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Experts say local economy recovering, but slowly

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video Good economic news for the region was announced today at the eighth annual Economic Outlook Conference at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where faculty economists forecast that the Wilmington area will outperform the state and nation in economic growth in the coming year. Full story...
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New store brings old feel to downtown Wilmington

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video There's an old saying "If you hold onto it long enough, it will come back in style." A new shop in downtown Wilmington is banking on the clothing karma, hoping these classics make their way to the Wonder Shop and then to your closet. At the Wonder Shop, that's not just the business plan, but the inspiration for the store itself. Full story...
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NASCAR's NC roots help drive economy

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video Some of the greatest drivers in the world will converge on Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on WWAY and ABC. The Bank of America 500 is the only NASCAR race on a Saturday in the Sprint Race for the Cup. Full story...
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WFD says morning fire was arson

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The Wilmington Fire Department says a house fire early this morning was intentionally set. It happened before 5:30 a.m. at 508 Anderson Street. Full story...
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5th rabies case found in New Hanover Co.

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New Hanover County Animal Control Services has confirmed the second case of rabies in a week and the fifth case for the year. ACS officers were called to a home on Shinn Creek Lane on Monday where a homeowner’s dog was attacked by a raccoon. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination. However the dog's owner was notified of possible exposure to the virus from handling the dog. Full story...
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Student charged with bringing shotgun to school

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The student that possessed a shotgun on the Topsail high School campus was charged today with possession of a gun on educational property. Full story...
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UPDATE: Friend of family says missing 19-year-old apparently committed suicide

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A close friend of the family tells us that Gavin Lane apparently committed suicide. His body was found near his home in Shallotte. We usually don't report on suicides, but since we did a story about Lane missing, it only makes sense to let viewers know he was found. Full story...

Front Street to see new businesses

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video Downtown Wilmington might be starting to bounce back as a handful of businesses will be opening on Front Street. A few of those places are replacing legendary city locations like old Tom's Drugs store and Orton's Pool Room. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Man who says Soles molested him wants to make formal complaint

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videoA man who says former state Sen. R.C. Soles molested him three decades ago is trying to tell his story, but he says law enforcement turned him away. Toby Faircloth has told his story to WWAY before, but now he wants to file a formal complaint. Full story...
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Brewery owner taking downtown nightlife issues into his own hands

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videoDowntown Wilmington's nightlife has been a big topic of debate the last few years. From bars trying to keep out members of the military to fights and even murders at and around clubs, the downtown scene has developed a reputation for violence after about 2 a.m. That's caused one downtown business owner to take things into his own hands. Full story...
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