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Southport residents upset over proposed sale of waterfront property

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) – Dozens of Southport residents turned out Thursday night as the city’s Board of Aldermen held its first meeting since members voted to sell a piece of waterfront property.


Land deal could rescue Southport’s low fund balance, depleted after years of financial troubles

SOUTHPORT — Southport is a financial bind, and it has been for several years. The small coastal city claims it was on its way to repairing its financial health, but then, Hurricane Florence hit. Officials now say a land deal — although contentious — could be instrumental in repairing the town’s fina


Brunswick County health report: unintentional medication and drug poisoning deaths on the rise

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A recent state of the county Brunswick County health report provides an overview of health measures, and one statistic stands out: Between 2008 and 2017, unintentional medication and drug poisoning deaths tripled.


January real estate numbers: new listings up, sales slightly down in Brunswick County

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — New listings just aren’t slowing down in Brunswick County. A recent real estate sales release from the Brunswick County Association of REALTORS shows the county has kicked off 2019 in a “strong fashion.” New listings are up 9.3 percent in January 2019 compared to the same month la


Adopted daughter gives North Carolina pastor transplant

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Billy Houze is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lawndale. An area of the state that’s in desperate need. “We’re in the upper part of Cleveland County, which is the poorest part of the county,” Houze said.


Brunswick County Schools mulls artificial turf at high school stadiums

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County Schools is considering replacing the worn-down and overused grass in its three high school stadiums with artificial turf. The school district has requested Brunswick County appropriate $2.29 million from its School Capital Reserve Fund to help cover the


Black Widow Killer is North Carolina's oldest woman on death row

In October of 1990, President George H.W. Bush condemned Iraq's takeover of Kuwait. Famed American conductor Leonard Bernstein, composer of "West Side Story," died at 72. And a meteorite exploded above the Pacific Ocean.


Inside Southport’s new restaurant Moore Street Oyster Bar

SOUTHPORT — Moore Street Oyster Bar is bringing a new feel to its century-old building in downtown Southport. After opening in November, the new spot already has garnered the approval of loyal locals.


Police search for missing Wilmington woman

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are asking for the public’s help to locate a woman who disappeared early Friday morning. Officials said Calquana Victoria Maynor, 21, was last seen on Carnation Court around 1 a.m.


Mother searches for answers 2 years after son's murder outside North Carolina mall

LENOIR, N.C. - A mother from Lenoir is still hoping for answers two years after her son was murdered outside a popular mall in North Carolina. Wezley Tugman was gunned down at the Four Seasons Town Centre Mall in Greensboro in 2017.


North Carolina student asked to ‘cover up’ after teachers found shirt offensive

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A Cumberland County student was asked to cover up after teachers found her shirt to be offensive, WTVD reports. The shirt reads, “Why be racist, sexist homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”


AirLink helicopter takes flight at new Brunswick County location

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Saving time and lives, that’s the goal of a new project between Novant Health and New Hanover Regional Medical Center. This is not your average run of the mill medical project, it’s a whole new method of transportation for Brunswick County that will help get folks who n


Wilmington police arrest Leland man in armed robberies

WILMINGTON -- The Wilmington Police Department on Friday arrested a man wanted in two armed robberies this week, according to a news release. Elijah McFarland, 35, of Leland was spotted by a WPD officer Friday morning riding a bicycle in the 700 block of Church Street, according to the release. The


Brunswick Co. man accused of accepting money for jobs and not following through

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man accused of accepting money for jobs and not following through with work. 45-year-old Richard Wayne Buffkin, doing business as East Coast Roofing, resides at “B” Street in Supply, according to a Facebook post f


North Carolina woman convicted of DWI in fatal crash ordered to speak about dangers of drunk driving

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A judge sentenced Trisha Thompson to 120 days in jail after she was convicted of two felonies connected to a deadly crash in April 2018 that killed 911 dispatcher Nicole Schieb, WSOC reports.


Christy Burton Hudson, 49, cherished time spent with her children

SOUTHPORT — Christy Burton Hudson, 49, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Christy was born Dec. 28, 1969, in Wilmington to Winford Arthur Burton and Patricia Martz Burton. Christy had a good Christian heart, she loved Jesus, and she knew where she was going.


North Carolina could feel like Florida or Mexico in a generation, researchers say

North Carolina will likely feel like the Florida Panhandle or possibly like northern Mexico within a generation, according to a new interactive climate change map developed by researchers at the University of Maryland and North Carolina State University.


On the Market: St. James home provides panoramic marsh views

Each Wednesday at StarNewsOnline.com, we will feature a home for sale in the Wilmington area. For more home listings, go to StarNewsOnline.com/homes. Address: 3310 Sparkleberry Ct. SE, Southport (St. James)


9 Investigates: Calls for trampoline park regulations in North Carolina

HICKORY, N.C. - Grayson Huffman, 20, is learning how to get around on crutches, unable to put weight on his right foot for another month. [ALSO READ: Father warns parents after son breaks both ankles at Hickory trampoline park]


New charges in shooting of Wilmington man

New charges have been filed in the Feb. 10 shooting and stabbing of a Wilmington man. Marquis Larcio Hodges Jr., 20, of Hubert Boulevard in Jacksonville, was charged Feb 15 by the Jacksonville Police Department with felony discharge of a weapon causing serious bodily injury and misdemeanor discharge