Topsail High track coach resigns after being charged with human trafficking of a 14-year-old girl

An investigation began when the parents of the victim found inappropriate Instagram messages sent between their daughter and Garrison.

Garrison Ahmad

PENDER COUNTY — A Topsail High School assistant teacher and track coach has been charged with human trafficking in a case involving a 14-year-old former student at the school. Ahmad Rashad Garrison, 27, of 305 Cedar Island Trail, Holly Ridge, has been charged with one count each of human trafficking of a child victim and […]


Southeastern North Carolina women team up to “Support the Girls”

Donations to Support the Girls.

Local Chapter Collects and Distributes Bras and Feminine Hygiene Products to Homeless and Financially Challenged Girls and Women Support the Girls (STG) is an international organization, which accidentally began in one woman’s basement as a passion project to donate critical items to women in need. In order to make a local impact as a part […]


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The Nature Conservancy plans controlled burns in Brunswick, Pender Counties

A controlled burn by the Nature Conservancy in North Carolina (Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina Facebook page)

The Nature Conservancy is launching its 2017 controlled burn season in Southeastern North Carolina. Between January and August, the Conservancy hopes to burn several thousand acres on its preserves in Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Columbus, and Onslow counties. Controlled burning is good for nature and people. Longleaf pine forests are fire dependent. Without burning, they will […]


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Hazmat, bombs and terrorism training come to CFCC this week

WILMINGTON – Cape Fear Community College’s Public Safety program will partner with Pender County Firefighters Association to host the Pender County Firefighters Association Public Safety College for more than 500 safety personnel across North Carolina. This event will be held at CFCC’s North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne, Wednesday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, […]


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FEMA extends deadline for those with Hurricane Mathew damage to seek assistance

Those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Pender and Brunswick counties now have an extra two weeks to apply for federal assistance.

A screenshot provided by the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation shows the Whiteville substation during Hurricane Matthew.

RALEIGH — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has again extended the time in which residents affected by Hurricane Matthew can apply for federal assistance. Those who want to apply for federal assistance now have until Monday, Jan. 23. The extension is the second granted to the state by FEMA. The state first requested an […]


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 […]


‘Protecting a Longleaf Pine Legacy’

HAMPSTEAD — These are heady times, reminiscent of a period in our relatively recent history when generations of Americans were worried about what their environmental future might hold. Esse Quam Videri. “To be, rather than to seem.” More than a motto, these are words to live by. In the early 1970s, Andy Wood was a […]


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Hurricane Matthew debris clean-up in Pender will continue into mid-January

A tree downed by Hurricane Matthew in Pender County. (Photo courtesy of Pender County).

PENDER COUNTY — Officials from Pender County Emergency Management have announced that the county-wide storm debris pick-up will continue through mid-January. Additional crews from the North Carolina Department of Transportation have been requested to help with clean-up efforts, as the process has been slow due to the amount of debris cause by Hurricane Matthew, according […]


Ecological Marine Adventures offering year round marine science classes in Surf City

SURF CITY — The Town of Surf City has joined forces with Ecological Marine Adventures (EMA) to provide our area with a year round marine science education program. Learning is very hands-on and student driven. EMA invites you to explore Topsail’s beaches and marshes from a unique perspective. EMA is currently gearing up for Spring […]


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