‘Hands on the elephant’: Who are the people using opioids around Wilmington?

"There are types, but there isn’t a type. There's no simple answer."

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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, […]

Teen charged with murder in New Hanover County

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A teen has been charged with murder in the death of a 57-year-old man on Saturday. Khai Anthony Ressler, 17, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Oscar Curtis Adams, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance […]

Heart of Carolina opens in downtown’s Cotton Exchange

WILMINGTON — Heart of Carolina recently celebrated a grand opening that included a ribbon cutting with Mayor Bill Saffo, City Council member Kevin O’Grady along with friends and family. Situated on the ground floor of the iconic Cotton Exchange, the ceremony was officiated by Wilmington Downtown Incorporated. Heart of Carolina carries an eclectic array of […]

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Fire departments seeking search and rescue funding before disaster strikes

Search and Rescue members train on concrete at CFCC's North Campus. Photos by Christina Haley.

North Carolina’s Search and Rescue Program helped save more than 2,000 citizens during Hurricane Matthew. Now, a new bill introduced in  the State House of Representatives could provide the funding needed to consistently support the program’s future. House Bill 189, recently introduced to the state legislature, lays out language and guidelines for the program to follow, […]

Rise in traffic fatalities linked to aging population, distracted driving

The Wilmington area can't hide from the rise in traffic crashes across the state.

RALEIGH – With about 20 percent of the population in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties 65 years and older, The Insurance Federation of North Carolina (IFNC) is offering senior drivers, as well as all drivers, several safety tips to help alleviate traffic accidents. TRIP, a national transportation research group, reported that 18 percent of […]

Meet Smart Start of New Hanover County, preparing our children for success in schools

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WILMINGTON — There are only about 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when that child begins kindergarten, and experiences during that time have a lasting impact on later learning, health, and success. Smart Start of New Hanover County’s mission is to ensure every child has all they need for healthy growth […]

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Myrtle Grove Middle School Wins UNCW’s 8th Annual Black History Quiz Bowl

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WILMINGTON — In UNCW’s 8th Annual Black History Quiz Bowl, recently held in the Lumina Theater at the Fisher Student Center, Myrtle Grove defeated Williston 110 points to 90 points in a championship match. The event was sponsored by the UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center, UNCW Black Student Union, UNCW National Pan-Hellenic Council, and […]

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Beyond ‘bad hombres’ – border visit opens Rouzer’s eyes to ‘humanitarian’ immigration issues

"Actually going there is like going from black and white television to 3D.”

WILMINGTON – Last week Congressman David Rouzer traveled to the Texas-Mexico border. The trip, he said, changed the way he saw the issue of border security and immigration. Congressman Rouzer was part of a caucus of Republicans inspecting border security measures along a 160-mile route from McAllen to Laredo. The group, which included Senators John […]

‘Bee Hope and Sea Change’, fine art exhibition benefits clean oceans and pollinators

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WILMINGTON — Darren Mulvenna, a well-known Wilmington artist and the curator of the Caprice Bistro Gallery (where he also tends bar), will host the opening reception for an exhibition of new paintings called “Bee Hope and Sea Change” on Thursday March 16, from 7-10 p.m. at 10 Market St. “We live in environmentally challenging times,” […]

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Opioids, ‘one of the most frightening issues of our time’

“It’s one of the most frightening issues of our time. It’s also one of the most important." --- Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo

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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. […]