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USCGC "Diligence" update

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Currently, DILIGENCE is moored at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland; however, she has reached significant milestones in preparing for sea. The cutter recently had successful "light offs": a basic test of both main diesel engines, the two ship service generators and emergency generator. Full story...
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Expert says recent shark attacks not sign of trend

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video Three weeks and two shark attacks off our coast. A 13-year-old girl is recovering tonight at her home in Davidson after being bitten at Wrightsville Beach Saturday, but there's still some mystery lurking in this case. Full story...
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Bladen County Animal Shelter reopens

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After a massive clean-up, the shelter started to accept dogs and cats again this afternoon. Full story...
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Teens help fix up woman's house

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One Wilmington resident is getting the works. Teens from a Greensboro church youth group are in Wilmington helping make improvements to a home on Mercer Avenue. It's all a part of the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Franchise restaurant downtown brings mixed feelings

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videoA new business is coming to downtown Wilmington. This one is a national franchise. Jimmy John's sandwich shop is set to open at 120 Market Street. Their corporate office confirmed today the store is slated to open this month. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Tom's Drug building sold

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A local landmark is off the market. The old Tom's Drugs building on Front Street has been for sale since December. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Delay in Petrolino case shows backlog at Raleigh lab

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videoRandi Petrolino did not show up for her first appearance in court today, but she didn't miss much. Prosecutors are waiting for her blood results to come back from the SBI lab in Raleigh, which could take up to a year. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: WSOC-TV talks to girl about being bitten by shark at WB; Expert says definitely a shark

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video A teenager is recovering after a shark attacked her at Wrightsville Beach over the weekend. Kendall Parker, 13, was back home in Davidson Sunday. She told WSOC-TV in Charlotte she was in waist deep water Saturday at Wrightsville Beach with her dad and brother. Full story...
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Highway Patrol busts 100+ for DWI last week

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117 drivers were cited for driving while impaired, 12 were charged with operating a motor vehicle while less than 21 years of age and having alcohol in their system and 12 were cited for other alcohol related violations. Full story...
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Wilmington Downtown Inc. will meet to discuss Sidewalk Cafes

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This meeting will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the proposed amendment to the ordinance that is in the process of being drafted for council approval in August. Full story...
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