This is what seven school buses full of donated school supplies looks like (Photos)

Thousands of school supplies were donated during last weekend's "Stuff the Bus" event. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Seven school buses. That’s how many vehicles carrying school supplies pulled onto the grass field behind the Mosley Performance Learning Center on Sunday evening, where about 20 volunteers from Communities in Schools (CIS) Cape Fear were waiting to unload them. The buses came from several different locations around the area, including the Walmart in Porters […]

New Hanover, Pender counties invite you to ‘Stuff the Bus’ with school supplies

A bus parked at Harris Teeter in Mayfair Town Center will be filled with donated school supplies. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

The annual “Stuff the Bus” event is underway to help provide school supplies to students in need in New Hanover and Pender counties. Sponsored by Communities in Schools of Cape Fear, the event is held every year on the first weekend in August, when the state lifts taxes on school supplies for back-to-school shopping. As […]

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 […]

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,” […]

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 […]

Duke Energy program sparks interest for public electric vehicle charging stations

Electric vehicle charging stations in one of the parking decks in downtown Wilmington. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

A new program announced this week by Duke Energy could bring public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the area. The Charlotte-based company’s “EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project” promises $1 million to fund public charging stations across the state of North Carolina and $500,000 for electric bus chargers for public transportation agencies. New Hanover County, […]

Planned vocational high school gets state backing

CFCC's north campus is a potential site for a CTE high school, which just received state funds to assist with planning and designing the campus. Courtesy image.

A vocational high school in the works for New Hanover County has gotten some major backing from state lawmakers. The local district announced last week the N.C. House of Representatives included a $1 million grant for the career-technical education (CTE) campus, which could begin welcoming students as early as August 2017. The money has been […]

More than a convention: ‘OTH’ producer’s fan ‘experience’ approaches

Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton are among the 12 'One Tree Hill' actors set to appear during Beth Crookham's 'Inside OTH' convention later this month. Courtesy photos.

Beth Crookham is careful to call her upcoming two-day “One Tree Hill” event a fan experience, not a fan convention. It’s a subtle but important difference to the longtime TV producer, who believes her deep ties to the now cult-classic CW teen drama—and to the Wilmington film community—will give devoted viewers a more up-close-and-personal connection […]

Commissioners walk the ‘trash talk’ with new recycling plant

New Hanover County Director of Environmental Management Joe Suleyman. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Construction and demolition debris is about to have a new place to go. A new 30,000-square-foot recycling plant designed specifically for those types of trash was unveiled Thursday at the New Hanover County Landfill on U.S. Highway 421. The facility, which is part of the county’s ongoing efforts to improve waste management and extend the […]

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