Alligator sightings have some on edge in Carolina Beach

Alligators can be found in North Carolina. (Courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission)

Nervous residents no doubt paying attention to a recent Disney World tragedy have called Carolina Beach officials in the past two weeks with reports of alligator sightings. Town Manager Michael Cramer said in a news release Friday afternoon that periodic reports of alligator sightings are not uncommon in Carolina Beach and residents have little to […]


Carolina Beach Hampton Inn nears completion

The Hampton Inn and Suites in Carolina Beach is almost complete. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

The much-anticipated Hampton Inn and Suites in Carolina Beach is nearing completion. Crews have nearly finished exterior work on the eight-story, 100-room oceanfront hotel, located at 1 Harper Ave. just north of the town’s boardwalk area. According to the town’s planning department, the hotel should be open before the end of the summer. “Originally they […]


Welcome Inn could reopen in Carolina Beach

The Welcome Inn in Carolina Beach. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

A former hotel in the heart of Carolina Beach’s central business district could once again be opened in that capacity. The Welcome Inn, located at 205 N. Lake Park Blvd., has stood in that location since the 1930s and is one of the oldest buildings in Carolina Beach. Though it once provided lodging for visitors […]


Prayer service to honor all victims of gun violence

St. Stephen AME will observe the one-year anniversary of a shooting at another historic AME church, Mother Emanuel, during a community service this Sunday. Courtesy photo.

A brutal shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church last June made headlines across the country and spurred conversations about race. It also made a lasting impact on a local congregation. One year after the attack on members on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, Wilmington’s St. Stephen AME will hold an observance aimed at […]


‘Wilmington on Fire’ screening to benefit local students

The upcoming screening of Wilmington on Fire, about the 1898 attack on the local black community, will benefit Williston students and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. Courtesy image.

Filmmaker Christopher Everett is returning to Wilmington this month, this time to give back to the community that spurred and supported his documentary. Coming off of a state and national screening tour, Everett and Speller Street Films will show “Wilmington on Fire” at 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 in the auditorium of […]


Weekly detour: construction, lane closures ahead

Construction on the corner of Randall Parkway and Kerr Avenue. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Here’s a list of road construction work for June 12 – 18, per the City of Wilmington and North Carolina Department of Transportation. City of Wilmington 41st Street – nighttime lane closures between Shipyard Boulevard and Oleander Drive until June 3 for repaving and repairs. Two-way traffic and access to all businesses, schools and residences in […]


New Hanover County Schools names teacher, principal of the year

Hoggard's Dr. Steven Sullivan, left, was named Principal of the Year at a banquet earlier this week. Parsley educator Christopher Walters (third from left) is the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year after being selected from among fellow finalists Sandra Cecelski and Jeremy Buie. Courtesy photo.

Local school district leaders recently honored the area’s top teachers, handing one standout the keys to a new a car. During the annual Educator of the Year banquet at Ashley High earlier this week, Christopher Walters of Parsley Elementary was named the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year by the New Hanover County Board of Education […]


UNCW names permanent leader for business startups hub

Diane Durance. Courtesy photo.

UNC-Wilmington now has a permanent leader for its cutting-edge hub of business startups. The university recently announced Diane Durance has been named director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). She begins work in her new position on June 20. Durance, current president of Michigan non-profit MiQuest, brings with her a decade of experience leading, coaching and […]


Weekly detour: This week’s closures, construction

N. 3rd Street Construction. File Photo.

Here’s a list of road construction work for June 5 – 11, per the City of Wilmington and North Carolina Department of Transportation. City of Wilmington 41st Street – nighttime lane closures between Shipyard Boulevard and Oleander Drive until June 3 for repaving and repairs. Two-way traffic and access to all businesses, schools and residences in […]


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