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Past articles by Will:

Border collie gets help to rescue canine pal

Dogs are our best friends, it's said. But dogs can look out for their doggie pals, too.Susan Atkinson sent us a note about it."Connie, a neighbor friend, kept hearing my mom's border collie, Heidi, barking. She went outside to find Heidi running back and forth, and barking frantically. The neighbor followed Heidi on to my mom's porch and the dog disappeared through the doggie door into the… → Read More


Bumper to bumper, the traffic seems to build every day. Drivers recklessly swerve across lanes, making a mockery of the mandates from the state Department of Transportation. Those who choose to stop for a caution light get horn blasts in return from the incautious and discourteous.In the middle of all that, an occasional note of grace occurs. Ted and Anne Seawell sent a note about it."We were… → Read More


When it comes to helping feed the hungry, some folks really put their wallet to work in the effort. → Read More

GOODWILL: Grieving pet owner thanks strangers

The loss of a family pet brings grief at any time of life. But when it happens unexpectedly, pet owners have no preparation for the emotional shock.Even the smallest gestures of kindness and empathy can mean a lot at such a time. UNCW student Sara Liquori wrote us about it.On April 8, "my dog Sailor ( a goldendoodle who was only a year and a half old) unfortunately got hit and died on Eastwood… → Read More

GOODWILL: Bicyclist pumped over stranger's kindness

It's a good idea to look out for the safety of bicyclists on our area roads. But one man flat-out went the extra mile to help a rider.Mary Hansen sent us a note about it."It was a windy day for bike riding but I rode anyway, in order to get my mail in for that day. Although an experienced rider, I thought my difficulty in pedaling was due to going into the wind."Arriving at the Post Office, a… → Read More

Past Azalea Fest parades had elaborate floats

In old photographs, it's beauty and the best on display. → Read More


In life it's often said that you cannot dwell on events you cannot control. But one may act on what can be affected.In that vein, Cara Bloom sent along a note written by her daughters, Stella Bloom and Addie Bloom.Stella and Addie's grandfather, Irving Bloom, passed away last year after a short, painful battle with cancer."This loss has deeply affected (the) family. His granddaughters, Stella… → Read More


Have you ever been stuck with unwanted baggage? → Read More


The need to change a tire comes as an unwelcome surprise, often as a great inconvenience such as at night or -- as Steve Spain writes -- in the rain. But a greater, and welcome, surprise followed for a Wilmington motorist on Sept. 25. → Read More


Occasionally someone observes an incident involving one of our furry friends. That's the case with Edward M. Brosh of Bolivia. → Read More


The best-laid dinner plans of the nice and neighborly go awry. But help proves near at hand. → Read More


Every year, young men put time and elbow grease into the final projects they hope will bring them the designation of Eagle Scout. → Read More


Pretty much everyone has heard of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and its work to provide requested experiences to children ages 3 to 17 who have life-threatening medical conditions. → Read More

Topsail principal saves the day for kindergartner

Jean M. Jones wanted to thank Janet Redinger, principal of Topsail Elementary School, for an “outstanding act of kindness.” The following is from a copy of a letter she sent to Terry Cobb, superintendent of Pender County Schools → Read More

Goodwill - On or off duty, this officer serves public

Michelle Maneval sent along a Christmas story to warm hearts. → Read More

Goodwill - Helping hands reach out at the airport

Wilmington International Airport is a great place to fly out of, but air travel can be stressful even for the experienced. → Read More

Goodwill - Good Samaritans come in all forms

We are always looking for the act that defines a good Samaritan. Generally it is the story of an individual helping another individual. But sometimes more organized activities fit the bill. The following is a local letter that speaks of goodwill in a lighter vein. → Read More

Goodwill - Leland firemen save senior's ear drums

A piercing, repetitive and unrelenting sound that you can't silence or even unplug can drive you crazy. (Just ask the White House ushers about their front door alarm). → Read More

Goodwill - Summer stories of lunch treats and honesty

We're into fall now, but a couple of stories from this past summer await the telling. First off is an incident related by Charlie and Lynn Howell about an unexpected free lunch, as follows. → Read More

Goodwill - Lunch turns into lesson in kindness

A meal can bring back memories. It can also produce a pleasant surprise. → Read More