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Home builders: Affordable housing in Wilmington is complicated, costly, and in many backyards, unwanted

WILMINGTON — It’s easy to blame developers for being greedy and governments for being ineffective when it comes to the lack of affordable housing in the area, but there is much more to it than that. In fact, according to some affordable housing is a paradoxical problem in Wilmington.


Wilmington band Stray Local combines love of music, running

Hannah Lomas and Jamie Rowen of Wilmington indie folk band Stray Local are hosting an event that combines running, live music, fundraising, and more. Stray Local's Run Wild fun run and walk on March 31 at Waterline Brewing will benefit the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, an organi


Star power evident in inaugural 252 Classic All-Star Game

There’s certainly enough star power on the rosters for the Team Power Foundation’s inaugural 252 Classic High School Senior All-Star Game on Sunday evening at Fike High. The event, the second benefit by the Wilson-based Team Power Foundation, will feature a dunk contest followed by an all-star exhib


Cacok named to the All-District 10 team for the third time

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–UNCW men’s basketball senior Devontae Cacok continues to wrack up the records as a Seahawk. Cacok was named to the NABC All-District 10 first-team on Thursday. This is the third time that Cacok has received this honor, which is more than any other Seahawk in the programs histor


WWAY says ‘thank you’ to first responders with a pizza party

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The WWAY News team threw a Papa John’s pizza party to say thank you to our local first responders Thursday evening. First responders of Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties joined us for pizza and beverages at the WWAY Event Center in Leland.


Leland wants an extra-territorial district that would double the area it controls

LELAND — Doubling Leland’s control over land outside its corporate limits is worth “millions” to the town, one town councilman said Monday. Leland is in pursuit of establishing an extra-territorial jurisdiction — or ETJ — on land within a roughly two-mile radius outside its existing corporate limits


Domestic incident led to shelter-in-place at Wrightsboro Elementary

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County elementary school had to shelter-in-place in place for hours Wednesday afternoon because of a domestic incident that happened off campus.


Bladen, Columbus counties rank poorly in latest health rankings

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Bladen and Columbus counties ranked in the bottom 10 in the latest North Carolina county health rankings. The 100 counties in the state were ranked in two different overall categories - health outcomes and health factors. Health outcome rankings were based on length and quali


Wilmington roadside checkpoints over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend resulted in five DWIs, dozens of charges

WILMINGTON — Two roadside checkpoints over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, manned by officers from 13 law enforcement agencies, resulted in a total of 5 charges for driving while impaired.


Wilmington native announced as 2019 Queen Azalea

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Azalea Festival has announced the Queen Azalea and Invited Guests of the 2019 Azalea Festival. Queen Azalea is Briana Venskus, an actress and production assistant with a career in film production. She has spent 10 years building her career in film, while al


Wilmington’s North Waterfront Park faces $1.7 million shortfall, city talks removing features

WILMINGTON — The City of Wilmington is once again looking at ways to lower the costs at the North Waterfront Park and Live Nation Amphitheater, and that could mean cutting some of the features previously promised to residents.


WWAY’s Randy Aldridge talks preventative tests after cancer diagnosis

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — March marks a month of awareness for colorectal types of cancer. We’re spotlighting the preventative tests for the disease with an update from our favorite patient WWAY’s Randy Aldridge.


Wednesday's Baseball Game Postponed

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Wednesday's game at East Carolina has been postponed and will be made up on April 23.. The Seahawks now close out their six-game road stretch this weekend at Towson in the Colonial Athletic Association season-opening series for both programs. The series opens Friday at 3 p.m.


WPD using new DNA equipment that could help solve cold cases

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is using a new piece of equipment to help with DNA collection. The microbial vacuum system, better known as M-Vac, will allow investigators to solve more crime through better DNA collection. The system is supposed to collect up to 200 times mo


See smoke in the area? Orton Plantation is conducting controlled burn today

WINNABOW, NC (WECT) - Residents in northern Brunswick County and southern New Hanover County may see smoke in the area Tuesday as Orton Plantation conducts a controlled burn. Crews will burn about 740 acres as part of Orton Plantation’s annual management plan to “improve forest health and restore it


Pizza Putt event benefits Children’s Museum of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A fundraiser benefiting the Children’s Museum of Wilmington allows adults to have some fun for a good cause. On Saturday from 6-10 p.m., the museum is hosting the seventh annual Pizza Putt, which features putt-putt, local craft beer, live music and of course, pizza.


GE Aviation Looking To Recruit 70 Skilled Workers

It may be a sign of the times: GE Aviation’s Wilmington plant anticipates a need for 70 more manufacturing employees, and has posted “We’re Hiring”-type messages on area billboards, a move not seen before in Wilmington from the organization.


Things to do for March 21-22

Old Baldy’s Historic Happy Hour: By the staff of Old Baldy Foundation, 5:30–7 p.m. at Tails Piano Bar, 115 S. Front St., downtown Wilmington. Free, donations to the Old Baldy Foundation will be accepted. Drinks and charcuterie boards are available for purchase. Details: Old Baldy Foundation, 910-457


Pet Pals: 3-year-old Beagle mix looking for calm, loving family to join

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This week’s Pet Pal is a sweet and calm pup who’s looking for a loving family to join. His name is Dexter and he’s a Beagle mix who shelter staff describe as quiet, but fun. He needs a home without small children and no other dogs.


Local artists featured at the Aquarium at Fort Fisher

KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Three local artists are being featured at the Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Spadefish Gallery. All three put their spin on showcasing their views on aquatic life and our coastline.