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 […]

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 […]

Decades-long Azalea Belles tradition stopped as petition emerges, community reflects

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WILMINGTON — As Kay Godwin walked through her dressmaking workshop next to her home, her eyes lit up while describing where she found all the fabrics to create 150 antebellum gowns over the last 29 years.  Until recently, Godwin sewed garments for the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Belle program—a 50-year tradition wherein 11th and […]