Connecting Service Members To The Coast

Posted by - November 9, 2017

Written by: Holly Coffer and Margaret Clevenger | Photography provided by the USO of NC   In 1942 with the outset of World War II, a group of Jacksonville community members — the original “Force behind the Forces” — with a passion for supporting our nation’s military, opened the doors to the USO of North

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Harvesting Blessings

Posted by - November 6, 2017

  Reflecting on the Meaning of Thanksgiving During Challenging Times Written by: Kelly Merritt | Photography by: Brian Lantz Thanksgiving began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest  and to celebrate the joys and good fortune of the preceding year. Although this holiday feast has historical roots in religious and

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Buried Alive?

Posted by - October 16, 2017

  Written by: Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. | Photography by: Mark Steelman One of Wilmington’s most famous and enduring legends concerns a young man named Samuel Russell Jocelyn, Jr., allegedly buried alive in St. James Episcopal Church’s graveyard in the historic downtown district. The macabre story has been told and retold for more than

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WW Grissett Farm: Five Generations of Tradition

Posted by - September 18, 2017

Written & Photographed by: Claudia Stack Travel southwest on Highway 17 from Wilmington into Brunswick County about 50 miles, until the chain stores give way to farm stands, and you will be in the vicinity  of Ocean Isle Beach.  The name conjures images of vacationers enjoying the surf, but just a few miles inland Grissett

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Nathan Wiles Provides the Path to Peace and Tranquility

Posted by - September 14, 2017

Written by: Kharin Gibson Nathan Wiles is a man with a calm, unassuming nature; in social circles he comes off as just your average, all-around guy, but there is more that dwells beyond the exterior. He is part of a select few who are experts in using the ancient method of sacred geometry for designing

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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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