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  • School districts must offer, pay for driver education

     BOLIVIA — The state is telling local school districts they have to provide driver education courses. But for the first time in the state’s history, the responsibility to pay for the program will fall on the school district’s shoulders.

    Beginning July 1, 2015, all state funding to support the driver education program will be eliminated in the Tar Heel State.

    This was outlined in Senate Bill 744, which the General Assembly passed in August. The program has been funded by the state since 1992, when the programs were first offered.

  • Freedom Fund Banquet awards champions of equality

     CAROLINA SHORES — During turbulent times, it’s up to community leaders to step up and make a difference. That’s the message Brunswick County NAACP President Bernest Hewett preached during the organization’s Brunswick County Branch No. 5452 Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Brunswick Community College’s satellite campus at the South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • Walk in the park: Developer announces plans for swamp adventure facility

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Rube McMullan is embarrassed to admit he bought a piece of property a stone’s throw from Ocean Isle Beach before he even knew what it was.

    But after a kayaking trip with his son, Barrett, down the Shallotte River between U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach off what locals have come to know as “Four Mile Road,” Rube knows exactly what he wants to do with his land.

  • Local shucker one of country’s best

     Lisa Bellamy is an oyster-shucking legend.

    She’s dominated the N.C. Oyster Festival professional shucking competition so many times, she can’t remember how many times she’s been crowned top shucker.

    “I lost count awhile back,” Bellamy said. “It’s been fun.”

  • Woman accused of stealing shark tooth from museum

     A Chapel Hill woman is accused of stealing a prehistoric shark’s tooth from the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport.

    Alison Ailene Erca, 62, of Brights Way was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 14, and charged with felony larceny, Southport Police Sgt. Mike Williams said.

    A woman removed the C. Megalodon shark’s tooth from its glass enclosure and left the museum with another woman just after 2 p.m., Oct. 9 museum curator and manager Mary Strickland said. Museum employees noticed the tooth was missing late that afternoon and nothing else was stolen.

  • Three teens face charges in Leland home invasion

    Two Sampson County teens have been arrested and a third is being sought in a Leland home invasion that happened Friday night, Oct. 10.

    Rackwon Chestnutt, 18, of Cornwallis Road, Turkey; Tijuan Terrill Campbell, 17, of Scronce Road, Harrells; and Jaleel Mekiah Spearman, 16, of North Bladen Avenue, Garland each face charges of first-degree burglary and injury to real property, warrants show.

  • Firefighters extinguish Calabash mobile home blaze

    The Calabash Fire Department extinguished a fire spotted and reported by a passerby at an unoccupied mobile home Oct. 7.

    The structure fire was reported at 5:18 p.m. at 982 Charlotte Ave. in Calabash.

    Arriving units found the right side of a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames and thick black smoke, department spokeswoman Honey Shore said.

  • Teen charged in SBHS bomb threat

    A Southport teen has been accused of making a bomb threat that briefly disrupted instruction time Thursday morning, Oct. 2, at South Brunswick High School’s Boiling Spring Lakes campus.

    Richard Christopher Patton, 17, of Burton Road, was charged Friday, Oct. 10, with communicating a false bomb report in a public building, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. He was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released on $10,000 bail.

  • Detectives seek Calabash man on assault charges

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a Calabash man accused of shooting another man Sunday, Oct. 5.

    Twenty-four-year-old Reggie Raphel Miller of Pea Landing Road faces assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault by pointing a gun charges, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Flax said Miller shot a man in the leg after an altercation at a home on Tree Acres Circle in Calabash about 11:45 p.m. that day.

  • Leland sets up survey, public input meetings for parks and rec needs

    Leland’s parks and recreation staff will spend October looking at their future needs.

    And they want town residents involved in the process.

    Parks and recreation staff will begin by hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the town hall council chamber to plan for the next phase of the Westgate Nature Park.

    Westgate Nature Park at 1260 Westgate Drive was built in 2013 on nearly 150 acres behind the New Pointe Boulevard shopping center on the south side of U.S. 17.