Brunswick County to start enforcing no charging policy for school lunches

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — For some Brunswick County students, no money will mean no school lunch, beginning in January.  When Brunswick County students return to school on Jan. 2, there will be some changes to the way many receive school lunch. The district on that date will begin to fully enforce the no-charge policy for high […]


Brunswick County residents now eligible for FEMA aid

This screenshot provided by the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation shows the Whiteville substation during Hurricane Matthew. (Photo courtesy BEMC).

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Residents in hurricane-ravaged Brunswick County will now be getting some help from FEMA. Brunswick County, which saw catastrophic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, started receiving assistance from the federal agency on Oct. 10. However, that funding was limited to support for county and local government agencies. The new FEMA announcement […]


Silver Alert issued for Southport teen, missing for a week

Gabrielle Grace Ryman

SOUTHPORT — A Silver Alert has been issued for Gabrielle Grace Ryman, a Southport teenager who has been missing for a week. Gabrielle, 15, was last seen at her residence in the 400 block of W. West Street in Southport at about 12:30 p.m.  Oct. 11, according to the Southport Police Department. The Silver Alert […]


Gas shortage: Wilmington feeling the effects of Colonial Pipeline leak

A pump at the BP gas station in the Landfall Center displays an out sign on their gas pump. (Photo by Mike Kane.)

WILMINGTON — North Carolina is one of six states in the country facing gas shortages due to a leak of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama, which supplies fuel from the Gulf to the east coast. The Wilmington area is starting to feel the effects of the Colonial Pipeline leak discovered earlier this month. According to […]


Hermine: Latest street closures, cancellations and changes from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties

Hurricane Hermine is making its way toward the Carolina's. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

UPDATED with information from Carolina Beach at 5 p.m. UPDATED with transportation information at 3:30 p.m. UPDATED with Shallotte Town Hall’s closure at 2:45 p.m. UPDATED with information from New Hanover County at 2 p.m. Updated at 12:43 with information from the Wilmington YMCA after school program. UPDATED with information from New Hanover Schools at […]


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 […]


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