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  • School officials address potential of day treatment program

     BOLIVIA — A spike in behavioral problems in Brunswick County elementary schools has forced district staff to search for a strategy to address the problem.

    Assistant Superintendent Deanne Meadows suggested implementing a day treatment program, a coalition of Brunswick County Schools and a local mental health provider, to board members and school officials during a budget work session Tuesday, March 10.

  • Trial for man accused of killing 3-year-old boy begins Monday

     The trial for a man accused of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the 2012 death of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister will begin Monday, March 23.

    Montey Andrea Murray has been incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility since March 2012, awaiting trial in the February 2012 death of his then-girlfriend’s son.

    Murray was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in August 2013, more than a year after the Shallotte boy died of injuries he suffered while in Murray’s care.

  • Rouzer visits two Leland businesses

     LELAND — After a lengthy legislative session in the nation’s capitol to begin his career as a congressman, David Rouzer used his first recess week to travel around the 7th Congressional District to get to know his constituents.

    Rouzer spent Wednesday morning, March 11, at Victaulic, a pipe company off Enterprise Boulevard, and Ramco Machine & Pump Service off Old Fayetteville Road.

    “I want to talk to the everyday worker,” he said. “I want to hear what these folks have to say.”

  • BCC officials sign agreements with UNC-Pembroke

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College continues to offer its students additional services during its ascent as one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country.

    On Thursday, March 12, officials from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) teamed with Brunswick Community College (BCC) staff to sign an articulation agreement that will provide BCC military-affiliated students with onsite services at no cost to the students through UNCP.

  • Man accused of killing hunting dog faces felony charge

     A Leland man faces a felony animal cruelty charge after allegedly shooting and killing a man’s hunting dog on Cedar Hill Road in Leland on Feb. 28.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 64-year-old Richard Crowell Clark of Cedar Hill Road March 6, six days after allegedly killing William Robbins’ mountain cur hunting dog, an arrest warrant shows.

    Clark has been charged with felony cruelty to animals and unlawful removal or destruction of an electronic monitoring device.

  • Leland man faces two statutory sex offense charges

     A Leland man incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility faces new charges of two statutory sex offenses and a felony drug charge.

    Leland detectives charged 36-year-old Scott Kenneth Aubry with statutory rape of a 15-year-old, statutory sex offense with a 15-year-old and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, Lt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in a March 13 news release.

  • Coast Guard rescues two 35 miles off OIB

     The Coast Guard rescued two people Sunday, March 5, from a sinking boat approximately 35 miles southeast of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Va., received an alert about 1 p.m. “from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon registered to the 25-foot pleasure craft Quest, which is homeported in Ocean Isle Beach,” according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

  • Roundtable rabid about animal issues

    Upcoming pet rabies clinics are highly recommended by local animal groups, especially after a rabid fox was killed in Brunswick County earlier this month.

    That was just one of the topics on the agenda of the newly formed Animal Welfare of Brunswick County roundtable that has begun convening.

    At their second meeting of the year March 11, participants urged participation at a free rabies clinic presented by Furever Friends Animal Rescued this Saturday, March 21, at Bark in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Leland Municipal Park at 102 Town Hall Drive.

  • Property value drop expected in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — In this revaluation year, the town is anticipating a drop in assessed values that will need to be taken into account as budgetary planning gets under way for fiscal 2015-2016.

    That was the forecast at town commissioners’ annual budget retreat last Friday, March 13, at town hall.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall also outlined the statewide business privilege license tax will be eliminated July 1, and the town is also expecting a decline in Powell Bill revenue as the state fuel tax system changes.

  • Leland man charged with sex crimes

     A Leland man faces felony charges in Brunswick County after his arrest Friday, March 6.

    Leland detectives arrested 35-year-old Kenneth McKnight of Ryefield Court and charged him with one count of statutory sex offense with a 15-year-old, one count of sexual activity by a substitute parent and one count of crimes against nature, Lt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in a March 10 news release.

    Humphries said detectives, “weren’t looking to charge anyone else in the case at this time.