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nCino inks $1.2B agreement to acquire digital mortgage platform SimpleNexus in early 2022

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WILMINGTON — Last week, the worldwide leader in cloud banking, nCino, whose newly renovated headquarters are located in Mayfaire Town Center, announced it will acquire Utah-based SimpleNexus by the end of January 2022. The two companies entered a $1.2-billion definitive agreement — a legally binding deal, signed by both parties to outline the terms and conditions […]

New route pinned for Wilmington rail realignment, only crosses 1 road instead of 30-plus

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WILMINGTON ​​— After years of weighing different maps, a new route has been selected to replace Wilmington’s current rail line. Last week Wilmington City Council passed a resolution in support of “Alternative 2,” the preferred course out of six total alternatives and a shortlist of two frontrunners. A Rail Realignment Alternatives Analysis was conducted to […]

NHRMC physicians assistant charged with drugging teen girls still affiliated with hospital system

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WILMINGTON — Charles Edward Walton Jr., a physicians assistant-certified employed by Novant Health-New Hanover Regional Medical Center, was arrested Nov. 8 on five counts of misdemeanor child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The charges arose after two alleged victims of Walton filed police reports in September. The two girls, both of them […]

WARM among 65 nonprofits awarded $1.4M in county and city ARP funds

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — It’s been a long road for area nonprofits to travel down throughout the course of the pandemic. Covid-19 shutdowns stunted normal opportunities for fundraisers and campaigns, inevitably impacting the bottom line. The North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing (CSL) Division Annual Report showed a $10.8 million decline in licensed […]

Easley Jr. confirmed as U.S. attorney for Eastern District of N.C.

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The U.S. Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Michael F. Easley to be U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  Along with two other N.C. nominees, Easley was unanimously confirmed by the chamber Friday. Biden’s three selections for the top federal prosector roles in the state were endorsed by Senators Richard Burr […]

Voluntary water advisory lifted after Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority corrects leak

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — When a raw water main leak was discovered earlier in the month, both Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and Brunswick County Public Utilities issued voluntary water conservation advisories. It impacted customers In Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties until Saturday, Nov. 20, when both entities rescinded the Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert. […]

Three Lighthouse Landing units, one home lost to Bald Head Island fires

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BALD HEAD ISLAND —  The Village at Bald Head Island reported three units in Lighthouse Landing and one home was lost to several fires that threatened multiple structures, the golf course and nearby woods and brush on Bald Head Island Saturday evening. READ MORE: Local agencies respond to multiple structures ablaze on Bald Head Island […]
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Expect disruptions downtown in 2022 as N. Front streetscape gets underway, previously postponed for businesses’ sake

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WILMINGTON ​​— A six-month project to overhaul two blocks of North Front Street’s streetscape is expected to break ground this January. It is expected to cause disruptions to the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic through the late winter and early spring. Funded by the city’s 2014 voter-approved transportation bond, the $2.87-million project encompasses digging […]

Local agencies respond to multiple structures ablaze on Bald Head Island

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BALD HEAD ISLAND — Several structures were engulfed in flames on Bald Head Island Saturday evening. Multiple first responders were dispatched around 8 p.m., including fire crews from Bald Head Island, Southport, Sunny Point, Leland, Boiling Springs, Oak Island, Shallotte, Northwest, Winnabow, and St. James Rescue, as well as the Coast Guard and marine patrol. […]

Town council votes unanimously to adopt Leland 2045, a guide for future development and growth

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LELAND — At a town council meeting Thursday night, members adopted the Leland 2045 plan to help steer how the the fastest-growing town in Brunswick County will address its inevitable expansion over the next 25 years. Leland has doubled in population from 13,527 in 2010 to 23,504, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. Projections have estimated […]