Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in Wilmington

“The way to win this game, have a passionate group of fans who love what you’re doing,”

Johnny Lukes Kitchen Bar is bucking a trend in its location.

WILMINGTON – It’s location along Old Eastwood Road, heading northbound on Market Street, hasn’t provided a great history of success. But Johnny Luke’s Kitchen Bar has started to buck a trend as it inches closer to its first birthday on Feb. 15. From upwards of 20 rotating craft brews from across the Port City and North […]

Hoggard’s Scott Braswell tapped as new football coach at successful private school in Virginia

Scott Braswell. Photo courtesy Rodney Williams.

WOODBERRY FOREST, Virginia – A local legend will be returning to the sidelines this fall as longtime Hoggard Football Coach Scott Braswell has been tabbed to lead the successful Woodberry Forest School program in central Virginia. After 18 years of building the tradition of Vikings’ football on Shipyard Boulevard as head coach and later as […]

ALDI openings will offer relief in Wilmington job market, but not yet

"I started at $7.75 and when I left four years later I was at $8.95. It's hard in Wilmington."

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WILMINGTON – At the latest hiring event for ALDI, applicants were promised higher pay and medical benefits. But they were also told they might have to wait or travel for employment, at least for a while. The German-owned grocery store held its second hiring event in the Wilmington area on Tuesday, Jan 31. ALDI representatives […]

New vision test in Wilmington will spare many from ‘devastating diagnosis’

"It's devastating. A doctor would have to tell a patient, ‘you need to make plans, you need to prepare for blindness.”

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  WILMINGTON – By the time many of the 10 million people suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) get their diagnosis, they have already suffered irreversible vision loss. But a Wilmington doctor is trying to help change that. “It’s a devastating diagnosis,” said Dr. Edward Paul, a Wilmington doctor who treats the disorder. “You can […]

Don’t press send! Trae Bryant on lessons learned from harmless tweet gone viral (audio interview)

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WILMINGTON — Former NFL Head Coach and ESPN commentator Herm Edwards continuously warns athletes of all ages, using three simple words,  about posting thoughts on social media: Don’t Press Send! From President Trump taking to Twitter regularly, to Pittsburgh Steelers’ star wide-out Antonio Brown recently going on Facebook LIVE from inside the locker room following the […]

Mermaids set to take over the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Photo from the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Facebook page.

KURE BEACH — Ever dreamed of meeting a mermaid? You’ll get your chance in March when mermaids will be taking over the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Guests young and old are invited to be enchanted by the Weeki Wachee Mermaids for two weekends — March 3-5 and again March 10-12 — at the […]

Growing the ‘best damn oyster’: Inside the effort to get local oyster farming up to speed

"I’d stand my oysters up against the best. And it’s not because I’m smarter, or a better farmer, or using a better strain. It’s the water. It's where we are."

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  WILMINGTON – Oyster farming is sustainable, environmentally beneficial and potentially lucrative. So why doesn’t North Carolina have more oyster farms? “There’s no reason not to do this,” said Tim Holbrook, owner of the Masonboro Reserve Oyster Co., “They’re good for the environment, they’re delicious. And it’s not a bad office. “And yet,” he added, […]

A ‘dangerous’ and one-of-a-kind project: U.S.S. North Carolina cofferdam ahead of schedule despite obstacles

"The stakes are absolutely higher. This is a job that has to be done right.”

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WILMINGTON – Unique, challenging and more than a little dangerous – that’s how Neal Andrew, president of Andrew Consulting Engineers, described the cofferdam around the U.S.S. North Carolina. Yet, in spite of its difficulties, the project is reportedly ahead of schedule. The $8 million, state-funded cofferdam, designed by Andrew Consulting Engineers, will create a permanent […]

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 […]