‘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 […]


Michael Joseph Stallings, 45

Michael Joseph Stallings

LELAND — Michael Joseph Stallings, 45, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. Michael was born Dec. 7, 1971, son of Michael Wayne Stallings and the late Vicki Carrigan Stallings. Survivors include his father, Michael Wayne Stallings of Iron Station, N.C.; fiancé, Angela Phelps of Leland; three children, Michael Stallings of Wilmington, Kasey Stallings of Raleigh […]


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 […]


Christmas stocking stuffer in Leland turns into $200,000 in winnings off Carolina Panthers scratch-off ticket

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LELAND — A Christmas stocking stuffer turned into a $200,000 prize for a Brunswick County man. William Jones got a Christmas present he couldn’t imagine when he found a winning Carolina Panthers ticket worth $200,000 in his stocking, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. “My wife bought the ticket for me as a stocking […]


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