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Past articles by Kate Elizabeth:

Guilford County animal shelter promotes pit bull adoption

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Walking through the kennels at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, Logan Rustan, the facility’s director, stopped every few feet to point out a different dog. → Read More

What does future hold for five threatened species found here?

Southeastern North Carolina is home to a host of threatened and endangered species. Some reside on the beach; others prefer the brackish waters of the Cape Fear River or swamps in Brunswick County. Some are under recovery plans from the federal government; others are awaiting formal protective steps. Here's a look at five species native to Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover counties, all in… → Read More

Eagles' sickness might be linked to toxins, Rocky Point vet says

When the first bald eagle came to her with signs of heavy metal toxicity, Joni Gnyp didn't think too much of it. Lead poisoning is fairly common among birds of prey, who feed on deer carcasses filled with lead left over from hunting ammunition. Once identified, it's fairly easy to treat, and Aang, the young male bald eagle, responded well to treatment. → Read More

Wilmington man charged in Tuesday slaying near downtown

A Wilmington man was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a 20-year-old Wilmington man who was shot and killed earlier this week while standing in a driveway near downtown. → Read More

Carolina Beach town meeting solemn after deadly conflagration

The smoke had cleared, but the weight of fires that raged in Carolina Beach on Saturday hung over the town council at its regular meeting Tuesday night. → Read More

Wilmington officials turn focus to plan for waterfront

Streetscaping, a visitor's center upgrade and a cruise ship berth are among the projects proposed as part of a developing Waterfront Improvement Plan, a comprehensive project in the works for the city of Wilmington. → Read More

What you need to know about Christmas trees

Residents of coastal North Carolina may be most familiar with the palm or bald cypress tree, but as the holiday season speeds along, consider this: Each year, North Carolina growers are responsible for 20 percent of the real Christmas trees in the country, totaling roughly $75 million in sales each year, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. → Read More

UNCW cultural arts head resigns, saying he was left out in decisions

The director of cultural arts at the University of North Carolina Wilmington this week tendered his resignation with little warning, saying that administrators failed to include him in decisions regarding the reshaping of his department, including their decision to recruit a "director of the arts" position. → Read More

Sunny Point says it will consider residents' input on bike path

Officials with the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point said Tuesday they welcomed input from Carolina Beach residents concerned with the location of a proposed bike path project. But it’s unclear whether any changes will be made to the current plan. → Read More

Temperatures to head south as Arctic air settles across region

Overnight temperatures were expected to fall into the low 20s in the Wilmington area Tuesday, cold enough to shatter low-temperature records and freeze sensitive plants. → Read More

Snapping turtles will get added protection

In response to possible population threats from increased demand overseas, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking protective measures for the snapping turtle, a freshwater reptile that resides in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties. → Read More

Carolina Beach approves 'walk of fame'

The Carolina Beach Town Council at its meeting Monday approved a request to establish a "walk of fame" near the lake, a monument designed to celebrate prominent citizens. → Read More

Relocation of bike path surprises Carolina Sands homeowners

Richard Cecelski was working from home in Carolina Beach when he noticed surveyors staking a line near the edge of his property. Confused, Cecelski called town hall and spoke to Town Manager Michael Cramer, who told him the surveying was for a long-planned bike path, part of a greenway winding through Pleasure Island. → Read More

N.C. reclassifies Sutton Lake to impose stricter regulations

State officials announced Friday their decision to reclassify Sutton Lake as "waters of the state," rejecting the lake's long-standing status as a cooling pond and opening the popular fishing spot to stricter environmental regulations. → Read More

These are a few of Southeastern N.C.'s scary things

If your Halloween plans include cooking up a spooky stew containing eye of newt, you're in luck – the ingredient can be sourced locally, courtesy of the broken-striped newt, a small salamander that lives throughout marshes in Southeastern North Carolina. Your dinner guests, however, are less lucky, because it tastes bad. Really bad. → Read More

New Hanover deputies make huge heroin bust

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday arrested three people in the second-largest heroin bust in county history, a spokesman for the department said. → Read More

New Hanover tries to drop bird monitoring

The federal Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a request from New Hanover County to drop bird monitoring responsibilities at the north end of Wrightsville Beach, but officials said it's unlikely the requirements will be totally nixed. → Read More

McCrory attends CRC meeting, calls for proposals that can help increase federal funding

Gov. Pat McCrory at a meeting of the Coastal Resources Commission on Wednesday urged coastal experts to submit proposals for programs and policies that could later be used to lobby the federal government for increased funding for projects in North Carolina. → Read More

Longtime Carolina Beach resident is fixture at council meetings

D.A. Lewis has never served on a town board and never occupied a seat on the Carolina Beach Town Council. But he's been a fixture in the council chambers for more than five decades, trudging to the podium at nearly every meeting to read printed statements lambasting council members for their actions – or inactions – on a variety of issues. → Read More

Carolina Beach officials vote to lower speed limit

The Carolina Beach Town Council at its meeting Tuesday night voted to reduce the speed limit on a roughly 13-block stretch of U.S. 421. → Read More