Wilmington’s new splash pad opens Saturday

Hugh MacCrae Splash Pad

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — New Hanover County Parks and Gardens, in partnership with Trillium Health Resources, will hold a grand opening for the county’s new splash pad at Hugh MacRae Park on Saturday. The splash pad is the final piece of the park’s all-inclusive playground project, funded by Trillium Health Resources’ Play Together Grant. “We are […]

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Beyond a ‘war on drugs’ – law enforcement’s modern options in the opioid crisis

While in Washington there is talk of a 'new war of drugs,' at the local level law enforcement is looking past the 'scare tactics' of the past. While our local officials are still fighting trafficking and gang violence, they are increasingly pointing the way to a more progressive approach to the opioid crisis.

First Lady Nancy Reagan speaking at a "Just Say No" Rally in Los Angeles, 1987. (Courtesy the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? What can […]

UNCW’s Peyton Jordan named CAA Pitcher-of-the-Week

WILMINGTON — University of North Carolina at Wilmington senior Peyton Jordan has been named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week for the week ending March 26. Jordan, who earned her third career Pitcher-of-the-Week award, led the Seahawks to a 4-0 record last week, including a three-game sweep over Drexel in the team’s CAA opener. […]

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Laney High School students heading to Raleigh to talk anti-bullying at national summit

Victora Chang

RALEIGH – Seven in 10 students witness bullying in school, but less than one third report it to adult, according to StopBullying.gov. Laney High School students will take part in a summit next week to help change that. The Laney chapter of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) will join other chapters from around the country in […]

‘Senators’ sons’ – Now that opioid victims look more like lawmakers, what will they do?

“You ask me the question now, as to whether or not we’re having the discussion of decriminalization and treatment versus incarceration is because the users look more like senators’ sons and prosecutors’ kids – the answer is 'yes.' Absolutely yes." District Attorney Ben David

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]

Taking babies from mommies – Opioids’ impact on families

The opioid epidemic in Wilmington destroys the lives of users and drives violent crime across town. But the youngest victims are the children caught in between parents struggling with opioids and the social service struggling to protect them. County officials are underfunded and backlogged, but a bigger – and more surprising – culprit is the recent proliferation of private treatment centers.

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Author’s note: This series has explored questions about the opioid epidemic in Wilmington. It has focused on the basics: what are opioids, who are the people using them? Some questions remain: what is at the root of epidemic? Why is this epidemic hitting our area so hard – harder than nearly anywhere else in the nation? […]