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  • 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.

  • County agrees to settle lawsuit against youth football league

     The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to settle a lawsuit filed by a Shallotte lawyer who alleged opposing coaches encouraged an illegal and unsafe hit on his son during a game in the fall of 2012.

    The judgment was agreed to by both Richard Hollar and the county and will go before Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to be signed and approved. The settlement would award $22,000 to Hollar, the plantiff, and his son, Kasey, for legal fees.

  • School board members’ raise found unlawful, voided

     BOLIVIA — An attempt by the members of the Brunswick County Board of Education to increase their own pay has raised more questions than it has salaries.

    On Aug. 28, the board held a special called meeting to adopt its budget for the 2015 fiscal year, and one line item included a raise in the salaries for Board of Education members.

    Two weeks later, board attorney Rick Green determined that, based on statutory review, sole authority to adjust local school board salary and expenses rests with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

  • District has disappointing test scores

     BOLIVIA — When the state released its 2013-14 test scores last week, Superintendent Edward Pruden described Brunswick County Schools’ results in one word: troubling.

    Pruden and other school officials released the information to the media Wednesday, Sept. 3, but the results were embargoed until the state made the data public the next day.

    While the number of schools in the district that exceeded the state’s growth status increased from three to five, the schools that didn’t meet growth status increased from six to 10.