A Post of Duty: Bald Head Island in Wartime

Posted by - August 4, 2017

The enemy was hitting the beach! Colonel Thomas M. Jones was stunned by what he saw through his field glasses as he stood upon the ramparts of Fort Caswell on Oak Island. Peering eastward into the distance, he observed Union sailors going ashore on Bald Head Island. No Confederate soldiers were stationed over there, so

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Welcome to Graham’s Barber Shop

Posted by - August 3, 2017

“Well hello, welcome to Graham’s,”  is what you’ll hear when you enter Graham’s Barber Shop. Owner, William Graham has been a staple in Wilmington for 26 years. Originally from  Pennsylvania, he and wife Katherine have made North Carolina their homes for the past 50 years.  Graham’s start was very humble.  While working as a short

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Tobacco Farming in the Cape Fear: A Look Back

Posted by - July 15, 2017

Venture onto the rural roads that surround Wilmington and you are likely to see  tall barns that linger in the landscape, accidental monuments to an era when tobacco was the main cash crop for thousands of small farms across southeastern North Carolina.  Whether well maintained or falling in, the tobacco barns tell a story.  They

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Memory Over Matter: Local Comic Book Store Continues Spreading the Word

Posted by - June 29, 2017

Written by: Katelynn Watkins | Photography by: Arthur Green As technology grows more prevalent in our world, medical advances, tools that benefit teachers and students, and countless breakthroughs on all fronts move forward at breakneck speed. But some, Jake Motsinger of Memory Lane Comics included, can still see the benefit of returning to the basics:

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Once Were Foes But Now They Are Friends

Posted by - June 1, 2017

Written by: Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. | Photography obtained from the Library of Congress, except where indicated Dr. Fonvielle is an associate professor in the Department of History at UNC Wilmington, and is the author of books and articles on the Civil War in North Carolina, especially Fort Fisher and Wilmington. Visit his website at

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Changin’ Ways LLC – Changes Relationships to Food

Posted by - June 1, 2017

Written by: Claudia Stack | Photography by: Kimberly Dam As much as anything else, Dave Borkowski’s mobile chicken house—big, blue, and underpinned by his old boat trailer—epitomizes how his life has changed since he retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2015. After flying fighter planes for twenty-two years, Dave now spends his days

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Nothing Fishy About It

Posted by - April 11, 2017

Written by: Kevin Ward | Photographed by: Billy Higginbotham In North Carolina Shrimping is a good size business, maybe it is not up there with Georgia or Louisiana, but we still catch our fair share here in the Tarheel state. In the sake of full honesty I will volunteer the information that I now and

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No Honor Among Thieves

Posted by - March 11, 2017

Written and Illustrated By: Kevin Ward “Damnation seize my soul if I give your quarters, or take any from you.” (Edward Teach) 1714 saw a surge in pirating in the Caribbean and East Coast of the Americas; the reason for this was an often forgotten conflict known as the War of Spanish Succession. This war

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THE GIBRALTAR OF THE SOUTH HAS FALLEN

Posted by - February 6, 2017

“I have come to share your fate…”-General W.H.C Whiting (January, 15th 1865) Written By: Kevin Ward | Photographed By: Arthur Green (Black & White Photographs Courtesy of New Hanover Public Library) I have been accused once or twice of being a history lover; if I am, I have come by it, honestly, from my father. He

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