Prayer service to honor all victims of gun violence

St. Stephen AME will observe the one-year anniversary of a shooting at another historic AME church, Mother Emanuel, during a community service this Sunday. Courtesy photo.

A brutal shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church last June made headlines across the country and spurred conversations about race. It also made a lasting impact on a local congregation. One year after the attack on members on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, Wilmington’s St. Stephen AME will hold an observance aimed at […]


‘Wilmington on Fire’ screening to benefit local students

The upcoming screening of Wilmington on Fire, about the 1898 attack on the local black community, will benefit Williston students and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. Courtesy image.

Filmmaker Christopher Everett is returning to Wilmington this month, this time to give back to the community that spurred and supported his documentary. Coming off of a state and national screening tour, Everett and Speller Street Films will show “Wilmington on Fire” at 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 in the auditorium of […]


UNCW names permanent leader for business startups hub

Diane Durance. Courtesy photo.

UNC-Wilmington now has a permanent leader for its cutting-edge hub of business startups. The university recently announced Diane Durance has been named director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). She begins work in her new position on June 20. Durance, current president of Michigan non-profit MiQuest, brings with her a decade of experience leading, coaching and […]


Alliance Credit Union awards scholarships to two local students

Niquitta Corbett, with her family beside her, receives a $2,000 scholarship from Alliance Credit Union's vice president of sales, Rick DeCrescente and Kandra Romeo, business relationship manager, during a banquet earlier this week.

In the spirit of its former leader, Alliance Credit Union is helping two local students further their education. Alliance recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to Isaac Bear Early College High School senior Aaron Johnson and Niquitta Corbett, who currently attends Cape Fear Community College. Since 1997, Alliance has honored the memory of Rose M. Ratka, the […]


Firefighters’ fitness challenge to benefit young survivor of violent attack

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A group of local first responders is calling all area athletes to help become heroes for a little boy left motherless last year after a senseless act of violence. The Wilmington Professional Firefighters Association will host a fitness challenge this Saturday to ensure three-year-old Dea’yion Lamont Doe Taylor’s future is bright despite its dark beginnings. […]


Cemeteries, quaint brick streets among this year’s historic threatened places

The Flemington-Oak Grove Cemetery, a nearly abandoned site consisting of markers moved from another cemetery in the 60s, is among a general category of graveyards on this year's Most Threatened Places list. Courtesy photos.

Old gravestones are more than just memorials for the dead. They’re living history – a collective written account, of sorts, of particular times and places, of the people living within them and the traditions they carried. It’s a perspective—best put forth by Ruth Little in her book on the history of NC cemeteries—shared by George […]


Topsail Beach wins national award for beach restoration

Topsail Beach. Photo courtesy of Pender County Tourism.

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association has recognized an area beach as one of the best restored shorelines in the country. Topsail Beach was named a Best Restored Beach for 2016, one of just five nationwide to receive the annual award. “It’s an honor for Topsail Beach,” Town Manager Michael Rose said. “It provides […]


Local preservation group to release annual list of ‘threatened places’

The county-owned Tide Water building on Chestnut Street is one of many sites Historic Wilmington Foundation has helped save through its annual list of threatened places. The 2016 list will be announced Tuesday. Courtesy photos.

The Tide Water building on Chestnut Street that reopened earlier this year as a modern office complex stands today as a testament to the power of preservation. It was a building once thought better off razed than rehabilitated, until a little attention from the Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) got the notice of New Hanover County […]


Farm-to-fork gala Raise the Barn to raise funds for Feast Down East

Feast Down East's annual gala to support local farmers is set for Saturday at the Arboretum. Courtesy image.

Get ready to dig your fork into some farm-fresh eats. Feast Down East’s Raise the Barn benefit dinner returns Saturday, bringing a tapas-style selection from a host of renowned local chefs. This year, the third annual event will be held outside on the picturesque grounds of the New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive. Diners […]


Local ‘Dancing with the Stars’ competition to benefit downtown school

Local celebrities will show off their moves at the May 14 event, but people can vote now, for a donation, for their favorites. Courtesy image.

Some area personalities will be two-stepping, twirling and tapping – a la a popular competition TV show – to raise money for a historic downtown school. Eight couples and one trio will stomp it out under the spotlight at Upper Room 1871, 412 Ann St., for Dancing with the Wilmington Stars, set for 7 p.m. […]


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