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 […]


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 […]


U.S. Cellular supports local Boys and Girls Club with donation, hands-on help

Luis Vargas, sales manager for U.S. Cellular in Wilmington, works with Brigade Boys and Girls Club member Hannah White to plant flowers and shrubs outside the Vance Street club as part of the company's second-annual 'Month of Giving' program. Courtesy photo.

U.S. Cellular employees and members of the Brigade Boys and Girls Club picked up some shovels and rakes this week to get an early start on Earth Day. In honor of the annual observance, held each year on April 22, U.S. Cellular staff teamed up with kids and club leaders Tuesday on a campus beautification […]


Fundraising underway for local teen robotics team headed to global championship

The 29 high school students that make up local robotics team Wired Wizards are hoping to collect enough funds to take on their peers across the globe at an international competition next week. Courtesy photos.

A local group of tech-savvy teens is hoping to put its robots in the ring against opponents from around the globe. Wilmington robotics team Wired Wizards, is in the last days of a quickly organized online fundraising drive for an upcoming trip to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition or Science and Technology) World Robotics Competition […]


Freeze, fire warnings in effect for Saturday

Unusually cold temperatures this weekend have prompted meteorologists to issue a freeze warning for Saturday. This weekend's conditions are also expected to elevate the threat of fires. Image courtesy NOAA.

As the Azalea Festival continues its annual celebration of spring, meteorologists are focusing winter-like conditions for the weekend. Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a freeze warning across the tri-county for Saturday night, when the chilly air rolls in. NOAA predicts temperatures will drop to below 32 degrees along the coast, […]


Azalea Fest: Road closures, where to park

Bring on the pageantry--the 69th annual NC Azalea Festival Parade will take over downtown roadways Saturday. Courtesy photo.

Azalea Festival weekend brings colorful parade floats, pageant queens, live music, local talent, arts and crafts and all-you-can-eat fair food to Wilmington’s riverfront. It also brings throngs of tourists and local residents and, with them comes traffic. When crowds converge on the riverfront for the 69th annual N.C. Azalea Festival, getting in and around downtown […]


Headliners announced for fall seafood, blues and jazz fest

Festival organizers announced earlier this week that bluesman Jonny Lang and rising star Samantha Fish will be the major performers for the annual fall event. Courtesy image.

A Grammy winner and a rapid up-and-comer will share the spotlight at this year’s Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival. Bluesman Jonny Lang and sultry songstress Samantha Fish have been picked as the double headliners for the 23rd annual event, set for Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Fort Fisher Air […]


Azalea Fest home tour offers 250 years of architecture

The early 1900s Captain John W. Harper house will open its doors to visitors during this year's Azalea Fest home tour. Courtesy photo.

One of the city’s longest standing residences and the “crown jewel of downtown” are among the stops on this year’s Azalea Festival Home Tour. Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming tour, slated for April 9 and 10, that features nine homes and one church spanning more than two centuries of architectural history and […]


CFCC receives record $1.5M donation to performing arts center

The donation will support CFCC's Fine Arts and Humanities Center, which houses a 1,560-seat auditorium and three floors of instructional space for visual and performing arts students. Courtesy image.

Although their names might not ring bells in Hollywood, Allan and Laura Wilson are superstars to students and staff at Cape Fear Community College. The couple—longtime supporters of CFCC—recently gave $1.5 million to the college’s newly opened Humanities and Fine Arts Center. It’s the largest single contribution in the college’s history, according to a CFCC […]


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 […]


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