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  • Brunswick EDC courting 17 companies to set up shop

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission is in talks with representatives from 17 businesses about bringing their operations to Brunswick County.

    Industries ranging from metal fabricators to distribution centers and from green industries to boatbuilders are now considering Brunswick County as possible headquarters, according to EDC executive director Jim Bradshaw.

  • Sheriff’s detective searching for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing teenager from Shallotte.

    Natasha Breann Shepard, 15, of Pintail Avenue in Shallotte, was last seen at noon Sunday, March 7, in the Piggott Road area of Shallotte Point.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley said Shepard is likely still in Brunswick County.

    Shepard is a white female. She is 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, jeans and orange and white Nike sneakers.

  • County angling for fishing concerns at meeting Saturday

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County wants to know if commercial fishermen are interested in “a united effort to tackle issues” related to the fishing industry.

    Interested residents are invited to attend a meeting set for 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 6, at the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers in the Brunswick County Complex near Bolivia.

    Among other matters, the meeting will address a site that has potential as a future commercial fisherman’s resource area.

  • VoArts program helps improve Brunswick County Academy dropout, attendance rates

    The introduction of vocational arts into the Brunswick County Academy and Transition Academy curriculum has proven to be instrumental.

    Since the 2008-2009 school year, dropouts have decreased, attendance has improved and the percentage of students performing at or above grade level on End of Course (EOC) tests has increased more than 23 percent.

    “Before we got in trouble and had nothing to do,” Marissa Beckman, BCA student, said.

    “Now we have ways to express ourselves,” fellow BCA student Linda Kay Milliken added.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: North Brunswick students win first countywide talent competition

    BY KATHRYN JACEWICZ

    Staff writer

    A group of North Brunswick High School students are the winners of the first countywide talent competition.

    Competing in We’ve Got Talent Saturday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium, Kamikaze, a dance/freestyle group, took first place out of talent acts from county high schools. The group includes Meghan Barrett, Olivia Brown, Tika Dow, Ebony Hilliard, Tim Thomas, Sasha Vaught and Kiana Williams.

  • Brunswick County Schools on two-hour delay Wednesday

    Brunswick County Schools will be on a two-hour delay Wednesday, according to interim superintendent Les Tubb.

    Staff is expected to arrive at normal time.

  • Event at Odell Williamson to showcase four of the men featured in book

    Kelly Johnson was feeling frustrated with pop culture and mainstream media’s portrayal of young men.

    As a mother of five boys ages 8-24, Johnson said the way young men act on popular TV shows and the message they spread in music is nothing she wants her sons to emulate.

  • Brunswick County Schools predicts another financially tight year

    As Brunswick County Schools officials look to begin budget preparation for the 2010-2011 school year, one thing is for certain.

    “It’s gonna to be a tough year,” Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer, said during a finance committee meeting recently.

    Looking at preliminary numbers, there is no money in the state budget for new textbook adoptions, driver’s education or staff development.

    “How do we not have money for textbooks?” board member Catherine Cooke asked.

  • ELECTION 2010: Three seek election to state Senate

    Three candidates for N.C. Senate District 8 seat will appear on the ballot for the May 4 primary election.

    Republicans Bill Rabon and Bettie Fennell will face off during the primary elections, while Democrat David Redwine faces no opposition.

    Rabon is a partner in Southport Animal Hospital and Brunswick Animal Hospital and Oak Island Animal Hospital. He is vice-chairperson of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees. Rabon was appointed by former Gov. Jim Martin as chairman of the Cape Fear Pilotage and Navigation Committee and served seven years.

  • ELECTION 2010: Six file for two seats on board of education

    Six people have filed for two open seats on the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Three have filed for the District 3 seat, currently held by Charlie Miller, who has filed for re-election.

    Miller, a Republican, has served on the board since 2006, and currently works as the chief deputy for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    He will face fellow Republican Harvey Rash in the primary election May 4.