Wrightsville’s standup paddleboarding event goes international

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — West Marine Carolina Cup, the world’s largest gathering of professional and amateur standup paddleboard athletes, has added the World Paddle Association’s World SUP Tour in 2017. The West Marine Carolina Cup was created by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club in 2011 as a week-long event “where people who paddle from all over the […]

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This captain says sailing offers a different coastal boating experience

"I love getting people that live here out on the water to really explore their town in a way that they never have before."

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — March begins the official start of the sailing season for Captain Dustin Frye. Frye, owner and Captain of Wrightsville Performance Sailing, launched his 26-foot J80 racing sailboat, named “Claire” on Friday afternoon, for the start of the 2017 sailing season. The launch took place at Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington. From there, […]

A near-death accident ended his attempted circumnavigation, now he’s seeing the magic of Wrightsville

"Something awful happened, one of the worst things that could have happened, but I found myself kind of surfing on this beautiful wave of humanity."

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  WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – It was a quiet Monday evening, about one hour after sunset, when a fireball erupted from the cabin of a sailboat moored in Banks Channel. The blast heavily damaged the boat and badly injured its sole occupant, Timothy Wilkinson. The explosion, caused by a propane leak, was “devastating, it was total […]

The long run: Planning the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon not a sprint, but a distance race

Runners coming over the Heide Trask drawbridge from Wrightsville Beach over to Wilmington. Photo courtesy- Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

WILMINGTON — Similar to how runners are training for the upcoming Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon, the logistics behind setting up an event of this size is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. This spring, upwards of 4,000 participants will take to the streets across the Wilmington area for the eighth edition of what has become […]

Southeastern North Carolina Fishing Report for February 2017 with Captain Jot Owens

A nice Cape Fear River Striped Bass. (Courtesy: Capt. Jot Owens)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — February in Southeast N.C. is one of the tougher months to get out and fish, the weather windows are much smaller and the temp can be downright cold some days. But it’s not all doom and gloom, fishing can be great during February, especially when we have mild runs of weather. So […]

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New brewery-restaurant to champion all things local, especially oysters

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WILMINGTON – With a dozen craft breweries in the area, and more on the way, it is becoming increasingly important for new businesses to set themselves apart. Wrightsville Beach Brewery’s owner Jud Watkins hopes his new establishment’s dedication to all things local will do just that. “When we started thinking about this, there was one […]

Here’s where to dump household chemicals and old electronics free and close to home in New Hanover County

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County is giving residents an easy way to dispose of household hazardous waste, and it starts next Monday. The county has created a new, mobile collection unit known as the “Hazwagon.”  Starting Monday, Jan. 16, the Hazwagon will travel to three locations in the county each week to allow […]

After a ‘WIIN’ for area beaches, Congressman Rouzer sets sights on ‘Obamacare’

Congressman David Rouzer, Republican of Johnston County.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — After helping to author a bi-partisan bill that will help maintain area beaches, Congressman David Rouzer is setting his sights on something that will receive much less bi-partisan support – repealing the Affordable Care Act, or as Rouzer calls it, “Obamacare.” As 2016 drew to a close, area beaches were fast […]

Wilmington artist Tatyana Kulida comes home to lead immersive painting workshop

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WILMINGTON —Former Wilmingtonian, Tatyana Kulida is back to lead an immersive painting workshop at the Cameron Art Museum. “I like to work in Wilmington because it feels like I am coming home – I have my house here, as well as many very dear friends,” Kulida said. “I always have a hard time leaving because […]

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Red Cross schedules multiple blood drives in the face of blood, platelet shortages

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross has issued a call for blood donors.

WILMINGTON — The American Red Cross has made an emergency plea for blood and platelets after a scarcity of donations in November and December. Overall, the Red Cross received about 37,000 fewer donations during those months than anticipated. Hectic holiday schedules and severe weather that forced about 90 blood drives to cancel were among the […]

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