Thursday, May 26, 2022

2021 Favorites: Port City Daily staff choose its top 21 reads of the year

A U.S. Navy aircraft flies over Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington Mar. 15. (Port City Daily/Preston Lennon)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — For 10 days, Port City Daily has counted down the most-read stories of 2021, based purely on analytics and how many times readers clicked on the page. But the most reads doesn’t always align with what PCD reporters think deserves greater attention.

Below is a curated list the PCD staff put together of 21 stories worthy of a read — or reread, whichever the case may be — from 2021.

Coverage includes low-flying military jets that have caused an uproar among residents and even politicians, as well as developments that continue to baffle many (car washes and storage units on every corner). Vestiges of a former airport tenant provide a snippet into Wilmington’s peculiar past, while the early days of Wilmington Pride are highlighted by tragedy and hope.

Port City Daily strives to pique readers’ curiosities, perhaps answer questions they have had about our fare city or maybe never considered until now.

Without PCD’s dedicated readership, however, our jobs would be null and void. So thank you for your support of local journalism, and cheers to a new year and more coverage that will keep you informed, engaged, and perhaps even inspired.

Catch up on the stories below:


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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