Mayor on shootings: “When do we say enough is enough?”

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Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo joined Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and other local leaders yesterday afternoon from City Hall, urging the community to “step up” to help find suspects in the recent drive-by shooting of a nine-year-old girl and make an extra effort to reduce community violence. The early morning shooting of a nine-year old girl in her home […]


The little big city: Wilmington a draw for small business, national franchises

The breakfast house and eatery, Famous Toastery, is one of several national franchises setting up shop in Wilmington. Image courtesy Famous Toastery.

Wilmington was recently named one of the best places in the country to start a small business, and Chris Suggs believes there is a simple reason: It’s large enough to support entrepreneurs but not so big that it doesn’t lose its small town feel. Suggs is a small business expert with FranNet, which matches would-be […]


National Weather Service predicts the rainiest winter in decades

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Due to this year’s strong El Niño season, representatives from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington believe this winter could see the highest precipitation totals in decades, rivaling some of the strongest events in recent history and creating a high potential for river flooding. According to Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist and climate program leader […]


Dosher Memorial Hospital hosting semi-annual pill drop-off event

It’s time to gather up those outdated or unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal. Dosher Memorial Hospital is hosting its semi-annual Operation Medicine Cabinet on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to James M. Goss, the hospital’s director of marketing and community relations. Area residents can safely dispose out-of-date or other […]


Work underway to improve safety at Kenan Fountain intersection

Kenan Fountain occupies the middle of the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Market Street in Wilmington. Port City Daily file photo.

City of Wilmington construction crews continue work on a project to make safety and lighting improvements at the Fifth Avenue and Market Street intersection where the historic Kenan fountain is located. The full project is expected to be completed this fall. Wilmington City Council approved a new lighting scheme last year for the fountain, citing the […]


CFCC receives scholarship donations

Rick DeCrescente, Alliance Credit Union's regional vice president and Kandra Romeo, Alliance business relationship manager, present a scholarship donation  to Dana McKoy, director of annual giving for the CFCC Foundation.

An area organization and a local business have continued to show their support for Cape Fear Community College students. Both Wilmington Riverfest, which organizes the annual downtown fall festival of the same name, and Alliance Credit Union recently contributed to college scholarships. Earlier this month, the Riverfest planning committee gave a donation to CFCC’s Marine […]


Wilmington’s outdoor dining scene tops USA Today poll

USA Today readers have declared Historic Downtown Wilmington as the top place in the country to take in some outdoor dining. In an online poll for “Best Al Fresco Dining” neighborhood in the country, Wilmington took the top spot, with Fifth Avenue South in Naples, Florida coming in second and Mainstreet Greenville, South Carolina placing […]


Downtown’s Library Park to undergo renovation, name change

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The Library Park, which sits adjacent to the Main Library on the corner of Chestnut and Third streets, will soon be in the midst of a renovation that county commissioners hope will transform the space from a loitering destination to an innovative learning environment. According to county officials, the new park called The Carolina Courtyard is intended […]


Wilmington neighborhoods may see a new style of communal housing

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Wilmington could see progressive cottage housing communities pop up in pre-existing residential neighborhoods. In a 6-to-1 vote, with Councilman Kevin O’Grady dissenting, Council members approved an ordinance changing the city’s Land Development Code to allow for clustered cottage-style housing developments. Also known as “pocket neighborhoods,” these single-family courtyard developments are a type of detached housing […]


Police Chief: Murder suspect arrested in one of two fatal shootings

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, left, speaks to media about a recent arrest along with Capt. Jim Varrone. Photo by Christina Haley, Port City Daily

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have charged a city man with first-degree murder in connection with one of two fatal shootings that ended in a wreck this week. Investigators say the two incidents are neither related nor associated with gang activity. Montrell Dyshawn Sweet, 22, of Wilmington, turned himself into police headquarters sometime after […]


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