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HILLBILLY Leland resident Happy Stalnaker, aka Hillbilly Wayne, has released a new album that reflects his experiences in southeastern North Carolina.







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A sampling of what’s in our 2021-22 edition of Brunswick New Homes & Real Estate, on newsstands now.

A glimpse into the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center and the people who save lives one 911 call at a time. By Chris R. Layt

Leland resident Happy Stalnaker, aka Hillbilly Wayne, has released a new album that reflects his experiences in West Virginia and southeastern North Carolina. Story by Jo Ann Mathews

Carmen Schloner, founder of Caridad Inc., has a special place in her heart for single mothers. By Ashley Daniels




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Brown’s Outdoor Headquarters is more than a store for fishing gear, ammunition and livestock feed; it’s also a social hub of the Delco community. By Teresa A. McLamb



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Compass Pointe adds independent living facilities with the addition of Arbor Landing. By Denice Patterson


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Appointed district court judge of the 13th Judicial District in November 2020, The Honorable Quintin McGee plans to make Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties better than he found them. By Bill Ritenour



Former professional beach volleyball player Gina Kirstein shares her love of the sport at Wilmington Beach Academy, her new training facility in Leland. By Annesophia Richards



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Leland Middle School welcomes a new principal, Dr. Kimberly McDuffie. By Denice Patterson

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HILLBILLY Leland resident Hillbilly Wayne, has released a new album that reflects his experiences in southeastern North Carolina.




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Photographer Cameron Harding captured our cover image of country singer-songwriter Happy Stalnaker, aka Hillbilly Wayne. A Leland resident and graduate of North Brunswick High School, Stalnaker released his first album, Hillbilly Wayne, in 2020 and looks forward to performing his music live this year. Read Jo Ann Mathews’ story about him starting on page 64.

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Thankful For Your Support

It’s hard to believe that as I write this in early April, it’s been an entire year since all of our worlds were turned upside down and forever changed. I sincerely wish everyone reading this the best as we all continue to navigate these times. I am very thankful for the businesses in our community that have continued to support us over the past year. We simply could not bring you this magazine without the advertisers on these pages, and I encourage you to visit and support them. Please also support as many other local businesses as you can, and look for places to help with your attention, time and money. We are all in this together, and we must be there for one another. We have some great stories for you in this issue of North Brunswick Magazine. One of our features takes you behind the scenes at the Brunswick County Sheriff ’s Office Communications Center, and I found it very interesting to see learn how 911 operators do their jobs. We have stories about people who are living their dreams, like rising country star Hillbilly Wayne, former pro beach volleyball player Gina Kirstein, Leland Middle School Principal Dr. Kimberly McDuffie and the Honorable Quintin McGee, district court judge of the 13th judicial district. We take you out to Brown’s Outdoor Headquarters in Delco for a taste of rural life, and as always, we have delicious recipes for food and drink from our food editor, Sandi Grigg. I’d like to thank so many of you for your story idea submissions! We have received a ton, and I encourage you to keep them coming. Please know that we only have the capability to print about 10 to 12 stories per issue, so do not get frustrated with us if you haven’t seen your idea printed yet. We seriously consider every single idea submission, whether it be for our quarterly print editions or online at In between print issues, please stay up to date with us by following us on Facebook and Instagram. And don’t forget to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter — North Brunswick Lifestyle, which is delivered straight to your inbox. You can sign up at Thank you for reading this issue, and happy spring! Sincerely,


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Brunswick County School Board Swears In New Members

Town of Leland Holds Leland in Lights The Town of Leland illuminated Founders Park once again in 2020 for their annual Leland in Lights display, and the celebration was brighter than ever. Many walked through the candy cane forest, stood beneath the shimmering waterfall of lights and met the friendly critters in the woodland light display. Look for the event to be even bigger and better in 2021.

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Hosts Virtual Purse Bash

New Brunswick County School Board members took the oath of office and were sworn in by the Honorable Jason Disbrow, Superior Court Judge, in December. Ed Lemon was sworn in and nominated/ elected as the new chairman. Steven Barger was sworn in and nominated/elected as the new vice-chairman. Robin Moffitt and David Robinson were also sworn in to complete the school board alongside current board member Gerald Benton.

On December 10 North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce held its 2020 virtual purse bash. Drawings started at 6 pm, and ticket holders had a chance to win purses by Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade, to name a few. Tickets were $20, and there were only 500 tickets sold with two numbers per ticket. The event was a virtual drawing, and ticket holders did not have to be present to win. All proceeds went to benefit the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

Jennie Bryan is the 2021 N.C. Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year

Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine Announce Agreement to Partner across North Carolina Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine have reached an agreement to expand medical education, research and clinical services to Novant Health facilities and other locations across North Carolina. This partnership will expand the recently approved relationship between these organizations in New Hanover County to include Mecklenburg, Forsyth and other counties, with an additional focus to find innovative solutions to enhance care in rural areas. The partnership will begin with locating a UNC School of Medicine branch campus at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte that will enhance and serve as an important training site for learners. It also gives more students access to learn at the best medical school for primary care in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report, and will expand the pipeline for highquality physicians available to serve North Carolinians. In addition, expansion of UNC School of Medicine’s Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program will train more students to work in rural and under-resourced communities with enhanced training for care in those communities across North Carolina. Additionally, clinical trials and studies from UNC School of Medicine’s world-renowned researchers will provide new treatment options for patients in Novant Health facilities. Collaboration on population health has the potential to make a tremendous impact on the health of North Carolina. Together, through advanced analytics and proven population health strategies, more data will allow these partners to address community health challenges, such as COVID-19, opioid addiction, social determinants of health and health equity, to name a few.

On the morning of December 15, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction announced South Brunswick High School teacher Jennie Bryan as the 2021 N.C. Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year. Bryan was then one of nine finalists in the running for 2021 N.C. Teacher of the Year honors, which will be announced in April. She was surprised by her family, school and district administration along with the virtual announcement from NCDPI, the current N.C. Teacher of the Year and Rookie of the Year, former Principal of the Year and Southeast representatives. The regional competition involved interviews with current and former students, coworkers, parents and administrators.

Leland Launches Initiative to Guide Long-Term Growth Considering Leland’s rapid rise in population over the last several years, the Town of Leland is planning now to ensure that future growth is managed responsibly and with the needs of residents in mind. As part of Leland 2045 — a 10- to 12-month initiative to

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create a comprehensive plan for land use over the next 25 years — the town hosted the first of several community meetings in February. For Leland 2045, the Town of Leland has partnered with award-winning planning and strategic services consulting firm Design Workshop, which will update, incorporate and build upon land use and transportation plans previously adopted by the town and establish a policy framework for future planning. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Leland’s population jumped from 13,614 in 2010 to 23,544 in 2019, an increase of approximately 73 percent. Projection models show the area is expected to grow at a similar rate over the next decade. Among other topics and issues, Leland 2045 will evaluate demographic, economic and housing trends and recommendations for building strong communities that support lifelong residential needs. The project will also cover: recommendations for a multimodel transportation network that would encompass bicycle and pedestrian solutions; an analysis of environmental assets and identification of preservation and conservation areas; an inventory of historic, cultural and heritage resources and strategies for enhancing that history and culture through future development; land use and community design; and specific goals, policies and action items needed to implement the Leland 2045 plan. Information regarding upcoming community meetings will be available on the Leland 2045 website.

Emma Snapp Named N.C. State American Legion JROTC Cadet of the Year South Brunswick High School Cougar Battalion Executive Officer, Cadet Major Emma Snapp, has been named the North Carolina State American Legion JROTC Cadet of the Year. Cadet Major Snapp was selected based on her activities in Americanism, Citizenship, Youth Activities, Community Involvement, Participation in JROTC Programs, Award and Decorations, Physical Fitness Scores and Duty Positions held.

Brunswick Community College Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Bella Italia as Virtual Event In lieu of the Brunswick Community College Foundation’s (BCCF) signature fundraising event, Bella Italia, BCCF hosted a virtual fundraising initiative that culminated on February 6 with a virtual celebration of BCCF supporters and featured student speakers. Kent Wood, president of the BCCF Board of Directors noted, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew it was necessary to make alternative plans for the annual Bella Italia fundraising event. Accordingly, we reached out to our previous and prospective donors asking them to support the college with their generous donations in 2021.”


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BCCF Executive Director Elizabeth Wassum said that although gathering together for a spectacular gala wasn’t possible, they sought the support of the community’s thoughtful and generous gifts this year. In lieu of an evening of food, wine and dancing, they asked for sponsorship and support of their mission “to serve Brunswick Community College students and the campus community.” Sponsorship of Bella Italia allows BCCF to impact students in life-changing ways.

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Wins 11 Marketing and Communications Awards Lower Cape Fear LifeCare’s Marketing and Communications Department recently received 11 awards for healthcare marketing, including four Healthcare Digital Marketing Awards and seven Wallie and Golden Tusk awards. The Wallie and Golden Tusk Awards are given annually at the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society (CHPRMS) fall conference to recognize excellence in healthcare public relations and marketing. Members of CHPRMS, including hospital and large healthcare systems as well as smaller independent offices and organizations, compete in more than a dozen categories, and a panel of marketing communications professionals from other states chooses the winners. Due to COVID-19, this year’s awards were presented virtually over Zoom. LCFL’s Marketing and Communications Department received Golden Tusk awards for Image/Brand Marketing (the organization’s rebrand as Lower Cape Fear LifeCare) and Foundation/Fundraising (the 2019 Last Chance for White Pants Gala) as well as Wallie awards for Traditional Publication, Blog/Vlog, Logo and Writing Project (for a profile of LCFL patient Sara Truesdale, viewable at The Healthcare Advertising Awards have been awarded each year for 38 years, recognizing outstanding work and creative inspiration in healthcare advertising as judged by a national panel of industry specialists. This year, the Healthcare Digital Marketing Awards were added, recognizing digital marketing work from healthcare agencies and marketers across the country.

Brunswick County Real Estate Market Sets Sales Record in 2020 With more than $2 billion in total sales volume, Brunswick County’s residential real estate market set a new record in 2020, up 51.3% compared to 2019. Monthly numbers also hit record highs in December, with increases in homes sold and total sales volume. Brunswick County also saw a 6.5% increase in new listings in 2020, going from 6,603 to 7,032. The number of units sold increased by 28.8% from 4,916 to 6,331, and the average sale price increased 17.5%, rising from $290,077 to $340,741. The largest sale of the year was more than $3 million, 16 sales were $2 million or greater and 248 sales were between $800,000 to $1 million.

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Brunswick County School Board Approves New Air Filtration Systems

Recent Audit Opinion Shows Continued Financial Health for Leland

In an effort to keep schools as clean and safe as possible, Brunswick County School Board members approved the purchase order of new Ionized Air Purification Systems across the district. The Global Plasma Solutions needlepoint bipolar ionization technology was installed in existing HVAC systems at Brunswick County Schools. Global Plasma Solutions technology inactivates/deactivates pathogens and reduces the volume of harmful pathogens including the coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2. During the January 19 Operations Committee Meeting, board members gave the go ahead on the purchase of 1,132 units at a cost of $734 per unit.

The Town of Leland has received an unmodified, or “clean,” audit opinion for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020, according to an independent, outside auditing firm. Stuart Hill, CPA, of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co, P.A. presented the results of his firm’s recent 2019-20 fiscal year audit during the regular meeting of Leland Town Council on January 21. The audit included a few key financial indicators of note:

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General fund revenues exceeded general fund expenses by more than $1.1 million, although the general fund reserve available, as a percentage of annual budget expenditures, declined from 36.7 percent to 29.7 percent. Ad valorem tax revenue increased by more than $1.2 million in 2019-20 over the prior fiscal year while maintaining the same tax rate as the previous two years of $0.21 per $100 value — a clear sign of the town’s continued growth. Property and motor vehicle tax collection rates increased to approximately 99.5 percent — the highest percentage for the town and an increase from approximately 99.4 percent the previous fiscal year. The Town of Leland contracts with Brunswick County to bill and collect property taxes. In addition, the audit noted financial statement disclosures as: neutral, consistent and clear; no disagreements with management; and no difficulties encountered during the audit.

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Just months after opening, the region’s first outpatient surgery center dedicated to advanced orthopedics is getting national recognition. Brunswick Surgery Center has achieved the prestigious AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC.) Gaining AAAHC accreditation demonstrates Brunswick Surgery Center’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality services to its patients by meeting rigorous, nationally recognized standards in a variety of categories. Accreditation is an external, independent review of a healthcare delivery organization’s policies, procedures, processes and outcomes. It reassures the public, as well as insurers, governmental agencies and other medical professionals, of the quality and safety of the care. Among the areas evaluated for accreditation are: patient rights, governance, administration, quality of care, clinical records and health information, infection prevention and control, facilities and environment, anesthesia services, and surgical and related services. Any organization achieving AAAHC accreditation commits to participating in ongoing education, selfevaluation and peer review by AAAHC expert surveyors made up of physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory care. To this end, at least once every 1,095 days (or three years), AAAHC surveyors conduct a thorough, onsite evaluation of the organization.


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Local author and Navy veteran Bruce Jarvis is excited to share his historical fiction spy thriller, Code Name: Arc Angel. The book plunges readers into the year 1940 as Europe finds itself in crisis with Adolf Hitler leading Germany, the Italians declaring war on Great Britain and France, and the formidable Luftwaffe carrying out largescale attacks. Jarvis served in the U.S. Navy from 1956–59 and worked for nearly three decades for AT&T before he was recruited by the Department of Defense to work for their Defense Information Systems Agency. He is also the author of Willy Victor and 25 Knothole, in which Jarvis recounts the operations of his Airborne Early Warning Squadron (AEWRON) experience, flying in a Lockheed Super Constellation Warning Star (Navy designation Willy Victor-2) in support of the DEW line that became fully operable in the year 1957. Willy Victor and 25 Knothole introduces readers to the flyers’ lives during the Cold War, and with little fanfare (but much moxie) recalls the unknown heroism of some of the front-line troops in the form of a fictional but typical crew of naval airmen of the now-defunct conflict between Russia and the United States. Now retired, Jarvis has three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandson from his first marriage. He currently resides in Leland with his second wife, Joan.

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At Never Ever Boards in Oak Island, selling skateboards, paddleboards and surfboards helps owner Matt Troetti give back to the community.

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Near the east end of Oak Island Drive, a block before the road angles toward Caswell Beach and the sea, a small, unpretentious store has become the go-to for skateboarders, paddleboarders and surfers. Never Ever Boards, a 1,000-square-foot stockpile of equipment, attire and accessories, draws its name from Peter Pan’s Never Toretto Land, and surf and skate enthusiasts’ condition of being, well, never ever bored.

Holden Beach’s Rasta Rocket holds its own on National Geographic Channel’s Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks. Spend some time with Zack Shackleton and you quickly conclude two things. First, he loves to fish. He REALLY loves to fish.

That describes a lot of people in these parts, but Shackleton has a big stage to be that guy. Only in his wildest dreams at West Brunswick High School a decade earlier could he have imagined being a boat captain on a reality television show aired internationally on the National Geographic Channel in more than 100 countries and multiple languages.

Holden Beach grom Bella Faircloth rides a wave of success. By Melissa Slaven Warren

Twelve-year-old Bella Faircloth made waves in 2020 — or, rather, rode them. She won Female Performer of the Year and placed second in the Open Women’s Shortboard category at the South Carolina Surf Dreams Tour. In the East Coast Wahine Classic Surfing Competition, she was named Iron Woman Champion of the Year and beat a competition record for the most heats in one day — 13.

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Milkshake, Anyone? At The Daily Scoop on Main in Shallotte, Theresa Langley makes delicious treats and shares her blessings with the people of her hometown. By Claire Lynch

Shallotte native Theresa Langley has always loved working with children. After graduating from West Brunswick High School in 1983 and receiving her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, she spent 22 years working in the Pender County School System as well as being the youth director for the Boys & Girls Club in Pender and New Hanover counties. Spring 2021



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A FEEL GOOD STORY By Michelle Macken

A contribution to Kids Making It makes a difference for the giver and the recipient. In November, Dr. Craig Scibal of Swell Vision Center in Leland took a few days off from the clinic, and his father, Dr. John Scibal, filled in for him. For the three days he was absent, Dr. Scibal decided to give all of Swell’s profits from to a Wilmington nonprofit organization called Kids Making It. The total was $5,310.82! | CONTINUE READING ONLINE


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Virtually meet photographers John Mehalik and Alan Morris at Art League of Leland’s March meeting. Art League of Leland (ALL) invites artists and art enthusiasts to its Thursday, March 4, 2021, virtual meeting with professional photographers John Mehalik and Alan Morris. Mehalik and Morris will share their tips and ideas about photographing artwork as well as field questions following a video presentation by Chuck Black Art. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE


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Michael Jordan gifts $10 million for Novant Health medical clinics in New Hanover County. On February 15, Novant Health and Michael Jordan announced a $10 million gift to open two medical clinics in New Hanover County. The regional healthcare system and Jordan previously partnered to open two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, bringing comprehensive primary care, including behavioral health and social support services, to the area’s most vulnerable communities. Jordan’s gift will help Novant Health bring this same integrated care model to more rural and rural-adjacent communities in his hometown, offering much-needed services to those who are uninsured or underinsured. The two new clinics are slated to open in early 2022. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE

THE MAIL LADY IN CHARGE Story by Jo Ann Mathews

With her appointment as Leland postmaster in July 2020, Nancy Applewhite has reached her career goals and loves her job. Nancy Applewhite remembers when the Leland Post Office had eight carrier routes because she was one of the carriers. That number has grown to 28 routes, and Applewhite knows the exact number because she was named postmaster of the Leland Post Office in July 2020. Achieving that goal was her aim when she accepted the mail carrier job with the United States Postal Service 22 years ago. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE



Novant Health partners with Walgreens to offer care inside stores, and one of the three new locations is in Leland. On February 3 Novant Health announced the opening of three Novant Health Express at Walgreens retail health clinics in North Carolina. Two of the clinics are in Charlotte and Winston-Salem and one is in Leland. | CONTINUE READING ONLINE

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DIY Spirits Who needs expensive flavored vodkas from the liquor store when you can play with making your own vodka infusions at home?


Born and raised in the western part of the state, I am no stranger to turning up a big ol’ jar full of the sinus-clearing, throat-awakening firewater known as moonshine. No, I don’t really enjoy the flavor, but a swig now and then is a tradition where I come from. It is no secret that regular corn moonshine has its own strong smell and taste, but what about the well-known Apple Pie moonshine or Peachy Paradise moonshine — how do they come to be so much more smooth and flavorful? It’s all about infusion. If you follow my cocktail recipes, then you know that vodka is my liquor of choice. Much like moonshine, vodka can be infused with all types of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and even candy. Infused vodkas have become very popular over the last few years. One look down the vodka aisle at any local liquor store will confirm that flavored vodkas are in high demand

and sell for a pretty penny. Whatever flavor you can think of, it is likely available by a leading maker of quality vodka, but there is no need to buy these expensive vodkas at the store when you can make your own. With COVID-19, I am leery of popping into the liquor store, so I decided to create my own flavored vodka. Infused vodkas are incredibly simple to make. I created this Citrus-Infused Vodka using oranges, limes and lemons I had delivered from the grocery store. The result is a citric-flavored vodka that when combined with tonic or soda water and garnished with fresh mint makes for a deliciously refreshing cocktail. It only takes two to three days to be infused and it will add zest to your spring weekends. Once you know the process, playing with your own recipes is easy. The only limit to creating your very own exotic flavors is your imagination. I hope you enjoy this one.

Zesty Citrus-Infused Vodka This recipe is for 750 ml of vodka. You can adjust or cut the recipe in half to make less, if desired. You can also split this into two jars if you don’t have a jar big enough to accommodate the recipe.

INGREDIENTS 1 orange, washed and sliced into ½ inch slices 2 lemons, washed and sliced into ½ inch slices 3 limes, washed and sliced into ½ inch slices 1 750 ml bottle of vodka

METHOD Place the sliced oranges, lemons and limes in a large clean jar and fill with vodka. Seal the jar and place in a cool place away from direct sunlight for two to three days. Give the jar a shake every day and taste to see how the infusion is coming along. Once the infused vodka has attained the desired flavor, strain the fruit from the vodka and re-bottle. Keep refrigerated. Spring 2021



Breakfast Treat


Wake up your morning routine with a healthy option that looks like a dessert. BY SANDI GRIGG | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES STEFIUK

A banana split for breakfast? It sounds decadent, but don’t let it fool you: This is a healthy breakfast option that tastes just as good as it looks. Sometimes it’s all about the presentation, and changing things up a bit can make the same old thing feel new and special. Maybe you have seen the videos of what appears to be an apple but it turns out to be cake or what looks just like pizza but it is made entirely out of chocolate … well, this recipe is something like that. We go to the mountains every year with friends, and we divide up who brings and prepares each meal so no one is stuck doing it all. This year we were in charge of breakfast. In years past we have had the traditional bacon and eggs, pancakes, waffles and French toast, but this year I wanted to offer something that was healthier and didn’t take too much time in the kitchen. This one came together in less than five minutes. When our friends came in to get their breakfast bowls, they were surprised to see what appeared to be a banana split. “Ice cream for breakfast?” they asked. They were delighted to discover it was yogurt instead of ice cream, and they devoured this healthy and filling breakfast before we started on our hike. This recipe is very versatile, and you can substitute any of the ingredients. If you don’t like yogurt feel free to use cottage cheese. You could even use frozen yogurt. Maybe you prefer plantains to bananas, strawberries or orange slices to the berries used here. If you don’t like coconut, get a different type of granola, maybe some with chocolate chips. The options are endless. Offer your friends and family a unique twist on the banana split and create a healthy version for breakfast. Trust me: Kids are especially excited to see this one in the morning!

Sometimes it’s all about the presentation, and changing things up a bit can make the same old thing feel new and special.


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Banana Split Breakfast Serves 2

INGREDIENTS 2 bananas 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt 1 cup raspberries 1 cup blueberries 1 cup blackberries 1 cup sliced almonds 2 tablespoons honey 1 cup granola with coconut

METHOD Cut each banana in half lengthwise and place in your selected dishes. Divide the yogurt between the two dishes on top of the bananas. Divide the raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and almonds between the two dishes on top of the yogurt. Drizzle the honey on top of the berries, making sure each dish gets half. Divide the granola between the two dishes; it will likely stick to the honey. Enjoy!


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A New Option for Senior Care in Leland


Compass Pointe adds independent living facilities with the addition of Arbor Landing. STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY DENICE PATTERSON

Compass Pointe in Leland is adding an Arbor Landing independent senior living facility to its resort-style residential community. The new facility, opening in 2021, is an attractive amenity for residents with aging parents they want to have close by as well as for those residents who may need a senior living environment in the future. The Compass Pointe location is the fourth Arbor Landing assisted and independent living facility in the area, joining those at Hampstead, Ocean Isle Beach and Surfside in South Carolina. Located 10 minutes from downtown Wilmington, it is the 18th development and the first of its kind for Ridge Care, parent company of Arbor Landing.

“This new facility is our first independent living project developed in coordination with the original developers of a residential community,” says Gary Olive, vice president of sales and marketing of Ridge Care. “The safety and security of being in a gated, private community is a wonderful benefit.” Independent living is a unique model for Ridge Care, one that they have worked on perfecting over the years. Recognizing the desire for seniors to remain independent as long as they are able, Arbor Landing provides an allinclusive, luxury living experience in a welcoming environment. Spring 2021



“Planning for the future is important for seniors, and the opportunities offered by Arbor Landing enhance and complement independent living,” Olive says. Each unit has a wireless emergency response button with immediate response around the clock. Partnering with a home health agency with an onsite office ensures that residents have access to assistance when the time comes. A local physical therapy practice is on site as well. “Residents can simply walk down the hall for their appointment,” Olive says. The three-story Compass Point facility has 100 one- and two-bedroom units. One-bedroom units measure just under 850 square feet, while the two-bedroom unit averages just under 1,150 square feet. Each unit includes a kitchenette, private balcony or porch and independent climate control. All-inclusive rental rates include meals, internet, utilities, insurance, taxes, maintenance fees and weekly housekeeping and laundry and linen services. Transportation to local medical appointments is also available. Amenities include a coastal-inspired dining room, a luxurious movie theater and engaging daily social activities in a spacious and elegant lounge and event area. Residents enjoy three restaurant-style meals daily, developed by the 38

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corporate nutritionist and prepared by the executive chef and staff. When fully staffed, Arbor Landing will have 25 employees onsite, including a full-time social director, executive chef and kitchen staff, servers, housekeepers and maintenance workers. The social director keeps residents busy with daily activities. Arbor Landing provides a unique choice for seniors. “Unlike other independent living facilities that require a large sum upfront, with Arbor Landing there are no buy-in requirements or long-term leases,” Olive says. 

Want to know more? Arbor Landing at Compass Pointe will open in 2021. Visit them at 8178 Compass Pointe East Wynd in Leland. For more information, visit arbor-landing-at-compass-pointe/ or call (336) 993-7555.


“ Planning for the future is important for seniors, and the opportunities offered by Arbor Landing enhance and complement independent living.

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NEW HOMES MAP Whether you’re relocating to the area or just moving across town, whether you’re upgrading or downsizing or just want a change of scenery, there’s a house for you in northern Brunswick County. We’ve plotted the area’s subdivisions on this map and given you an idea of the price range in each neighborhood. Please keep in mind that the real estate market changes daily; therefore, some of the information in this section could change by the time you read this. Call or visit websites to verify information that is important to you. If you’re in the market for a house in northern Brunswick County, we think you’ll find this guide very helpful. Happy hunting!

01 Adair Park

08 Hawkeswater at the River left onto Snowfield Road and neighborhood will be on the left.

• Follow Highway 17 S. Take a left turn into the first entrance into Westgate onto Ocean Gate Plaza. Follow to Westgate Drive and take a left at the stop sign. Go straight after traffic circle and Adair Park will be on your left just off of Angels Drive.

• Approx. 10 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 2 miles from downtown Wilmington

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• Homes from the mid $200s

• Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Contact: (910) 839-8355

• Homes from the $200s

• Homes from the mid $200s

02 Bellamy Place

05 Compass Pointe

• Located on Highway 133 next to Belville Elementary School

09 Hearthstone • Located on Lanvale Road, about 1 mile off Highway 17 on left

• Located on Village Road. From Wilmington, take first Leland exit. Take right onto Village Road and follow about 2.5 miles and neighborhood is on the right.

• Located on Highway 74/76 in Leland

• Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 9 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Homes from $280s

• Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Lots from the $90s, homes and townhomes from the high $300s

• Townhomes from the $200s

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06 Dabney Park

• Located on Highway 17 S.

• Located near the intersection of Lanvale Road and Old Fayetteville Road.

• Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 8 miles to downtown Wilmington

• Contact: Brunswick Forest Realty, (910) 371-2434

• Homes from the low $200s


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• Home sites from $80s, townhomes from the $300s, homes from the $300s

• Contact: (910) 332-8501

04 Campbell’s Ridge • Located off of Snowfield Road in Leland. From Wilmington, take Highway 17 for about 8 miles. Turn left onto Hewett. • Burton Road. Turn immediately right onto Hazels Branch Road and follow about 1.5 miles. Take a


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07 Grayson Park • Located off Highway 17 on Maco Road / Highway 87 N. • Approx. 8 miles from downtown Wilmington • Homes from the $200s

10 Ibis Landing • Located on Highway 17 in Leland. From Wilmington, take Highway 17 for about 8 miles and neighborhood is on the right. • Approx. 10 miles from downtown Wilmington • Townhomes from $208,000

11 Juniper Creek • Located on Old Fayetteville Road. From Wilmington, take first Leland exit. Take right onto Village Road and follow about 1 mile. At stoplight, take a left onto Old Fayetteville Road. Follow about 2.5 miles and neighborhood is on the right. • Approx. 7 miles from downtown Wilmington • Homes from $219,000



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This Brunswick County new development map is NOT to scale and is designed to give readers an approximate idea of the new home community locations. Prices in real estate can change often. Please check with your real estate professional for the most up-to-date pricing.

12 Lanvale Forest

13 Lincoln Place

14 Magnolia Greens

• L ocated on Lanvale Road 1.2 miles off Highway 17

• Located on Village Road • Approx. 7 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Located on Highway 17 S. just past Waterford, across from Walmart

• Approx. 8 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Town homes starting from the $160s

• Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Homes starting from the low $200s

• Single-family homes from the mid $200s, townhomes from the $200s

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2021-22 NORTHERN BRUNSWICK COUNTY NEW HOMES MAP 15 Northern Lights • Located on Northwest Road. From Wilmington, take Highway 74/76 to Northwest (about 12 miles). Take a right onto Northwest Road and neighborhood is on the left.

25 The Retreat at

Mt. Misery Exit 8 then turn right. Continue ahead and make right on Dogwood Road. Follow to Bluffs entrance on Strawberry Hill Drive to the gatehouse.

Mallory Creek Plantation

• Approx. 13 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 15 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Located between Mallory Creek Plantation and Brunswick Forest. 3.5 miles from the Leland exit on Highway 133 S. Take a right onto Mallory Creek Drive. Travel 1.5 miles and community is on the left.



• Approx. 9 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Contact: (910) 332-8501

• Contact: (910) 383-2820

• Homes start at $273,900

• Homes from the low $200s

• Home sites from the $80s, homes from the high $300s

16 SeaBrooke • Located off Lanvale Road NE. From Highway 17 turn on Lanvale Road NE. Turn left onto Olde Lanvale Road NE. Turn right on W. Highcroft Drive NE. Turn left on Avington Lane.

21 The Forest at

Mallory Creek Plantation

• Approx. 7 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Located off Highway 133, 4 miles from Highway 17. Take a right onto Mallory Creek Drive. Travel 1 mile and community is on the left.

• Homes from the low $200s

• Approx. 9 miles from downtown Wilmington • Homes from the mid $200s

17 Skylar’s Cove

26 Tyler’s Cove at

Mallory Creek Plantation • Located off Highway 133, 4 miles from Highway 17 • Approx. 8 miles from downtown Wilmington • Contact: Kelly Sloop, (910) 617-3081 • Homes from the $200s

27 Vineyard Grove

• Located on Village Road. From Wilmington, take first Leland exit. Take right onto Village Road and follow about 1.5 miles and neighborhood is on the left.

• Located off Highway 133, 4 miles from Highway 17

• Located on Leland School Road. From Wilmington, take first Leland exit. Take right onto Village Road and follow about 2.5 miles. Take a right onto Leland School Road and neighborhood is on the left.

• Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 8 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 7 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Homes from the low $200s

• Homes from the mid $200s

• Homes from $228,000

18 Southview Park • Located on Leland School Road just off Highway 74/76 and Mt. Misery Road

22 The Grove at

Mallory Creek Plantation

23 The Pines at

28 Waterford of the Carolinas

Mallory Creek Plantation

• Located on Highway 17 S. across from Walmart

• Located 3.5 miles from the Leland exit on Highway 133 S.

• Approx. 5 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Approx. 7 miles from downtown Wilmington • Homes from the $200s

• Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington

• Homesites start from the $90s; homes from high $200s

• Contact: Sales Office, (910) 332-8501

19 Summer Bay Villas • Located off of Westgate Drive in Leland. From Wilmington, take Highway 17 for about 6 miles. At stoplight, turn left onto Ploof Road. At first traffic circle, take the second right onto Tradeway Drive. At the next traffic circle take the 3rd right onto West Gate Drive. Neighborhood will be on the left in about 1/4 mile. • Approx. 6 miles from downtown Wilmington • Townhomes from the $220s

20 The Bluffs on the Cape Fear • Follow Highway 421 N to I-140 W (or from the Wrightsville Beach side I-40 W to I-140 W) to


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24 The Pinnacle at

Mallory Creek Plantation • L ocated off Highway 133, 4 miles from Highway 17 • Approx. 9 miles from downtown Wilmington • S • Contact: (910) 332-8501 • Townhomes from the $200s

29 Windsor Park • L ocated on Highway 74/76 behind the Industrial Park, just past the second Leland exit on your right. • Approx. 10 miles from downtown Wilmington • Single-family homes from the $200s

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Located at 2029 Colony Pines Drive, this home was the most expensive sale in Leland in 2020.

TOP SALES IN THE LELAND AREA (zip codes 28451 & 28479)

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Listing Agent

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Domin & Schwartz Real Estate Group

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Domin & Schwartz Real Estate Group

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

1106 Corn Hill Cove, Leland






Katie Moore

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

REACH Properties/ Mie Yamashita

Keller Williams Realty

1543 Cape Fear National Drive, Leland






Jennifer Young

Nest Realty

Willam Musselwhite

Landmark Sotheby’s International Realty

5136 Creswell Drive, Leland






John O’Connor

Carolina Plantations

Jerry L Helms

Brunswick Forest Realty, LLC

3739 Little Perry Place NC, Leland






Vicki Stowe

Spot Real Estate, LLC

Douglass S. Talbot

The Bluffs Real Estate Company





Domin & Schwartz Real Estate Group

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage



James M Diaz

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage



Buddy Blake

Waypost Realty, LLC



Alan D VanVliet

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage



Regina Drury

Regina Drury Real Estate Group, LLC



Keith M. Beatty

Intracoastal Realty Corp



Laura Mathis

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage



Michelle Gurrera

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage



Aimee Freeman

Keller Williams Realty



Katie Loftis

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Jayne Herman and Emily Davis

Stronger Together FiA (Females in Action) workouts strengthen women’s confidence and build lasting friendships.



It’s 5:15 am, a final serving of stillness before the sun colors the horizon. A dozen or so women gather in workout clothes at a Wilmington park. Some are young mothers, some are businesswomen, some are pushing Social Security. They meet to exercise, regardless of weather, and to support and encourage each other in a camaraderie that stretches deeper than a mere “Good job!” while jogging in place. They’re at the park to strengthen not only their bodies, but also their hearts and minds, through friendships that overlap into discussion groups, lunches and coffee socials. Workouts are the foundation; confidence, security and sisterhood grow from it. Females in Action — FiA — has a presence in 15 states, and North Carolina has 22 chapters. FiA Cape Fear started in 2017 and holds 14 workouts a week, scattered among eight locations in Wilmington and Leland. Most are predawn; a few are early evening. Everyone is welcome. Everyone fits in. “We are really good about pointing out new people and encouraging them,” says Emily Sobul, regional leader for the Cape

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Fear sites. “We want to empower you to do what you want to do.” Sobul says her experience with FiA has been life-changing. “We’ve all had our first time, which is nerve-wracking,” she says, “but be comforted in that the women are not here to judge; they’re here to empower.” The women have a code. A workout location is an AO (area of operations). The Q is the group leader. A BB (back blast) is a workout summary. A session ends with a COT (circle of trust). “After our workout, our Q posts our BBs and how our COT went at the end, maybe with a quote to reflect on or something to think about for the day,” Sobul says. “We have our own lexicon.” Some attendees are in college, some are high-schoolers, some bring their daughters who are in grade school, some come by before work, and some are up into their 60s.

Emily Davis instructs Caroline Brice, Stephanie Kamel, Spencer Bridgers and Kayla Grubb

We’ve all had our first time, which is nervewracking, but be comforted in that the women are not here to judge; they’re here to empower.

“We have a ‘no woman left behind’ mentality, so if we’re running, someone always is watching the back of the group,” Sobul says. “No one is ever alone, in whatever we do.” Sobul, who works in the College of Education at UNC-Wilmington, took over the leadership role last June. Workouts are free, her position is volunteer and — as with the early morning sessions — she has a support group to help with FiA duties. It’s busy, but it’s a good busy. “I work 40 hours-plus a week, but I do have people who help me,” she says. “Our weekday workouts are 45 minutes, and we really honor that start time and end time. We have people who have to go home and get the kids up and ready, or they’re coming in from working a night shift. It’s basically a peer-led, boot camp-style workout for women, only the methodology is that fitness brings the people here, but it improves the whole community. It improves our bodies, minds and hearts.”





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And that — Bodies, Minds and Hearts — is the motto, the keywords in these women’s stories. “Minds has to do with our little socials or our get-togethers after workouts,” Sobul says. “Some people will bring their coffee and sit around in a circle and talk. Hearts has to do with philanthropy things we do in the community. You come for the workout, but you stay for the community we have. We really are there for each other.” Sobul recalls a participant who had a family issue before Christmas and how her workout group organized a monthlong meal train. Another moved to a new house, and FiA friends helped pack and carry. Last spring, COVID-19 forced the workout groups to meet 50

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via Zoom. “We had good turnouts, but it isn’t anything like it is in person,” Sobul says. “But I think our groups grew, because gyms were closed and people were seeking something for physical activity. I know at least two people, who are in our Bible study, who canceled their gym membership.” In relation to the Minds and Hearts part of the motto, last October, FiA Cape Fear regulars started a Bible study group that meets on Saturdays. They’ve been studying the Book of John. It’s part of motivating the women to be mentally stronger. And that carries over to the Bodies aspect. “Last March I ran my first 5K,” Sobul says. “And they were there, cheering me on. Some even ran along beside me.” At 5:15 am at the park, sometimes only eight or nine women show up, but sometimes it’s close to 30. Tuesdays, when three city locations are in use, the total is just shy of 60. The peer-led sessions have a disclaimer — so no one is responsible in case of a mishap or injury. “We’ll have a person who comes up with a workout at home, then comes in and leads it,” Sobul says. “This is a different kind of leadership you might not get anywhere else, and once they get that empowerment and encouragement to lead, we’re there rain or shine.” The focus is on everyone being their best in every area of their lives. “Some have said that they’re better moms or better in their jobs because of the fitness and the camaraderie,” Sobul says. “And that’s the main thing. It’s more than a workout. It’s getting stronger, together.” 

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THE FIRST of First Responders A glimpse into the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center and the people who save lives one 911 call at a time. BY CHRIS R. LAYT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY EMILY FLAX


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ost people only know what being a 911 operator is like from TV dramatizations. As it turns out, current reality shows, such as ABC’s Emergency Call, are just about spot on for demonstrating the work being done by the 28 telecommunicators serving Brunswick County. “The new show, Emergency Call, is a true depiction of how 911 works,” says Jonathan Talley, squad one supervisor for Brunswick County Sheriff ’s Office. However, unlike the show, which follows calls in big departments that have separate staff for taking calls and dispatching, at the Brunswick County Sheriff ’s Office Communications Center, 911 operators are trained to both take calls and dispatch. “We do it all,” Talley explains. “Our telecommunicators answer the phone, dispatch, update units and call for resources.” For example, when there is a structure fire, local telecommunicators have to contact the fire marshal’s office, contact the power company to disconnect the power, possibly call the water department to boost pressure and make a lot of other notifications. “There are a lot of things we do behind the scenes,” Talley explains. Legislation has been introduced to reclassify the job status of 911 telecommunicators, which is currently seen as a clerical position, to that of first responders. “Sheriff Ingram is fully in support of the change,” says Sheriff ’s Office Public Information Officer Emily Flax. Calls to 911 can be simple, static police matters such as a stolen lawn mower or they can be evolving, life-threatening emergencies such as a fire or bodily injury. It is up to the telecommunicators to discern the difference, and with a cool head, put the response in motion. Correct information gathering is paramount to proper response. People with extreme emergencies may think they are needlessly being asked a lot of questions when they call 911, but callers need to be patient while operators go through the mandatory data gathering. “We have certain information we need,” Talley says. “You may be thinking ‘Why are they asking that?’ but there is a reason why. We want to protect the citizens in Brunswick County, but we also want to protect the people we are sending to a call.” For example, they don’t want to send EMS to a domestic situation with guns involved before police officers get there. “Since the caller is on the scene, it is up to them to tell us what they are seeing, and it is up to us to relay that picture to the units in the field,” Talley says. “That way the units know what they are Left: Telecommunicator Kelsey Ayers at her going to need. The information we gather allows the responders to station in the Brunswick roll when they get on the scene.” County Sheriff’s Office Flax says the frustration from callers is understandable. “People Communications Center. might think that while the dispatchers are asking these questions

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that nothing is happening,” she says, “but responders are likely already en route.” Talley explains that emergency units are staged in various zones throughout the county, and as soon as a call comes in, a pre-alert is given. “As soon as we hear ‘My husbands had a heart attack,’ we’re on the radio advising responders ‘EMD in progress,’ along with the address,” Talley says. “This alerts units of an impending call. Once the call is dropped into waiting in our computer system (CAD), units are already heading to the area.” The public likely has some misconceptions about how 911 calls work. Many believe that the 911 operators automatically know the location of the phone call, but that is not always correct. Callers must give their location and address. One example is a caller saying an incident has happened on River Road, but both Wilmington and Leland have major streets named River Road, so the city or town location is important. Others think that since they have a phone issued from another state, if their parents in that same state need emergency help, that calling 911 will alert the proper response team. The 911 system doesn’t work that way. “Your cell phone works based on where your triangular location is from the towers,”

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Telecommunicators Tiffany Holden and Andrea Reisen.

Talley explains. “There are some gray areas. If you are right along the border of another county, they may get our calls and we may get theirs.”

Tools of the Communication Center Brunswick County 911 telecommunicators work 12-hour shifts, from 5:45 to 5:45, in four rotations or squads. Those shifts have been on rotation, but in early 2021, Brunswick moved to permanent shifts.

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“We routinely survey our staff to see if they prefer a rotating or permanent shift,” says Communications Center Director Tom Rogers. “We try to adjust to what suits them better, makes their lives more consistent.” Operators wear a headset with a mouthpiece and have seven monitors of live data at their stations. It requires a lot of multitasking to listen to the caller and listen to what the emergency units are saying on the radio. Three of the monitors are used for CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch). One is a phone system that they receive all calls through. Another is a radio screen that has all their different channels divided between the municipalities that 56

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they service. They have a paging channel and a tracker tool for places that have certain alarms, like banks. One screen has maps to help them pinpoint the location of a caller. Another screen is used to search data such as phone numbers or locations of a new business. One other screen is AVL (Automatic Vehicle Locate) used to see the medic trucks, fire trucks and law units that are live on CAD. “We also have a DCI (Division of Criminal Information network) screen so we can run names, date of birth, car tags, criminal history, anything an officer may need,” Talley says. “We also use it to enter items that are stolen or lost.”

Clockwise from top: Telecommunicators Johnathan Talley, Erica Horne and Ashley Johnson at the 911 Communications Center in Bolivia.

Operations Manager Kim Lewis explains, “Access to the DCI network is tied in with the state and federal FBI. We transmit information statewide or throughout the country about a missing person, wanted persons, stolen vehicles, anything lost or stolen. That’s how we keep track of that data and get that information out to other agencies.” Aside from seven monitors, each station has two keyboards, two mice and “and a light, so we can see where our mouse is — it gets lost when you

have that many screens,” Talley says with a laugh. The sheriff ’s office assigns zones to cover the 1,050 square miles of Brunswick County. The EMS units have a home base, but they move around a lot. It is up to the person dispatching for EMS to keep abreast of where those units are at all times.

Every Call is Unique “We have a saying that ‘no call is the same,’” Talley says. He shares that it can be tough to work in the county where you live, because sooner or later you are going to know the person in distress. “Those are the worst, when you know the person,” he says. “Also calls about children or aging adults. … A lot of times after a call like that we’ll say, ‘Okay, I’m going to step out for a break.’ But there are times when we are so busy, you can’t take a break, you hang up on a tough call, and there is another one waiting.” 911 telecommunicators receive calls for a variety of things the public may not be aware of, such as a person needing an escort into their home to gather belongings because their spouse has filed a 50-B protection order or for help with a volatile child custody exchange. “You never know what is going to be next,” Talley says. “The other day, it was kind of a slow day, not bad for a Sunday, then two houses were on fire and a third was catching on fire. There is no way you can plan for that.” Ask when about the busiest time for a 911 operator, and a roomful of staff will laugh and say practically in unison, “When there is a full moon!” “Full moons are when we have the weirdest, craziest calls,” Talley says. “It never fails.” The staff has also learned to be cautious when things get too quiet. “Nine times out of 10 if you say, ‘It is

quiet in here,’ you are going to be so busy it’s hard to keep up,” Talley says. The hardest part of the job is that 911 call takers often do not hear the outcome of the situations in which they have been working. It’s as if someone cut out the last chapter of a book. “That’s the one thing about our job that makes it really hard and is kind of a downside with 911 — a lot of times we don’t get the closure like officers

and medics do,” Talley says. “We don’t ever find out whether that patient made it or not. I think that makes the job stressful in itself, starting something but not having an ending, it keeps you hanging and you kind of hold on to those things.” But the staff of the Communications Center keeps going, one call after another, day in and day out, to save lives in Brunswick County. 




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Volley Village Former professional beach volleyball player Gina Kirstein shares her love of the sport at Wilmington Beach Academy, her new training facility in Leland. BY ANNESOPHIA RICHARDS



Gina Kirstein believes that in the world of beach volleyball, it takes a village to help athletes reach their goals. As the founder of Wilmington Beach Academy at Volley Village, the former Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) competitor offers private lessons and group classes at her new training facility in Leland. Kirstein’s mission is to use her expertise and deep love of the game to make beach volleyball more accessible to the Brunswick County community. Kirstein grew up playing indoor volleyball in her high

school in Southern California before moving on to play for both the University of Illinois and Colorado Christian University. It was in Colorado where she first gave beach volleyball a try in the late 1990s, but initially she wasn’t a fan of the dissimilar version of her favorite sport. “I didn’t like it when I first started because it’s such a different game, and that frustrated me,” she says. “But I was determined to be good at it, so I just kept on playing and ended up playing professionally.” Spring 2021




Kirstein says even though indoor volleyball and beach “After playing professionally I took a few years off, and volleyball share a few skill sets, they are truly unique sports. when I came back to the sport, I still enjoyed it but my Aside from the differing court locations and surfaces, beach perspective had changed,” she says. “I realized winning just courts are smaller, measuring 8x8 meters as opposed to the wasn’t as important to me anymore. It was more about 9x9 meters of indoor courts. In addition to the smaller sharing my knowledge of the game with other players and playing area, it’s the smaller team size that Kirstein finds helping them achieve their goals.” most appealing. From 2011 on Kirstein competed in the occasional pro-am “The reason I enjoy beach volleyball tournament for fun while continuing to more is because you have to be a wellcoach indoor volleyball at a local club. rounded athlete and good at all the Knowing, however, that beach volleyball skills, because you’re involved in every was her true passion, in 2018 she started play and don’t have a specialized Wilmington Beach Academy. Using the position,” Kirstein says. “When you’re sand courts at Dig & Dive Bar and Grill playing doubles, there’s no substitutions as her location, Kirstein began offering and you’re involved in every play, private lessons to middle and high whereas in indoor volleyball, there are school students. six players who’re only responsible for It wasn’t until the restaurant one sixth of the court. If you’re playing permanently closed in the beginning of beach volleyball and you’re tanking, it’s 2020 that she decided to take a leap of brutal, but that’s just a part of the game.” faith and open her own training facility. Kirstein believes another benefit of Situated just off Village Road at 9892 beach volleyball is the forgiving nature Wayne Street, Volley Village includes of the surroundings on your body. two beach volleyball courts, a Diving in sand doesn’t tend to hurt 450-square-foot lounge building and nearly as much as on an indoor court. restroom and unlimited potential. Also, since beach volleyball is more of a “It’s truly been a labor of love,” finesse game than a power game, there Kirstein says. “Aside from the actual are fewer instances of shoulder or back courts being installed, my husband and I injuries and less likelihood of physical have done all the work. We built the contact with fellow teammates. Plus, the seven-foot fences around the property outdoor environment is just plain fun. ourselves, and we remodeled and “You’re playing outside in the sun, refurbished the little building, which usually with music playing, and it’s a was in rough shape.” more laid-back scene,” Kirstein says. The bulk of Kirstein’s clients are juniors “With indoor volleyball, it’s inside, it’s ranging in age from middle grades all the loud, and it’s just a different feeling.” way up through high school seniors. She Having found her true calling to be in also coaches adults and plans to offer more the sand, Kirstein competed in the AVP clinics, leagues and tournaments as she Gina Kirstein competed in the AVP Tour from 2002 to 2007. Tour from 2002 to 2007, but in her down expands. Many of the players she trains time coached indoor volleyball and have no prior beach volleyball experience, worked as a mortgage lender. She and her husband, Erik, while others come having played indoor volleyball and wanting moved to Wilmington in 2004, the same year she and her to transition to beach. Kirstein also coaches athletes looking to teammate won the Motherlode Tournament, one of the most play at the collegiate level and she enjoys helping these young popular pro-am volleyball tournaments in the country. After athletes develop their skills and achieve their goals. several years traveling back and forth to California, training “I love coaching, so my hope is that I can introduce people and competing on the AVP Tour, Kirstein decided to turn her to the game and have them fall in love with it,” she says. “I focus to coaching a younger generation of beach volleyball want to help my players with whatever their goals are, enthusiasts. whether it’s playing recreationally and having a good time or 60

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never sell alcohol or allow tobacco products on my campus,” Kirstein says. “I really want to promote a healthy lifestyle and a safe environment.” Although Kirstein’s focus has now turned from playing to coaching, she still enjoys occasionally getting out on the sand and competing. Just last year she and her teammate finished second in an AVPNext event held at Dig & Dive, proving she can still hold her own with the best of the best. Wilmington Beach Academy is a true testament to Kirstein’s dedication and passion for this lifelong sport. “I’m really excited to bring this facility to the town of Above, the lounge building at Volley Village; below, players on one of the two sand courts. Leland,” Kirstein says. “I want to share my love of the game training to make their middle school, high school or college and help grow it here in Brunswick County. I guess you could say I’m just obsessed with volleyball!”  team.” Wilmington Beach Academy is open to players of all ages, genders and skill levels. Kirstein’s facility isn’t affiliated with any particular travel clubs, a decision she hopes will keep her offerings affordable and accessible for players and their families. Her goal is to make sure Volley Village is a safe, welcoming training institution for all. “My facility doesn’t have a restaurant or a bar, and I’ll

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Leland resident Happy Stalnaker, aka Hillbilly Wayne, has released a new album that reflects his experiences in West Virginia and southeastern North Carolina. BY JO ANN MATHEWS 

HAVILAH WAYNE STALNAKER’S nickname is Happy, appropriate for someone who sprinkles laughter throughout a conversation and appreciates the sunshine in his life. He chose to include Hillbilly in his professional name at the suggestion of Tim Calhoun, owner of Mallory Records II, Inc. “The hillbilly pretty much takes care of West Virginia,” Stalnaker says, explaining that he grew up in Philippi, West Virginia. The songs he wrote for Hillbilly Wayne, his self-named country music album released on September 25, 2020, recount experiences he’s had as a “hillbilly.” He wrote four of the 12 songs on the digital download album, and they reveal his heartfelt love for his family, his wayward side and his way of relaxing. His twangy voice adds to his sincerity, and listeners understand the adversity as well as the joys in his life. The song “Hacker’s Creek,” which is the name of the 40-acre farm in Philippi, praises his parents. According to the lyrics, “Now they never did have money, But we always had love.” The lyrics of “She’s a Slow Dance” recount the reasons he loves his wife, Kim, while “In the Green Swamp” tells of how he used to relax at the natural landmark of nearly 16,000 acres of

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swamp in Brunswick and Columbus counties. “Insane” tells of how as a young man he lived on the edge. “I was just a wild kid who was enjoying life a little too much at times,” he says. “From 16 to 22, it was a pretty wild ride. Meeting my wife is what really settled me down.” Stalnaker wants to keep some secrets, though, including his age. He says he’s “old enough to know better and too young to resist,” but he’s willing to talk about how he embraced his family’s love of music. “My family sang in church and anywhere they thought they could make a positive difference in the community or the world with their music,” he says. When he was around 11 years old, Stalnaker told his father he wanted to play the drums. Since the family didn’t own drums, his father offered to teach him to play the guitar. “He taught me chords, and then it started,” Stalnaker says. He laughs as if remembering those early years. “Once I got a hold of the guitar and found out I could do something with it, I stuck with it.” The drums were history, and he chose acoustic guitar as his favorite instrument. His family moved from Philippi to Leland, his mother’s hometown, when Stalnaker was a teen. He’s been called Happy from the time he was born. “That’s the happiest baby that I’ve ever seen in my life,” his father said when his eighth, and youngest, child was born. “I’ll just call him Happy.” The nickname stuck so that his friends, teachers and all relatives called him Happy — with one exception. “My great aunt,” Stalnaker says. Aunt Pauline’s father’s name was Havilah too (pronounced hay vil’ uh). After graduating from North Brunswick High School, Stalnaker chose to work construction jobs and travel the United States while he pursued his musical career. “I always carried my guitar and worked on my music doing local gigs,” he says. He came back to Leland, though, and married Kim, who supported his musical career. The couple’s daughter, Anna, is a nurse in

Leland. Easton, her son, is three. Stalnaker’s career escalated when he met Calhoun at a construction convention in Shreveport, Louisiana. Calhoun suggested changes to “In the Green Swamp,” and when the men met at another convention in Houston six months later, Calhoun was pleased with the changes and asked Stalnaker if he’d like to go to Nashville to record some songs. “I didn’t know what to expect,” Stalnaker says. “I went there with an open mind. I wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass by. I thought, ‘If it turns out to be a flop, I’ll see

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my sister Dottie, who lives in Nashville, for a weekend and then come back home and everything’s good.’” But it turned out better than he thought. “I went out there, and it was a real deal,” he says. “I thank the good Lord for it every day.” “When we got to Nashville and Happy stepped up to the mike, I knew he had the gift,” Calhoun says. “His vocal was so distinct.” Tom Harding of H2 Productions worked on the album with Stalnaker. “Hillbilly Wayne is always prepared,” Harding wrote in an email. “Each song is a part of him whether he has written it or someone else has.” Stalnaker says other musicians have influenced him, but he doesn’t imitate any of them. “You get Hillbilly Wayne every time,” he says. “You don’t get an impostor. I’m not going to try to pretend to be like somebody else.” He says he loves to sing and never really learned to write music. “With me [the lyrics] just come, the story pops in my head,” he says. 68

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“Usually, I’ll write a song in 15 minutes. If I don’t have it written When we got within 30 minutes, it usually to Nashville doesn’t get finished. Very seldom have I ever sat down with a guitar and Happy and written a song.” After he gets stepped up the lyrics down, he goes back and to the mike, I adds the chords on his guitar. What he likes most about music knew he had is the serenity it brings. “When you’re playing guitar the gift. and singing songs or writing songs, that song is in your head, and it puts you at peace,” he says. “You’re not thinking of anything else.” When he wants this serenity, Stalnaker goes to The Camp. It’s an area in Columbus County on the property of his sister, Becky Rogers, and her husband, Glenn. “That’s where I go when I want to try out a new song, see if it flows right,” he says. “They have been a huge support team.” Stalnaker looks forward to performing in 2021 when COVID passes and venues open. “I’ve always had music in the back of my mind, and really, truly wanted to be as good a person as I could be in the eyes of my Mom and Dad,” he says. “I want people to enjoy the album. It wouldn’t have been possible without some folks, and they are mentioned on the album.” 

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Becoming an educator was a natural progression of careers for new Leland Middle School Principal Dr. Kimberly McDuffie. The Currie, North Carolina, native was raised to share her talents with others — whether it is singing, spreading positivity or bringing folks together. She sought out jobs in which she served others until she found the place where she could make the most impact on people — back in the classroom. After earning her bachelor of science in business administration from Mount Olive College

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and her master of business administration from Liberty University, McDuffie wore a variety of hats. She worked at the New Hanover County Superior Court Judges Office as a judicial assistant and also as a property manager. She served in the United States Navy as a religious program specialist and at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, Florida, and has been an adjunct faculty member of Remington College and Miller Motte, where she taught courses in psychology, business and leadership. She was also a professional gospel singer for a few years, traveling around the United States and appearing on the Word Network Channel in Las Vegas. In 2004 she shifted gears and settled in as a Career and Technical Educator (CTE) at Ashley High School. In 2011 her principal, Dr. Kenneth Bowen, encouraged her to become an administrator and he still serves as one of her mentors today. It was where she also earned her National Board Certification in adolescence through young adult Career and Technical Education and later completed her masters in educational psychology and doctorate in education from Walden University. Her next role was dean of students in New Hanover County before she

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moved into an assistant principal position in Onslow County. especially now with the added difficulty of navigating “Every experience in my career has led me to this moment,” through a national pandemic.” she says. McDuffie is impressed with how Brunswick County Her son, Kendric, and grandson, Carter, are extremely Schools has managed the challenges within the school important to McDuffie, and this career move has placed her district. closer to Carter. “The superintendent listens to us and supports those who “There is nothing better than being his Nana,” she says. are in the trenches every day,” she says. She has a close relationship with her sisters and has found a Each Friday McDuffie gathers online for a breakfast silver lining in using remote-learning technology. She meeting with her students, just to talk about their weekend recently participated in a Zoom plans. reunion with her cousins from “This is my way of staying all over the United States. connected through social “There were so many of us distancing,” she says. online and it was hard to hear Middle school principals also Every once in a while, I will hop everybody, but it was fun!” she communicate daily about on the intercom and say ‘Just in says. different topics and concerns and case no one has told you lately, The move to Leland has been have been instrumental with a smooth transition with support various supports. “This type of you are appreciated by Leland from the district and the local communication is vital, because Middle School.’ Playing morning community. it ensures we are managing and afternoon music is my “My first week here at Leland, issues as a team,” she says. I was overjoyed by the welcome “Again, something else I have favorite time of the day. I enjoy from everyone,” she says. “It never experienced before coming seeing the students dancing and solidified my belief that with to Leland.” bobbing their heads to the music. good communication and In her first few weeks at the community partnerships, we can helm, McDuffie met with Dr. Sometimes, I dance with them accomplish anything.” Stephen Sullivan, principal at during afternoon pick up as they Local groups like Crosswinds nearby North Brunswick High wait on their ride. Church, Communities in School to have a conversation Schools, the Kiwanis Club and about students and to determine Cape Fear Voices have also been how they can best help each instrumental in making McDuffie feel right at home. “The other. Her goal is to motivate and engage her colleagues, extended support here is amazing,” she says. “Leland Middle students, staff and community. School is a better place because of this community.” “I want to continue to uplift. I believe, right now, that is my McDuffie is a firm believer that transparent main purpose,” she says. “Every once in a while, I will hop on communication is key to success. She has received emails and the intercom and say ‘Just in case no one has told you lately, phone calls from parents and members of the community, but you are appreciated by Leland Middle School.’ Playing it was a drop-in visit from a local senior citizen that really morning and afternoon music is my favorite time of the day. I made her feel welcome. enjoy seeing the students dancing and bobbing their heads to “This person just wanted to make sure I have everything I the music. Sometimes, I dance with them during afternoon need here — I have never before experienced this warm of a pick up as they wait on their ride.” welcome in my career,” she says. The move to Leland Middle has been exciting for Passionate about the students she serves and the well-being McDuffie. of staff and faculty, McDuffie stresses the importance of “Brunswick County reminds me of home,” she says. “I am being positive and sharing that with everyone. excited each morning when I drive across the bridge from “The social-emotional well-being of everyone is of the Wilmington to my school. I look forward to seeing the staff foremost importance right now above everything,” she says. and students and to waving at parents. I am vested in Leland “We must purposely remain engaged with everyone, Middle School and the community.” 


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Call them slumber party stylists or sleepover CEOs. Haley Soles and Maggi Lave have turned their careers as nannies into a dream business. In April of 2019, after talking about the idea for two years, the young entrepreneurs finally took the plunge and went into business together, launching Sleepy Teepees, LLC. Sleepy Teepees is a party planning service that reimagines the standard pillow-and-blanket-on- the-floor slumber party

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and a variety of props, streamers and lights, all selected based on the theme the host chooses. And there are always add-on options like goodie bags, activities and Evites. The best part is, Soles and Lave do all the work — the setup and the breakdown — creating a hassle-free experience for guests and the host. Soles and Lave have built their Sleepy Teepees business from the ground up — almost entirely on their own. Neither had prior knowledge about starting and running a business. “We think it’s important to be hands-on,” Soles says. “We didn’t use any outside services to help us. We had to learn how to build a website, create our own logo and market ourselves, including social media.” They do have a support network behind the scenes, which they call The Dream Team. It includes Soles’ dad, who built the teepees, and one of Lave’s nanny families, who designed the tent covers. The collaboration for the venture began when Soles first learned about the slumber party planning business concept. She had her sights set on being an event planner before


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becoming a full-time nanny. When she was a student at Cape Fear Community College, Soles stuck to an artfocused curriculum. When the slumber party service presented itself, it was an opportunity to indulge her creative side. Although Soles felt this was the perfect business opportunity, Lave wasn’t as sure. “I’m not very design oriented,” she says. “I just don’t have the eye.” But she can walk into a room and know exactly how many tents can fit. “She handles the engineering side,” Soles says. Their compatibility and what each brings to the business is “what makes this work.” The women met several years ago when they were starting out as nannies, but they were not quite so compatible in the early stages of their relationship. They began as nanny rivals and have ended up best friends



and business partners. “I thought she was irresponsible, and I tried to get her fired from her first job,” Soles says with a laugh. Still nannies, Soles and Lave love working with children. Sleepy Teepees offers them the opportunity to make life exciting and imaginative for even more kids outside of their charge. And since much of their business is from repeat clients, they work hard to make sure that each party is purposely individualized. “We pay close attention to who books and who attends each party,” Lave says. “So, if a guest at one party hosts their own party and chooses the same theme, we make sure it has some differences.” They offer a variety of themes to choose from like Red Carpet Vibes, a movie-themed party bundled with candy and gourmet popcorn from Midtown Pop. There’s Sleeping is my Superpower, a superhero theme, and Siesta Fiesta, a taco-themed party. Other favorites include Tropic Like It’s Hot and Boho Rhapsody. They also love getting special theme requests that haven’t even been invented yet! Additionally, Sleepy Teepees has recently launched a mobile spa service that can be a standalone service or bundled with a slumber party package. Options include mani-pedis, face masks and braids of all types — fishtail, French, bubble, even fairy hair — perfect for tangle-free slumber party hair. All spa services include a comfy robe rental, karaoke and a spa goodie bag. Their sleepover services are not just for kids. Sleepy Teepees provides campsites for girls’ night out events and bachelorette parties. “We have something for everyone,” Lave says. One might think a business venture like Sleepy Teepees may not have survived the pandemic, but Soles and Lave say they have never been busier — in fact, busier than they expected with the social distancing guidelines. “With people not congregating outside of their bubble, they are looking for opportunities to add some excitement and get away from the routine,” Soles says. 

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To Serve and Support Appointed district court judge of the 13th Judicial District in November 2020, The Honorable Quintin McGee plans to make Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties better than he found them. STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL RITENOUR


November 13, 2020, marked an important milestone for assistant district attorney Quintin McGee. On that day, he was appointed district court judge of the 13th Judicial District, which encompasses Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties. Along with this honor, he also became the first Black male to serve on the bench in that district. His appointment came following a months-long process to fill the vacant seat left when Honorable William Fairley retired (see sidebar). Passionate about his work, Judge McGee doesn’t take his new position lightly. “I want the public to be able to come into my courtroom and know that they’re going to have a person who’s experienced in the law, someone who is dedicated to public service, who has a tremendous work ethic and is going to decide cases accurately based on the facts and the law,” he says.

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Early Years McGee grew up in Statesville, North Carolina. He and his brother were raised by their mother, who instilled timehonored values in her children. “‘Leave it better than you found it’ wasn’t just a phrase she spoke, but a philosophy she embodied,” McGee says. “Likewise, I try to improve any situation that I’m involved in.” The boys were also surrounded by grandparents and a supportive community who taught them the importance of citizenship, integrity, keeping your word and becoming a scholar. McGee and his grandfather, John McGee, have always shared an especially close bond. One of the most meaningful moments of McGee’s life was when his grandfather placed the judge’s robe on him at his swearing-in ceremony. “Without him, I probably wouldn’t have become the man that I am today,” McGee says. “He taught me the importance of possessing a strong work ethic, providing for your family, being a responsible citizen that gives back and being an upstanding member of your community. Those are values I have tried to emulate and expand upon.”

Education McGee simultaneously earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007: one in economics and the other in management and society. During his four years at UNC, he became involved in community outreach and served as a volunteer guardian ad litem for children in the Orange County court system. “It really felt good to help children who needed an advocate in that way,” he says. However, it was an internship at the National Football League in New York that redirected his career path. During

that experience he worked closely with a few of the NFL’s attorneys. “Some of them had previously worked for the FBI, some had been in private practice and still others had been in government service,” he says. “Talking with them about their various experiences propelled me toward law school.” After graduating from UNC, he applied for and was accepted to the law school at North Carolina Central University. During that time he interned at the district attorney’s office in Alamance County, ultimately graduating and passing the bar in 2010.

Experience With credentials in place, McGee returned to Statesville and opened the Law Office of Quintin McGee. Soon afterward, an opportunity arose to move his private practice to Wilmington. “The most important lesson I learned while in private practice was that the courtroom clerk is the lifeblood of the judicial system,” he says. “I discovered very quickly that nothing an attorney or judge may say or do in a courtroom matters unless that action is documented in the record by the clerk.” In 2013 he accepted the position of assistant district attorney (ADA) in the 13th Prosecutorial District of Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties (which was renamed the 15th Prosecutorial District in 2016). McGee considered the transition from private practice to prosecutor as another opportunity to give back. “My role as prosecutor allowed me to serve as a voice for victims in those three counties for eight-and-a-half years,” he says. “It was an important job that I took pride in.” He remains passionate about serving the public in his new role on the bench. “As a judge, I have a job to do: to fairly

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orth Carolina District 13 is comprised of six district court judges. By North Carolina statute, three must reside in Brunswick County, two must reside in Columbus County and one must reside in Bladen County. Since Justice William Fairley, who recently retired, was a resident of Brunswick County, his replacement also had to be an attorney who lives in Brunswick County. When a district court opening is created by retirement, all the attorneys of the district bar get together to nominate potential candidates and have a vote-in. The top five vote-getters are then submitted to the governor. At that point, the governor’s office conducts interviews with the candidates, and the governor makes the final decision. He can select any of those five, or he can choose any other qualified person. On November 13, 2020, Governor Cooper appointed Quintin McGee. It’s an elected position going forward. Judge McGee will be up for election and on the ballot in November of 2022. Spring 2021



about judicial service is that if your community is not better off for you having served as a judge, then you wasted your time. Therefore, I approach my job every day knowing I’m to serve the public interest.”

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and impartially decide the issues of the district court — the issues of the citizens of the county that I serve,” he says. “One of the most impactful things I’ve heard

Spending time with family and friends is important to McGee. In May 2017 he married Veronica Lett-McGee, a licensed clinical social worker and current director of the new senior center in Leland. Learning has always been his passion, which he acquires through travel and reading nonfiction books. “It’s a great way to keep my mind sharp and also learn about new and different things,” he says. Equally important is volunteering in the community. McGee currently serves on the boards of Communities in Schools Brunswick County, The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “I have a heart for children,” he says, “to ensure that our kids have enriched lives and start off with the tools they need to be successful later in life.” Since purchasing a home in Leland in 2013, he has witnessed the explosive growth of the area. “Many different communities and new homes are popping up within the town, as well as new businesses and shopping centers,” he says. “The town is thriving, and it’s a great place to live.” Everything adds up to a life of service in a place he loves. “I’m appreciative and grateful for the appointment from Governor Cooper,” McGee says. “I look forward to serving all of the citizens of Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties with distinction, integrity and honor for many, many years to come.” 

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Caridad means charity, or helping others, in Spanish — and that’s exactly what the local nonprofit, Caridad Inc., is doing for single mothers in need in the area. First founded by Carmen Schloner in Maryland in 2000, the Caridad North Carolina chapter opened about a year and a half ago, when Schloner moved to Leland. “I retired, moved here and I was never going to do anything,” she says with a laugh. “My intention was to play golf and all that stuff. But, when I saw the need, with so many really poor people in this area, I knew I had to do this.” Caridad’s first birth was made possible by Jerry Van Winter, Schloner’s former boss at Computer Packages Inc., the company she worked for in Maryland; he has since passed away. “He wanted to give money to poor people, so he asked me to choose which group, and I said, ‘Single moms are the ones who need it,’” she says. “He gave me the funding, and we were able to help single moms with housing, education and college for the kids, things like that.” Schloner wants to eventually post a memorial or dedication to honor Van Winter and his generosity on the new Caridad website. Once a single mother herself, Schloner recognizes the challenges single mothers face, especially now during a pandemic. Caridad’s primary goal is to help single mothers within the Brunswick

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Whether collecting goods or raising funds, Caridad, Inc. volunteers work to let single mothers know they are not alone.

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County community become selfsufficient. “Even before the Caridad organization was started, I was helping people in Montgomery County [Maryland],” Schloner says. “I wanted to help all people: poor people, single moms, teenagers.” During COVID, she and a group of Caridad volunteers were able to organize a back-to-school supplies drive for single mom families in the Leland community, which was super successful. In December, they held a toy drive, which they had to distribute through the school this

year, rather than door-to-door. Nonetheless, Caridad gifted seven families, or 25 children. The group also plans to raise funds virtually, both via Facebook and their website. “I also gathered a group of volunteers, here in Brunswick Forest, to start working and letting the community know who we are and what we do,” Schloner says. “However, more importantly, our goal is to let single mothers know they are not alone.” Originally from Costa Rica, Schloner also plans to offer virtual

Spanish lessons and a flea market as a virtual fundraiser. Spanish classes are $150 for three months, conducted three days a week for 75 minutes via Zoom. As for now, Caridad is deeply involved in supporting two women. But the ultimate goal is to continue to grow its outreach. Caridad’s mission, as explained on the website, is founded in positivity and faith. Schloner likes to meet with each client to learn about her needs and begin the process of addressing them right away, whether it’s housing, childcare, employment, education, financial support, counseling, spiritual guidance, daycare or something else. She wants to be able to reach the client’s goal of surviving alone with her family. The organization reports that more than 90 percent of the women who come to Caridad for help have reached their goals and keep improving their lives, and some of them are now even running their own successful businesses. 

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y the time most of us get our first cup of coffee, Sue Pridgen has already waited on several customers in need of worms or crickets for fishing or a bag of food for a hungry dog. As the manager of Brown’s Outdoor Headquarters in Delco for the past five years, she has catered to the outdoor provision needs of much of western Brunswick County and eastern Columbus County.

“We get all sorts of people. We laugh. We joke. They come in here to socialize. It’s like a family,” she says. In addition to a family of customers, Brown’s has a long family history. Brown’s started as a mom-and-pop grocery owned by Irvin Brown’s parents. His grandparents moved to the Delco area from Pender County around 1900. His parents, like his grandparents, were farmers, raising tobacco, corn, beans, livestock and chickens. “Chickens were a staple animal on the farm,” Brown says. “We let them out in the daytime and shut them up at night.” Brown thought he would also be a farmer but had the

opportunity to work for the paper company in Riegelwood from 1965 until 2001. He worked as a millhand making paper used in just about anything that comes in a small carton, until he became a supervisor the last ten years. “When my brother graduated high school, that ended my daddy’s farming career,” Brown says. “He no longer had my brother and me to help him out with farming.” His father sold the farming business in 1965 and opened Brown’s Grocery in a rented building. When construction of the new highway eliminated the

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building, they purchased land a half-mile away and built a new store for grocery items. They also sold gas and diesel fuel and did tire repair for log trucks. Brown’s parents ran the store until 1974, when his dad went on disability and his younger brother, Earl, joined the business. Responding to increasing competition from chain groceries, Earl began a gradual changeover to outdoor provisions and sporting goods. In 2001 Brown bought the store from his brother. “I just hated to see it leave the family,” he says. “My mom worked so hard there. I took over in hopes that maybe one day some of my children will take over. Or one of my grandkids.”

For now, Brown relies on Pridgen’s expertise. “I own it, but she runs it,” he says. Like Pridgen, Brown says the people keep him there. “I just love people, and I love seeing the customers come in,’ he says. “I’ve got a table in there with chairs around it so we can all sit around and tell fish stories or whatever.” Despite living in Southport now with his bride of three years and spending a lot of time in the mountains, Brown, 77, visits the store regularly, not just to see the customers but also to discuss ideas and store business with Pridgen. Brown’s Outdoor inventory reflects the interests of the community: fishing gear; camping gear; feed for dogs,

chickens, horses, cows and goats; deer corn and seed for deer plots; hunting supplies like vests, sights, targets and licenses; ammunition but very few firearms. “We’re a firearms dealer,” Brown says. “We do a lot of registrations, but most are bought online and shipped to us, and we do the background check and issue the certificate for firearms.” They refer to a local instructor for anyone wishing to get a concealed carry permit. It’s not the type of inventory Pridgen was familiar with when she took the position. She had always worked in customer service-type jobs, she says, and she thoroughly enjoys being with other people, but she was not an Spring 2021


outdoor enthusiast. “What’s so funny,” she says, “is that my brothers always laughed at me because I was never an outdoor person. I was a girly girl. My mom had to bait my hook if we went fishing. But I love the people, and I love this place.” She also praises Brown as a wonderful boss. On a typical day, Pridgen says the mornings are light but the afternoon fills with people shopping and socializing. It’s very much like a community center, she says. “People sit around [the table] and talk about fishing and hunting and whatever’s going on in the community.” She estimates the variety of inventory has increased threefold since she began working there. “We’ve got more ideas coming,” she says. “We’re going to expand a little bit more and see how that goes.” Brown usually has two employees in addition to Pridgen. “We like to work with school kids as much as possible,” he says. One employee is in high school, and the other recently graduated. “I like working with young people. I try to stay involved with the Young Coon Hunters Association. We try to donate products to help them out. There’s a slogan that if your kids are hunting you don’t have to hunt them.” Brown is also involved with field trials. “I try to support them as much as possible. They give out prizes like dog food and so forth. We always try to help. We believe in supporting our community.” While his sons were in Acme-Delco High School, Brown served as president of the 100

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academic boosters. “It’s such a rewarding job to be involved with the young people,” he says. “I loved it so much.” He adds that he’s an advocate of increasing teachers’ pay to better

reflect their worth, and he also makes it a point to discuss education with his young employees. “I don’t ever want the job to interfere with their schoolwork. Education is so important.” 

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eplace golf greens. Check. Open a beautiful new clubhouse and event space. Check. Host the Women’s Southern Golf Association’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships, Annual Lockwood Folly High School Invitational, and most recently, the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour. Check, check and check. Since 2017 Lockwood Folly Golf Course and Country Club has been on a mission to make what is old, new again. And they are not finished yet. At the junction of three bodies of water — Lockwood Folly River, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean — and nestled among tree-lined fairways, salt marshes, creeks and fields full of nature and wildlife, Lockwood Folly boasts a golf course that is unlike any other in Brunswick County. A naturally challenging course, it attracts players of all skill levels. But the membership and board of directions had a desire, backed by financial commitment, to further enhance the course’s playability. “We started by hiring a golf course architect, Stephen Kay, to develop a master plan for us,” says Eric Morgan, head golf professional at Lockwood Folly. Kay is an award-winning golf course architect with experience restoring renowned courses like Tillinghast, Ross, Travis, Emmet, Bank and Trent Jones. “He recommended changes we could

make for every hole to make the course more player-friendly but not easy,” Morgan says. “Stephen said he wanted to help us make the golf course easier to break 100, but harder to break 75.” The master plan for the course improvements will occur in several phases, many of which will be undertaken by Golf Course Superintendent Tim Cunningham and his staff, beginning with tree work. With the mature tree canopies crowding each other, the turfgrasses were struggling under the shady conditions. As Lockwood Folly is a nature and animal preserve, the team had to maintain a balance between conservation and healthy greens. “To have a healthy turf, we have to have sunshine, irrigation and airflow,” Cunningham says. “So we’ve spent a lot of time managing the trees. I think the players that have played here and come back are going to be really surprised by the amount of work we’ve been able to accomplish.” Moving forward with the master plan, Cunningham and his staff will address the bunkers, where they will fill some in to keep down the maintenance and costs of the sand and improve the playability

of others. They’re also adding irrigation upgrades. For some of the design, grading and finesse grading, Lockwood Folly will outsource the work. Another thing that makes Lockwood Folly Golf Course and Country Club so unique is that it is the only memberowned golf course in the area. “We’re really lucky to have involved members and maintain a great staff, from the cart guys to Tim’s workers and Eric’s behind-the-counter guys,” says Club President George Kelley. “Our main job as the board is to support our pro and our superintendent and give them what they need to be successful. We all have the same goal in mind, to improve our facility and create a place for everyone to enjoy the Lockwood Folly experience.” For all intents and purposes, Lockwood Folly is on a fast track to become a new golf experience that is “second to no other course,” Morgan says. “We want to be that hidden gem that people just love to play.”

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