Cause of Kings Beach Store fire undetermined but not suspicious

A fire destroyed Kings Beach Store in Wrightsville Beach on Friday afternoon. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

The cause of the fire that destroyed a landmark waterfront business and caused thick smoke to fill the blue skies over Wrightsville Beach Friday afternoon is still unknown, according to a release from Wrightsville Beach Fire Chief Glen Rogers. Firefighters from the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue […]


Wilmington in the running for Outside Magazine’s ‘Best Town’ title

Wilmington's Cross-City Trail is a plus for Outdoor Magazine editors, who named the city among its nominees for Best Towns of 2016, a list that aims to find the top place for active lifestyles. File photo

Update: Wilmington is no longer in the running for the online poll, having lost in the first round to Ketchikan, Alaska. Tack another accolade onto the Port City. Wilmington was recently selected as a finalist for Outside Magazine’s Best Towns of 2016, a contest launched in partnership with apparel brand Toad&Co. The city is one […]


Coldwell Banker names local branch as best in state, top in nation

Between Sea Coast's 11 offices and 18 locations with which it has ownership interests, the local Coldwell Baker company saw more than $2 billion in sales last year. Courtesy photo.

A Wilmington-based realty firm is among the best in the business across the state and nationwide. Real estate franchise Coldwell Banker recently named local company Sea Coast Advantage as its top NC agency for 2015 based on sales, according to a release. Sea Coast also came in at number four in the country among more […]


Wrightsville Beach landmark destroyed in blaze

A Wrightsville Beach firefighter works to put out the fire at Kings near Johnnie Mercers Pier. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. Fire crews from the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue are still working to put out hot spots. The building is gutted inside and flames could still be seen from the street, but the fire is contained to the one building. No civilians or emergency […]


Local paddleboarders among top finishers in Carolina Cup races

The Annual Carolina Cup Championship featured competitors from all over the world. Photo courtesy- Robert Baggett.

Annabel Anderson of New Zealand captured her fourth consecutive victory in the women’s division of the Carolina Cup elite Graveyard Race around Wrightsville Beach on Saturday. In an incredible achievement, Anderson bested her nearest competitor Candice Appleby of California by over five minutes on the grueling 13.5-mile ocean and flat water standup paddleboard course. On […]


U.S. Cellular supports local Boys and Girls Club with donation, hands-on help

Luis Vargas, sales manager for U.S. Cellular in Wilmington, works with Brigade Boys and Girls Club member Hannah White to plant flowers and shrubs outside the Vance Street club as part of the company's second-annual 'Month of Giving' program. Courtesy photo.

U.S. Cellular employees and members of the Brigade Boys and Girls Club picked up some shovels and rakes this week to get an early start on Earth Day. In honor of the annual observance, held each year on April 22, U.S. Cellular staff teamed up with kids and club leaders Tuesday on a campus beautification […]


Fundraising underway for local teen robotics team headed to global championship

The 29 high school students that make up local robotics team Wired Wizards are hoping to collect enough funds to take on their peers across the globe at an international competition next week. Courtesy photos.

A local group of tech-savvy teens is hoping to put its robots in the ring against opponents from around the globe. Wilmington robotics team Wired Wizards, is in the last days of a quickly organized online fundraising¬†drive for an upcoming trip to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition or Science and Technology) World Robotics Competition […]


Elite athletes return to paddle their way around Wrightsville Beach

Stand up paddlers get ready near the Blockade Runner Resort. Photo courtesy of Peter Newman and Aerial Images ILM.

The 6th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup, the largest stand up paddle board race in the country, has returned to Wrightsville Beach. “I look forward to the Carolina Cup paddleboard race each year,” Australian Travis Grant, the 2015 male champion in the cup’s elite competition, said in a release. “It’s the first big race of […]


A new playground for all in Wrightsville Beach

A rendering of the new Wrightsville Beach Park Playground currently under construction.

Thanks to a $300,000 grant from Trillium Health Resources,¬†Wrightsville Beach Park is getting a new play area that will be accessible to children with special needs. The inclusive playground, which will replace the existing children’s area at the park near the town hall complex, is now under construction, according to Wrightsville Beach Recreation Program Supervisor […]


“Shore Stories” film series comes to Wrightsville Beach tonight

"Shore Stories" - a series of six films on the fight against offshore oil and gas drilling in North Carolina. Courtesy photo.

A series of six films focusing on the efforts of North Carolina-based environmental groups to keep the federal government from leasing land off the Atlantic Coast for oil and gas drilling will be screened in Wrightsville Beach Tuesday evening. The shorts, made by Wilmington-based national non-profit Working Films, focus on the organizations fighting against offshore […]


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