Red Cross: Plan for emergencies during Nat’l Preparedness Month

It’s the nature of emergency to be caught off guard, but we don’t have to be helpless. That’s the message from the American Red Cross, which through September is spreading awareness of National Preparedness Month. The gist is this: Have a plan. It can save lives. “Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared […]

Judge declares mistrial in Belton murder trial

WILMINGTON – Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons declared a mistrial Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Davis Ray Belton. Belton was charged with killing his wife at their Wilmington home last year. After deliberating for several days, jurors told Parsons they were unable to come to a unanimous verdict Thursday, leading Parsons to declare […]

Bald Head Island begins search for new public safety chief

Following the resignation of its public safety chief, the Village of Bald Head Island is taking steps to install a new leader who will oversee a department of roughly 20 first-responders. The new recruit will fill a vacancy created after Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety Chief Jerome “Chip” Munna Jr., while on suspension, […]

SABLE replaces helicopter with surplus transfer

A military surplus transfer has afforded area law enforcement agencies a helicopter valued at $280,000 for crime-fighting. The 1968 Bell OH 58C Kiowa, an ex-Army helicopter transferred—not purchased—from Pitt County, will join the fleet of the Southeastern Airborne Law Enforcement Unit, or SABLE, which the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) operates with partners including the New […]

First day of school in New Hanover, Brunswick counties passes smoothly

LELAND – In one first-grade classroom, students were learning to sharpen their pencils, where to put away their pencil cases and where to stow their book bags. Sixth-graders were learning an aptly-titled lesson, “How to survive sixth grade,” written by seventh-graders who know a thing or two about sixth grade. And at North Brunswick High […]

Brunswick DSS board appoints new interim director at emergency meeting

BOLIVIA – Two days after firing agency director Patty Connelly, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services appointed Neil Walters as interim director. Walters, who previously served as interim director for the agency in late 2010 and into early 2011 while longtime director Jamie Orrock was placed on leave and eventually fired, began […]

Brunswick DSS board fires director

BOLIVIA – In what could be their last action as a board, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services fired the agency’s director Patty Connelly on Tuesday. Board members Tina Jackson, Bernest Hewett and Fauna Schaub voted to fire Connelly, while Elsie Peterson and David Grimes voted against the move. Sandy Jackson, a […]

‘Most Threatened Historic Places’ list becomes traveling exhibit

The Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) is taking advocacy for imperiled heritage on the road. After months of work and collaboration with funders, the nonprofit on August 28 rolled out a traveling version of its “Most Threatened Historic Places” list to exhibit around the tri-county region. The goal: to promote awareness of the area’s venerable architecture […]

Ahrens ready to lead West Brunswick High School

SHALLOTTE – Brock Ahrens recognizes an opportunity when he sees it. When the principal position at West Brunswick High School opened, Ahrens, a 24-year educator, seized the opportunity to take on a new role and its challenges. Ahrens previously served as principal of South Brunswick Middle School in Boiling Spring Lakes, where he was credited […]