‘Me-wow!’ Wilmington might be getting its first ‘cat cafe’

"It's a chance for these cats, who might not get adopted or even seen, to get some exposure, and for people to fall in love with them."

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WILMINGTON — Delia Valenti Eveland, a self-described “crazy cat lady,” has wanted Wilmington to have its own “cat café” for a long time. So, she’s going to build one. Eveland moved from Guatamala to North Carolina about 12 years ago. She came to Wilmington to attend Cape Fear Community College and then University at North […]

A near-death accident ended his attempted circumnavigation, now he’s seeing the magic of Wrightsville

"Something awful happened, one of the worst things that could have happened, but I found myself kind of surfing on this beautiful wave of humanity."

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  WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – It was a quiet Monday evening, about one hour after sunset, when a fireball erupted from the cabin of a sailboat moored in Banks Channel. The blast heavily damaged the boat and badly injured its sole occupant, Timothy Wilkinson. The explosion, caused by a propane leak, was “devastating, it was total […]

How absorption rates affect you


Today, we’re going to talk about absorption rates and real estate.  What is the absorption rate, and why is it important?   Absorption is simply the number of months inventory on the market right now, and how long it will take to sell those particular properties if no new homes come on the market.   […]

Revamping a business concept leads to a successful ‘family’ tradition at Wilmington’s Cousins Deli

Cousins Italian Deli welcomes groups of all sizes to its dinner on Friday's and Saturday's. Photo courtesy- Cousins Italian Deli.

WILMINGTON – Do your childhood memories include playing under the dining room table while grandma whipped up something tasty in the kitchen so that the family could feast on the many courses throughout a Sunday afternoon? Then the Italian-style dinner at Cousins Deli in downtown Wilmington is a must. Since he began opening his doors after […]

Watch as ‘Chopped Jr.’ chef from Wilmington cooks up signature Moroccan Chicken Wings [Video]

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WILMINGTON — One of the Port City’s youngest and most ambitious chefs will appear on the Food Network’s “Chopped Jr.” this week. Stefano Dongowski will appear in episode “Heads will roll,” but before he makes his television debut, he talked about New York City and the experience of cooking on live television. The young chef has […]

Giving students a second chance via second hand sales

"I think people will be pleasantly surprised at the quality they find here."

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LELAND – Despite years of modest success, the Communities in Schools thrift stores are still facing a major hurdle: many people have some serious negative preconceptions about discount and second-hand stores. The thrift stores fund Communities in Schools (CIS) efforts to provide counseling, tutoring and mentoring as part of its partnership with Brunswick County schools. The […]

Longtime Supper Optimist Coach readies for another season in local senior softball

Bill Manley has been playing high arc softball for over 40 years. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Senior Softball Association.

WILMINGTON – Seventy-two-year-old Wilmington resident Bill Manley feels like a kid in a candy store each time he’s able to get back on the field as an accomplished senior softball player. The retired, part-time life insurance agent was honored in 2016 by the Wilmington Senior Softball Association (WSSA) and enshrined as a member of the league’s […]

Aspiring young Wilmington chef takes on NYC, ‘Chopped Jr.’ and his own small business

"It's real. Once the cooking starts, it’s a straight-up 30 minutes. It’s really serious."

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  WILMINGTON – The Food Network’s “Chopped” series presents contestants with difficult – and sometimes unappetizing – combinations of ingredients and challenges them to come up with gourmet meals. Thirteen-year-old Stefano Dongowski, who recently competed on the show, said he was up to the challenge. WATCH: Stefano Dongowski teamed up with Port City Daily to […]

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