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  • Brunswick County bridge listed on AAA’s substandard list

    The US 17 bridge that crosses US 76 near Leland is included on AAA Carolinas top 20 substandard bridges list.

    AAA Carolinas released a report July 18 that despite North Carolina investing nearly $500 million in state and federal funds to replace and repair bridges in 2013, more than 5,100 state bridges still remain substandard.

    And Brunswick County’s bridge is ranked 13th.

    The only county bridge to make the list, it was in 10th place in the 2013 rankings, the first year the bridge was added to AAA’s list.

  • Woman appeals school’s decision to keep controversial book

     A local committee ruled to keep a controversial book in its school’s curriculum, so an Ash resident has taken her appeal to the district superintendent.

    Frankie Wood, 72, has appealed Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” on school shelves.

    If Superintendent Edward Pruden upholds the school’s decision to keep the book in the curriculum, Wood can appeal his decision to the school board, which makes the final decision.

  • Virus hurting pork production in Brunswick County, North Carolina

     Expect to pay more for pork now that a virus, which has created an epidemic in hog farms across the globe, has made its way to southeast North Carolina — including at least one Brunswick County farm.

    The deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) came into the United States last spring, said Funston Farms general farm manager Mark Green, who works in Winnabow.

  • New Hanover sheriff: Deputies acted appropriately in Hewett’s death

    Deputies acted appropriately in an altercation before the July 12 death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett in the New Hanover County Jail, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a Tuesday, July 21, news release.

    McMahon said an internal affairs investigation revealed  sheriff’s office personnel “acted appropriately and professionally at all times” during the events leading up to Hewett’s July 12 death.

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl

     A Leland man is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested and charged Saturday, July 19, with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the sheriff’s office website.

    Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

    Hill is accused of injuring the same girl in November with a cigarette lighter, according to the warrants.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses with a child

     A Brunswick County man pleaded guilty in Superior Court on Monday, July 21, to one count of indecent liberties with a child.

    Judge Gail Adams sentenced Batson to between 13 and 25 months in prison suspended to two years probation. Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said the first year would be supervised probation and the final year could be switched to unsupervised if Batson complies with sex offender evaluation treatments.

  • Hearing on homeowners insurance hike postponed

     Brunswick County homeowners will have to wait two more months to find out whether the state’s insurance commissioner decides to raise rates.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced July 15 that the homeowners insurance rate hearing originally scheduled for Aug. 6 has been rescheduled for Oct. 20.

    The hearing is to begin at 9 a.m. in the Jim Long Hearing Room on the third floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh, according to a N.C. Department of Insurance news release.

  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a  bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • BCC recognizes McRainey for contributions

     Brunswick Community College has experienced steady growth since 1998, and Dianne McRainey has been there to see it all.

    After 16 years as a member of the board of trustees, McRainey’s tenure has come to an end.

    “This experience has been wonderful,” McRainey said. “The people that have been on this board truly have their heart into the college and care about this community and what the college needs to provide for the community.

  • Early College High School calendar tweaked for 2014-15 school year

     Brunswick County Schools made a minor adjustment to the 2014-15 Early College High School calendar it approved in March.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School calendar was adjusted to align with the spring break schedule at Brunswick Community College spring break schedule. The adjustment was approved at the Board of Education’s July 1 monthly meeting.

    The first required teacher workdays are Aug. 4-6. The first day of class for ECHS classes is Aug. 7.

    Report cards will be released Oct. 15, Jan. 28, 2015, and March 18, 2015.