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Local chapter of Honor Flight launches, flies veterans to D.C. memorials free of charge

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WILMINGTON, NC—Earlier today at the Hannah Block USO, Honor Flight Cape Fear Area president and flight leader Ruth Ravitz Smith announced the launch of the local chapter of Honor Flight, which flies 75 veterans and their travel companions to Washington D.C. to see memorials erected in honor of their sacrifice and service. Honor Flight started […]
The Finch family, right, loads up a wagon of pumpkins for the season. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Leftover Jack-o-lanterns become plant and livestock feed at Arboretum

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WILMINGTON, NC—All the seeds have been roasted, salted and snacked upon; the candles have darkened. Now what? Instead of tossing leftover Jack-o-lanterns from Halloween in the trash or recycling bin, take them to the Arboretum. As part of a composting drive to help create plant and livestock feed, the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension 4-H […]

In Photos: Scenes from Halloween 2020

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WILMINGTON—Nothing says Halloween 2020 like a full moon in a pandemic Though it was a quiet night compared to most downtown evenings on Oct. 31, still, a few ghouls and goblins roamed the streets. Dr. Frank-n-Furter, plague doctors, a group of cows (herd iMOOnity) and quite a few pirates were among many in search of […]

For last-minute planners, here’s where to take the kids trick-or-treating

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Halloween this year may be weirder than normal. The pandemic will likely change the traditional trick-or-treating landscape, with many families seeking alternative ways to still dress up and get candy.. Related: 10 ways to celebrate Halloween locally during a pandemic For parents concerned about contamination as Covid-19 cases are on the […]

With two dates and one word, 1898 billboard reckons with past, calls voters to action

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WILMINGTON – If you’ve driven through the intersection of Eastwood Road and Market Street in the last few weeks you might have spotted the black billboard with two dates and one word in white letters. “1898. 2020. VOTE.” Part warning, part call to arms, the message is intended to remind Wilmingtonians of the 1898 coup […]

10 ways to celebrate Halloween locally during a pandemic

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Though the pandemic is putting a damper on Halloween this year — even if it’s making mask-wearing a total normal occurrence — events still are happening under the protocols of Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 3 executive order. Some venues are taking their happenings online only or, better yet, outdoors; others are hosting […]

To combat historic oyster loss, Audubon restores reefs on Cape Fear

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Audubon North Carolina is hoping to help out the dwindling oyster population, and the overall ecosystem, with a $500,000 project in the lower Cape Fear River. In early September, the conservation nonprofit completed the first of four planned oyster reefs at Shellbed Island, near the mouth of the river. Using 140 concrete […]

More a horror film set than haunted house, Panic Attack opens in the swamplands near Shallotte

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Author’s Note: Some readers may find this content disturbing. NAKINA — An hour southwest of Wilmington, down dark coastal back roads and over the Waccamaw River, turn right on Swamp Fox Highway and head six miles north toward the Grissett Swamp. There you’ll find a dirt road leading a long line of cars past a […]

Ten local breweries collaborate to help Nourish NC feed kids during pandemic

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WILMINGTON — Ten local breweries have partnered on several collaboration beers to benefit the work of Wilmington-based Nourish NC. The nonprofit feeds a growing population of hungry children in the Cape Fear region. Covid-19 has not only slashed the income of families already challenged to provide healthy food options for their children, but it has […]

Lakers victory makes Devontae Cacok first Seahawk to win NBA championship ring

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WILMINGTON—When Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers took down the Miami Heat to win the franchise’s 17th championship, a UNCW alum became the first former Seahawk to earn an NBA championship ring.  Devontae Cacok was on the UNCW roster for the Seahawks from 2015 until 2019. During Cacok’s sophomore year, his 80% field-goal percentage […]