Showing up to stand against HB2: Brett Dennen on why he won’t cancel Wilmington show

Rather than cancel his upcoming Wilmington performance in protest of HB2, Brett Dennen hopes to donate some funds from the concert to a local group working for transgender rights.  Courtesy photo.

Although Brett Dennen has taken a stand against House Bill 2, he will still take the stage at the Brooklyn Art Center next week as planned. Rather than join the wave of boycotts by big-name acts like Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco and Pearl Jam, Dennen released a statement that he would not cancel two upcoming […]


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. […]


UNCW calls on area residents to honor teachers via hashtag

Devon Fort, a field experience coordinator with the Watson College of Education, chats with Bradley Creek Elementary School students as part of a coordinated visit from teachers in training. Watson and UNCW are calling local residents to celebrate the profession on Teacher Appreciation Day by sharing memories of their favorite teachers via Twitter. Photo by Jamie Moncrief.

Put away those freshly polished red apples – UNC-Wilmington is helping local residents say thanks to teachers, 21st century-style. Today (Tuesday) is Teacher Appreciation Day and in honor of the annual observance, the university’s Watson College of Education has launched a Twitter campaign to virtually illustrate the very real impact a devoted educator can make […]


Vassey trial: Use of force expert says Keith Vidal shooting was justified

Bryon Vance Vassey

An expert in officer use of force cases said Southport Police Officer Bryon Vassey’s actions were “reasonable” and “appropriate” when he fired his weapon at 18-year-old Keith Vidal and killed the mentally ill teen. Dave Frederick Cloutier took the stand at the start of day 10 in Vassey’s voluntary manslaughter bench trial, and testified as […]


Wilmington in the running for Outside Magazine’s ‘Best Town’ title

Wilmington's Cross-City Trail is a plus for Outdoor Magazine editors, who named the city among its nominees for Best Towns of 2016, a list that aims to find the top place for active lifestyles. File photo

Update: Wilmington is no longer in the running for the online poll, having lost in the first round to Ketchikan, Alaska. Tack another accolade onto the Port City. Wilmington was recently selected as a finalist for Outside Magazine’s Best Towns of 2016, a contest launched in partnership with apparel brand Toad&Co. The city is one […]


Weekly detour: This week’s construction, closures

Construction cones on Wrightsville Avenue. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Here’s a list of road construction work May 1 – 7, per the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, City of Wilmington and North Carolina Department of Transportation: City of Wilmington 41st Street – some lane closures between Shipyard Boulevard and Oleander Drive for repaving and repairs. Two-way traffic and access to all businesses, schools and residences […]


Coldwell Banker names local branch as best in state, top in nation

Between Sea Coast's 11 offices and 18 locations with which it has ownership interests, the local Coldwell Baker company saw more than $2 billion in sales last year. Courtesy photo.

A Wilmington-based realty firm is among the best in the business across the state and nationwide. Real estate franchise Coldwell Banker recently named local company Sea Coast Advantage as its top NC agency for 2015 based on sales, according to a release. Sea Coast also came in at number four in the country among more […]


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