Local News

  • 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.

  • Escaped inmate, relatives face animal cruelty charges

     A Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility and four of the relatives accused of helping him evade capture each face an animal cruelty charge.

    Twenty-three-year-old William Hewett was captured Feb. 3 after a five-day manhunt. Deputies found him hiding in a camper shell on a parcel on Trails End in Southport near his residence.

    During a search of the area, members of the sheriff’s office Animal Protective Services found several animals in poor health, spokeswoman Emily Flax said following the arrest.

  • Veterans groups surviving in face of dwindling membership

    Local veterans posts are holding their own in the face of diminishing membership numbers, a district Veterans of Foreign Wars official says.

    Three years ago, VFW Post 9408 in Leland in northern Brunswick County shut down to consolidate with VFW Post 2573 in Wilmington.

  • Sunset Beach council retreat Feb. 17 at Sea Trail

    Sunset Beach Town Council members will convene for their annual planning session (retreat) at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

    A proposed annual planning session agenda was reviewed by council at its Dec. 11 work session. Town staff is preparing a packet per the proposed agenda and will be providing it to council and public later this week, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Residents continue speaking out on $3.5 million land purchase

    Brunswick County’s purchase of land along the Intracoastal Waterway near Holden Beach for $3.5 million in December continued to stir residents to share their opinions of the county commissioners decision.

    The county bought nearly 35 acres of land on three parcels that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge. The properties, being sold by Sweetwater Investments LLC, are undeveloped.

  • Brunswick Economic Development funded by foundation through 2018

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission announced it has been funded $70,000 per year through 2018 from the Brunswick County Economic Development Foundation.

    The EDC set up a nonprofit foundation in March 2012. The Foundation funded the EDC for its first three-year term from 2012-14.

    EDC Executive Director Jim Bradshaw said there are 13 businesses or industries funding and participating in the foundation.

    Bankers, builders, the hospital and utility companies are among the foundation contributors, Bradshaw said.