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 […]


Crime notebook: Man charged with burning child’s hand on stove

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Wilmington A Wilmington man has been charged in connection with burning a 5-year-old boy’s hand. John Lee Stevenson Jr., 27, of South 15th Street in Wilmington, was arrested Wednesday on charge of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. Stevenson is charged with burning the child’s […]


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 […]


Crime notebook: Former volunteer firefighter charged with exploitation of minor

A volunteer firefighter has resigned with the Leland Fire and Rescue Department after he was charged in connection with sending lewd photographs to teenage girls through a messaging app. Brian David Saltsgaver, 49, of Liz Lane in Leland, is charged with indecent liberties with a child, nine counts of felony dissemination of obscenity and four […]


‘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 […]


Brunswick school board strikes uniforms from northern area schools

Uniforms are out at Brunswick County’s northern area schools. During a recent meeting, the board of education voted 4-1 to strike the existing uniform policy for four schools–Belville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Town Creek Elementary and Leland Middle–from the district’s handbook. Vice chairwoman Shirley Babson cast the dissenting vote. After hearing from principals and conducting parent […]


‘The heart of the ship': New commander takes the helm of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is now under new command. The Diligence’s commanding officer, Jeffrey K. Randall, was relieved Thursday by the crew’s new commander, Justin Matthew (Matt) Carter, during a change of command ceremony at Cape Fear Community College’s downtown campus. Carter has served the U. S. Coast Guard for 16 years in […]


County to create advisory committee for economic development in Brunswick

Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy is in the process of creating an advisory committee to assist county commissioners in overseeing economic development in the county. Brunswick County commissioners appointed themselves as economic development board members on Monday, after voting to dissolve the county’s current Economic Development Commission (EDC) in lieu of a county-run agency to oversee […]


Ten candidates file for office in New Hanover County on first day of filing period

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and Mayor Pro-Tem Margaret Haynes were among the first candidates to file for office when the filing period opened at 8 a.m. Monday at the New Hanover County Board of Elections office. Other mayoral incumbents who filed for re-election include Wrightsville Beach’s Bill Blair and Kure Beach’s Dean Lambeth. Open seats […]


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