Tyler Simkus Smither (Photo: New Hanover County Jail)
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Youth minister charged with sex crime against child

Investigators say a man who served as a youth pastor at a Wilmington church has been charged with indecent liberties with a child.
animalabuse
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Officials investigating after dog found shot, beaten

Columbus County Animal Control is investigating after officers found a bull dog mix that appears to have been shot.
112 lb. catfish (Photo: Riahn Brewington)
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ONLY ON 3: Man catches 112 lb. catfish in NE Cape Fear River

A man in New Hanover County caught a 112 pound catfish in the NE Cape Fear River.
Bars at Wrightsville Beach have some fun with Christmas lights in December 2016. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)
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‘DITTO’: Wrightsville Beach bars having fun with holiday lights

A couple of bars in Wrightsville Beach are getting lots of attention for their holiday lights.
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UNCW trustees to discuss tuition hike

UNCW's Board of Trustees will look at the possibility of again raising tuition and other campus fees when they meet next week.
Wildfires
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North Carolina man says he set fires because he was bored

A man charged with setting fires in western North Carolina told authorities he did it out of boredom.
Charles Slager, former SC police officer charged in shooting death of Walter Scott.
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Deliberations enter third day in Slager trial

Deliberations in the Michael Slager murder trial in South Carolina have entered a third day as jurors weigh the fate of a fired policeman charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.
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Ford recalls 680,000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash

Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash.
Santa Hat (Source: MGN Online)
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Mall of America, nation’s biggest, hires first black Santa

The nation's largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend.
Jobs
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US jobless rate plunges to 4.6 pct., employers add 178K jobs

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low of 4.6 percent last month, though not for the best reason: Many of the unemployed gave up looking for work.
The Dixie Roadhouse will focus on lunch and dinner in the former home of Saltworks II at 4001 Wrightsville Ave. (Photo: StarNews)
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Wilmington favorite Dixie Grill looks to expand

In a matter of months, one of Wilmington's most beloved dining destinations could have a second location.
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Bodies of missing mother and daughter found in well

Martin County authorities say the bodies of a mother and teen-age daughter were found in a well, three days after they were reported missing.