Former Topsail coach, teaching assistant facing another human trafficking charge

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PENDER COUNTY — Former Topsail High School track coach and assistant teacher Ahmad Rashad Garrison faces additional charges in a case of human trafficking and sexual involvement with a student, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday. Garrison, 27, of 305 Cedar Island Trial in Holly Ridge, was arrested Feb. 9, after he allegedly showed […]

More than 2,000 acres of North Carolina’s coast closed to shellfish harvesting

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SOUTHEASTERN, NORTH CAROLINA — State fisheries authorities have closed 2,450 acres of North Carolina’s coastal waters to shellfish harvesting after the waters failed to meet required bacteriological standards. Locally, nearly 200 acres of coastal waters in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties have been closed until further testing meets quality standards, according to the North […]

North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events names Olivia Dawson to Board of Directors

BURGAW — The North Carolina Blueberry Festival Association announced festival coordinator Olivia Dawson was named to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events (NCAFE). Dawson, who has been the N.C. Blueberry Festival coordinator for the last five years, said NCAFE exists to facilitate information sharing, training, networking, and identifying […]

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Rise in traffic fatalities linked to aging population, distracted driving

The Wilmington area can't hide from the rise in traffic crashes across the state.

RALEIGH – With about 20 percent of the population in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties 65 years and older, The Insurance Federation of North Carolina (IFNC) is offering senior drivers, as well as all drivers, several safety tips to help alleviate traffic accidents. TRIP, a national transportation research group, reported that 18 percent of […]

Beyond ‘bad hombres’ – border visit opens Rouzer’s eyes to ‘humanitarian’ immigration issues

"Actually going there is like going from black and white television to 3D.”

WILMINGTON – Last week Congressman David Rouzer traveled to the Texas-Mexico border. The trip, he said, changed the way he saw the issue of border security and immigration. Congressman Rouzer was part of a caucus of Republicans inspecting border security measures along a 160-mile route from McAllen to Laredo. The group, which included Senators John […]

Going fishing? Recreational flounder limits are about to change in North Carolina


COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA — Now that the weather is warming up, anglers out there are getting the itch to fish. Flounder can be fished throughout the Cape Fear Region, but anglers should know that fishing regulations for Flounder along North Carolina’s coast have changed. According to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, the recreational […]

Parents asked to watch students’ social media after Topsail track coach charged with additional sex acts with student

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking parents of students to keep watch over their children’s access to social media websites. Through their investigation, detectives have discovered that Garrison allegedly used Instagram and other common web sites to have inappropriate contact with some students.

Ahmad Garrison

PENDER COUNTY — A  former Topsail High School assistant teacher and track coach faces additional charges of sexual activity involving another female victim. Ahmad Rashad Garrison, 27, of 305 Cedar Island Trail in Holly Ridge, faces additional charges of four counts of sex act with a student, Pender County Sheriff’s Office Capt. James Rowell announced […]

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.

Ahmad Garrison

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 […]

Applying for a job? You’ve got to ‘Learn to Earn’, and the Cape Fear Literacy Council can help

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WILMINGTON — Applying for a job can cause anxiety for anyone; it requires research and networking, writing a resume that reflects relevant qualifications, preparing for an interview, reaching out to references, and being both patient and persistent.  For those who struggle to understand a job description or application instructions, the job search process is even […]

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Massive U.S.-backed Iraqi bond draws criticism from North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones

"I think both parties are smoking something illegal."

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WASHINGTON, DC — Iraq’s $1 billion bond has sparked the outrage of Congressman Walter B. Jones, who said through a press release, “the insanity is astonishing.” The five-year bond, issued by the Republic of Iraq, is backed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is guaranteed by the U.S. Government. On Wednesday, Jan. […]

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