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John Staton


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Laugh, listen, dance: 8 can't-miss entertainment events to see in Wilmington this weekend

It's yet another packed weekend of events in Wilmington, which, considering it's January is a good sign for what's to come this spring and summer. → Read More

Locally made 'Scream' hits No. 1 at box office, showcases many Wilmington locations

For the second time in three months, a movie made in Wilmington is the No. 1 movie in America. Many Port City locations can be seen in the film. → Read More

On MLK Day, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry asks, 'What are you doing for others?'

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry will mobilize volunteers to help low-income homeowners whose houses need repair. → Read More

7 things to do in the Wilmington area during the first weekend of 2022

From a '70s disco pop dance party and good local music to quality touring comics and even a flower/art show, Wilmington's 2022 starts this weekend. → Read More

When, and where, to see 11 Wilmington-shot movies and TV shows premiering in 2022

2021 was a record year for Wilmington film production, so 2022 will bring a deluge of new Port City-made products. → Read More

The year ahead: 11 Wilmington anniversaries we'll be marking in 2022

As we mark some of the Wilmington anniversaries we'll be celebrating, or at least noting, in 2022, we're looking ahead and back at the same time. → Read More

The ones we lost: Wilmington-area notables who died in 2021

A former mayor of Wilmington. A longtime local musician and storyteller. A beloved bartender. And a teacher who died much too young. → Read More

Recognize this? 6 Christmas TV movies made in the Wilmington area

We've got our fair share of, if not holiday hits, then at least movies good enough to have on the background while you wrap presents. → Read More

'No tears' as Wilmington's Carli Batson doesn't advance to finals of Miss America pageant

Batson was not one of the top 10 finalists at the 100th Miss America pageant on Thursday night. The crown went to Miss Alaska Emma Broyles. → Read More

Actor Kevin James hangs out, eats wings in Oak Island

James, known for starring in the long running CBS sitcom "King of Queens," was seen eating at Oak Island restaurant Shagger Jacks on Monday night. → Read More

Wilmington's tale of the Christmas flounder is a fanciful piece of area tradition

We'll dig into the story of Christmas flounder on the latest episode of "Cape Fear Unearthed," the local history podcast of the StarNews. → Read More

Big star, small town: Mel Gibson makes minor stir as new movie shoots in Southport

"Boys of Summer," a supernatural thriller set on Massachusetts island Martha's Vineyard, has been shooting scenes in downtown Southport. → Read More

Wilmington label releases benefit compilation album with national, local acts

On Nov. 5, Fort Lowell released "Luz De Vida II," an album benefiting Homicide Survivors, Inc., that features such acts as Tracy Shedd and L'Orange. → Read More

Everything you need to know about Wilmington's starring role in 'Halloween Kills'

How to watch, a guide to Wilmington locations, and some intriguing Port City connections for the release of "Halloween Kills," which drops Oct. 15. → Read More

Wilmington filming could shut down: Union votes 'yes' for strike over working conditions

The option for a strike is now on the table after about 98% of union members said they need "basic human needs" to be met. → Read More

3 men sentenced after convictions for sex offenses against children in Brunswick County

“These results demonstrate that there are severe consequences for sexually assaulting a child in Brunswick County," said District Attorney Jon David. → Read More

New Hanover High School: Shooting suspect arrested following lockdown, evacuation of students

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of the reported school shooting at Hew Hanover High in Wilmington, North Carolina. → Read More

7 ways to have fun in Wilmington this weekend: art, comedy, music, festivals and more

There might be too much stuff to choose from, including super-cool art shows, concerts big and small, and the summer debut of the Azalea Festival. → Read More

A midsummer spring celebration: Azalea Festival returns with a weekend of hot events

After the 2020 festival was mostly canceled due to the pandemic, the 2021 festival, which is the 74th annual, has had to reinvent the wheel. → Read More

9 reasons why Wilmington will rock like a wagon wheel this weekend

The band behind one of the best-known songs of this century will return to Wilmington, and there's plenty more to hear during a music-heavy weekend. → Read More