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  • District names Teacher of the Year finalists

     And then there were three.

    Brunswick County Schools has announced its three finalists for the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year award.

    The finalists are Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School’s Theresa Reiter (art), South Brunswick Middle School’s Kayce Smith (world languages) and Early College High School’s Claire McLaughlin (science).

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki announced the finalists in a July 30 news release.

  • Operation Summer Heat nets 35 arrests

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Lanier wanted to send a message to the community last week when the Drug Enforcement Unit held “Operation Summer Heat, a countywide roundup of those accused of being involved in the county’s drug trade.

    On Thursday, July 31, the sheriff’s office made 35 arrests during the daylong operation.

  • ‘Yummy’ makes its way through Brunswick County

     LELAND — If you see Yummy roll into town, you know it’s feeding time.

    Yummy, a retired Brunswick County school bus, was transformed into a colorful, kid-friendly mobile feeding unit and has traveled across the county for the last three weeks serving meals to anyone younger than 18 for free.

    The Hungry Tummy Café, and its mascot, Yummy, are part of Brunswick County Schools’ summer food service initiative.

  • Two men face drug charges in separate cases

    Community complaints and tips led to the arrest of two men on drug charges in unrelated cases, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 22-year-old Timothy Lane Inman on July 28 after they found 130 wax paper bindles of heroin in his possession, a warrant shows. Bindles are small packets or doses of heroin.

  • Water outage planned along Port Loop Road on Wednesday

    Residents along Port Loop Road off Long Beach Road near N.C. 211 will be without water Wednesday night and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service.

    Water will be out of service from about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, until 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7,for homes and businesses on Port Loop Road.

  • Mitchell resigns from state charter school advisory board

    Baker Mitchell, founder of Roger Bacon Academy, which operates two charter schools in Brunswick County, has resigned from the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board.

    Mitchell and Paul Norcross, who also resigned Wednesday, July 30, were the subjects of an ethics complaint filed by Public Charter Schools Association President Eddie Goodall. Goodall said Mitchell and Norcross shouldn’t have a vote on the advisory board because their decisions could be influenced by their own business interests.

  • New Hanover DA: No criminal charges in Hewett’s death

    New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said no criminal charges will be filed against the deputies who were present when Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died at the New Hanover County jail.

    Hewett, 51, died while awaiting a hearing on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge July 12 after an altercation with New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies inside the jail.

  • Belville Riverwalk receives PARTF, Duke Foundation grants

    BELVILLE – Phase 1 of Belville’s plan for a riverwalk along the Brunswick River is fully funded thanks to successful grant applications.

    At the Belville town meeting July 28, officials received a $55,970 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation and then announced the town’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund application was fully funded at $160,900.

  • County seeks input on grinder pump fees at Aug. 18 public hearing

    Brunswick County commissioners set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to establish grinder maintenance fees for multifamily and commercial properties.

    Public utilities director Jerry Pierce said the fees have helped his department cover the costs to upgrade sewer service when the county takes over a municipal system.

    The county board approved the Grinder Pump Maintenance Policy in 2008.

    Under the terms of the policy, the county began maintaining grinder pump stations that provide sewer service to single-family homes.

  • Commissioners choose not to put sales tax increase referendum on fall ballot

    A sales tax increase won’t go to a vote again in 2014.

    Brunswick County commissioners saw too many hurdles to overcome to put the quarter-cent sales tax increase referendum back on the ballot in November.

    The board members made the decision at the July 21 county meeting.

    They didn’t vote on the decision, but came to a consensus while deciding how to respond to a request for a second referendum by a number of town mayors.