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  • Students can ‘Dig Into Reading’ this summer at the library

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    If you’re worried about your children being bored this summer, Kelly James has the answer: Get them to pick up a book.

    James, a library assistant at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte, is in charge of youth services. One of her major projects is the library’s summer reading club.

    The summer reading club is a countywide initiative, targeting children ages 4 to 12 to keep them reading through the summer so that they don’t lose reading skills acquired during the school year.

  • Forest Service says Thursday wildfire still hot, but contained

    By Renee Sloan and Brian Slattery

  • Sunset Beach meeting continues after mayor's statement

    SUNSET BEACH—Minutes after convening, two town council members called to adjourn the monthly Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night when Mayor Richard Cerrato tried to read a statement calling for an external investigation related to a police officer’s recent firing.

    Cerrato was referring to the May 1 firing of town police officer Jamie Clemmons, whose employment was terminated by town police chief Lisa Massey for giving conflicting information in a court case.

  • Shallotte octogenarian London Gore publishes latest book

    Eighty-nine-year-old London Lewis Gore has hardly slowed down.

    The World War II veteran still shoots mean weekly games of pool at the Shallotte Senior Center.

    He’s still penning poems and prose and recalling memories of growing up poor on an Ash tobacco farm, joining the Army at age 17 and finding adventure overseas serving under Gen. George Patton.

    He’s commemorated those memories by publishing his latest book, “Hard Times, War Times, and More Hard Times.”

  • Economic expert offers aid in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission is willing to help the town of Carolina Shores lure more businesses into town.

    That’s what Jim Bradshaw, director of the BCEDC, told the town board of commissioners at its monthly workshop Monday.

    Bradshaw distributed copies of a handout and told board members he’d be glad to try to answer any questions they might have.

  • Sheriff's office seeks fugitive

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a 21-year-old Shallotte man.

    At around 2 p.m. Tuesday, deputies attempted to serve felony warrants to Tyler Gray Hughes, 21, at 375 High Hills Drive in Shallotte.

    When officers arrived at the residence, Hughes fled into a wooded area behind the residence. At that time, Hughes’ pit bull named “Beast” charged Deputy Andrew Lentz. When the dog was about five feet from him, Lentz fired two shots, killing the animal instantly.

  • Juveniles cause wreck fleeing Leland police

    Two juveniles were injured in a car wreck while fleeing from the police in Leland Saturday night.

    According to Leland Det. Cpl. Christopher, the two suspects, who were not identified due to their ages, were driving a stolen Chrysler Sebring convertible on U.S. 17 at Westgate Boulevard when Leland Officer Melton attempted to pull them over for a traffic stop.

    Christopher said the driver of the vehicle attempted to flee, driving in excess of 100 mph.

  • Students learn of Nazi Germany from man who escaped

    Waccamaw School seventh-grade students, who are learning about World War II history, received a first-person account of Nazi Germany on May 15.

    Alfred Schnog, a Wilmington business owner whose family escaped Germany on the eve of the war, shared with students what it was like for a Jewish family living under Nazi control.

    Schnog’s family—father Ludwig, mother Margaret and his twin brother, Norbert—lived in Cologne, Germany, in the 1930s when the Nazi party took control of the government.

  • BCC instructor’s summer school meets in the surf

    What did you do on your summer vacation?

    Jace Myers, a horticulture and turfgrass management program instructor at Brunswick Community College now has a great answer for that question.

    Jace and his wife, Amy, have started a business teaching skim boarding, surfing and paddleboarding on Ocean Isle Beach this summer.

    The couple loves the ocean, especially the waves, and decided to share the love.

    They named the business Lola’s Olas, after their 16-month-old daughter, Lola, and the Spanish word for waves.

  • Sheriff's Office searches for missing teen

    Staff Report

    A Brunswick County teen has been missing since Sunday, May 26.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for missing 16-year-old Carla Alexis Pedrosa-Ibarra.

    Pedrosa-Ibarra reportedly went missing from her Old Mill Road in Navassa.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax, Pedrosa-Ibarra is 5-feet-2 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

    The Sheriff's Office said she is known to visit areas in Wilmington.