Giving students a second chance via second hand sales

"I think people will be pleasantly surprised at the quality they find here."

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LELAND – Despite years of modest success, the Communities in Schools thrift stores are still facing a major hurdle: many people have some serious negative preconceptions about discount and second-hand stores. The thrift stores fund Communities in Schools (CIS) efforts to provide counseling, tutoring and mentoring as part of its partnership with Brunswick County schools. The […]


Give blood in March in celebration of ‘Red Cross Month’

WILMINGTON — March is Red Cross month, and you can join in on the American Red Cross life-saving mission by giving blood. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and who bring hope to people facing emergencies, according to a press release from […]


Brunswick County utilities company H2GO celebrates 2,000 days of safety

A fire hydrant signed by the H2Go staff.

LELAND — On Feb. 8, H2GO held a celebration for its nearly 30 employees, thanking them for their commitment to safety. H2GO has now gone 2,000 working days without a safety violation or time loss from injury. Related: Brunswick utilities company H2GO shares the importance of buying local In 2012, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Brian Griffith formed […]


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Communities In Schools: Changing lives one student at a time in Brunswick County

CIS was founded on the belief that “it’s relationships, not programs that change children.”

CIS Before and After School Programs

SOUTHPORT — Not many people or organizations can say they help change the paths of students’ lives. However, Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) has been doing just that for 22 years for students and families in Brunswick County. CIS lives its mission every day to “surround students with a community of support, empowering […]


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‘Welcome to the Gloom’ – A new kind of men’s fitness program grows in Wilmington and Leland

"You made a hard commit, you said you’d be there. But you're there together, no matter how early, or dark or cold it is. That’s what leads to the trust, that’s what leads to the deeper relationships."

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WILMINGTON – Two hours before dawn and just a few degrees above freezing, a dozen men gathered in Leland Municipal Park. In near-darkness, the men broke into a series of exercises, laughing, joking and cursing the cold. “Welcome to the gloom,” said David Frederiksen. “This is what it’s all about.” Frederiksen is a member of […]


Intermittent lane closures on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge begin Wednesday night

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

WILMINGTON – The North Carolina Department of Transportation will intermittently close the eastbound and westbound lanes of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge on U.S. 421 in Wilmington tonight and tomorrow night. The closures are needed to repair damage to the metal deck and center rail caused by a vehicle collision on the lift span of the […]


DA: Leland shooting was legally justified after officer was shot multiple times without provocation

Crime scene tap left behind  on Bridgeport Way. Photo by Christina  Haley.

“Not only are Officer Schwenk’s actions justified, they are heroic.”   BRUNSWICK COUNTY — District Attorney Jon David has declared the actions of Leland Officer Jacob Schwenk justified in the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Brent Quinn in December. David announced the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation concluded its investigation about one month after the […]


Brunswick utilities company H2GO shares the importance of buying local

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Several studies have shown that buying local strengthens the economic base of the community. As the North Brunswick area continues to grow and more businesses are coming to the area, H2GO has decided to bring its business to local companies. In the past month, H2GO has implemented many projects to benefit their […]


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Red Cross schedules multiple blood drives in the face of blood, platelet shortages

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

Nearly 300 donors answered the call Thursday when SAAC partnered with the American Red Cross to hold the CAA Blood Challenge.

WILMINGTON — The American Red Cross has made an emergency plea for blood and platelets after a scarcity of donations in November and December. Overall, the Red Cross received about 37,000 fewer donations during those months than anticipated. Hectic holiday schedules and severe weather that forced about 90 blood drives to cancel were among the […]


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