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Downtown Wilmington

FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Businesses back to normal after bent crane forces evacuations

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video A bent construction crane in downtown Wilmington forced the evacuation of several buildings, along with some streets being closed. The sub-contractor says building were evacuated as a precaution as work crews tried to unhook the crane. Full story...
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WPD officer recovering after cheap shot at downtown bar

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videoAn Apex man and a Wrightsville Beach man face assault charges after allegedly attacking an off-duty cop. It happened over the weekend at a downtown Wilmington bar. Full story...
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Wilmington council continues look at sign ordinance

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The centerpiece of the Wilmington City council meeting was the sign ordinance that has downtown business owners downright mad. Full story...
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Move over, Halloween; Christmas decorations up in downtown Wilmington

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You may think it's far from Christmastime, but the City of Wilmington apparently disagrees. Just one day after the spooktacular holiday of Halloween, downtown Wilmington now has a bit of Christmas flair Full story...
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Historic Downtown Wilmington tree lighting scheduled for Nov. 25

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The public is invited to attend a holiday tree lighting on Friday, November 25 in Riverfront Park. The event is presented by City of Wilmington's Recreation & Downtown Services Division and the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA). Full story...
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Pirate ship along Riverwalk set for OTH

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If you've been downtown lately, you may have wondered why there's a pirate ship along the Wilmington Riverfront. The boat is a set of for the TV show "One Tree Hill." Full story...
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Work starts on downtown hotel

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Work is underway on a new hotel in downtown Wilmington. Local leaders helped break ground today for a Courtyard Marriott. Full story...
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City schedules meeting on downtown sign rules

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In the wake of public outcry over an ordinance restricting signs at downtown businesses, the City of Wilmington has called a public meeting. Full story...
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Civil War life on display at downtown library

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A traveling Civil War exhibit is currently on display at the New Hanover County Library in downtown Wilmington. The exhibit features images of women, soldiers and freed men. It's a rare look at what life was like during that time. Full story...
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Diligence closed to tours during maintenance

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The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is a draw along downtown Wilmington's Riverwalk, but for the next several months it will not be open to visitors. Full story...
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3rd Street work continues downtown

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If you've been to downtown Wilmington in the past couple months you've likely noticed construction and increased traffic along N. 3rd Street. 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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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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Riverfest draws thousands to downtown Wilmington

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Folks lined Water Street in downtown Wilmington this weekend for the annual Riverfest. The event, which started in 1979, drew thousands of people to the banks of the Cape Fear River beginning Friday and ending Sunday. Full story...
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Sparks asks council to reconsider sign rules

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video Discussions on a controversial downtown Wilmington sign ordinance are far from over. Tomorrow City Council will talk about possibly suspending enforcement of the law. Full story...
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