Southport man pleads guilty to May 2015 wreck that killed two people

Charles Harvey Lee

BRUNSWICK COUNTY – A Southport man was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for a May 2015 crash that killed 59-year-old John Williams and 81-year-old Helen Hicks Bare. Charles Harvey Lee, 46, pleaded guilty Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court to two counts of felony death by vehicle and three counts of felony injury […]


Southport man charged with sexually assaulting a teenager

James Wayne Williams

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A Southport man faces more than two dozen charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl. James Wayne Williams, 32, of Southport Supply Road in Southport, was arrested Friday afternoon following a brief investigation, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax said. He has been charged with 21 […]


Man sentenced more than 21 years in prison for sex offense against girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A Wilmington man was convicted in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday of a sex offense against his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter. Kenneth Lateef McKnight, 37, of Wilmington, was found guilty of statutory sex offense, sex offense in a parental role and indecent liberties with a child following a bench trial that lasted […]


Three Brunswick County schools being dismissed early today due to power problems

The Brunswick County school district will operate on a regular schedule on Friday.

Parents of students from Southport Elementary, South Brunswick Middle School and South Brunswick High School are advised that the schools will be dismissed early today due to expected power interruptions. According to a release from Brunswick County Schools, students will be let out at 1 p.m. Earlier today, power outages occurred in the Southport and […]


Gas shortage: Wilmington feeling the effects of Colonial Pipeline leak

A pump at the BP gas station in the Landfall Center displays an out sign on their gas pump. (Photo by Mike Kane.)

WILMINGTON — North Carolina is one of six states in the country facing gas shortages due to a leak of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama, which supplies fuel from the Gulf to the east coast. The Wilmington area is starting to feel the effects of the Colonial Pipeline leak discovered earlier this month. According to […]


African Children’s Choir members love to make people smile

Peter (left) and Blessing from the African Children's Choir. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Eight-year-old Blessing and 10-year-old Peter have big dreams. “I want to be a bank manager,” Blessing said with a big smile. “I like money.” “I want to be a pilot,” said Peter, who only recently went on his first airplane ride. “I want to travel the world.” Those dreams could be well within their reach […]


UPDATE: Flash flood watch canceled, Julia downgraded to a tropical depression

A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in  Wilmington for New Hanover and Brunswick counties due to Tropical Storm Julia.

UPDATED: Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. Forcasters with the National Weather Service have canceled the Flash Flood Watch that was in effect for coastal South Carolina and a small portion of North Carolina. Showers are still expected Thursday, especially near the coast. But total rainfall amounts should remain at 1 inch or less. Julia […]


Rain expected from Tropical Storm Julia

Tropical Storm Julia, the tenth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed over Georgia last night but is not expected to cause many problems in southeastern North Carolina. According to Reid Hawkins, science officer at the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, the biggest local impact from the storm will be rain. “We’re expecting […]


Roads to avoid: Bridge work and other road construction this week

Filming for a tire commercial Saturday morning may cause some brief delays along the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. File photo.

Here is a list of road construction work for Sept. 11 through 17 for Carolina Beach, Wilmington, New Hanover County and Brunswick County. All information is gathered from the town of Carolina Beach, the city of Wilmington and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Town of Carolina Beach Check the town’s road closures page for […]


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