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Conflict of interest? Attorney advising school board decisions while working case defense

A discussion over the naming of the Rick Holliday Stadium at Laney High School has raised questions about a potential conflict...
The DA along with Sheriff have requested an outside investigation into allegations against New Hanover County Schools administration. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

While previous issues were turned over to SBI, New Hanover Sheriff’s Office still investigating school cases

State and local authorities are handling different allegations against the New Hanover County School district. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
The New Hanover County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley have filed their response to claims made in the civil lawsuit filed by victims and alleged victim of former teacher Michael Kelly. (Port City Daily photo / New Hanover County Superior Court)

Breaking down New Hanover County Schools’ response to Michael Kelly lawsuit

NEW HANOVER COUNTY --- Claiming several defenses, including statutes of limitation, government and public official immunity, and case law barring punitive damages against government...
Michael Earl Kelly now faces a total of 55 charges, with offense dates as far back as 2003 and as recently as 2017. (Port City Daily photo | BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

Bill to extend statute of limitations could help NHCS teacher sex abuse victims

WILMINGTON (WECT) - There is a bill making its way through the North Carolina legislature, attempting to give greater protection to people who were...
Primary election results are in and it appears the chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Education will not appear on the ballot in November. (Port City Daily/Johanna Ferebee)

Law firm hired by New Hanover school board still hasn’t answered questions about investigation

WILMINGTON --- The law firm hired by the New Hanover County Board of Education to perform an investigation into the school district has yet to...
Michael Earl Kelly now faces a total of 55 charges, with offense dates as far back as 2003 and as recently as 2017. (Port City Daily photo | BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

New Hanover Superintendent says jailhouse visit with arrested teacher was warranted

NEW HANOVER COUNTY --- Several citizen groups have expressed concern over a visit by top administrators to former teacher Michael Earl Kelly while he...
One week after the initial complaint, lawyers have added three additional plaintiff to their suit against Michael Earl Kelly, the school board, and school leadership. (Port City Daily photo / New Hanover County Superior Court)

Three more alleged victims join class-action lawsuit against New Hanover County Schools

(Editor's note: This article contains some disturbing material.) WILMINGTON --- There are now six plaintiffs in a lawsuit against former teacher and convicted sex offender...
Filed in Superior Court this week, the complaint against the New Hanover County Schools makes allegations against top administrators and the Board of Education. (Port City Daily photo / New Hanover County Superior Court)

Deep dive: New Hanover schools face a class-action lawsuit, what does that mean?

WILMINGTON --- Two Wilmington-based law firms announced Tuesday they will represent multiple victims of sexual abuse in a civil suit, alleging that negligence on...
Attorneys Joel Rhine (left) and Jim Lea are representing victims of Micheal Earl Kelly in requesting a class-action lawsuit against the New Hanover County School district. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

Attorneys file suit against NHCS in teacher sex-crime scandal, seek class action

Attorneys for the victims of former teacher and convicted sex offender Michael Earl Kelly say the current administration "needs to go," and called into...
A group of concerned citizens have asked the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office to look into what it alleges may have been criminal failures to report child abuse. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

New Hanover school employees that are fired, even convicted of felonies, still eligible for retirement benefits

WILMINGTON --- Many assume that teachers and administrators who are found guilty of criminal acts or who are fired for egregious wrongdoing will lose...