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  1. Wilmington City Council approves additional $8.5 million for Florence recoveryRead the original story w/Photo

    10 hrs ago | WECT-TV Wilmington

    The total amount the city of Wilmington has allotted for Hurricane Florence recovery grew to $17.5 million Tuesday night, as the Wilmington City Council approved an additional funding mechanism in response to the storm. In a unanimous vote, council members approved an additional $8.5 million for Florence recovery, this time taking the money out of the city's debt service fund.

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  2. Residents take Wilmington City Council to task over post-Florence housing shortageRead the original story w/Photo

    10 hrs ago | WECT-TV Wilmington

    In the weeks after Hurricane Florence, more and more people have found themselves displaced from their homes, many with only a few days notice, and they want answers. Community members packed the chamber at Tuesday's Wilmington City Council members, several speaking during the public information period, demanding answers - and help - from city leaders.

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  3. Road project to improve safety and traffic flow on Eastwood Rd.Read the original story w/Photo

    16 hrs ago | WECT-TV Wilmington

    Crews will begin work this week to improve the look and function of Eastwood Road between Bretonshire Road and Cavalier Drive. The voter-approved project will increase safety and improve traffic flow by limiting left turns and ease traffic flow without widening the road.

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  4. NC equine donors move resources to Florida leaving donation organization in dire straitsRead the original story w/Photo

    16 hrs ago | WECT-TV Wilmington

    A Pender County woman, Jennifer Witkowski, saw the need for pet supplies in Southeastern, NC and opened a distribution center in New Hanover County called Eastern NC Equine Emergency Assistance where people can get pet supplies. "We popped up this organization under 'Our Heroes' just because we wanted to make sure that the products and the money got to the people that we knew and the people that it was supposed to go to and intended to be for in the first place," Witkowski said.

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  5. Grab a buddy and walk for a more inclusive communityRead the original story w/Photo

    16 hrs ago | WECT-TV Wilmington

    In Wilmington, the Cape Fear Buddy walk will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

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  6. DTopp: convicted felon looking for a fresh startRead the original story w/Photo

    16 hrs ago | WECT-TV Wilmington

    David Topping was arrested at 19 for securities fraud. He says he was a naive kid with an ambitious business plan, who just got in over his head.

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  7. The First Tee of Greater Wilmington holds benefit golf tournamentRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | WECT-TV Wilmington

    The First Tee of Greater Wilmington held its sixth annual Future Generations Benefit Golf Tournament on Monday at Porters Neck Plantation and Country Club. Because of damage to the course caused by Hurricane Florence, First Tee wasn't sure it would be able have the event.

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  8. Wilmington City Council to vote on additional $8.5 million in Florence recovery fundingRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | WECT-TV Wilmington

    Wilmington continues to feel the effects of Hurricane Florence a month after the storm, but now it's the city's bottom line that is taking the beating. At its Monday, Oct. 15 agenda briefing, the Wilmington City Council discussed several measures of continued funding for recovery after Hurricane Florence.

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  9. UNCW students displaced by hurricane move into new accommodationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | WECT-TV Wilmington

    UNCW students are settling into their new room assignments some 30 minutes from campus after some were forced to move out of University Apartments. School officials announced Friday that University Apartments would be closed "indefinitely" due to damage from Hurricane Florence.

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  10. New Hanover Co. opens hurricane recovery coordination officeRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | WECT-TV Wilmington

    New Hanover County has opened a Hurricane Florence recovery coordination office where decisions will be made about the use of state and federal recovery funds. According to a county news release, the office located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington is not a resource for individual assistance.

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  11. Boyz II Men, Neil Sedaka coming to WilmingtonRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | WECT-TV Wilmington

    Cape Fear Community College's Wilson Center will welcome living musical legends Boyz II Men and Neil Sedaka next year. Four-time Grammy award-winners Boyz II Men are scheduled to perform on May 31 and Sedaka, whose career spans six decades, has a show scheduled for June 21. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. for both performances.

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  12. Wilmington logistics company among fastest growing in the countryRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Oct 13 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    On the outside, MegaCorp Logistics office building on Wrightsville Avenue looks like a pretty standard office building - presumably an array of plush offices inside. However, step inside and the view tells a different story.

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  13. Causeway Cafe announces plans to close after 32 yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 12 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    The Wrightsville Beach mainstay announced in a Facebook post Friday that the restaurant's last day will be Sunday, Nov. 4. "Dave's retirement has come, and with it, Causeway Cafe will be retiring as well," the post states. "This restaurant has played such a huge role in our lives since 1987 as we've seen family, customers, employees, and our own selves grow up in these tables and booths.

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  14. Carolina Beach man pleads guilty, gets prison time for trafficking methRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 12 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    A Carolina Beach man pleaded guilty to drug charges Friday morning in New Hanover County Superior Court and was sentenced to 5-7 years in prison. Stuart Walling, 47, pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine by transportation and possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

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  15. Get great bargains and give to those who lost homes and possessions in hurricaneRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 12 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    The Junior League of Wilmington hosts the 65th Annual Bargain Sale this weekend, which will help victims of Hurricane Florence. The event begins Friday, Oct. 12, with a Sip and Shop event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Bargain Sale is in the Sears wing of the Independence Mall.

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  16. 'We lost our home': University Apartments closed indefinitely, UNCW officials announceRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 12 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    Officials with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington announced Friday evening that University Apartments - an on-campus student housing complex - will be closed indefinitely due to extensive damage the complex suffered during Hurricane Florence last month. University officials posted on Facebook that "after two weeks of assessing the damage to University Apartments, evaluating the steps that would be necessary to try to remediate all issues as we continued to move through the repairs, and considering our short- and long-term options, we have made the decision we now believe is in the best interest and safety of our students.

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  17. New director of youth violence prevention group impressed by hurricane relief efforts in WilmingtonRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 12 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    Vivian St. Juste knows a thing or two about withstanding and recovering from hurricanes and she's using that knowledge in her new job in Wilmington. St. Juste, the new executive director of the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence , was on WECT's News Now Friday afternoon to discuss the job she started on Monday and her history of handling personal and professional business during and after a hurricane.

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  18. Mayor Bill Saffo says FEMA trailers likely two months away for displaced residents in WilmingtonRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 11 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    Mayor Bill Saffo says it will probably be at least two months before FEMA trailers are available for residents who lost their homes during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington. "What the Red Cross is telling us is that two months is what is needed before these folks can get the housing that they need," Saffo said.

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  19. Ironclad Brewery releasing special hurricane IPA that will benefit Florence reliefRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 11 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    The beer makers and self-described yeast custodians at Ironclad Brewery in downtown Wilmington are kicking off the weekend with the release of a new beer. Ironclad collaborated with Salty Turtle Brewing in Surf City on a special session IPA, and just happened to schedule the brewing for the Tuesday before Hurricane Florence hit.

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  20. Crews respond to structure fire on Cedar Ridge DriveRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 11 | WECT-TV Wilmington

    Wilmington and New Hanover County Fire Department crews responded to a structure fire at 6011 Cedar Ridge Drive on Wednesday night. Sammy Flowers with the Wilmington Fire Department said heavy flames were visible when crews arrived, but they were extinguished quickly and no injuries have been reported after primary and secondary searches.

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