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 […]

Property revaluations set to be mailed to New Hanover County residents

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Property owners in New Hanover County should expect to get their property revaluation in the mail in the coming days. The New Hanover County Tax Department has completed its 2017 tax revaluation for all properties in the county. Residential property owners are first on the mailing list and will receive a […]

Where We Live: Take a tour of the highest priced home on the Wrightsville Beach market

"This is not a place you buy for a rental. This is a place you buy because you really want a home and you really want to get away. You really want something that is the best of the best."

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Where We Live: A weekly look at the homes in the Cape Fear Region WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — They’re the types of homes that most people can only dream of. The latest “Where We Live” feature takes readers into the world of luxury homes with a tour of a Wrightsville Beach property that has recently been […]

Southeastern North Carolina Fishing Report for February 2017 with Captain Jot Owens

A nice Cape Fear River Striped Bass. (Courtesy: Capt. Jot Owens)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — February in Southeast N.C. is one of the tougher months to get out and fish, the weather windows are much smaller and the temp can be downright cold some days. But it’s not all doom and gloom, fishing can be great during February, especially when we have mild runs of weather. So […]

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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 […]

Here’s where to dump household chemicals and old electronics free and close to home in New Hanover County

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County is giving residents an easy way to dispose of household hazardous waste, and it starts next Monday. The county has created a new, mobile collection unit known as the “Hazwagon.”  Starting Monday, Jan. 16, the Hazwagon will travel to three locations in the county each week to allow […]

After a ‘WIIN’ for area beaches, Congressman Rouzer sets sights on ‘Obamacare’

Congressman David Rouzer, Republican of Johnston County.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — After helping to author a bi-partisan bill that will help maintain area beaches, Congressman David Rouzer is setting his sights on something that will receive much less bi-partisan support – repealing the Affordable Care Act, or as Rouzer calls it, “Obamacare.” As 2016 drew to a close, area beaches were fast […]

Red Cross schedules multiple blood drives in the face of blood, platelet shortages

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross has issued a call for blood donors.

WILMINGTON — The American Red Cross has made an emergency plea for blood and platelets after a scarcity of donations in November and December. Overall, the Red Cross received about 37,000 fewer donations during those months than anticipated. Hectic holiday schedules and severe weather that forced about 90 blood drives to cancel were among the […]