Teen testifies he was ‘choked’ by police officer during arrest

A Wilmington police corporal is on trial in New Hanover County Superior Court on charges he assaulted a 16-year-old boy while the teen was being arrested. Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of James Coley Johnson, a 25-year veteran with the Wilmington Police Department. He faces charges of misdemeanor simple assault and failure to discharge […]

Ogden Skatepark site undergoes construction this week

The site of the future Ogden skatepark will officially go under development this week. Photo of the construction site courtesy of New Hanover County Parks and Gardens.

Construction on the Ogden Skatepark in northern New Hanover County is scheduled to get underway this week. Grindline Skatepark staff officially began construction at the skatepark located at 615 Ogden Park Drive on Tuesday morning, according to New Hanover County Parks and Gardens. Some site preparation had been completed in advance of their arrival. According to county […]

‘Near normal’ Atlantic hurricane season predicted

Pop's Homemade Ice Cream at 1114 S. Lake Park Boulevard closed the first weekend in October 2015 thanks to Hurricane Joaquin. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center has forecast a “near normal” 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. According to NOAA, that means a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, or storms that have sustained winds of 39 miles per hour or higher. Four to eight of those could become hurricanes (winds […]

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 […]

BBQ joint, downtown nightclub and historic church among locations for two TV shows

The History channel drama, 'Six,' will film a funeral scene at Westminster Presbyterian this month. Courtesy photo.

A historic church and a hopping downtown nightclub are among the upcoming locations for two locally filmed television series. Production on the first season of TNT’s “Good Behavior” and the History channel drama “Six” continues this week and next, with shoots scheduled at Westminster Presbyterian and in City Limits Saloon, among other spots around town. […]

Memorial Day closings in the Cape Fear region; open area attractions

The USS Battleship North Carolina hosts an annual Memorial Day observance. Photo courtesy of the Battleship.

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, several area government offices will be closed and some services will be adjusted. City of Wilmington City of Wilmington offices will be closed on Monday, May 30. Trash service will run on a regular schedule. City trash customers who normally have their trash and yard waste picked up on […]

Weekly detour: Construction, closures ahead

Here’s a list of road construction work May 30 – June 5, per the City of Wilmington and North Carolina Department of Transportation. City of Wilmington 41st Street – nighttime lane closures between Shipyard Boulevard and Oleander Drive until June 3 for repaving and repairs. Two-way traffic and access to all businesses, schools and residences in […]

County buildings win preservation, new development awards

320 Chestnut St. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Two buildings funded by county taxpayers were honored at the 2016 Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Preservation Awards ceremony, which was held on May 19. The building at 320 Chestnut St., which is home to several county government offices, was recognized as an example of a successful rehabilitation and preservation of an old building from the 1950s. […]

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