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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


‘Always in Season': Cucalorus artist in residence documents history of lynching

Jackie Olive thought she had finished her documentary, years in the making, about the impact of lynching in America. Then, she heard about Lennon Lacy. The Bladenboro teen was found hanging from two belts in a predominantly white trailer park in the rural town Bladen County town late last year. Law enforcement ruled the death a […]


A labor of love: Local sea salt maker expands to keep pace with demand

It has been more than a year since Amanda Jacobs and her husband have sat down to eat at their dining room table. That’s because it has literally been covered in salt. What started with a simple question–“Can I make my own sea salt?”–has spread so far so fast that it has now reached from […]


Adding ‘legitimacy': Local couple talks Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

Wilmington residents Leigh and Cheryl Saunders-Corbin believe they know who they are in the eyes of their God. Now–with Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court landmark ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide–they know who they are under the eyes of the law. “We know what we think God believes. We know where we stand with Him,” […]


Hometown Wilmington Media, Step Up for Soldiers to collect ‘Packages from Home’

  Step Up for Soldiers and Hometown Wilmington Media have teamed up for the 19th “Packages from Home” collection drive. The goal is to collect donations and comfort items to send care packages to troops serving in Afghanistan, according to Tom Russell, founder and president of Step Up for Soldiers, a local, all-volunteer nonprofit. Previous […]


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