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New Hanover High principal reverses clear backpack decision, apologizes

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– Clear backpacks will not be required at New Hanover High School next month.  In a phone call and email Friday evening, principal Phillip Sutton announced the reversal of his decision, first announced to parents last week. RELATED: New Hanover High implements clear backpack policy following last week’s on-campus shooting “We teach our […]

New Hanover County leaders discuss school safety investments in private meeting

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– Top New Hanover County officials, school district staff and law enforcement leaders met Friday in a closed-door meeting to discuss safety improvements for school campuses. Any investments that come to fruition would be funded by money from the billion-plus-dollar sale of the once county-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center. County commissioners […]

Update: Lockdown lifted at Ashley High and other campuses located in Veterans Park

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– Eugene Ashley High School went under lockdown Friday morning, as did two other campuses located in Veterans Park, Anderson Elementary and Murray Middle schools. A New Hanover County Schools spokesperson confirmed the lockdown to Port City Daily at approximately 10:15 a.m. Ashley High emailed families just after 10 a.m.: “Ashley High […]

New Hanover County launches 3 new pre-K classrooms in time to save some of pandemic’s lost learners

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — At College Road Early Childhood Center in Wilmington, three new pre-K classrooms are now in session, serving New Hanover County 3- to 5-year-olds that may have otherwise lost out on the opportunity of an early childhood education. Public funding for pre-K classes doubled to nearly $1 million in the recently approved […]

UNCW reports vaccination rates up, Covid-19 cases down

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WILMINGTON — After a rocky start to the UNCW school year, with steep Covid-19 spikes reported during the first week of classes, it appears the data is improving on campus, according to a message Chancellor Sartarelli sent out Monday. RELATED: Virus spread at UNCW causing live-time shakeups, but fall semester plans hold steady Last month, for […]

How a donation from old-school developers changed the gifts scene at UNCW

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WILMINGTON — In 1986 the developers of Greenview Ranches, a subdivision located in modern-day Murrayville, were on the cusp of closing shop. Before the group dissolved at the end of that year, it donated its assets to the UNCW Foundation, a 501(c)(3) affiliated with the university that handles many of its private gifts. The owners of […]

NHCS board takes first monthly state-required vote for masks, continues protocol through September

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– The New Hanover County Board of Education took its monthly vote Tuesday on the district’s mask protocol, a new requirement of the state. There is still a countywide mask mandate in effect that trumps the district’s decisions. The vote was made in compliance with a new law Gov. Roy Cooper signed […]

Virus spread at UNCW causing live-time shakeups, but fall semester plans hold steady

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WILMINGTON—The low levels of Covid-19 spread in the early months of summer encouraged the University of North Carolina at Wilmington community. Like public institutions across the state, UNCW hoped the fall 2021 semester could reclaim a sense of normalcy after a year marked by ever-present virtual classes and the exodus of many students from campus.  […]

New Hanover High implements clear backpack policy following last week’s on-campus shooting

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– New Hanover High students will need to switch to clear backpacks next month as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen safety on the campus following last week’s non-fatal shooting. According to a school-wide email and phone call from New Hanover’s principal, Philip Sutton, the clear bag policy is one of […]

ICYMI: Coverage of last week’s NHHS shooting

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WILMINGTON — It’s been a week since New Hanover High School went under lockdown after an altercation between a group of students ended in shots fired. One student incurred non-life-threatening injuries to the left leg and left hand, while the 15-year-old alleged shooter was apprehended and is now being held in a juvenile detention center. RELATED: […]