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  • Sweepstakes owner says he welcomes regulations, doesn't see need for separations

    The owner of three Internet sweepstakes gaming storefronts in Shallotte told town aldermen they should adopt an ordinance regulating the businesses in town.

    Alderman John Kinlaw asked representatives from the sweepstakes business to speak to the board about the issue now that town staff, aldermen and the town planning board are working on a possible gaming ordinance.

    “We are firm believers in regulation,” store owner Richard Watts said. “We’re in favor limiting the number of machines in the businesses.”

  • Longevity issues plague superintendent position

    In the past 25 years, eight superintendents have tried their hands at leading Brunswick County Schools.

    Current Superintendent Katie McGee has served as superintendent for the past five years. She is the second longest-serving superintendent since 1984. She has served one year less than Marion Wise, the district’s longest serving superintendent in the past quarter century.

    “You can find a school superintendent, but you don’t find many that have longevity,” McGee said.

  • Board transfers employee who filed grievance

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to transfer the employee who filed a grievance against Superintendent Katie McGee.

    Sherry Dove, who has been employed with Brunswick County Schools since 1984, was transferred from her position as executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education to a secretary at Leland Middle School Tuesday, following a 3-2 vote.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson and board member Charlie Miller dissented.

  • Board passes budget with no employee cuts

    BOLIVIA—Despite a $7.4 million reduction in state and local budget reductions, Brunswick County Schools approved a budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year that included no employee layoffs or cutbacks.

    This year’s total budget is $114,870,664, which includes $56 million from state funds, $34 million from local funds and $16.5 million in federal funds.

  • Frances Williams

    Frances Evelyn Williams, 64, of Ocean Isle Beach, died Aug. 21 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.

    She was born in Wilmington on Jan. 25, 1945, a daughter of the late John and Frances Brooks Furlong. She and her husband Milton owned and operated several local businesses.

  • High surf advisory, rip current dangers this weekend

    “Hopefully this will be our only call this year,” Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said Friday morning during a conference call about Hurricane Bill.

    The call, which featured an update on Bill from the National Weather Service, had representatives from area municipalities, rescue services and law enforcement agencies.

  • 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.