Experience Pleasure Island’s Island of Lights (video)

Pleasure Island's Island of Lights is on display now through New Year's Eve.

CAROLINA BEACH — The Island of Lights display on Pleasure Island began Thanksgiving weekend with the annual lighting ceremony at Carolina Beach.  The light’s display encircles The Lake and is walking distance from the boardwalk, which has its own “Christmas by the Sea” theme, including Santa’s workshop. Pleasure Island’s family-friendly holiday celebrations continue this weekend with […]

Santa’s coming! Find out where with this interactive map


Santa Claus is scheduled to visit the Cape Fear area several times before Christmas night, including local tree lighting events. Find out where you can meet St. Nicholas, and get your photo taken with him, on our map below. Do you expect to have Santa Claus making an appearance at your establishment or event? We’ll update […]

Get to know the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 by a group of surfers who were concerned with health risks associated with the coastal development of one of their favorite surf breaks in Malibu, CA. Their passion for the coastal environment led them to take action, and thus Surfrider was born.     Today, Surfrider has grown into […]

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U.S. Coast Guard rescues five people from capsized boat near Carolina Beach

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued five people off the coast of Carolina Beach on Saturday. Photos from Coast Guard video footage of the rescue.

WILMINGTON — Crews with the U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies rescued five people Saturday from a capsized vessel about three miles off the coast of Carolina Beach. According to the Coast Guard, a mayday call requesting help was received by Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. A helicopter crew discovered […]

Fall back: A change in time, means a change in your home smoke alarm

Photo courtesy City of Wilmington.

It’s time to “fall back.” The clocks are set to roll back one hour overnight tonight. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 6. Many people across the country will be setting their clocks back one hour before going to bed tonight. But this time of year, isn’t just a time change for your […]

Fort Fisher highlights its World War II role in upcoming program

Fort Fisher will highlight its role in WWII during an upcoming program on Saturday, Oct. 15. (Courtesy photo)

KURE BEACH— Fort Fisher State Historic Site will host the program “Fort Fisher’s World War II Experience” next weekend. Visitors can join Fort Fisher staff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, when the historic site will reflect on, and commemorate, the lesser-known history of the fort as an antiaircraft training base during […]

Hurricane Matthew brings damage, flooding to the Cape Fear coast (slideshow)

downtown Wilmington during Hurricane Matthew

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Residents throughout the Cape Fear Region felt the effects of Hurricane Matthew as the storm moved through the area Saturday bringing property damage, flooding, wide-spread power outages and road and bridge closures to many coastal communities. Waters rose along the Cape Fear Riverfront in downtown Wilmington and flooded much of Water […]

Numbers, websites, social media pages you need to know during Hurricane Matthew


SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Heavy rains, wide-spread power outages and flooding is expected for the Cape Fear region as Hurricane Matthew reaches the area Saturday. Emergency personnel and officials with New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties are keeping area residents informed through various outlets. We have a list of some of the information you need […]

Carolina Beach issues evacuations; bridge closure likely Saturday due to high winds

Carolina Beach Lake was pumped down in anticipation of heavy rainfall from Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Carolina Beach has issued a mandatory evacuation for all non-residents and visitors to the beach town effective immediately as Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the east coast of the United States. Related story: New Hanover County issues voluntary evacuations, shelters to open Friday evening Council members met Friday at noon to discuss changes in the […]

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