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  • Schools to consider cutting sports seasons short

    Brunswick County athletes may have to sit out two games next season, as the Brunswick County Board of Education looks to reduce sporting seasons to reduce its budget.

    Les Tubb, director of career and technical education, met with all the high school principals, athletic directors and Superintendent Katie McGee earlier this month to figure out how to cut costs among athletics.

    The consensus, Tubb said, was to cut basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball seasons to 21 games instead of the usual 23, which is the maximum amount the state will allow.

  • State declares a "cash flow emergency," asks schools to make more cutbacks

    The State Board of Education has already asked schools across the state to revert $117 million to the state budget, but a “severe cash flow problem” still exists.

    To achieve a balance by the end of the fiscal year, Gov. Bev Purdue approved the implementation of additional expenditure restrictions.

  • Building height amendment put on hold

    CALABASH—Raising building heights became a moot issue Monday when a local developer said he no longer seeks an increase.

    “Over the past three to four months, my zeal and endeavor to provide the best possible apartment complex in Calabash and subsequently Brunswick County did not take into consideration requirements commissioners work under,” developer Jim Myers said at a commissioners’ workshop to discuss ordinance amendments.

  • Possible sewer costs outlined at Sunset Beach workshop

    SUNSET BEACH—The town came closer to outlining how much sewer assessments may cost property owners at a workshop Monday attended by about 50 residents spilling into an adjacent room.

    Sunset Beach town administrator Gary Parker used a spreadsheet detailing how much county-implemented sewer could cost property owners depending on formulas that are used.

  • Martin trial day two: Defendant admits to hitting victim in recorded interview

    BOLIVIA—“We have a big problem,” Dave Crocker told James Dean Martin as Martin walked into an interview room at the sheriff’s office in July 2007.

    Martin, 20, is being tried for first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Crocker, a special investigator with the District Attorney’s Office, took the stand Thursday as a witness for the prosecution.

  • Martin trial day three: Martin guilty of first-degree murder

    BOLIVIA—After deliberating for about an hour and a half Friday afternoon, a Brunswick County jury found James Dean Martin guilty of the 2007 robbery and murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook.

    The jury found Martin, 20, guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks Jr. sentenced Martin to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Ocean Isle votes to install playground on island

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Children will now have a new place to play on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The board of commissioners approved the installation of a playground on Third Street near the Museum of Coastal Carolina at its meeting Tuesday.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Conservancy approached the board of commissioners at its February meeting and proposed the idea for a playground to add to the family-friendly atmosphere of the island.

  • Martin trial day one: Alleged co-conspirator testifies in robbery, murder trial

    BOLIVIA—In a brief respite from serving her three-year prison sentence, Whitney Jenkins was back in Brunswick County on Wednesday.

    But the former Oak Island resident, serving 35-42 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections for trafficking methamphetamines, wasn’t back in Brunswick County for a visit.

  • Lincoln Elementary to be a Bright Ideas Academy

    LELAND—Bright Ideas will be happening throughout Lincoln Elementary School next year.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request from Lincoln staff to become a Bright Ideas Academy at its meeting last week. The Lincoln staff presented it to the board’s curriculum committee last month, and explained Bright Ideas would benefit the school.

  • Bare-hoofin' it

    SUPPLY—Charly Boy stood patiently in place as Scott Spencer trimmed the black-and-white-paint Tennessee Walking Horse’s barefoot hooves last week.

    For the past three years, Spencer, a certified trainer in natural horsemanship, has been practicing and perfecting what he believes is a healthier, more natural way for horses to move via The Healthy Hoof program—going shoeless.