City may soon decide parking deck’s fate

The fate of downtown Wilmington’s two-level Water Street Parking Deck could surface later this month, though Wilmington City Council members are not aligned on whether to move ahead with demolition, or acting to extend the deck’s life another three to five years. Either option will cost money, but as the future use of the property […]

First day of school in New Hanover, Brunswick counties passes smoothly

LELAND – In one first-grade classroom, students were learning to sharpen their pencils, where to put away their pencil cases and where to stow their book bags. Sixth-graders were learning an aptly-titled lesson, “How to survive sixth grade,” written by seventh-graders who know a thing or two about sixth grade. And at North Brunswick High […]

Brunswick DSS board appoints new interim director at emergency meeting

BOLIVIA – Two days after firing agency director Patty Connelly, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services appointed Neil Walters as interim director. Walters, who previously served as interim director for the agency in late 2010 and into early 2011 while longtime director Jamie Orrock was placed on leave and eventually fired, began […]

Rep. Danny McComas to chair Ports Authority board

  N.C. Rep. Danny McComas will resign from the state legislature on September 2 to become chairman of the N.C. State Ports Authority (SPA) Board of Directors, the governor’s office has announced. In an August 29 press release, Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue said her appointment of McComas, a long-serving Republican, “demonstrates my commitment to the continued […]

Brunswick DSS board fires director

BOLIVIA – In what could be their last action as a board, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services fired the agency’s director Patty Connelly on Tuesday. Board members Tina Jackson, Bernest Hewett and Fauna Schaub voted to fire Connelly, while Elsie Peterson and David Grimes voted against the move. Sandy Jackson, a […]

‘Most Threatened Historic Places’ list becomes traveling exhibit

The Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) is taking advocacy for imperiled heritage on the road. After months of work and collaboration with funders, the nonprofit on August 28 rolled out a traveling version of its “Most Threatened Historic Places” list to exhibit around the tri-county region. The goal: to promote awareness of the area’s venerable architecture […]

Ahrens ready to lead West Brunswick High School

SHALLOTTE – Brock Ahrens recognizes an opportunity when he sees it. When the principal position at West Brunswick High School opened, Ahrens, a 24-year educator, seized the opportunity to take on a new role and its challenges. Ahrens previously served as principal of South Brunswick Middle School in Boiling Spring Lakes, where he was credited […]