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Hannah DelaCourt


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Past articles by Hannah:

Lung cancer survivor lives and breathes the benefit of screening [sponsored]

Nearly two years ago, New Hanover Regional Medical Center launched its Lung Program at Zimmer Cancer Center -- offering comprehensive and streamlined care to those recently diagnosed. → Read More

Potential North Carolina home buyers warned of email scam

The North Carolina Department of Justice is warning real estate agents and companies about an email scam aimed at potential home buyers. → Read More

Missing Wilmington mother, daughter murdered by in-law

Law enforcement determined an estranged in-law was solely responsible for the deaths of Eva Jones, 60, and Tiffany Cartwright, 35, of Wilmington. → Read More

Castle Hayne man charged in Orange Street shooting

WILMINGTON – Christopher David Miller, 27, of Castle Hayne was arrested Tuesday in connection with a shooting that occurred on Orange Street last week.According to Cathryn Lindsay, a spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department, an alert from ShotSpotter, the city's gunfire detection system, was received at 12:56 p.m. June 23 in the 1000 block of Orange Street.One vehicle was damaged, she… → Read More

Federal jury finds Wilmington man guilty of heroin distribution

WILMINGTON -- A federal jury in Raleigh on Tuesday found Tarcarlos Antigo Miller of Wilmington guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and two counts of distribution of heroin.According to a release, Miller sold heroin to a confidential informant Nov. 6, 2014, and again Jan. 26, 2015. A witness testified Miller also supplied him with heroin to sell and asked him to store Miller's… → Read More

Shallotte PD identifies underwear-clad truck hijacker

SHALLOTTE – Shallotte police have identified and charged a mud-covered man in skivvies who hijacked a Brunswick County Schools pickup truck early Thursday in Shallotte. Sgt. John Holman of the Shallotte Police Department said that Eric Faull Williams, 26, has been charged with four counts of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, one count of larceny of a motor vehicle and two counts of… → Read More

Guns Down Water Up movement revived after recent violence

WILMINGTON -- When shots rang out early Wednesday, injuring three people in two shootings, Jay White knew he had to get back out into the community and revive the Guns Down Water Up movement. → Read More

WPD officer involved in crash that injured pedestrian

WILMINGTON -- A Wilmington man is in stable condition after being hit by a Wilmington Police Department cruiser about 3 a.m. Monday.An investigation concluded that Stephen Lilly, 33, was walking in the middle of Castle Hayne Road near McRae Street in the dark while wrapped in a gray blanket, according to a news release from the police department.A witness told police that the officer, who was… → Read More

Downsizing can be a daunting task for families

When a parent passes, on top of the emotional burden of the loss can be an overwhelming and often daunting task of sorting through a lifetime's worth of “stuff.”What to keep, sell and give away can be made an even tougher task when sentimental value is brought in.Myra Freshwater, the owner of Tranquiliving Professional Organizing Service in Wilmington, said the dilemma she often sees is many in… → Read More

New Virgo principal plans more community interaction for students

WILMINGTON -- Since its reopening in 2012, Eric Irizarry has led the progress, growth and vision of Virgo Preparatory Academy. When the school moves to a year-round schedule July 19, a new face will sit at the helm.Irizarry was recently named principal of Charlottesville High School in Virginia, leaving a vacancy at Virgo. At the New Hanover County school board’s most recent meeting, Virgo Vice… → Read More

New Hanover searches for missing teen

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is asking for information regarding a missing 13-year-old girl.According to a release, Victoria "Tori" Bogart has brown, straight, medium length hair and brown eyes, and she was last seen wearing a black tank top and grey shorts.Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office at 910-798-4162 or send… → Read More

How to cope with upcoming high temperatures

WILMINGTON – Summer officially started Monday, but Mother Nature is not easing people into the hot temperatures that accompany the season.A heat wave is expected to envelope the area through the end of the workweek, with the heat index possibly reaching the 100s on Thursday.Josh Weiss, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said while Thursday's high is expected to… → Read More

New Hanover schools expanding summer food program

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – New Hanover County Schools is expanding the number of sites and days of service of its summer food service program.The program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.In 2015, the county had 19 food distribution sites and served about 23,500 meals over 27 days of service, said Imer Smith, the district's director of… → Read More

Proposed year-round school definition causes concerns

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – Language in the state Senate's version of the budget is being tweaked after local residents brought up concerns that year-round schools in New Hanover County might have to revert to a traditional calendar.The Senate budget includes a subsection added to the school calendar law that would define year-round schools as a “multi-track school that remains in session for the… → Read More

78-yr-old bicyclist hit by pickup in Wrightsville Beach

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- A 78-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle while biking on Waynick Boulevard Thursday afternoon, and now Wrightsville Beach police are searching for the vehicle that fled the scene after the collision.Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Daniel House said the woman “went down” after being struck by a pickup truck, and the driver continued on -- eventually leaving the… → Read More

Students explore job opportunities through Career Readiness Academy

WILMINGTON – The Mosley Performance Learning Center has housed different programs over the years, sometimes more than one program at once, but next year the center will solely house the Career Readiness Academy.Since its launch in August 2015, the academy's mark can be seen in subtle changes on the building. Its goal is to use nontraditional education methods, integrating career and technical… → Read More

Multiple home, car break-ins reported in New Hanover County neighborhood

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is investigating several break-ins of homes and cars overnight in the Sycamore Grove neighborhood.According to Lt. Jerry Brewer, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, between 9 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday, homes and cars at 5610 Dragon's Eye Court, 5606 Dragon's Eye Court, 5606 Swiss Stone Court, 328 Julia Drive, and 343 Julia Drive… → Read More

Drug trafficker who attempted jail escape pleads guilty

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – A New Hanover County man pleaded guilty last week to drug trafficking charges and attempted jail escape.Montrille Dailey, 26, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin between four and 14 grams, conspiracy to traffic in heroin between four and 14 grams, two counts of sale of heroin, attempted escape from a county jail and being a habitual felon.According to District Attorney… → Read More

Seeing double

WILMINGTON -- Bellamy Elementary has seen its fair share of twins come through its doors. In 2011, the school had 10 sets of twins.Four of those sets were in kindergarten: Cristina Dinkins-James and Christopher Dinkins-James; Ben Maness and Eva Maness; Yates Jernigan and Camden Jernigan; and McNair Jones and Lucy Jones.Each twin set was split between Royanna Jackson's and Ambie Hower's… → Read More

Dress code, superintendent's evaluation on school board's agenda

WILMINGTON -- Tonight’s New Hanover County Board of Education meeting will cover everything from the superintendent’s evaluation to school lunch prices next school year.Superintendent Tim Markley received a favorable evaluation from the school board last year, scoring close to a 4, or “accomplished,” in all of seven performance areas except one.The highest possible rank in each area is a 5 for… → Read More