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Whats Happening: July 3-5

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videoOne word sums up this weekend - Fireworks. You can catch them all across the area. But that's not the only thing you'll be able to do this Independence Day weekend. Full story...
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Keeping drains clear to avoid flooding

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New Hanover County engineers are reminding people clogged drainage systems need to be cleared before unnecessary flooding costs them major money. Full story...
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Marino on Money: July 2

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videoWe have more from Financial Planner Ross Marino on how to prepare your estate for the inevitable. Today he has a tip on how to make settling your estate easier on your family after you pass away. Full story...
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Cigarette bandit smoked out by TV

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A man sheriff's deputies are calling the "Cigarette Bandit" will appear in a North Carolina court to face felony larceny charges for taking 26 cartons of cigarettes that he stuffed down his pants. Full story...
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NC police officer shot responding to burglary

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Police officials in North Carolina say an officer is in stable condition after being shot during a call to a burglary in progress in Durham. Full story...
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NC State: No money to settle Mary Easley claim

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North Carolina State University's top official says the school doesn't have enough money to pay a settlement to former first lady Mary Easley, who is appealing her contract termination. Full story...
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NC House panel hears annexation reform law

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Complaints about North Carolina laws that allow cities and towns to annex nearby property owners against their will are getting a further airing in the General Assembly. Full story...
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Bladenboro man scrambles toward impossible dream

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videoA 32-year-old Bladenboro man is trying to live out his dream of playing quarterback in the NFL. WWAY's John Rendleman went to Whiteville to see the man who has been labeled the Country Wonder. Full story...
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Pender County fights battle against mosquitoes

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videoThis time of year, fun, outdoor activities can quickly be ruined by tiny, pesky mosquitoes. Some Pender County employees are trying to make summer a little more pleasant for residents. As WWAY's Meghan Packer reports, you could call them the Mosquito Patrol. Full story...
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Many getting a big bang out of crossing state lines

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videoFor many people, fireworks and the Fourth of July go together like peanut butter and jelly. Only a few types of fireworks are legal in the Tar Heel State, so many North Carolinians are heading south of the border to stock up on fireworks. Full story...
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Find today's specials at The Special Spot

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videoTwo brothers have created a website, TheSpecialSpot.com, where you can find out the specials at nearly every restaurant in Wilmington. Full story...
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Women plead guilty to prostitution charges surrounding Brunswick County sex sting

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videoA lawyer for six women, all employees of two businesses allegedly soliciting sex, pleaded guilty on their behalf in court Wednesday. The defendants were not in court, but sentenced to probation within the state of North Carolina. Full story...
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Troubleshooters: Sewage pump station found, house lost

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videoFrancis Hollis moved into in his Leland mobile home in 1973, on a piece of land he says was given to him by his grandfather. Today, the home is mysteriously missing and a sewer pump station sits on the piece of land. Full story...
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Beach Day kicks off Fourth celebrations at Oak Island

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July 4th celebrations have already kicked off in Oak Island. Wednesday, the town held it's annual Beach Day celebration. Full story...
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Boil water advisory for Castle Hayne subdivision

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has issued a boil water advisory for the Shearin Hills subdivision in Castle Hayne. Around 9:00 Wednesday morning, a water main broke after a contractor damaged the line. Full story...
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