Final major section of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail opens to the public

After years of planning, a $35.5 million bond, and countless hours of construction, the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail opened its final major section to the public, connecting Wilmington and New Hanover County residents to 15 miles of trailway from J.E.L. Wade Park to Wrightsville Beach. The final portion of the primarily off-road, multi-use 15-mile trail […]


Temporary changes made to Southport – Fort Fisher ferry schedule

The Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry will start its summer schedule a few days early on Saturday, March 30. Photo courtesy NCDOT.

The Southport – Fort Fisher ferry is on a temporary revised schedule until further notice. Due to mechanical issues, there is only one boat currently working that route while the other one has been taken out of service for repairs. Visitors and residents should be advised of the modified timetable and plan accordingly ahead of […]


Salvation Army looks to expand services, leave downtown Wilmington

The Salvation Army hopes to sell its Third Street site in an effort to leave the burgeoning northern downtown area and expand elsewhere. Courtesy photos.

After more than a century in downtown Wilmington, Salvation Army is planning to make its exit for another part of town to expand its services and create, for the first time, a host of youth and community outreach programs. The Christian-based non-profit’s departure from its long-held locations at 802 N. Second St. and 223 S. […]


Heritage tree nominations to end on September 1

Commuters beneath the branches of the aging oak trees on Market Street in Wilmington. File photo by Ben Brown.

Fans of Wilmington flora have just a few more days to nominate their favorite trees as “heritage trees” in the city for 2015. The Wilmington Tree Commission is accepting nominations for this year’s heritage tree nominees until Tuesday, Sept. 1. According to City Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert, a heritage tree displays outstanding qualities in size, age, […]


Mayor on shootings: “When do we say enough is enough?”

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Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo joined Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and other local leaders yesterday afternoon from City Hall, urging the community to “step up” to help find suspects in the recent drive-by shooting of a nine-year-old girl and make an extra effort to reduce community violence. The early morning shooting of a nine-year old girl in her home […]


The little big city: Wilmington a draw for small business, national franchises

The breakfast house and eatery, Famous Toastery, is one of several national franchises setting up shop in Wilmington. Image courtesy Famous Toastery.

Wilmington was recently named one of the best places in the country to start a small business, and Chris Suggs believes there is a simple reason: It’s large enough to support entrepreneurs but not so big that it doesn’t lose its small town feel. Suggs is a small business expert with FranNet, which matches would-be […]


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 […]


Dosher Memorial Hospital hosting semi-annual pill drop-off event

It’s time to gather up those outdated or unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal. Dosher Memorial Hospital is hosting its semi-annual Operation Medicine Cabinet on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to James M. Goss, the hospital’s director of marketing and community relations. Area residents can safely dispose out-of-date or other […]


Work underway to improve safety at Kenan Fountain intersection

Kenan Fountain occupies the middle of the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Market Street in Wilmington. Port City Daily file photo.

City of Wilmington construction crews continue work on a project to make safety and lighting improvements at the Fifth Avenue and Market Street intersection where the historic Kenan fountain is located. The full project is expected to be completed this fall. Wilmington City Council approved a new lighting scheme last year for the fountain, citing the […]


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