Year in Review: Most-read general news stories in 2015

ElGaleon arrival Wilmington

The waning days of 2015 saw Port City Daily taking a look back at the most read stories of the year in several categories, including high school sports, crime, business and more. But which general news stories had readers clicking and sharing when they first published? Below is a listing – in countdown order – […]

Former police chief, tourism director win mayoral seats in Southport, Oak Island

Retired police chief Jerry Dove, seen here with wife, Sherry, will face off Tuesday against popular local doctor Joseph Patrick Hatem for the city's mayor. Courtesy photo.

A former police chief has edged out a victory over a well-known local doctor to become the new mayor of Southport. Jerry Dove beat Joe Pat Hatem, an internist at Dosher Memorial Hospital, by 79 votes in Tuesday night’s municipal election. Dove retired in October after 21 years as Southport’s law enforcement leader. Dove earned […]

Election Director: ‘It’s been a pretty smooth day’

Port City Daily file photo.

About an hour before the polls closed for the 2015 Municipal Elections, nearly 7,600 voters had cast ballots in New Hanover County. That’s according to the unofficial numbers provided by 30 county precincts Tuesday evening. Elections Director with the New Hanover County Board of Elections Derek Bowens said that while the numbers did seem a […]

2015 Municipal Elections: Polls open until 7:30 p.m.

Signs at polling places inform voters of upcoming changes in voting requirements. While not required this year, North Carolina's voter ID law will require photo identification in 2016. Photo by Jonathan Spiers.

Election Day is here, and voters across the Cape Fear Region will be casting their ballots for municipal races in the area. Polling locations for the 2015 Municipal Elections are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at all precincts in North Carolina, according to the board of elections. To find your area precinct click here […]

Former police chief, tourism director among mayoral candidates in Southport, Oak Island

Retired police chief Jerry Dove, seen here with wife, Sherry, will face off Tuesday against popular local doctor Joseph Patrick Hatem for the city's mayor. Courtesy photo.

A longtime police chief and a director of tourism are vying to lead two coastal Brunswick County towns. Jerry Dove, head of the Southport Police Department for 21 years, announced in June he would retire effective Oct. 1 from his post to seek the city’s mayoral seat, soon after Mayor Robert Howard said publicly he […]

Ferries delayed due to high water levels

Boat commuters may have noticed a spike in ferry route suspensions in the last couple of weeks. The Southport – Fort Fisher ferry, for instance, has had delays or cancellations every day this week so far. According to N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division Communications Officer Tim Hass, this is yet another side effect of […]

Hundreds of wind turbines could be off Bald Head Island in 10 years

Potential View of Turbines

About 10 years from now, if you’re standing on the beach of Bald Head Island and look out toward the Atlantic horizon, you might be able to see a line of turbines – hundreds of them – spinning from the strong winds flowing over the ocean. Federal officials with the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) […]

Gallery: Back-to-back storms bring flooding to the area

Canal Drive and Carl Winner Drive in Carolina Beach 10_2_15(1)

  For Wilmington-area residents persistent precipitation has left the ground over-saturated and low-lying areas flooded. Port City Daily has been keeping an eye on road closures and flooded areas, particularly in the beach towns, which have already seen significant amounts of rainfall and beach erosion due to the storms that have been pounding the region. […]

UPDATE: Wilmington joins New Hanover, Brunswick counties declare states of emergency

Residents in Carolina Beach standing on the peer. Photo by Hanna Leava.

UPDATED: Friday, 9:30 p.m. Brunswick County is opening a shelter at West Brunswick High School after receiving reports of significant flooding in the Carolina Shores area. The shelter will allow pets. Crews are in the Carolina Shores area working to check neighborhoods and evacuate residents as needed. Residents whose homes are taking in water should […]

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