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Past articles by Phil:

Former WPD Chief Cease and wife now run rail company

The whirlwind life of John Cease, which Susan Cease was enjoying alternately as wingman, driver or by hanging on for dear life, hit a landscape-altering speed bump on a Tuesday morning in September 2003.Cease, in his sixth year as Wilmington's police chief, called home to his wife, colleague and best friend.“He asked me to bring him down some civilian clothes,” remembers Susan. “They gave him an… → Read More

Sportswriter finds pulpit suits him

Eddie Hill began his career as a sportswriter, so he appreciated the symmetry of finding his Road to Damascus moment when his beloved Duke basketball team finally finished first on the Road to the Final Four. → Read More

Pflug once led secular flock

John Pflug, the new pastor at Windermere Presbyterian Church, has arrived with a Texas-sized set of principles, but he also can sit comfortably on the fence. → Read More

Film accountant remembered for generosity, work ethic

Sheila Allen had a knack for getting things done, always crossing her own T's and dotting everyone else's I's. → Read More

Unassuming residents populate Porters Neck

The community might be a showplace, but it’s not a place for showoffs. → Read More

Sunset Park filled with diverse mix of faces, home prices

It was supposed to be Landfall. → Read More

Myrna Wexler was vital to city's pulse

Owen Wexler had every right to be downright emotional. Instead, he was positively astonished. → Read More

Word spreads of Skeets Winner's quiet passing

CAROLINA BEACH -- Skeets Winner, who helmed hundreds of thousands of folks on deep-sea fishing trips and moonlight cruises, often took his work ethic and obsession with customer care to another level. → Read More

Gym owner remembered as 'gentle giant'

Big brothers may pass away, but their memories don’t. → Read More

Atkinson auctions attract hundreds to old schoolhouse

The old high school building in Atkinson, Pender County, sits silent every day of every month -- except on the first Saturday, when all hell breaks loose. → Read More

Rustic setting lure of Ogden community

This is where newlyweds start their homes. → Read More

Residents praise Parsley Woods' atmosphere

When Penny and John Schardt, native Californians, were transferred to Wilmington by GE Nuclear back in the early 1990s, they felt like kids in a candy store on house-hunting trips. → Read More

Glad Tidings pastor on search for truth

“We want people to come here and celebrate the word of God,” said Henry Carroll, pastor of the Glad Tidings Celebration and Faith Church, as well as director of its Pathways School for middle and high school students. “It's a happy place. We don't want folks to have faces turned down.” → Read More

Workers adjust, find upsides to after-hours shifts

Carlene Brown is a veteran of the night shift, and a collegial member of the crew at Jimbo's that keeps folks sated from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. near the corner of Oleander and South College. → Read More

Rev. Freeman surpasses childhood ambition of being nun

As a young girl growing up on Dock Street in Wilmington, she thought she had it all figured out. → Read More

Cameron Art Museum provides variety of opportunities

The Cameron Art Museum provides not only a variety of educational opportunities for seniors at its sparkling facility on South 17th Street in Wilmington, but also an enticing atmosphere. → Read More

Carolina Heights balances style, diversity

Charles Davis remembers how he and his buddies, growing up in the Carolina Heights neighborhood of Wilmington, could cross Grace Street without ever touching the ground. → Read More

As region's population ages, what does future hold for retirees?

Jim Trickett, well into his second decade as a retiree to Southeastern North Carolina, was doing his obligatory spring trip to a gardening store for mulch in Brunswick County. → Read More

Designer's work ranges from breweries to churches

Dennis Setterfield, who is well into his second half century of designing bars and taverns, restaurants and nightclubs, movie sets and retail stores, chuckles over one of his most interesting assignments. → Read More

Program gives high school kids a head start on college

Hundreds of area high school students – and their parents – are getting an academic and financial leg up on college while they're still making plans for the junior-senior prom. → Read More