Family of 13-year-old killed in Shallotte wreck: ‘We want him to be remembered as a child that had a big heart’

“Sometimes I cry myself to sleep at night because I miss him so much. I will always love my brother and he will always be in my heart.” -- Hannah-Ruth Smith

Family and friends of Caleb Smith release balloons outside the courthouse following a plea in his death. Photo by Christina Haley.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Thirteen year-old Caleb Smith played many roles in his young life: son, grandson, brother, best friend and a means of support, love, faith and forgiveness for many that knew him. It was his care for others, and his big heart, which led to the situation that took his life a year ago, […]

Student-led Fellowship of Christian Athletes is bridging the gap between faith and school sports

"I always tell kids, there are 5 billion people in this world and you are the only one who has your thumbprint. You are unique." --- Matt Trepel

The Laney and Wallace-Rose Hill football teams met for a moment of prayer after their game this fall.

WILMINGTON — The stigma of bringing faith into the sports community can stir up a variety of emotions, but, since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has stood the test of time and continues to increase its presence across southeastern North Carolina. Whether it’s the debate around prayer in schools or erring on the side […]

Prayer service to honor all victims of gun violence

St. Stephen AME will observe the one-year anniversary of a shooting at another historic AME church, Mother Emanuel, during a community service this Sunday. Courtesy photo.

A brutal shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church last June made headlines across the country and spurred conversations about race. It also made a lasting impact on a local congregation. One year after the attack on members on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, Wilmington’s St. Stephen AME will hold an observance aimed at […]