10 North Carolina state parks that are an easy trip from Wilmington

From the untouched terrain at Hammocks Beach to paddling the Dan River at Hanging Rock State Park, there is no reason not to visit any of these beautiful venues in the coming months.

Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County. Photo courtesy NC State Parks

As North Carolina celebrated the 100th anniversary of its state parks last year, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation said it saw a record number of visitors. Despite the wildfires that closed state parks on the western side of the state for long stretches last fall, and the damage left from Hurricane Matthew on […]

Is the education system failing or flourishing? Issues up for debate at UNCW

Winter Park Elementary is one of 11 New Hanover County schools that will open library doors to students this summer. Courtesy photo.

WILMINGTON – As the debate continues from Washington D.C. to Main Street U.S.A. on whether the American education system is failing or flourishing, several issues will be up for discussion this week on the campus of UNC-Wilmington. The Watson College of Education will host a live “NC SPIN” debate featuring four speakers with diverse views about […]

Letter from dad inspires local runner to first-place finish at Wrightsville Beach Marathon


WILMINGTON – The motivation one may use to fuel themselves in an athletic competition varies from person to person. For Wilmington resident Erin Hogston, a letter penned by her late father while he was stationed overseas – found just days before this weekend’s race – helped provide reassurance that dad was watching. Racing conditions were about […]

Roadtrip with your dog? Two North Carolina beaches named among 10 Best Pet Friendly Beaches

Topsail Beach and Nags Head were featured in this recent list with input from both locals and vacationers on where they like to take their pets for some fun in the sun.

Relaxing dog at the beach

If you’re planning out that spring break beach trip and you’re not sure what to do with your furry companion, Wilmington dog owners can rest assured. Topsail and Nags Head beaches in North Carolina were recently featured as two of the 10 Best Pet Friendly Beaches in the United States. The list was generated based […]

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 […]

Wilmington police officer orders Uber driver to stop filming traffic stop, prompts internal investigation

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina — At least two police officers recently claimed it was illegal to take video of  police officers. Those claims appear to have been misleading, resulting in an internal investigation at the Wilmington Police Department. Follow up: Wednesday, March 8, 12:50 p.m.:  Wilmington chief, New Hanover County sheriff say filming police is legal after incident […]

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