Excessive heat warning issued for Cape Fear region

A map of the area placed under an excessive heat warning by the NWS Wilmington on July 28, 2016.

WILMINGTON – The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued an excessive heat warning for southeastern North Carolina, including all of New Hanover and Pender counties and all but the coastal part of Brunswick County. According to meteorologist Mark Bacon, the warning is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight. “We’re expecting apparent air temperatures to […]

Escaped convict captured Monday transferred to higher security prison

Stephen Singleton

An escaped convict on the run for six days is out of the hospital and back in prison, after he was captured by local law enforcement Monday evening in Wilmington. According to N.C. Department of Public Safety Spokesman Keith Acree, 34-year-old Stephen Singleton was transferred Tuesday afternoon to Pender Correctional Center, a medium security prison […]

New Hanover County wins 10 awards at national conference

One of community battery recycling points, located at the main New Hanover County Library in downtown Wilmington. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

A family support fatherhood initiative. A smoke alarm and fire prevention program for the deaf and hard of hearing. The maintenance of the Carolina Beach inlet. These are some of the 10 diverse New Hanover County programs that received awards from a national organization this  past weekend. The recognition comes from the National Association of […]

Heat index to top 100 all week in Wilmington area

Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s all week, with the heat index hitting 105 every day. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

It’s going to be hot during the week ahead, with heat indices across southeastern North Carolina expected to be over 100 degrees through Friday. The sweltering days and nights are due to a large area of high pressure sitting over the southern United States. “We’re forecasting the heat index to exceed 105 degrees each day,” […]

Two New Hanover County men plead guilty to heroin charges

Seandell Eugene Robinson

Two New Hanover County men have pleaded guilty to heroin charges that stemmed from several purchases through law enforcement confidential informants. Seandell Eugene Robinson, 27, pleaded guilty July 14 in New Hanover County Superior Court to trafficking in heroin by possessing between 14 and 28 grams and possession of between 4 and 14 grams of […]

Prison escapee Stephen Singleton captured in New Hanover County

Stephen Singleton

WILMINGTON – Prison escapee Stephen Singleton’s five days on the run ended Monday after he was apprehended by New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies. According to a press release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Singleton, 34, was caught after a chase that ended in a crash at the end of Carolina Beach Road. Singleton, who deputies […]

UNCW sees record-breaking rise in donations

UNCW men's basketball and a host of other athletic teams are among the beneficiaries of the campus' largest pool of private donations. File photo.

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks are soaring high after a stellar year of contributions to the local college. Campus officials recently announced a record-breaking $14.9 million in donations during the 2015-16 fiscal cycle. The total figure came from nearly 16,000 individual gifts – about half of which were $50 or less – that will benefit students, faculty, programs […]

Weekly detour: This week’s construction, closures

Construction on Randall Parkway. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Here’s a list of road construction work for July 24- July 30 per the Town of Carolina Beach, City of Wilmington and North Carolina Department of Transportation. Town of Carolina Beach Periodic closures on 6th Street and other adjacent streets as the town continues to update infrastructure. Check the town’s road closures page for the […]

Hugh MacRae inclusive playground opens to all

The new inclusive playground at Hugh MacRae Park, which was funded by a Trillium grant. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

The first inclusive, all-abilities playground on New Hanover County property opened to a large group of people, including several dozen eager children, at Hugh MacRae Park on Tuesday morning. The 7,000-square-foot play area was made possible by a $750,000 grant from Trillium Health Resources and features equipment that children of abilities and needs can use. […]

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