Under the Kudzu

Posted by - January 26, 2017

Written By: Claudia Stack Whether restored, overgrown with kudzu or demolished, Rosenwald schools changed history in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties. Outside of a few alumni groups, not many people in the Cape Fear region today know that three generations ago African American families paid their taxes, then had to raise money again to

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The Rabbi and The Rector

Posted by - December 2, 2016

This is a story about two wise men—a rabbi and a rector. Written By: Lynn Ingram | Photographed By: Brendan Easlick It’s a story about celebrating what we have in common rather than focusing on our differences,and it’s a story about how making that choice can leave a legacy of love. First, a little downtown Wilmington

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Small Town Courtesies

Posted by - November 9, 2016

Written By William McNeil To many Cape Fear residents, and Americans in general, the notion of manners seems old-fashioned and stuffy, but I think the majority of Cape Fear natives appreciate the civilized niceties of good manners. Having manners is a way of showing respect to others, and making them feel appreciated and comfortable. Manners

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At the Corner of History and Architecture

Posted by - October 27, 2016

Written By: Lori Wilson On Sunday mornings, I wake up with my partner to go house hunting with our realtor. We ride from home to home thinking about acreage and square footage and always arguing about location. Though, for me, these outings have become much more than my first foray into debt. I’ve quickly realized

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Thanksgiving Tradition

Posted by - October 27, 2016

Illustrated and Written By: Kevin Ward We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving 395 years ago when pilgrims and the Wampanoag joined together for a three-day celebration of a successful corn harvest. So what has changed since 1621 and how did a harvest festival become our national turkey (or tofurky) day? Thanks to

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An Ode to Boats

Posted by - October 27, 2016

Written By: Travis Harrington | Photos Courtesy of SimmonsSeaSkiff.com For many residents or frequenters of coastal plain towns throughout North Carolina, there is something incredibly comforting and remarkable about the way that the surrounding bodies of water intertwine with the land. They grow into each other, but they never seem to impose. Being a Wilmington

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Haunted Past

Posted by - October 19, 2016

Written By: Doug Dodson | Photographed By: AJ Green Wilmington has been around for about 300 years, which is plenty of time for ghosts of all shapes, sizes, and sexes to become part of our collective lore. We have ghost tours of the historic district, haunted pub tours, and multiple books on the hauntings of

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DROP THAT HOT DOG – MOVE THAT PLANE

Posted by - October 8, 2016

The legendary day a Coast Guard plane landed at Paul’s Place Famous Hot Dogs By Michael Raab Pass by Paul’s Place Famous Hot Dogs on Route 117 in Rocky Point, NC any day and chances are you will see Hondas, Harleys, mini vans, maxi trucks, pickups, SUVs, sports cars, and bicycles all in the same

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Legend of the Dram Tree

Posted by - October 8, 2016

By Paige Brown The year was 1585. Admiral Sir Richard Grenville stood at the bow, scanning the horizon with his spyglass. Leading his fleet of seven ships along the coast of the Carolinas toward the Outer Banks, he was unaware of the dangerously shifting shoals near the mouth of a river they had just passed.

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Front Street Spirit

Posted by - October 1, 2016

By Kevin Ward There is something about strolling in Wilmington’s historic downtown—in some ways, you can imagine yourself in another time. Many of the buildings that now house some of our favorite bars, restaurants, and stores have been around since the days of the Civil War, and they have changed very little in that time.

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