Pleasure Island’s Chowder Cook-Off has served its final sample


CAROLINA BEACH — One of Pleasure Island’s premier food events is coming to an end. The annual Chowder Cook-Off will no longer be held. But there will still be a spring culinary event. “It is with a sense of pride, remembrance and sorrow that, after 20 great years, the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off has officially […]

‘Reversal fatigue’ – Narcan and needle exchanges have saved thousands of lives, but not everyone is on board

"We don’t preach and we don’t judge. We build their trust and they’ll reach out to their mates. That’s how we build a peer-to-peer network. That’s how we can help. That’s just the old-school way we’ve always done it.”

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

More than 2,000 acres of North Carolina’s coast closed to shellfish harvesting

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SOUTHEASTERN, NORTH CAROLINA — State fisheries authorities have closed 2,450 acres of North Carolina’s coastal waters to shellfish harvesting after the waters failed to meet required bacteriological standards. Locally, nearly 200 acres of coastal waters in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties have been closed until further testing meets quality standards, according to the North […]

‘This numbs pain’ – The connection between mental health and opioids

"The desire to push things away, to not deal with it, to forget is powerful. Sadly, opioids are probably the best thing for forgetting.”

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Author’s note: Anecdotes and statistics agree, Wilmington is suffering an epidemic of opioid drug use. What remains unclear –– and what this series hopes to clarify –– are fundamental questions about the epidemic. The epidemic does not have one single narrative but, instead, intertwining threads. Street heroin has a different, but related, story to prescription drugs. Likewise, […]

Midtown YMCA grand opening is Saturday

The Midtown Y at the Temple Baptist Activity Center. (Courtesy of Carole Wirszylac)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington is about to get healthier in spirit, mind and body.  The Midtown Y at Temple Baptist Activity Center (709 George Anderson Drive) is preparing to officially open its doors to the Wilmington community as a new branch of the YMCA of Southeastern N.C. The community at large is invited to the Midtown Y’s Grand […]

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Wrightsville Beach company ready to introduce the next generation of solar power

"The day after the storm came through, it was bright and sunny. The storm was fast moving, it was a few hundred miles north. The sun was shining. But a lot of people who had traditional solar power, their houses were dark."

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — After Hurricane Matthew blew through North Carolina, thousands were left without power – even those with solar panels. A local tech company will help make sure that doesn’t happen again, if it can clear one, final hurdle. Koolbridge Solar, a Wrightsville Beach company founded in 2013, has spent several years developing a […]

Update: Wilmington chief, New Hanover County sheriff say filming police is legal after Uber incident

Can you shoot video of your interactions with police in North Carolina? Both a Wilmington Police officer and New Hanover County Sheriff's Department deputy told Uber driver Jesse Bright it was illegal recently. Their respective departments later said it was not. (Courtesy of Jesse Bright)

WILMINGTON, North Carolina — Leaders of both the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office have issued statements regarding a video of a late February traffic stop in Wilmington. The video, shot by a local Uber driver who is also an attorney, shows a traffic stop in during which the attorney claims authorities lied […]

Laney ROTC seniors nominated to U.S. Military service academies

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WILMINGTON — Two Laney High School ROTC seniors were recently nominated by U.S. House Representative David Rouzer for appointment to U.S. Military Service Academies. Chase Verzaal, commander of the Laney High School Air Force ROTC, and Charles Broder, deputy commander of the Laney High School Air Force ROTC, were honored at a reception recently held […]

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