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Brian’s Reef: Family, friends watch sinking of old Coast Guard ship in honor of UNCW spearfisherman

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WATCH: An old U.S. Coast Guard cutter, rechristened The Brian Davis, is sunk 21 miles east of Wrightsville Beach to create an artificial reef in honor of a UNCW graduate and avid spearfisherman who died during a 2017 diving accident. WILMINGTON — “That was something not many people get a chance to see.” Mark Winneberger […]

In Pictures: Protestors honor George Floyd and call for criminal justice reform

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WILMINGTON — Hundreds gathered for a sixth night of protest on the front steps of City Hall Friday evening, honoring the names of George Floyd and others — including former Wilmington resident Brandon Smith — killed by law enforcement officers. They also called for criminal justice reform and the lifting of the 9 p.m. curfew […]

In photos: WPD leads peaceful march to 1898 memorial

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WILMINGTON — On the ninth day since George Floyd’s death under the knee of a since-disgraced Minneapolis Police Officer, the Wilmington Police Department hosted a peaceful march downtown to honor his life and address growing unrest. Uniting bipartisan leaders and community activists, the gathering began at police headquarters on Bess Street and ended at the […]
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Sights and Sounds: Protestors leave City Hall peacefully on first night of indefinite curfew

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Watch (viewer discretion advised): Sights and sounds of protestors vacating City Hall and Wilmington Police sweeping the surrounding area. WILMINGTON — Hours after city and county leaders held a press conference in a large courtroom overlooking Third Street a crowd of over 100 people peacefully vacated the steps of City Hall within minutes after the […]

In photos: Wilmington reopens for Memorial Day weekend, people flood shops, salons, restaurants, and beaches

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WILMINGTON — For the most part, businesses that sat empty for two months were booked solid during Memorial Day Weekend in Wilmington, which came after Governor Roy Cooper allowed restaurants, hair salons, and other businesses to reopen beginning 5 p.m. on Friday evening. Many stores opened their doors for the first time in nearly 70 […]

In photos: Cape Fear region restaurants reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend

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SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — After 66 days, North Carolina restaurants were permitted to reopen their doors to dine-in customers. Because Governor Roy Cooper’s new order limits capacity to 50%, restaurants spaced out chairs and tables to maintain the physical distance required to slow the spread of Covid-19. VIEW THE FULL PHOTO STORY: Restaurants reopen after two […]

In Pictures: Largest ship in its history ushers Port of Wilmington into the ‘big ship era’

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WILMINGTON — The 1,200-foot MV Hyundai Hope crept up the Cape Fear River on Wednesday evening through thick sheets of rain before tugboats pushed the container ship back downriver, guiding it to dock beneath four lit-up cranes at the Port of Wilmington. At that point it became the largest ship to ever dock at the […]

In focus: City trash crews deal with heavier loads, smaller crews as people stay home

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WILMINGTON — Robert “Bobby” Way has been driving the streets of Wilmington for 23 years as a city worker, so when things change around town — as they have since Governor Roy Cooper passed into law a statewide stay-at-home order in mid-March — he is a keen observer. Although the fleet of city trucks that […]

In photos: Carolina Beach protesters march to reopen businesses, beach strand

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CAROLINA BEACH — A group of protestors along with Carolina Beach Police, and media personnel turned out — in spite of orders forbidding mass gatherings — midday Friday for a march. The cause? To reopen Carolina Beach’s businesses and beach accesses (view the full photo gallery below). Related: Carolina Beach relies heavily on tourism. How […]

Faces of Wilmington as the city addresses a rising economic and health crisis [Free read]

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WILMINGTON — As the city addresses a rising economic and health crisis caused by the spread of novel coronavirus cases across the U.S. and North Carolina, every aspect of daily life has been affected. Port City Daily has photographed and interviewed more than 20 residents to better understand how they are approaching the crisis, from […]