UNCW sees record-breaking rise in donations

UNCW men's basketball and a host of other athletic teams are among the beneficiaries of the campus' largest pool of private donations. File photo.

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks are soaring high after a stellar year of contributions to the local college. Campus officials recently announced a record-breaking $14.9 million in donations during the 2015-16 fiscal cycle. The total figure came from nearly 16,000 individual gifts – about half of which were $50 or less – that will benefit students, faculty, programs […]


Weekly detour: This week’s construction, closures

Construction on Randall Parkway. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Here’s a list of road construction work for July 24- July 30 per the Town of Carolina Beach, City of Wilmington and North Carolina Department of Transportation. Town of Carolina Beach Periodic closures on 6th Street and other adjacent streets as the town continues to update infrastructure. Check the town’s road closures page for the […]


Teacher turns passion for collecting into local estate sale business

A thrifty customer looks through items at a Blue Moon estate sale. Local resident Andrea Barnes recently opened a Wilmington franchise of the Triangle-based company. Courtesy photos.

Andrea Barnes may be new to the estate sale business but, in many ways, it’s a pursuit for which she has been preparing her entire life. Armed with a family-inspired penchant for picking and limitless capacity for collecting – and professional experience from two seemingly unrelated careers – Barnes launched a local franchise of the […]


Weekly detour: This week’s lane closures, construction

Construction on the corner of Randall Parkway and Kerr Avenue. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Here’s a list of road construction work for July 17 – July 23 per the Town of Carolina Beach, City of Wilmington and North Carolina Department of Transportation. Town of Carolina Beach Period street closures on streets adjacent to Cape Fear Boulevard as the town continues to update infrastructure. Check the town’s road closures page […]


Duke Energy program sparks interest for public electric vehicle charging stations

Electric vehicle charging stations in one of the parking decks in downtown Wilmington. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

A new program announced this week by Duke Energy could bring public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the area. The Charlotte-based company’s “EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project” promises $1 million to fund public charging stations across the state of North Carolina and $500,000 for electric bus chargers for public transportation agencies. New Hanover County, […]


New FBI Task Force breaks boundaries for local heroin investigations

Multiple local, state and federal leaders gathered on Thursday to make the announcement of a new regional task force.

A newly formed FBI joint task force aimed at combating the Cape Fear region’s heroin epidemic is helping local authorities break through county, state and national borders to bring heroin traffickers to justice. At a press conference on Thursday, Wilmington’s FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Stanley M. Meador announced the federal agency is joining forces with local […]


Planned vocational high school gets state backing

CFCC's north campus is a potential site for a CTE high school, which just received state funds to assist with planning and designing the campus. Courtesy image.

A vocational high school in the works for New Hanover County has gotten some major backing from state lawmakers. The local district announced last week the N.C. House of Representatives included a $1 million grant for the career-technical education (CTE) campus, which could begin welcoming students as early as August 2017. The money has been […]


Brunswick County superintendent gets contract extension after ‘above average’ evaluation

The Brunswick County Board of Education has voted to extend Superintendent Les Tubb's contract until June 30, 2020 after a favorable first evaluation Tuesday. Courtesy photo.

The Brunswick County school district’s top leader has earned high marks for his first year of work. Tuesday, the board of education rewarded Superintendent Les Tubb for a job well done with a two-year contract extension. Tubb’s existing contract expired June 30, 2018 but following the board’s decision will now run through the end of […]


Civil War buttons stolen from Brunswick historic site

Pictured in this photo are the three Civil War buttons stolen from the historic site on Sunday.

Three Civil War artifacts were stolen from the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site during a break-in at the site early Sunday morning. The break-in was reported at the historic site located at 8884 St. Phillips Road, in Winnabow, at 2:17 a.m., according an incident report from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the investigating agency. […]


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