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  • WBHS target of break-ins twice in one day

    SHALLOTTE—At least four times in the last few months, West Brunswick High School has been broken into during off hours.

    On Sunday, Feb. 26, the school alarm was activated twice. The first time was shortly after 1 p.m.

    According to an incident report filed by the Shallotte Police Department, two outside windows were broken.

    Then at 8:30 p.m. another alarm was activated. This time six windows in three buildings were broken along with the snack machines in both the teacher’s lounge and outside the gym.

  • OIB budget discussion

    On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the town of Ocean Isle Beach conducted their annual budget workshop retreat. During the daylong meeting, the board of commissioners met with town staff including department heads and discussed upcoming issues and expenditures facing the town in the upcoming fiscal year. Commissioners’ next meeting will be 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 13.

     

    Some of the bigger issues facing the town include:

     

    Natural & Concrete Canals

  • Board of education approves traditional calendar for next school year

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday approved two of three recommended draft calendars for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Board members approved a traditional school calendar with 185 days of student instruction, and second with 180 student instruction days contingent upon a State Superintendent of Public Instruction waiver.

    Draft No. 3 allows for five staff development days, which can also serve as make-up days for inclement weather. 

  • Economic development corporation to form nonprofit foundation; seek community contributions

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Economic Development Corporation is changing the way it does business.

    With recent losses of two major 1,000-plus-job projects, economic development director Jim Bradshaw said the corporation is looking to tweak its playbook, including seeking contributions from local businesses and community members.

    While Bradshaw said it’s great to win the big 1,000-plus job project “every job is critical.”

  • County refinances bonds for millions in savings

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy has been busy.

    With the market moving in what Hardy described as a favorable direction for refinancing debt, she received commissioner approval to refinance several outstanding bonds recently, resulting in nearly $4 million in savings.

  • Candidate fields set for 2012 election

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing is closed, and candidate fields are set for the 2012 elections.

    Filing began at noon Monday, Feb. 13, and ended at noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

    The following candidates have filed for office.

    County commissioners

  • Arrests made in connection with football star’s murder last April

    BOLIVIA—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested six suspects in an early morning roundup in connection with last spring’s shooting death of a star football player.

    None of the suspects have been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Marcus London Hankins.

    The former South Brunswick High School football star was shot to death last April 16, during at party at the Brunswick County Democratic Party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The following suspects have been arrested:

  • New details related to 3-year-old's death

    New information on the death of a 3-year-old Shallotte child

     

    According to information in a March 1 search warrant for 12 Paisley Drive, Apt. 207, Montey Murray and his cousin Jessie Holt were babysitting Jaronn Ladale McAllister II . McAllister is the son of Murray’s girlfriend Candice Young. Preliminary findings from the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office say Jaronn's cause of death was "internal bleeding of the liver due to blunt force trauma. There were also several hematomas to the head."

  • Councilwoman scolds mayor for 'witch hunt' over Sunset at Sunset

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph took Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato to task Monday night for his continued questioning about the town’s Sunset at Sunset Festival.

    “It saddens me to bring this up again, but recent actions require it,” said Joseph, reading from a prepared statement at the start of the meeting.

  • N.C. rep says Gov. Perdue's blockage of ferry-hike rates is illegal

    Legislative ferry fare increases slated to take effect April 1 remain up for debate now that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has issued a mandate to block them.

    Last week, Perdue issued an executive order thwarting the increase that would effectively double ferry fares.

    State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) of Oak Island, who worked last year on that transportation budget, said Tuesday he thinks Perdue’s order blocking the fare hikes and imposing a moratorium for at least a year is illegal.