Sunday, December 3, 2023

ICYMI – Trouble in New Hanover schools, plus HOA dispute turns into violence, 15-year court battle

Nearly 20 years ago, a woman moved to a community on the Intracoastal near Wilmington, preparing for a career in ministry. What followed, she claims, was escalating levels of harassment, some of it sexual, and then a physical assault — allegations her neighbors have denied. But her problems were just starting, as she found herself put on trial and then convicted when her lawyer inexplicably quit just before her hearing and a judge refused to allow a continuance. She was ultimately exonerated on appeal, but her arrest record has cost her dearly. This is the story, told from thousands of pages of court filings and affidavits, police notes, and other documents.

Woman says she was harassed, assaulted, and then put on trial, sparking 15-year court battle

The controversial apartment development had residents concerned about overflow traffic coming through residential neighborhoods. A tentative deal would prevent that — but nothing is set in stone yet.

Luxury 340-unit Surf City Crossing apartments approved after agreement to limit nearby thru traffic

Even before New Hanover County Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Holliday announced his retirement, multiple former students – and parents of former students – have come forward, saying they went to Holliday with information about sexual misconduct by teachers, including convicted sex offender and former Laney High School teacher Michael Earl Kelly. Here what they had to say about incidents stretching back 20 years.

Former students, parents say they reported teacher misconduct to Holliday, board members, up to 20 years ago

Few people realize that the vast majority of the drinking water for the residents of Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties comes from a single system. At least 350,000 — and as many as a half million — people rely on this system, which hit its breaking point in May. The region continues to grow, and new infrastructure projects are years from completion. So, what’s next?

The system providing water for 350,000 people hit its limit in May. Now, new protocols are coming

While most of the attention this week was on the investigation of the school administration, including Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Holliday, an older story is still making headlines — or at least, op-eds. We spoke to the former principal of Forest Hills after he spoke out on the controversial ‘first-come, first serve’ enrollment at the school’s dual-language program; we also heard from Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley, who said he stood by his criticism of the program’s founder.

Superintendent, former Forest Hills principal offer differing perspectives on Spanish immersion program

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