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  • Board considers county vocational school

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s vocational future is a key consideration of the school system’s 2012 facilities master plan, school officials informally agreed Monday.

    “This is a four-phase process, and we’re in the initiation phase and the launching phase,” said consultant Bill Klein of KBR Building Group at the start of a school board workshop. “This is where we’re going to make sure that we have our goals and our mission clearly defined.”

  • Jaguar's Lair work debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph says progress is being made with work at the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development.

    Property owner Cas Kacala complains road work isn’t being done fast enough and accuses council of spinning stories about it.

    Last week, Joseph responded via email on behalf of the town board to Kacala’s email recently sent to owners of 119 lots in Jaguar’s Lair.

  • Jaguar's Lair work

    Following are some of property owner Cas Kacala’s detailed claims about work at Jaguar’s Lair with town councilwoman Karen Joseph’s responses on behalf of the town.

    Regarding results of the first four meetings, after a tolling agreement was approved May 24, between two council members, town staff and Coastal Communities representatives, Kacala claimed status for completed infrastructure was only received for Section 1 in Jaguar’s Lair.

  • A moment for one young surfer to shine and hang 10

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Professional surfers be on the lookout: One young Ocean Isle Beach surfer has his sights on becoming the best in the sport.

    Eight-year-old Cooper Kirkland has one thing on his mind—surfing. He wants to be in the water every day.

    In the summer, Cooper wakes up, checks his surf cams and wakes his mother Amber Shreve by saying, “It’s a nice day to be on the beach.”

    Most days that is where Cooper can be found. During the school year, he and his mother are on the beach a couple of hours each afternoon.

  • Community watch groups help prevent crime in their neighborhoods

    The Brunswick County Community Watch group learned a few new safety tips Monday during their monthly meeting.

    Bradley Huggins of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office bicycle patrol division discussed his job with members. He is the only full-time bike patrol officer employed by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man charged with killing doctor

    A South Carolina man has been charged with the murder of a former Brunswick County doctor whose body was found Sept. 12 in Kansas.

    Dr. Franchesca Brown, 39, a pediatrician from Myrtle Beach, S.C., was found dead in a wooded area near a Kansas City hotel. She had last been seen Sept. 3 while she was in Kansas attending a medical conference.

    John Meredith Hodges, 44, of Ladson, S.C., has been charged with first-degree murder, credit card fraud and identity theft.

  • Public input sought for Terminal Groin project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town officials and the Wilmington District Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division are seeking public input for the town’s proposed East End Shoreline Protection Project (terminal groin).

    “This is the first of the public meetings that we will have through this process,” Mayor Debbie Smith said.

  • Jaguar's Lair work debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph says progress is being made with work at the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development.

    Property owner Cas Kacala complains road work isn’t being done fast enough and accuses council of spinning stories about it.

    Last week, Joseph responded via email on behalf of the town board to Kacala’s email recently sent to owners of 119 lots in Jaguar’s Lair.

  • Warrior Ride is this Friday

    Friday is the day to show your appreciation to warriors who have sacrificed for freedom.

    On Friday, Sept. 28, the Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride 2012 will be cycling through the area. The ride is a four-day event and is the last Warrior Ride of 2012. Rides began in late March and took place in the Carolinas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    Warrior Ride founders Debra and Bob Racine of Oak Island started the nonprofit organization seven years ago as a way to incorporate recreation and rehabilitation and to give back.

  • A dog's tale: Abandoned pooch transforms into Angel

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—“Look at how beautiful she is,” Janie Withers said as she showed off a lively white Pekingese dog that’s been residing at her home for the past two months.

    Two months ago, the little dog Withers has named Angel wasn’t so lively or pretty. Found abandoned along a Winnabow roadside, starving, she had a ruptured eye and her fur was severely matted. The dog likely would have died except for a Good Samaritan who rescued her.

    A rescue group couldn’t help, so Withers was contacted for help.