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  • Living history: Register of Deeds electronically restores county’s marriage certificates

    BOLIVIA—Amid a months-long project to electronically restore and save the county’s fragile, aging marriage certificates, some more than 100 years old, Brunswick County Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons happened upon something unexpected—her great-grandparents’ marriage certificate.

    Clemmons began the project after she found county marriage certificates from 1867-1962 folded and tucked away in a filing cabinet.

  • Dance crew to teach master class in Brunswick County

    A dance crew featured on several national TV shows will be in Brunswick County next week, teaching master classes for dancers of all experience levels.

    The Strikers All Stars, who have appeared on America’s Got Talent and America’s Best Dance Crew, will spend Saturday, Sept. 11 at Dance 4 Life on Oak Island. The crew will teach a six-hour session of jazz, jazz funk and hip hop to any dancer interested in participating.

  • School officials seek dropout prevention grant

    BOLIVIA—School officials plan to apply for a grant to implement new programs intended to reduce the dropout rate.

    Reeda Hargrove, Brunswick County Schools director of student support services, said the grant would help implement programs at West Brunswick High School, Cedar Grove Middle School and Shallotte Middle School.

  • Board member wants no mention of abortion in school policy

    BOLIVIA—One member of the Brunswick County Board of Education does not want any language pertaining to abortion referral services in the district’s policy code, even if it requires parental consent.

    During a policy committee meeting Tuesday morning, members Shirley Babson and Catherine Cooke were presented with revisions to Policy No. 1310, which deals with parental involvement.

  • Candidates' forum scheduled for Brunswick County

    In what will be their fourth match-up of the election season, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and his Republican challenger Ilario Pantano will headline the Oct. 11 Meet the Candidates Night at Brunswick Community College.

    The debate, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Campus of Brunswick Community College, is co-sponsored and organized by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association.

  • Shallotte man charged in fatal hit-and-run

    A Shallotte man was arrested and charged Thursday afternoon following an Aug. 17 fatal hit-and-run in North Myrtle Beach.

    According to the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, Derek Anthony Stanley II, Shallotte, was charged with hit and run with death involved for an incident that claimed the life of Corrisa Irvin on Aug. 17.

    Stanley was booked into the North Myrtle Beach jail Thursday. North Myrtle Beach Judge Martin Blake set his bond at $15,000. 

    The charge carries a penalty of 1-25 years in prison and a fine of $10,000-$25,000.

  • Vacationers set out to build biggest sand castle on Sunset Beach

    A Minnesota family came to the beach this week with a mission.

    The Cleland family, who visits Sunset Beach every August, wanted to make the biggest sand castle on Sunset Beach Wednesday.

    The castle, which was made up of many smaller drip castles, stretched nearly from the dune to the shoreline.

    Area resident Carol Humphrey said Tim Cleland and his wife Ann, their children Andrew and Daniel, his girlfriend Ruth Ann Masse and Cleland's sister Kristin Wood definitely built the biggest castle that day and the biggest she'd ever seen on the island.

  • Teachers learn how to teach reproductive health and safety

    Brunswick County teachers are now prepared to teach the state-mandated reproductive health and safety component that will be incorporated into curriculum beginning this school year.

    Teachers participated in a daylong training with health education specialists from the N.C. School Health Training Center Monday at Shallotte Middle School.

    Kathy Crumpler, one of the health education specialists, said they have spent the entire summer training teachers from school districts across the state.

  • Family sand sculpture contest Labor Day Weekend at Ocean Isle Beach

    A family sand sculpture contest is scheduled for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend at Ocean Isle Beach.

    Sponsored by the Ocean Isle Property Owners Association and the Museum of Coastal Carolina, the Ocean Isle Beach Family Sand Sculpture Contest will be from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, behind the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, at 44 E. First St.

  • Board deletes policy prohibiting body jewelry

    BOLIVIA—Does a policy prohibiting facial body jewelry violate a student’s First Amendment rights?

    Some say yes.

    Legal counsel for the Brunswick County Board of Education recommended the section of policy No. 4316 prohibiting jewelry “affixed to a student’s nose, tongue, cheek, lip or eyebrow” be deleted from the district’s policy manual.