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Club news for April 20  StarNewsOnline.com

American Legion AuxiliaryRALEIGH -- The Hampstead Unit # 167 of the American Legion Auxiliary in Hampstead have selected the citizens who will attend the ...



Students in Pender County Schools given survey about risky behaviors  WECT

Students in Pender County Schools are taking a health survey about risky behaviors, and at least one family is upset with how school staff handled survey ...



No active shooter at Topsail High School in NC, reports say  The News & Observer

Police responded Friday morning to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School in eastern North Carolina, but officials later determined a faulty water ...



Pender students charged after semi-automatic gun, knives brought to school  StarNewsOnline.com

PENDER COUNTY -- Two Topsail High School students were charged with bringing weapons onto campus Tuesday, including one boy who came armed with a ...



Topsail High Principal Simmons resigns  StarNewsOnline.com

HAMPSTEAD -- Topsail High School Principal Berry Simmons resigned Tuesday. It is the third personnel action to happen since it was discovered the Topsail ...



Topsail High School hires new athletic director  WECT-TV6

Topsail High School has hired Jeffrey Fipps as its new athletic director.



Pender County teacher recognized for helping students master chemistry  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Some teens avoid taking chemistry in high school, but we found a Pender County teacher who has a knack for helping his ...



Berry Simmons resigns as Topsail High School Principal  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — After six years as principal of Topsail High School, Donald Berry Simmons has announced his resignation from the school.



Topsail High athletic director resigns  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Topsail High School Athletic Director Barry West has stepped down from his role with the school. Pirate Baseball Coach Aaron ...



Sheriff: Faulty Equipment Likely To Blame For Active Shooter Response  Spectrum News

PENDER COUNTY, N.C. – Reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School are said to be due to faulty mechanical equipment. No injuries were reported and ...



Topsail High parents support student, cast questions, anger toward school administration  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) – Parents are outraged and heartbroken as it looks like the playoff hopes for Topsail High school's baseball team are over. This after ...



Photos: PHOTOS: Topsail football practice  StarNewsOnline.com

Topsail football players go through drills during practice at Topsail High School in Hampstead, N.C. Wednesday Aug. 1, 2018. [KEN BLEVINS/STARNEWS].



Topsail baseball coach fired in wake of ineligible player investigation  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Schools will not renew Topsail High School baseball coach Aaron Rimer's contract for the 2018-2019 school year ...



Topsail High School Athletic Director Barry West to step down  WECT-TV6

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) - Topsail High School Athletic Director Barry West will step down from his position. Pirates football coach Wayne Inman confirmed the ...



Larger than Wilmington's The Avenue, massive development 'The Preserve' could be coming to Hampstead  Port City Daily

HAMPSTEAD — Despite an ongoing five-year legal battle over the state's right of eminent domain on its 684-acre property — located just northwest of Topsail…



Topsail running back not slowing down after knee injury  WECT-TV6

Watching Topsail High School junior running back Noah Lavalle during drills, you wouldn't know he's less than six months removed from surgery to repair a torn ...



N.C. athletic director resigns amid controversy over baseball player's eligibility  USA TODAY High School Sports

The athletic director at a North Carolina school has resigned amid an eligibility controversy.



Topsail teen who prompted school lockdown was committed week before  StarNewsOnline.com

Judge orders Bryce Matthew Sheehan, 18, committed to state psychiatric hospital for observation and treatment. PENDER COUNTY – The 18-year-old Topsail ...



An overview of the long legal saga surrounding Hampstead's potential “The Preserve” development  Port City Daily

In November 2018 a traffic impact analysis report revealed a proposal for a mixed-use development in Hampstead that would be significantly larger than ...



Parents: Topsail Baseball coach asked not to return to team  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Parents of the Topsail Baseball team are still looking for answers as an investigation into the school's administration continues in ...



Topsail ruled ineligible for NCHSAA baseball playoffs  WECT-TV6

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball playoff brackets are out and Topsail High School is nowhere to be seen.



Sheriff's office: Mother of Pender student alerted deputies about son's Instagram post before lockdowns  WECT-TV6

The 18-year-old Pender County student at the center of an alleged threat at Topsail High School yesterday made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.



Controversial ruling knocks high school baseball team out of playoffs  North State Journal

The Topsail High School baseball team finished the regular season with 17 wins in 23 games, but officially, the Pirates' final record has gone into the books as ...



Justin Tyler Picarella, 24, graduate of Topsail High School  Port City Daily

HAMPSTEAD — Justin Tyler Picarella, 24, passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. Justin graduated from Topsail High School. He was an avid Tarheels fan and ...



The uplifting story of how baseball saved Alex Postma and the infuriating story of how it sent him crashing again  Yahoo Sports

This should be an uplifting story about the gift of baseball, the power of acceptance, the way a team and community rallied around a boy. It's also a story of ...



Topsail’s Hayden Walsh named WECT Athlete of the week  WECT

Topsail High School's Hayden Walsh is this week's WECT Athlete of the Week.



Hampstead Bypass now fully funded, construction to begin soon  Port City Daily

Video courtesy of NCDOT. HAMPSTEAD –– Pender County announced today that the Hampstead Bypass is now fully funded and will move forward with ...



ONLY ON WWAY: Parents concerned over church's request to use Topsail High  WWAY NewsChannel 3

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A church in Hampstead wants to rent the two gymnasiums and the Performing Arts Center at Topsail High School, but it is ...



Questions remain on Topsail baseball eligibility issue  Jacksonville Daily News

HAMPSTEAD – In April, the Topsail High School baseball team got black T-shirts, with “Do Your Job” written on them in gold. It was a team mantra. A call to be a ...



Trask football coach: Players "stolen away from us"  StarNewsOnline.com

Titans' top rushers bolted to neighboring high school programs days before Friday's season opener. HAMPSTEAD – Jonathan Taylor lost a lot of sleep last week ...



Two Pender County students charged in shooting threats  StarNewsOnline.com

HAMPSTEAD -- Two Pender County Schools students have been charged in connection with school shooting threats. A 14-year-old Topsail High School student ...



HS Roundup: Ashley volleyball sweeps Topsail  StarNewsOnline.com

South Brunswick football pulls off comeback win over Trask.



Photos: PHOTOS: 2018 StarNews Photos of the Year  StarNewsOnline.com

The cast and crew of the television series “Swamp Thing” film a scene on Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, N.C., Thursday, November 29, 2018. The 13-episode ...



Area high schools to receive grants from Carolina Panthers, Bank of America  WECT

The Carolina Panthers and Bank of America are giving $250000 in Hurricane Florence disaster relief grants to 17 high schools in North and South Carolina.



Hit and run driver kills junior at Topsail High  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Highway Patrol is looking for a driver they say killed a teen who was riding a foot scooter in a hit and run on Highway 17 ...



Massive Pender mixed-use project remains in limbo  Jacksonville Daily News

PENDER COUNTY -- Plans for a massive mixed-use development in Hampstead appear to remain stalled more than a decade after “The Preserve” was first ...



Pender student gets 12 months probation for bringing weapons onto campus  WECT-TV6

A Pender County student charged with bringing a weapon onto campus in May was in court Thursday.



Photos: PHOTOS: Mattie R. Sharpless Highway dedication  StarNewsOnline.com

The dedication for the Mattie R. Sharpless Highway was held on Thursday at Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church in Hampstead. [1/15]. Mattie Sharpless ...



Active shooter report at NC school turned out to be malfunctioning water heater  NBC4i.com

HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (AP) - A county official says reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina turned out to be malfunctioning water heater.



New Hanover Co. school system one of few in the state to have attorney on staff  WECT

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County Schools is the only school district in our viewing area with an attorney on the payroll. Most school ...



Photos: PHOTOS: All-Area Boys Basketball  StarNewsOnline.com

New Hanover senior Hayden Edgar in Brogden Hall in Wilmington, N.C., Thursday, March 22, 2018. Edgar is the 2018 StarNews All-Area Boys Basketball ...



How Are Lockdown Drills Affecting American Kids?  WUNC

Lockdown drills have become increasingly common in schools across the United States. Though drills differ from school to school, they usually require.



Former Topsail High coach charged with sexual activity with another student  StarNewsOnline.com

Ahmad Rashad Garrison, 27, is accused of solicitation of a child by computer, four counts of sexual activity with a student and human trafficking.



Topsail baseball coach resigns after missing spring season  Port City Daily

HAMPSTEAD – Topsail High School is looking for someone to lead their baseball program following the resignation of head coach Jonathan “Granville” Gehris.



Pender schools lose 271 to new charter school  StarNewsOnline.com

SOUTHEASTERN N.C -- Even though 271 students left Pender County Schools for a new charter school this year, the district maintained its student growth.



Best of the Best 2018 -- Readers choose their favorites in 161 categories  StarNewsOnline.com

The results of the 2018 Best of the Best ShorePicks survey are in. The awards are chosen by StarNews readers, and this year's contest drew more than 175000 ...



Student charged for bringing gun on Pender school property  WECT-TV6

A student accused of bringing a gun on Topsail High School property Friday night was charged Tuesday.



Matthew Edwin 'Matt' Thomas, 44, coach with Topsail Baseball Club T-Ball organization  Port City Daily

HAMPSTEAD — Matthew Edwin “Matt” Thomas, 44, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Sunday, March 4, 2018. Matt was born Sept.



County AD Fipps hired to take over Topsail athletic department  The Robesonian

HAMPSTEAD — The Public Schools of Robeson County Athletic Director Jeff Fipps was announced Thursday as the new athletic director at Topsail High ...



Former North Carolina baseball Coach of the Year arrested on assault charge  USA TODAY High School Sports

The job of North Carolina's 2014 high school baseball Coach of the Year at the Class 3A level is in jeopardy just months before the 2016 season after he was ...



Hampstead community discusses sexual abuse prevention  StarNewsOnline.com

The panel discussion was planned following the arrest of a former Topsail High School coach in February, charged with human trafficking.



Hampstead Bypass design still in flux  StarNewsOnline.com

Final decision, including status of controversial midtown interchange, expected this summer.



Hall represents Hampstead, Topsail at USA Baseball Tournament of Stars  Port City Daily

Some of the nation's best high school ballplayers are in Cary this week for the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball. For…



Wilmington area soccer, softball, baseball players enjoying successful summer  Port City Daily

Youth sports teams and individuals competing across many levels of play have enjoyed a ton of success this summer as the Wilmington area continues to ...



Hugh McManus retires after 32 years leading local schools  StarNewsOnline.com

WILMINGTON -- Cape Fear Academy students have a name for 7 a.m. detention: “The McManus Breakfast Club.” Hugh McManus, director of the academy's ...



Bruce 'Junior' MacKenzie Jr., 27, enjoyed art and skateboarding  Port City Daily

WILMINGTON — Bruce “Junior” MacKenzie Jr. passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 Wilmington, N.C.. Born Nov. 30, 1990, in Stonybrook, N.Y., he attended ...



Debra Sue Hugg Cooks, 51, employed with Advanced Machine Group  Port City Daily

SURF CITY — Debra Sue Hugg Cooks, 51, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at her home. She was born Nov. 8, 1967, in Erie, Pennsylvania, to Barbara ...



Topsail Pirates win 3-A east baseball championship  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — For the second time in the last three years Topsail is the 3-A east champion in high school baseball. The Pirates beat Corinth ...



Man arrested in hit-and-run appears in Pender Co. court  WECT-TV6

A Pender County man who was arrested on Sunday in connection to the hit-and-run death of a Topsail High School student appeared in court on Tuesday.



16-team field revealed for USA Baseball's 2016 National High School Invitational  USA TODAY High School Sports

Sixteen teams will have the chance to compete in the 2016 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI), USA Baseball announced Thursday in a ...



Taylor Moseley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  Heavy.com

Taylor Moseley, a 20-year-old East Carolina student, is accused of statutory rape after police say she had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy in North ...



Topsail Pirates seek 3-A baseball state championship this weekend  WWAY NewsChannel 3

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Four of the current Topsail baseball players were part of the 2014 state championship team. All four are back along with 21 other ...



Hampstead car accident leaves three with serious injuries  WECT-TV6

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) - At least one person is in critical condition after a car accident that happened over the weekend. Chris Brown was driving a car ...



Sitting down with the regions teachers of the year  StarNewsOnline.com

New Hanover, Pender county schools have announced teachers of the year.



Hampstead medical services get a shot in the arm  StarNewsOnline.com

PENDER COUNTY -- Hampstead residents have known the secret is out. A short drive to Topsail Island, good schools, close to Wilmington yet quieter and less ...



West Brunswick/Topsail baseball stay hot along with Topsail softball  WWAY NewsChannel 3

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We had the sports camera out and about in Wilmington and Hampstead on Tuesday night in order to check out West Brunswick's ...



Hobbton High School earns big awards during successful season  Sampson Independent

Using history and celebration from a local battleship docked at the seaport of Wilmington, Hobbton High School's marching band had another award-winning ...



Holly Shelter fire now 20% contained, officials monitor wind  WECT-TV6

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Forestry officials say the wildfire in the Holly Shelter Gameland is now 20% contained. The fire remains burning in a little more ...



Revised design for Hampstead Bypass to be presented Aug. 15  Port City Daily

The latest preliminary design for the planned U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass will be presented to the public in a meeting scheduled Thursday, Aug. 15, from 4 to…



UPDATED: Topsail baseball coach Bill White to step down |  StarNewsOnline.com

Topsail head baseball coach Bill White plans to step down after this season, according to Topsail athletic director B.J. Horne and White. Topsail baseball coach ...



Louisburg football provides players a chance to improve  StarNewsOnline.com

With 10 former Wilmington area players on the roster, the junior college has provided plenty of opportunity for local football players to work hard, move on to next ...



First football practice: Topsail takes new approach |  StarNewsOnline.com

Today is the first day of high school football practices, and our staff is visiting all the schools in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties. We're checking in ...



2017 StarNews Girls Soccer Outlook  StarNewsOnline.com

Hoggard, Laney expected to do battle again atop Mideastern; Cape Fear Academy & Whiteville should also have strong years.



Local flavor for Wilmington Sharks once again  WWAY NewsChannel 3

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It's nearly time to play ball. Once again the Wilmington Sharks roster will have a distinctive local flavor. What local players will be ...



Dudley Mansion owners, restoration contractor top list of Historic Wilmington Foundation Preservation Awards  Lumina News

The owners of the Governor Dudley Mansion, Mike and Kimberly Hayden, were among the recipients of Historic Wilmington Foundation's top preservation ...



Hoggards Madie Schider learns on the job to become All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year  StarNewsOnline.com

The senior libero for the Vikings had a rough varsity debut as a sophomore. Now she's turned into one of the best defensive players in program history.



US Kids Golf Tour holds season-ending championship  StarNewsOnline.com

The U.S. Kids Golf Wilmington Tour finished up its six-event schedule with the year-end championships Sunday at Porters Neck Country Club.Local winners ...



Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) Sells Infergen to Three Rivers  StreetInsider.com (subscription)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE: VRX) and Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals, LLC jointly announced today the signing of a definitive agreement in ...



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