Prayer vigil to honor victims of gun violence

In an effort to remember victims of local shootings–and show unity towards ending gun violence–more than 15 area faith communities and grassroots organizations are coming together for a candlelight prayer vigil next month. The vigil is set for 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Theater Park, 12 N. Front St., on Monday, Dec. 14–the two-year […]

Thalian Hall announces slate of holiday-themed productions

The Jive Aces and The Satin Dollz bring their jump and jivin' holiday show to Thalian Hall on Dec. 1. Courtesy photos.

Thalian Hall is ringing in the holidays on the main stage. The downtown theater house, 310 Chestnut St., is offering up seven festive productions and events, kicking off on Tuesday, Dec. 1 with “Swing’n The Holidays,” featuring The Jive Aces and The Satin Dollz. The United Kingdom’s top jive and swing band bring a high-energy […]

The Scene: A look at some post-Thanksgiving kid-friendly activities

A miniature Christmas village is among the displays at the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society's annual Holiday Train Expo, which kicks off Friday. Courtesy photos.

Thanksgiving is upon us, and friends and family have gathered together for a grand meal. But after you’ve eaten your fill of turkey and stuffing today, your thoughts may turn to what to do to with the kids over the long holiday weekend. Never fear–we’ve got some suggestions for a few family-friendly after-Thanksgiving activities sure […]

Fire safety tips for cooking during the Thanksgiving holiday

Fire on South Kerr

Fire safety is always important to remember in the kitchen, especially during the Thanksgiving holiday. Members of the Wilmington Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association want people to remember safety as families, friends and neighbors gather for this fall cooking tradition, which is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas […]

Troopers target I-40 during statewide holiday safety campaign

Troopers and wildlife officers will be on the look-out for impaired drivers on the roadways and waterways. Courtesy photo.

Troopers with the N.C. State Highway Patrol and local authorities are participating in a statewide safety campaign on heavily traveled interstates during the Thanksgiving holiday. Among those targeted in the Cape Fear region include Interstate 40. Highway patrol and the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program will be joined by law enforcement agencies across the state […]

Government offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday


Many area government offices and facilities will be closed over the Thanksgiving holiday. The following is a rundown of all the offices closed, including a schedule of government services. Wilmington City of Wilmington government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27. City offices will reopen on Monday, Nov. 30. Trash services […]

Crime notebook: Two men charged with taking Venus flytraps; arrest in Carolina Beach thefts from vehicles

The famously rare carnivorous plants are native only to this part of the globe. Pictured here is a family of flytraps at the Rehder garden (with the one to the far left enjoying a meal). Photo by Ben Brown.

Brunswick County Two men were arrested after allegedly taking plants from Orton Plantation, including the rare and often poached, Venus Flytrap. Scottie Gerome Stevenson, 44, and David Joel Lewis, 23, were each charged with one count of felony taking Venus Flytraps, one count of second-degree trespassing, and 149 counts of misdemeanor taking of certain wild […]

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