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  • Brunswick may be site for upcoming TV pilot

    Northern Brunswick County will be the site of some scenes in an upcoming untitled TV pilot planned for the area, according to local film and economic development officials.

    Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, said the pilot’s production company is set up in Wilmington and has started preparing for shooting, including finding locations and hiring people.

    Griffin and Jim Bradshaw, the director of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, scouted locations in the northern part of the county several months ago, they said.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: More winners of county talent show announced

    Another first-place winner of We’ve Got Talent!, the first countywide talent competition for Brunswick County high school students, has been announced.

    Connie Enis, curriculum coordinator for Brunswick County Schools, said due to a scoring mix-up, an additional first-place winner should have been announced the night of the competition.

  • Second rabies case confirmed in Brunswick County

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    A second case of rabies has been confirmed in Brunswick County.

    Fred Michael, public information officer for the Brunswick County Department of Health, said the case was confirmed as positive Friday.

    This second case reported this week also occurred in the Supply area and involved a German shepherd mix dog on Dixie Lane that fought with a fox on Wednesday night.

    The dog’s owner shot and killed the fox, then contacted animal services, which sent the fox’s remains to be tested in Raleigh.

  • Saving lives, giving hope

    Seeing a 16-year-old girl, stricken with polio as a baby, walk for the first time in her life after receiving surgery from Rotarians in India was something Vince Juric will never forget.

    That was just one of the many unforgettable experiences the Brunswick Plantation resident and member of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club saw last month during his trip to India with other members of Rotary District 7730.

  • Shallotte promotes Gaither, Serkin, increases salaries

    Two Shallotte town employees have received promotions and pay increases as requested by the town’s new administrator.

    At its last meeting, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved promoting finance director Mimi Gaither to the position of assistant town administrator. Her annual salary will increase from $52,874 to $57,874.

    According to Hughes, Gaither will assume his duties when he is not in the office and will help with other non-financial duties as assigned.

  • Brunswick EDC courting 17 companies to set up shop

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission is in talks with representatives from 17 businesses about bringing their operations to Brunswick County.

    Industries ranging from metal fabricators to distribution centers and from green industries to boatbuilders are now considering Brunswick County as possible headquarters, according to EDC executive director Jim Bradshaw.

  • Sheriff’s detective searching for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing teenager from Shallotte.

    Natasha Breann Shepard, 15, of Pintail Avenue in Shallotte, was last seen at noon Sunday, March 7, in the Piggott Road area of Shallotte Point.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley said Shepard is likely still in Brunswick County.

    Shepard is a white female. She is 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, jeans and orange and white Nike sneakers.

  • County angling for fishing concerns at meeting Saturday

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County wants to know if commercial fishermen are interested in “a united effort to tackle issues” related to the fishing industry.

    Interested residents are invited to attend a meeting set for 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 6, at the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers in the Brunswick County Complex near Bolivia.

    Among other matters, the meeting will address a site that has potential as a future commercial fisherman’s resource area.

  • VoArts program helps improve Brunswick County Academy dropout, attendance rates

    The introduction of vocational arts into the Brunswick County Academy and Transition Academy curriculum has proven to be instrumental.

    Since the 2008-2009 school year, dropouts have decreased, attendance has improved and the percentage of students performing at or above grade level on End of Course (EOC) tests has increased more than 23 percent.

    “Before we got in trouble and had nothing to do,” Marissa Beckman, BCA student, said.

    “Now we have ways to express ourselves,” fellow BCA student Linda Kay Milliken added.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: North Brunswick students win first countywide talent competition

    BY KATHRYN JACEWICZ

    Staff writer

    A group of North Brunswick High School students are the winners of the first countywide talent competition.

    Competing in We’ve Got Talent Saturday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium, Kamikaze, a dance/freestyle group, took first place out of talent acts from county high schools. The group includes Meghan Barrett, Olivia Brown, Tika Dow, Ebony Hilliard, Tim Thomas, Sasha Vaught and Kiana Williams.