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 […]


Where We Live: Castle Hayne man’s home doubles as ‘organic artist retreat’

There’s the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure; that statement couldn’t be more true for Walker.

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Where We Live: A weekly look at the homes in the Cape Fear Region CASTLE HAYNE — Over a set of railroad tracks in northern New Hanover County, down a winding dirt and gravel road, there’s a 10-acre plot of land by the Cape Fear River that Allen Walker calls home. Welcome to “Walker World,” […]


Out of the darkness, into the light: Fort Apache and the art of second chances (and the final resting place of Herbie the Love Bug)

"It's just unbelievable what people throw away. I'm happy to save it, make something out of it."

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SUPPLY – Fort Apache, like its owner and operator, is all about second chances. On a stretch of Brunswick county back road, a 28-acre compound is mostly hidden behind high wooden walls. In the front yard are an exceptional number of toilets, vintage cars and two buses, covered in anti-drug paraphernalia. Through a chain-link fence, […]


Breaking a curse? Lifelong cooks believe they can make it happen in College Road spot

"And once they try the food, they'll realize we're doing something special. It'll be worth it for them to come back."

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WILMINGTON — The restaurant space at 1016 S. College Road has seen a lot businesses open and then close, sometimes in less than a year. Konstantinos Fontanas and his wife, Carlene, are hoping to change that trend with KC’s Good Times Diner, which opened several weeks ago. In the last six years, the space has […]


Escape to Utah: Journal entries from a constant wanderer

Travel and destination photographer T.J. Drechsel, a Wilmington resident, just returned from Park City, Utah where he brought in the New Year alongside a few celebrities from Dancing With The Stars.

Flying over the Rocky Mountains.

It was his fifth visit to the Rocky Mountains, but once again, T.J. Drechsel was reminded why that spectacular view from the airplane window never gets old. “When you cross the plains in Kansas and start flying into Colorado, the contrast in landscape is just beautiful,” said Drechsel, a travel and destination photographer from Wilmington, […]


DA: Leland shooting was legally justified after officer was shot multiple times without provocation

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“Not only are Officer Schwenk’s actions justified, they are heroic.”   BRUNSWICK COUNTY — District Attorney Jon David has declared the actions of Leland Officer Jacob Schwenk justified in the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Brent Quinn in December. David announced the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation concluded its investigation about one month after the […]


With massive protester turnout, Carolina Beach shuts down helicopter tours

"I like win-win situations. I look for them I work hard for them. But I don't see that here." - Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox.

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  CAROLINA BEACH — The Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, was packed with protesters, overflowing into the parking lot where people listened to the proceedings over the loudspeaker. So many vehicles arrived that Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey had to intervene, preventing tow trucks from clearing the lot. It appeared that Alex […]


Wilmington International Airport flying high after record year

" ... as we got closer, we were all thinking that we might beat 2010. We didn’t want to talk about it out loud, of course, until the final numbers came in the other day.”

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WILMINGTON – Wilmington International Airport (ILM) had a record-breaking year in 2016, beating its previous record set in 2010. Airport Director Julie Wilsey told Port City Daily, “We were pretty confident in November that we would beat 2015, but as we got closer, we were all thinking that we might beat 2010. We didn’t want […]


The challenges of fresh, local and sustainable seafood; behind the scenes at Farmin’ Brands

"What we really care about,” said Mairs, “is getting the best possible fish to people."

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  WILMINGTON – Fresh, local and sustainable – those were the buzzwords when the Farmin’ on Front grocery store opened in November in downtown Wilmington. These simple-sounding ideals are at the forefront of modern cuisine, from the seafood counter at grocery stores to the menus of the best local restaurants. But the reality behind this ethos […]


Business heats up at Port of Wilmington Cold Storage

"Everything in the Cold Storage facility is built for expansion - we’re ready."

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WILMINGTON – The Port of Wilmington Cold Storage facility is bigger and colder than anything most people have ever seen or felt. And for businesses small and large, it is starting to heat up. The Cold Storage facility is a massive, 3 billion cubic foot facility, divided into a refrigerated loading and storage dock, a […]


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