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 […]

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 […]

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