Three people recently charged with trafficking opiate-based pills

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Three people were charged with trafficking opiate-based pills in Brunswick County this week. On Thursday, Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40-year-old David Patrick Holmes, of Durham Lane in Charlotte. He was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, selling or delivering […]

Going to the Wells Fargo Championship? Here’s how parking will work

Google Maps has highlighted areas where parking will be available for Wells Fargo Championship.

WILMINGTON – With less than 50 days to go before the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship comes to Wilmington, tournament officials this week announced locations for parking, shuttle services and will-call sites for when the event arrives in early May at Eagle Point Golf Club in Porters Neck. The tournament is May 1-7. Designated shuttle service to […]

Detectives charge 69-year-old Hampstead man with another child sex offense

Haywood Elwood Garner Jr.

PENDER COUNTY — More charges have been filed in the case of a Hampstead man charged with sex acts involving several child victims dating back as far as 1979. This week, 69-year-old Haywood Elwood Garner Jr. received an additional charge of indecent liberties with a child, stemming from an alleged sexual assault that took place between 2001 […]

Distancing himself from President Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, Congressman Walter Jones calls healthcare repeal attempt ‘shameful’

Walter B Jones

WASHINGTON, DC — House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his American Health Care Act from the floor of the house on Friday afternoon before a vote could be held. Despite last minute amendments and pressure from President Donald Trump, Ryan could not assemble the votes needed to pass the repeal of major Affordable Care Act provisions. […]

Taking babies from mommies – Opioids’ impact on families

The opioid epidemic in Wilmington destroys the lives of users and drives violent crime across town. But the youngest victims are the children caught in between parents struggling with opioids and the social service struggling to protect them. County officials are underfunded and backlogged, but a bigger – and more surprising – culprit is the recent proliferation of private treatment centers.

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

Wrightsville’s standup paddleboarding event goes international

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — West Marine Carolina Cup, the world’s largest gathering of professional and amateur standup paddleboard athletes, has added the World Paddle Association’s World SUP Tour in 2017. The West Marine Carolina Cup was created by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club in 2011 as a week-long event “where people who paddle from all over the […]

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Proposed ‘brunch bill’ could allow alcohol sales before noon on Sunday in North Carolina

Local establishments believe the ability to sell alcohol before noon Sundays could help their bottom line.

RALEIGH — A long standing ban on alcohol sales before noon on Sundays in North Carolina could be lifted. A bill filed in the North Carolina Senate aims to make changes to one of the state’s “blue laws.”  Bi-partisan legislation as part of Senate Bill 155 (S155) would give counties and cities the ability to […]