Laney, Hoggard to get new gyms, upgrades as part of bond referendum

The New Hanover County school district is in the pre-design phase of planned improvements at Hoggard High School, including a new gym and larger cafeteria. Images courtesy New Hanover County Schools.

Newer, larger gymnasiums are in the works for Laney and Hoggard high schools. The 1,600-seat gyms are among a host of improvements and additions slated for the New Hanover County schools as included in the $160 million bond referendum approved by voters in the November general election. The bond funds 14 projects identified as high […]


Taking ‘flight': UNCW chancellor plans to expand horizons, job opportunities

Dr. Jose Sartarelli. Photo courtesy UNCW.

Dr. Zito Sartarelli believes college is not just a place to gain an education; it’s the time to become a better person. As UNC-Wilmington’s new leader, he hopes to create a campus that better fosters both academics and the various experiences that help shape teen-age freshman into well-rounded adults when they receive their diplomas. He’s only […]


City of Wilmington awards six local organizations $167,000

While Front Street marks the heart of downtown Wilmington, the new WDI-WRAR partnership will eye properties all the way to 16th Street. File photo by Ben Brown.

Six local organizations will receive funding from the City of Wilmington to continue to promote economic development and cultural arts within the city. Council members approved $167,000 to help fund the Arts Council of Wilmington, the Jewish Film Festival, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Cucalorus, Wilmington Downtown Inc. (WDI), and the UNCW Center for Innovation and […]


CFCC receives scholarship donations

Rick DeCrescente, Alliance Credit Union's regional vice president and Kandra Romeo, Alliance business relationship manager, present a scholarship donation  to Dana McKoy, director of annual giving for the CFCC Foundation.

An area organization and a local business have continued to show their support for Cape Fear Community College students. Both Wilmington Riverfest, which organizes the annual downtown fall festival of the same name, and Alliance Credit Union recently contributed to college scholarships. Earlier this month, the Riverfest planning committee gave a donation to CFCC’s Marine […]


New Ashley principal has plan to boost teacher, parent morale

Ashley High School's new principal, Patrick McCarty, talks with a teacher Tuesday. McCarty plans to improve relations with staff, parents and students by spending more time in the hallways than his office. Photos by Hilary Snow.

Principal Patrick McCarty doesn’t plan on being in his new office much at Ashley High School, but when he is, his blinds will be up and his door will stay open. It’s part of an overall strategy McCarty–former principal of neighboring Murray Middle–has for improving student and staff relations at the beleaguered high school. McCarty […]


Charter school’s election day a teachable event

Charter Day School eighth grader Luke Boldt delivers his presidential speech during a recent election day for the schools student government association.  Photos courtesy Sawyer Batten, Roger Bacon Academy.

Some area middle school students recently got a chance to jump into the world of politics. Rather than just hold elections for its student government association, Charter Day School in Brunswick County modeled the occasion after state and national elections in an effort to impart some hands-on instruction. Student candidates campaigned for a month leading […]


New Hanover’s 43 schools will launch mobile app to connect families, teachers

The latest local education news and updates will soon be available on the go and just a click away. New Hanover County Schools NHCS is launching a free mobile app for district schools on Aug. 24 – the first day back to class – to help keep parents, students, teachers and staff better connected. Produced by The […]


Williston Middle gets new principal as part of administrative hires

Ronald Villines. Photos courtesy New Hanover County Schools.

Williston Middle is one of four area schools to have new leadership at the start of the 2015-16 academic year. During a meeting earlier this week, the New Hanover County Board of Education named Ronald Villines as Williston’s top administrator. He replaces Dr. Jerry Oates–current New Hanover County Principal of the Year–who was hired in […]


UNCW to hold campus shooter drill

UNCWs Fisher Student Center will be the site of an active shooter drill on campus Friday. Photo courtesy UNCW.

UNC-Wilmington will hold an active shooter drill on campus on Friday morning. The drill–conducted by the University Police Department, Department of Campus Life, Environmental Health and Safety, the Counseling Center and the UNCW Bookstore–will take place between 8 a.m. and noon. The Fisher Student Center will be closed to the public during this time and […]


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