Riverwalk repair should wrap this week

  A closed portion of downtown Wilmington’s Riverwalk could reopen next week as the city winds down emergency repairs to support beams. The $50,500 beam repair has closed the riverside walkway at the foot of Market Street where Water Street intersects, but has not closed roadways, according to city spokeswoman Malissa Talbert. The city had […]

Judge declares mistrial in Belton murder trial

WILMINGTON – Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons declared a mistrial Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Davis Ray Belton. Belton was charged with killing his wife at their Wilmington home last year. After deliberating for several days, jurors told Parsons they were unable to come to a unanimous verdict Thursday, leading Parsons to declare […]

Azalea Fest coordinators hold contest for Riverfront Park design feature

WILMINGTON – It’s been a long time since anyone has tossed a wish-penny into the sunken fountain at downtown’s Riverfront Park. Water hasn’t gushed from its pipes for years, though the city is working toward a re-beautification of the surrounding property that one official said could ultimately be on scale with Charleston’s celebrated Waterfront Park. […]

Wave Transit seeks public comment on proposed fare hike

The cost of a bus ride for one adult would rise 50 cents to $2 in Wave Transit’s proposal to raise all of its fares, but before implementation the agency is seeking public input. The Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority (CFPTA), which operates Wave’s services, will hold a comment period that will last 90 days […]

35k gallons of wastewater spilled into Barnard’s Creek

WILMINGTON – A wastewater spill of 35,000 gallons flowed directly into Barnard’s Creek Thursday morning, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) said in a Friday news release. The authority explained that around 9:30 a.m.,  a private contractor the CFPUA hired had opened a series of valves on an 18-inch line during pipe-cleaning work. The […]

City makes counter-offer on proposed stadium project

WILMINGTON – After more than an hour in closed session Friday morning, the Wilmington City Council emerged with a counter-offer to the latest proposal from the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball Properties for a minor-league stadium in the city. The nature of the city’s new offer, or that of the Braves/Mandalay offer the city countered, […]

Wilmington’s spending on baseball proposal at $168,000 so far

WILMINGTON – Roughly $168,000 in public money has supported the exploration of minor league baseball in Wilmington as city officials continue to negotiate final costs for the proposed stadium. In the breakdown, most of it—$106,000—went to National Sports Services (NSS), the Topeka, Kan., group the city hired to determine the idea’s feasibility. The scenario pursued […]

SABLE replaces helicopter with surplus transfer

A military surplus transfer has afforded area law enforcement agencies a helicopter valued at $280,000 for crime-fighting. The 1968 Bell OH 58C Kiowa, an ex-Army helicopter transferred—not purchased—from Pitt County, will join the fleet of the Southeastern Airborne Law Enforcement Unit, or SABLE, which the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) operates with partners including the New […]

City may soon decide parking deck’s fate

The fate of downtown Wilmington’s two-level Water Street Parking Deck could surface later this month, though Wilmington City Council members are not aligned on whether to move ahead with demolition, or acting to extend the deck’s life another three to five years. Either option will cost money, but as the future use of the property […]