Fundraising underway for local teen robotics team headed to global championship

The 29 high school students that make up local robotics team Wired Wizards are hoping to collect enough funds to take on their peers across the globe at an international competition next week. Courtesy photos.

A local group of tech-savvy teens is hoping to put its robots in the ring against opponents from around the globe. Wilmington robotics team Wired Wizards, is in the last days of a quickly organized online fundraising drive for an upcoming trip to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition or Science and Technology) World Robotics Competition […]


World, meet classroom: Pine Valley Elementary holds 24-hour global Skype event

Teacher Beverly Ladd came up with the idea for the Skype-a-thon when her students asked to chat with kids in Australia.

Did you know water in Iceland is heated by its underground volcanic rocks? Or that in Serbia, schools have an onsite dentist? How about the Ecuadorians’ taste for barbecued Guinea pigs? Pine Valley Elementary School students certainly know those fun facts, but they didn’t get them from a trivia book. Instead, they heard them straight […]


A ‘bridge’ between past and future: UNCW formally welcomes new chancellor

UNC system president Margaret Spellings officially welcomes Zito Sartarelli to the Seahawk family after presenting him with a UNCW medallion during an formal chancellor installation ceremony Thursday. Photos by Hilary Snow.

  When UNC-Wilmington officials embarked in fall 2014 on a search for a new campus leader, there were a few key qualities they had in mind: integrity, passion and a winning personality, among them. Michael Shivar, chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees, believes they saw all that – and then some – in Dr. […]


West Brunswick students disciplined after one displayed Confederate flag

West Brunswick principal Brock Ahrens delivered a message of 'unity, tolerance and civility' following Wednesday's incident involving a student displaying and wearing a Confederate flag at lunch.

Five West Brunswick High students have been disciplined for an on-campus disruption Wednesday that erupted when a student displayed a Confederate flag in the school’s courtyard and cafeteria. Brunswick County school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said she could not disclose how the five students were involved in the incident, but did confirm that one of […]


Defamation trial of former Brunswick County superintendent continued until August

Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden. File photo.

A defamation lawsuit from a local charter school management company against Brunswick County’s former superintendent has been continued. A series of motions on both sides of the case has pushed back the civil superior court trial of Dr. Edward Pruden—set to begin on Feb. 29—by another six months. Baker Mitchell, who operates The Roger Bacon […]


Holiday flotilla gives back to Virgo’s growing STEM program

N.C. Holiday Flotilla board members watch as Virgo students demonstrate their STEM skills. For the second consecutive year, the flotilla has donated funds to the magnet middle school. Courtesy photo.

A local Christmastime tradition has given an early gift to a fledgling educational program. The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla recently donated $5,400 to D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) initiative. Now in its 33rd year, the flotilla annually brings crowds of around 50,000 to Wrightsville Beach in November to see the floating […]


New Hanover County Schools to get new buses with seat belts as part of pilot program

The new buses, with seat belts standard, will begin serving students at all grade levels in August. Courtesy images.

Five new school buses armed with seat belts will hit the local roads in August. The addition to the New Hanover County Schools’ fleet come as part of a statewide pilot program to better evaluate the devices, according to district spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum. In a release sent last week, Quattlebaum said recent studies have shown […]


UNCW’s interim provost named to permanent position

Marilyn Sheerer. Photo courtesy UNCW.

UNC-Wilmington’s temporary provost has been named as the permanent replacement. After nearly a year as interim leader, Dr. Marilyn Sheerer was named Provost and Vice Chancellor of the Office of Academic Affairs earlier this week, according to a release from the university. She brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in higher education […]


UNCW to host free informational programs on Spanish immersion

UNCW's Spanish department will screen 'Speaking in Tongues,' a documentary about language immersion education, as part of two events on the topic. Courtesy image.

As New Hanover County education officials prepare to move Spanish immersion to a new school, UNC-Wilmington is offering informational sessions aimed at highlighting the benefits of dual language programs. The first of two events – set for Saturday, Feb. 13 – is a free screening of the documentary, “Speaking in Tongues,” followed by a discussion […]


Brunswick education officials OK nearly $500k for playing field’s coal ash mitigation

The Brunswick County school district hopes to reopen a South Brunswick Middle athletic field, closed in 2013 after the detection of coal ash, by the fall semester. Courtesy photo.

Brunswick County education officials have signed off on funding for a project to refurbish a Southport-area athletic field tainted by coal ash. Nearly two years after the material was found beneath the South Brunswick Middle School baseball field surface, the board of education recently allotted approximately $290,000 to rehabilitate the field. Another $180,000 will be […]


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