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  • School board keeps novel in curriculum with restrictions

     BOLIVIA — A controversial novel will remain in Brunswick County Schools after the board of education voted to keep the book on library shelves with limitations.

    The board voted 4 to 1 to maintain the book in the curriculum for students 13 and older and ninth-grade English courses or higher. This includes 13-year-olds in eighth grade taking a ninth-grade honors level course.

    Middle school students who are 13 or older can check the book out of the school’s library as long as he or she has written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

  • Police ask for help locating alligator killer

     The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating the person who killed a 9-foot alligator last week.

    It’s unclear when the “intentional killing” near Big Lake on Alton Lennon Road took place, but authorities were told about the dead alligator Sept. 10, Boiling Spring Lakes Chief Brad Shirley wrote in a news release.

  • Leland man arrested, charged in teen’s brief disappearance

     A Leland man is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility after authorities say he contributed to the delinquency of a Pender County runaway.

    The Pender County Sheriff’s Office asked Leland police to check 36-year-old Scott Kenneth Aubry’s Leland address to pick up the teenage girl, who was located and returned home safely, Leland police Lt. Joe Pierce said.

  • Brief SBHS lockdown lifted

     South Brunswick High School returned to its regular schedule after a brief lockdown Monday afternoon, Sept. 15.

    The school went into lockdown when the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person in the woods near the school, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Students saw a person in the woods with something in their hand that they could be a gun and reported it to the (school resource officer),” Flax said. “It turned out to be two kids skipping class.”

  • Student faces charges in weekend crash that killed schoolmate, injured six others

    By Sam Hickman

    and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    A West Brunswick High School student faces charges in a weekend crash that killed one of his schoolmates and injured six others.

    Joshua Coleman, 17, of Supply will be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center and violations of a graduated license, which include driving after 9 p.m. without a supervising driver and exceeding passenger limit, District Attorney’s Office administrative assistant Michelle Ingram confirmed Tuesday, Sept. 16.

  • Inmate dies at Brunswick County jail

    An inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Facility died of an apparent suicide Thursday.

    Antonio Michael Rago, 33, was found unresponsive in his jail cell at 11:14 a.m., according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    The State Bureau of Investigation has been notified, which is standard procedure, and will be conducting a death-in-custody investigation at the request of Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Port Loop Road water outage planned Monday

    BOLIVIA — Some people living and working off Long Beach Road near N.C. 211 will be without water late Monday night and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service.

    Water will be out of service from about 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, until 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16,for homes and businesses on Port Loop Road.

  • UPDATE: Leland man facing felony charge arrested
  • Sunset Beach council grills firm on park materials, delay

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council had questions for representatives of the firm hired to design Sunset Beach Town Park at the monthly town board meeting Monday night.

    Jeff Thompson with Withers & Ravenel, the engineering and landscape architecture firm hired to design the park, blamed a contractor’s placement of materials in an outside area for triggering a land-disturbance notice from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and subsequent work halt on the park work site last month.

  • Name change suggested for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — What’s in a name?

    Maybe a lot, if you live or do business in the town of Carolina Shores.

    At a town board of commissioners’ meeting Sept. 4, former Mayor Theodora “Teddy” Altreuter suggested it might be time for the town and its residents to consider a name change.

    “Communities of the Town of Carolina Shores,” Altreuter read during public comment time, citing the name posted on the board dais listing the six communities that compose the town.