Former radio host loses husband in Missouri crash

A Wilmington radio personality sustained minor injuries on Tuesday, in a Missouri highway car crash that killed her husband. Joan Martin, known in the Wilmington area as “Joanie D” on WWQQ in the 1980s and ’90s and then on The Bone last year, was with her husband George when their RV crashed into a tractor […]

Pet saved from Wilmington house fire

A pet ferret was recovered in good health after it went missing during a fire Tuesday afternoon at a home in the 200 block of Bagley Drive. Firefighters weren’t able to capture the pet, but did secure it in an unburned room at the home. Fire officials report more than $90,000 in damages to the […]

Narcotics conviction gets Wilmington man 21-year sentence

A Wilmington man has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for narcotics trafficking. According to U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker, U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard sentenced 44-year-old Carl Eugene McPhaul  to 262 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. On May 7, McPhaul pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver […]

Former legislator McComas takes oath as Ports Authority board chairman

WILMINGTON – Former state legislator Danny McComas took his oath yesterday as the new chairman of the N.C. State Ports Authority (SPA) Board of Directors. McComas, a trucking company executive who earlier this month resigned from the N.C. General Assembly to accept the governor-appointed post, will serve the board until 2016. The 59-year-old New Hanover […]

‘Eco-tour’ of Bradley Creek marsh offered

Environmental educators at Airlie Gardens have announced a kayak “eco-tour” of the Bradley Creek tidal marsh scheduled for September 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Boats will depart from the Airlie dock. Offered in partnership with Hook, Line & Paddle Canoe & Kayak Outfitters, the guided eco-tour will “focus on the flora, fauna, and […]

Wilmington firefighters honor fallen brethren on Sept. 11

They stood silently, stoically—gilded shovels in hand—as the sound of bagpipes playing “Amazing Grace” permeated the fall air. Eleven years have passed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but on Tuesday members of the Wilmington Fire Department paid tribute to their fallen comrades—those lost on Sept. 11 and those lost throughout the life […]

Red Cross: Plan for emergencies during Nat’l Preparedness Month

It’s the nature of emergency to be caught off guard, but we don’t have to be helpless. That’s the message from the American Red Cross, which through September is spreading awareness of National Preparedness Month. The gist is this: Have a plan. It can save lives. “Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared […]

Public invited to ‘greenway’ meetings this week

The product of New Hanover County’s Comprehensive Greenway Plan would be a network of corridors safely connecting bicyclists and pedestrians with various destinations across the county. That could mean gas-free trips from neighborhoods to local grocery stores, post offices, schools and workplaces. But best implementation will depend on public input. For that, agencies collaborating on […]

Detour at Princess & North Third Street on Monday

Underground utility work will close Princess Street at North Third Street in Wilmington on Monday, meaning detours for some traffic. Westbound traffic on Princess Street will be detoured at Fourth Street. Eastbound traffic will be able to turn onto Third, but will not be able to cross the intersection, according to a news release from the […]