Carolina Beach looks to expand accessibility to the beach

Testing the DuraDeck in Carolina Beach. Courtesy photo.

CAROLINA BEACH – Following the first season of making WaterWheels available to visitors, the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department is looking to increase the accessibility of the beach even more. A few options will be presented before Carolina Beach’s Town Council, according to Parks and Recreation Director Eric Jelinski. “Some of our physical wheelchairs […]

Routes to avoid: Road construction schedules for the week of Aug. 20

Road construction in Carolina Beach. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Here’s a list of road construction work for Aug. 14 through 20 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 6th Street – access to the 100, 200 […]

Forecasters update Atlantic hurricane predictions as peak of season approaches

Satellite image of Hurricane Earl, the most recent named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

WILMINGTON – Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have updated their 2016 Atlantic hurricane season predictions, increasing the number of named storms they expect this year. Their initial prediction, made in May, said there was a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms this year. The new update predicts a 70 […]

Arsonist sentenced to two life sentences for fatal Carolina Beach fires

A photograph taken from the fire at 409 Carolina Beach Ave. S. on the night Marshall Doran was captured and arrested. Photos courtesy of the district attorney's office.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Marshall Hudson Doran, 23, will serve life in prison for a series of vehicle fires in December 2014, one of which completely demolished a Carolina Beach condo killing two women, four pets and injuring several other residents. Doran entered an Alford plea Thursday morning in New Hanover County Superior Court to […]

Carolina Beach warns residents to avoid washing clothes while discolored water is flushed

Photo by Ben Brown.

CAROLINA BEACH – Residents around Carolina Beach are being told to avoid doing laundry this morning as crews work to flush discolored water from the system. A mechanical failure early Thursday morning caused an excess of Sodium Permanganate in the water system. The chemical is normally used to treat potable water, according to a press […]

Heat index to top 100 all week in Wilmington area

Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s all week, with the heat index hitting 105 every day. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

It’s going to be hot during the week ahead, with heat indices across southeastern North Carolina expected to be over 100 degrees through Friday. The sweltering days and nights are due to a large area of high pressure sitting over the southern United States. “We’re forecasting the heat index to exceed 105 degrees each day,” […]

UNCW sees record-breaking rise in donations

UNCW men's basketball and a host of other athletic teams are among the beneficiaries of the campus' largest pool of private donations. File photo.

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks are soaring high after a stellar year of contributions to the local college. Campus officials recently announced a record-breaking $14.9 million in donations during the 2015-16 fiscal cycle. The total figure came from nearly 16,000 individual gifts – about half of which were $50 or less – that will benefit students, faculty, programs […]

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