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Eugenics Board victim receives $20,000 check — N.C. Eugenics Board victim Elnora Mills received a $20,000 check Thursday as promised by the state. "It helps me, but they can only do so much," the Leland resident said. "It's better than nothing, but I'm still mad with what they did to me."

Man turns bird passion into Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary — Ces Erdman says parrots can be lousy pets. They scream and squawk incessantly, loudly, insistently. They're messy. They destroy toys and damage their cages if they can. They crave attention. Sometimes they start plucking their own feathers, or moving back and forth constantly. "They almost go insane," he said.
Oct 31, 2014

My column is for the birds this week! Man turns bird passion into Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary…

Ogden MarketPlace developer discusses plans with residents — Atlanta-based developer Halpern Development Co. met with about 50 residents Thursday evening to discuss its proposal to develop a shopping center anchored by a "high-end" grocery store along the Porters Neck-Ogden corridor. The center, dubbed Ogden MarketPlace, is planned for 12.5 acres at the southeast corner of Market Street and Middle Sound Loop Road.

These are a few of Southeastern N.C.'s scary things — If your Halloween plans include cooking up a spooky stew containing eye of newt, you're in luck - the ingredient can be sourced locally, courtesy of the broken-striped newt, a small salamander that lives throughout marshes in Southeastern North Carolina. Your dinner guests, however, are less lucky, because it tastes bad.
Oct 30, 2014

.@kate_goes_bleu's story of the area's heebie-jeebie-inducing creatures will be the best & worst thing you read today…

The List - 9 things you shouldn't be for Halloween — Halloween costumes are great for bringing out the creativity in us all, but for some of us that creativity oozes over into The Land of Bad Taste and Even Worse Ideas. There's still time. If you're considering dressing up like any of the following for Halloween, just stop it.

Tis the season for election signs — My favorite part of election season, besides the newsroom pizza during election night, are the signs that sprout from the ground every year. This year, at least in New Hanover County, there has been plenty to talk about. My coverage area of Brunswick County has remained relatively quiet.

Hoops (M): UNCW gears up for scrimmage — A Halloween carnival in Trask Coliseum pushed UNCW men's basketball practice to the student recreation center Wednesday. The Seahawks drilled their new defensive sets just a few yards from the pickup courts where students of varying skill levels - a couple wearing backward hats and one strangely in a sweatshirt - raced back and forth.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @edetweiler: After three long weeks of practice, UNCW hoops is more than ready for a closed-door scrimmage at Winthrop:…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @edetweiler: UNCW hoops finally gets to play somebody else Saturday with a closed-door scrimmage at Winthrop:…

Hagan, Tillis to visit Wilmington Thursday afternoon — The two leading candidates in the state's nasty U.S. Senate race are scheduled to make campaign stops in the Port City Thursday afternoon. N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis , R-Mecklenburg, will be first in town, scheduled to visit the New Hanover County GOP headquarters at 3825 Market St. around 2 p.m.

Editorial - UNCW gets points for putting academics first — When it comes to sports, bigger schools get more recognition. But the University of North Carolina Wilmington deserves credit for its efforts to prevent the type of academic fraud that has tarred the reputation of its larger sister university in Chapel Hill.
Oct 30, 2014

@UNCWAthletics: Couldn't agree more with the sentiments of The Wilmington Star-News today.” UNCW Class of '76.

Other gains offset tax dollars lost in Brunswick from DAK Americas — The fallout from DAK Americas has left Brunswick County with a slight drop in tax dollars. By the numbers Brunswick County's assessed property value 2012: $24.3 billion 2013: $24.6 billion 2014: $25.2 billion Projected 2015: $24.9 billion* Actual tax collection 2012: $101.5 million 2013: $103 million 2014: $106.5 million Projected 2015: $104.5 million Source: Brunswick County finance The loss of the chemical plant, however, has been offset by gains in other sectors, such as residential construction, according to County Manager Ann Hardy.
Oct 29, 2014

Lesson: Not all time spent on a story is the same. Other gains offset tax dollars lost in Brunswick from DAK Americas…

Consultant outlines proposal to merge fire departments — A consultant who studied the possible consolidation of the Wilmington and New Hanover County fire departments spoke Wednesday in a pair of public input sessions. At the behest of the city and county, Emergency Services Consulting International studied both fire departments.

Big day almost here for triathlon coach's students - and herself — Less than a week before her first half-iron distance triathlon, Erin Jackson couldn't get out of bed. Her chronic back disorder flared up during the week of the PPD Beach2Battleship in 2012. She was stuck in bed and terrified about missing the race - until she called her coach, Sami Winter.
Oct 29, 2014

Good read on what it's like to be a triathlon coach - until it's time for coach to be the athlete too #ilm #triathlon

Wilm On Film Blog — Every war needs a battlefield and Fox's locally filmed drama "Sleepy Hollow" is waging its apocalyptic war in the Port City. Whether its a Headless Horseman in Bellevue Cemetery, a city victimized by the perils of battle on Orange Street or a simple supernatural relic hunt on the Riverwalk, the supernatural drama makes great (and sometimes terrifying) use of Wilmington and the surrounding region.

New Hanover deputies make huge heroin bust — Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff 's Office on Tuesday arrested three people in the second-largest heroin bust in county history, a spokesman for the department said. The deputies confiscated 1,500 bags of heroin and 4.5 ounces of raw, uncut heroin. According to Sgt.

Broken weather buoy back in service — Broken weather buoy back in service A broken weather buoy near Bald Head Island is back in service after technicians replaced much of the device's main electronic systems. "The problem was likely the processor, which is the payload, or the main computer," said Steve Cucullu, chief of operations for the National Data Buoy Center.