Local sea salt company in the running for Martha Stewart award

Sea Love Sea Salt is a finalist in Martha Stewart's American Made contest that highlights handmade wares and artisan entrepreneurs. Courtesy photo.

A local company has garnered the attention of a national home and lifestyle icon. Borne from the waters of Wrightsville Beach, Sea Love Sea Salt Co. is now in the running for Martha Stewart’s American Made competition. The online contest celebrates artisan entrepreneurs and small businesses that focus on the handmade. Amanda Jacobs’ fledgling but […]

Red Cross readies for storm response

The local chapter of the American Red Cross is gearing up to provide disaster relief should heavy rainfall lead to flooding in the area. Image courtesy Cape Fear chapter of the American Red Cross.

As the Category 4 hurricane Joaquin continues to move north through the Atlantic Ocean, the American Red Cross is mobilizing in the Cape Fear region and across the state. James Jarvis, disaster program specialist with the local chapter of the Red Cross, said even if the storm weakens, as predicted, before nearing the east coast, […]

UPDATE: Hurricane Joaquin expected to move farther east

Joaquin Friday Morning

UPDATE: Friday, 8:05 a.m. Forecasters have reduced the chance of Hurricane Joaquin making direct landfall in the Cape Fear Region to five percent. The ground is saturated in many locations and the risk for excessive rainfall is moderate to high across our area. As a result, some areas may see life threatening flooding develop through […]

UPDATE: Joaquin becomes a Category 3 hurricane

Map of precipitable water for Friday showing how moisture will be angled from Joaquin right into the Carolinas. Photo Courtesy of NWS.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 11 p.m. Hurricane Joaquin has become a Category 3 storm as it moves toward the central Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center. —- UPDATE: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Hurricane Joaquin’s predicted track has shifted farther west with several National Weather Service computer models now predicting landfall off the northern North Carolina coast in three […]

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 […]

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