Detectives charge 69-year-old Hampstead man with another child sex offense

Haywood Elwood Garner Jr.

PENDER COUNTY — More charges have been filed in the case of a Hampstead man charged with sex acts involving several child victims dating back as far as 1979. This week, 69-year-old Haywood Elwood Garner Jr. received an additional charge of indecent liberties with a child, stemming from an alleged sexual assault that took place between 2001 […]

‘Opening the Doors for Opportunity’ at the Brunswick Community College 7th annual Luncheon

Roman Gabriel III and Brunswick COommunity College baseball team

BOLIVIA — Success stories of community college graduates always bring inspiration to our Brunswick Community College (BCC) community, but those stories are even more impactful when coming from individuals who call Brunswick County home. The attendees at Wednesday’s community cuncheon had the honor of hearing two Brunswick and New Hanover County natives share how beginning […]

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Distancing himself from President Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, Congressman Walter Jones calls healthcare repeal attempt ‘shameful’

Walter B Jones

WASHINGTON, DC — House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his American Health Care Act from the floor of the house on Friday afternoon before a vote could be held. Despite last minute amendments and pressure from President Donald Trump, Ryan could not assemble the votes needed to pass the repeal of major Affordable Care Act provisions. […]

‘Urban Oasis Community Garden’ planned for Maides Community Park

Maides Park

WILMINGTON — Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity in partnership and City of Wilmington have announced a groundbreaking ceremony and Family Fun Event for the “Urban Oasis Community Garden at Maides Park.” The community garden, sponsored by Bank of America, is part of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization strategy for Maides Park and marks the beginning of an overall Community Greening […]

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Who are Azalea Festival 2017’s special guests? Here’s the lineup

Kira Kazantsev

WILMINGTON — While pre-festival activity has swirled for months, the 70th North Carolina Azalea Festival officially kicked off Thursday with Governor Roy Cooper’s proclamation and the naming of Kira Kazantsev as Queen Azalea. (Watch the Festival’s video introduction) Kazantsev is Miss America 2015, a writer, keynote speaker, host and podcaster. She studied political science, global […]

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Taking babies from mommies – Opioids’ impact on families

The opioid epidemic in Wilmington destroys the lives of users and drives violent crime across town. But the youngest victims are the children caught in between parents struggling with opioids and the social service struggling to protect them. County officials are underfunded and backlogged, but a bigger – and more surprising – culprit is the recent proliferation of private treatment centers.


Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

Wrightsville Beach Marathon could affect traffic this weekend

A map of potential traffic hot spots for this weekend's marathon. Photo courtesy- Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

WILMINGTON – The eighth running of the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon is set for Saturday. Upwards of 4,000 participants are expected to compete in one of the most popular distance-running events in the region. Organizer Tom Clifford and his team have been hard at work since last year’s race setting the foundation for what they […]

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