling for a 90 percent chance of a below-normal season. NOAA’s initial prediction in May was a 70 percent chance of a below-normal season. According to NOAA, the 90 percent probability of a below-normal […]


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