UNC-Wilmington names Laura Lunsford as new head of Swain business center

Laura Lunsford. Photo courtesy UNCW.

WILMINGTON — UNC-Wilmington’s economic workforce development initiative has a new leader. Author, speaker and mentor Laura Gail Lunsford was named director of the H. David and Diane Swain Center for Business and Economic Services following a national search, campus officials announced earlier this week. She will take the helm as the center’s first director on […]


UNCW sees record-breaking rise in donations

UNCW men's basketball and a host of other athletic teams are among the beneficiaries of the campus' largest pool of private donations. File photo.

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks are soaring high after a stellar year of contributions to the local college. Campus officials recently announced a record-breaking $14.9 million in donations during the 2015-16 fiscal cycle. The total figure came from nearly 16,000 individual gifts – about half of which were $50 or less – that will benefit students, faculty, programs […]


Brunswick County superintendent gets contract extension after ‘above average’ evaluation

The Brunswick County Board of Education has voted to extend Superintendent Les Tubb's contract until June 30, 2020 after a favorable first evaluation Tuesday. Courtesy photo.

The Brunswick County school district’s top leader has earned high marks for his first year of work. Tuesday, the board of education rewarded Superintendent Les Tubb for a job well done with a two-year contract extension. Tubb’s existing contract expired June 30, 2018 but following the board’s decision will now run through the end of […]


Shallotte teacher charged with selling prescription drugs from her home

Kelly Kiggins Hansen

A Brunswick County middle school teacher who has been employed with the school district for more than a decade was arrested at her home Wednesday evening on drug charges following a month-long investigation. Kelly Kiggins Hansen, 49, of Village Road SW in Shallotte, faces charges of trafficking opium or heroin and possession with intent to […]


New Hanover County Schools names teacher, principal of the year

Hoggard's Dr. Steven Sullivan, left, was named Principal of the Year at a banquet earlier this week. Parsley educator Christopher Walters (third from left) is the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year after being selected from among fellow finalists Sandra Cecelski and Jeremy Buie. Courtesy photo.

Local school district leaders recently honored the area’s top teachers, handing one standout the keys to a new a car. During the annual Educator of the Year banquet at Ashley High earlier this week, Christopher Walters of Parsley Elementary was named the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year by the New Hanover County Board of Education […]


UNCW names permanent leader for business startups hub

Diane Durance. Courtesy photo.

UNC-Wilmington now has a permanent leader for its cutting-edge hub of business startups. The university recently announced Diane Durance has been named director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). She begins work in her new position on June 20. Durance, current president of Michigan non-profit MiQuest, brings with her a decade of experience leading, coaching and […]


Alliance Credit Union awards scholarships to two local students

Niquitta Corbett, with her family beside her, receives a $2,000 scholarship from Alliance Credit Union's vice president of sales, Rick DeCrescente and Kandra Romeo, business relationship manager, during a banquet earlier this week.

In the spirit of its former leader, Alliance Credit Union is helping two local students further their education. Alliance recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to Isaac Bear Early College High School senior Aaron Johnson and Niquitta Corbett, who currently attends Cape Fear Community College. Since 1997, Alliance has honored the memory of Rose M. Ratka, the […]


Ashley senior earns presidential volunteer service award

Madison Bosner. Courtesy photo.

A local student’s commitment to giving back to her community has gotten some national attention. Ashley High School’s Madison Bosner was recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work the The Commons at Brightmore, an assisted living facility in Wilmington. The award recognizes American citizens of all ages who have given significant time for the […]


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