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  • 1,200 longleaf pine seedlings planted in the Green Swamp

    SUPPLY — Feb. 4 and 5 were planting days in the Green Swamp.

    Those are the days local forestry and conservancy officials gathered at a Brunswick County trailhead of the 15,000-acre nature preserve to plant 1,200 donated longleaf pine seedlings across five acres.

    The seedlings were donated by the North Carolina Division of the Society of American Foresters in a pledge drive last summer by WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. As part of the effort, The Nature Conservancy promised to plant one longleaf pine seedling for each pledge to the public radio station.

  • Construction expected to begin at North in coming months

     BOLIVIA — North Brunswick High School students will welcome bulldozers and other heavy equipment to their campus in the coming months as a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s permanent additions is right around the corner.

    Funding for the permanent additions to the school’s Leland campus should be secured by April, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in an interview Tuesday, Feb. 10. The project’s budget is more than $5 million.

  • Swamp park scheduled to open June 1

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If you drive south on Ocean Isle Beach Road toward the island right now, you’ll probably notice the 95-foot poles stacked on a multi-acre lot on what used to be a wooded area.

    Those poles are being used to erect the activity center and gift shop at the Shallotte River Swamp Park, which is scheduled to open June 1.

  • Union students chew for charity during Bubble Gum Day

     SHALLOTTE — Students at Union Elementary School were chomping at the bit waiting for Friday, Feb. 6.

    It wasn’t just any other Friday. It was National Bubble Gum Day for participating schools across the country.

    For a 50-cent donation, students at Union were allowed to chew bubble gum all day long on the school’s Shallotte campus.

  • Convicted drug dealers sentenced as habitual felons

     A pair of convicted drug dealers were sentenced as habitual felons in Brunswick County on Feb. 2.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis ordered 23-year-old Timothy Lane Inman, of Supply, to serve a 51- to 74-month sentence in the North Carolina Department of Correction after his conviction on a charge of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, according to a news release from Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas.

  • School report cards: County on par with rest of state

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools are right on par with state averages based on grades given to each school when the Department of Public Instruction released school performance grades Thursday, Feb. 5.

    That’s the day the State Board of Education approved and released new North Carolina School Report Cards, following the regularly scheduled state board meeting in Raleigh.

  • School board expected to discuss book policy at committee meeting next week

     BOLIVIA — After Brunswick County Schools faced a pair of book challenges during the 2013-14 school year, the school board will discuss a new policy regarding objection to instructional material at its policy committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the policy hasn’t been through the “first reading” phase of the process yet, but expects the topic to be on the policy committee meeting agenda.

    Board chairwoman Catherine Cooke said the new policy would provide more clarity.

  • Babson organizes Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade

     SHALLOTTE — Eighty-three-year-old Jervie Babson felt like law enforcement was getting a bad rap in the news lately and wanted to do something about it.

    Babson, a Winnabow resident and member of the Cape Fear Cruisers car club in Wilmington, spearheaded an effort to hold a Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade that began at Leland Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 7, and ended at Jerome’s Steakhouse in Shallotte around lunchtime.

  • Five people arrested after agents find meth lab in Supply

     Five people were arrested after Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit found a meth lab in Supply on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

    Forty-five-year-old Destry Brant Hall of Southport, 25-year-old Jesse Lee Mills of Bolivia, 27-year-old Matthew Alan Vitale of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 26-year-old Kenneth Odell Smith of Supply and Alice Fay Curl of Leland are each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors, warrants show. They are each incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

  • Board members discuss leadership profile for prospective superintendent

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education has formulated a profile of its ideal candidate for Brunswick County Schools superintendent.

    During the school board’s regular meeting Feb. 3, North Carolina School Boards Association staff attorneys Scott Murray and Jim O’Rourke of the North Carolina School Boards Association presented results from surveys conducted during past two months. The surveys were available online from early December 2014 until Jan. 23.