Impaired boaters facing stronger penalties come December

A local boater speaking to a law enforcement officer before heading out on the Intracoatal Waterway.

A law named after a Concord teen killed by an impaired boater last year over the July 4 weekend will increase the penalty for the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony. N.C. Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 958, also known as “Sheyenne’s Law,” on Monday alongside the teen’s family, according to a notice […]


Based on a birthday wish, Beau’s Coffee to reopen with new name next month

Bitty and Beau Wright sport t-shirts with Beau's Coffee's new name and logo. Beau asked that his sister, who also has Down Syndrome, share the name of the shop the pair inspired. Courtesy photos.

For his twelfth birthday, the namesake of Beau’s Coffee had just one wish: that his youngest sister’s name be up in lights, too. Wish granted. Amy Wright, the brainchild behind the unique java joint, recently announced the shop will reopen next month in its new, larger location as Bitty and Beau’s. Like her big brother, […]


Battleship latest Wilmington landmark to earn national acclaim

As of Monday afternoon, Battleship North Carolina held the fourth spot on USA Today's list of top 20 museum ships in the country. File photo.

Wilmington is in the running for yet another national superlative, this time around for the historic landmark that lines the Cape Fear River. The city that boasts the nation’s best riverfront and al fresco dining – and owns bragging rights for being a draw for beer drinkers and small businesses alike, among other accolades – is […]


Historic Wilmington Foundation’s salvage shop to be featured in HGTV show

A couple searching for the perfect historic home will make a trip to HWF's salvage shop during an upcoming episode of HGTV's 'Hunting Vintage.' Courtesy photos.

A small but dedicated local preservation group will soon be under a national spotlight. Historic Wilmington Foundation’s (HWF’s) Legacy Architectural Salvage shop will be featured in an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Hunting Vintage,” foundation executive director George Edwards said. Crews with “Hunting Vintage” traveled to Wilmington in early February to film at a local home […]


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