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  • Sheriff's office looking for missing teens

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for two missing teenagers.

    Katrina Nicole McGriff, 16, and Kayla Victoria Jenkins, 16, were last seen around 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, on Cory Lane in Leland. They left a Cory Lane residence in a 2004 gray Pontiac Grand Am four-door vehicle with a front tag that reads, “Kayla’s Ride.”

    They are possibly in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area, where Jenkins’ mother last talked to her daughter on her cell phone.

  • Literacy Council to host its 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council will host its 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee at 7 p.m. Sept. 27, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Each team consists of two adults, and the entry fee is $200 per team.

    Donations are tax-deductible.

    Registration ends Sept. 15. For more information, contact the Literacy Council at 754-7323, or visit www.bcliteracy.org.

  • How does an 81-year-old celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary? She jumps out of a plane

    As she strode toward the hangar, Betty Grace Grabb was already smiling.

    Going skydiving was a life-long dream--and she was going to do it surrounded by her family and friends.

    The flight plan

    At 81 years old, Grabb is active. She and her husband travel, enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She says they have done a lot in their lives including going ice skating, roller skating, water skiing, cross country skiing, motor biking and traveling.

  • Local authors' books include tales of philosophers and sea turtles

    Brunswick County has many published authors, and the latest batch of books from locals now on bookstore shelves range from tales of college philosophers to juicy fiction to sea turtle adventures.

    Authors like Joyce Jacobs, Linda Purcell, Paul Swartz and Glenn Blackburn are among those with unique stories to tell.

    Glenn Blackburn: “Maynard Adams: Southern Philosopher of Civilization”

    Part-time Holden Beach resident Glenn Blackburn is a retired history professor who also has a love of philosophy.

  • Accuser recants, says 'I was high'

    Whispers became accusations against state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. during the past week.

    Just as a state probe into allegations of sexual misconduct had time to pick up steam, Soles’ accuser on Monday recanted his entire story, calling it a drug-induced falsehood pushed on him by a family member who was unhappy with the senator.

    ‘I was high’

  • Johnson pleads guilty to 2008 murder

    Norris Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week for the February 2008 murder of 26-year-old Jerome Echlos.

    Johnson, 28, was sentenced to 15 years and two months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    According to the sheriff’s office at the time of the arrest, Johnson arrived at a home on Brandon Drive in Leland around 3 a.m. Feb. 8, 2008, and began shooting inside the home where five people slept—including his father, his niece, a family friend, his sister and Echlos, who was his sister’s boyfriend.

  • 'More at Four' to serve 30 fewer students

    Smart Start of Brunswick County will see a cut in its state funding, including a decrease in funding for the More at Four program, but it was not unexpected.

    Director Linda Gironda said this week she is relieved the N.C. General Assembly passed the state budget, and although she doesn’t have the specific numbers yet for her agency, she has already prepared for cuts.

  • Real estate numbers drop from last year, up from last month

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County dropped 2 percent between June 2008 and June 2009, according to the latest statistics from the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County Realtors sold 214 houses this past June, compared to 218 a year ago. The number was up 26 percent higher than May 2009, however, which some agents are saying is a good sign.

    At Cooke Realtors on Ocean Isle Beach, Realtor Sarah Harris said mainland and island property sales in her office are higher than last year.

  • Last year’s winner back for upcoming ‘Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars’

    After winning last year’s “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars”, Dinah Gore is back for a second round and is ready to defend her title.

    After being asked to participate in last year’s event, a fundraiser for scholarships for future Brunswick Community College students, Gore began practicing twice a week for the competition with her professional partner, Paul McTaggart.

    At first, Gore admitted dancing did not come easy.

  • Convocation celebrates start of new school year

    In celebration of the upcoming school year, Brunswick County Schools had convocation Tuesday afternoon at the Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Teachers, administrators and staff from all 20 county schools filled the auditorium listening to various guest speakers and watching student performances.

    Daniel Richardson, the event’s first guest speaker and the 2008-2009 Brunswick County Schools teacher of the year, drew many laughs as he told several jokes about “real teachers.”