Bell-Clemmons House Bed and Breakfast celebrates first year under couple’s ownership

Bell-Clemmons House room

SOUTHPORT — Four years ago Cathi and Rick Ulrich were living and working in separate states when they met by chance at a bed and breakfast in Beaufort, North Carolina. They married a year later and in 2015 the couple moved to coastal North Carolina where their relationship began. It’s by coincidence, Cathi Ulrich said, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Creatures of the wild come to Halyburton for park’s nature series

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will bring one of its "living dinosaurs" to Halyburton Park for a program on alligators. The park will offer several nature sessions this month. Courtesy photo.

Wildlife enthusiasts of all ages can catch a close-up glimpse of some local critters during Halyburton Park’s summer nature series. The series, now underway, offers participants a chance to engage with area experts and interact—at a short distance—with fierce and beautiful animals native to the Cape Fear region. The program kicked off in late June […]


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. […]


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