Slideshow: Surfers introduce autistic children to the calming sea

One of the participants celebrates catching a wave during Surfers Healing in Wrightsville Beach on Monday. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – Over 250 children on the autism spectrum were able to catch some waves Monday morning thanks to a national organization and hundreds of local volunteers. Surfers Healing, a California-based group that believes in the calming power of the ocean and helps kids with autism get on surfboards, stopped in Wrightsville Beach on […]


Forecasters update Atlantic hurricane predictions as peak of season approaches

Satellite image of Hurricane Earl, the most recent named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

WILMINGTON – Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have updated their 2016 Atlantic hurricane season predictions, increasing the number of named storms they expect this year. Their initial prediction, made in May, said there was a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms this year. The new update predicts a 70 […]


Family of missing swimmer Charles ‘Chuck’ Kuebler still ‘holding out hope for a miracle’

Family members and friend gather during a vigil for missing swimmer Charles "Chuck" Kuebler, who disappeared Tuesday from Wrightsville Beach. Photos by Christina Haley.

  WILMINGTON – Two days into the search for missing swimmer Charles “Chuck” Kuebler, hundreds of people gathered at a vigil held on Wrightsville Beach to show their love and support Thursday evening. The 58-year-old Wilmington resident went missing Tuesday after a morning swim. His vehicle was found in the parking lot of Robert’s Grocery […]


Heat index to top 100 all week in Wilmington area

Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s all week, with the heat index hitting 105 every day. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

It’s going to be hot during the week ahead, with heat indices across southeastern North Carolina expected to be over 100 degrees through Friday. The sweltering days and nights are due to a large area of high pressure sitting over the southern United States. “We’re forecasting the heat index to exceed 105 degrees each day,” […]


UNCW sees record-breaking rise in donations

UNCW men's basketball and a host of other athletic teams are among the beneficiaries of the campus' largest pool of private donations. File photo.

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks are soaring high after a stellar year of contributions to the local college. Campus officials recently announced a record-breaking $14.9 million in donations during the 2015-16 fiscal cycle. The total figure came from nearly 16,000 individual gifts – about half of which were $50 or less – that will benefit students, faculty, programs […]


Planned vocational high school gets state backing

CFCC's north campus is a potential site for a CTE high school, which just received state funds to assist with planning and designing the campus. Courtesy image.

A vocational high school in the works for New Hanover County has gotten some major backing from state lawmakers. The local district announced last week the N.C. House of Representatives included a $1 million grant for the career-technical education (CTE) campus, which could begin welcoming students as early as August 2017. The money has been […]


ILM planning on more visitors for 2017 Wells Fargo Championship

Wilmington International Airport (ILM). Photo by Hannah Leyva.

As the Wilmington area prepares to host the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, which is part of the PGA Tour, next May, officials at Wilmington International Airport are working to make sure their facility is ready to handle the extra influx of visitors. The airport currently handles 750,000 to 800,000 commercial passengers a year. The major […]


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