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Local News

  • Traffic on U.S. 74/76 hurts some businesses, helps others

    LELAND — Traffic congestion on U.S. 74/76/17 as North Carolina Department of Transportation crews work to widen the road is not only affecting commuters.

    Local businesses are experiencing the impact of the change in traffic flow in different ways — some good, some bad.

  • School board names Tubb interim superintendent

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education on Nov. 20 named Les Tubb to serve as Brunswick County Schools interim superintendent, but not before nearly 50 people angrily protested its decision to fire his predecessor.

    The committee meeting was scheduled so that board members and district officials could hear from nine principals whose schools met growth standards for the 2013-14 academic year.

    Instead, a protest and demonstration from sign-carrying parents and subsequent rebuttals from board members highlighted the five-hour showdown.

  • Student overcomes obstacles to excel in marching band

     LELAND — When the Scorpions come marching in, you’ll find Hunter Kelly on the baritone.

    The 15-year-old sophomore isn’t on two feet like the rest of his classmates, but he’s definitely marching.

    Kelly, who attends North Brunswick High School in Leland, was born with spina bifida, when the spinal column does not close all the way while a baby is in his mother’s womb.

    The condition has left Kelly in a wheelchair during the school day, but he uses crutches and braces to walk while he’s at his Delco home.

  • Principals recap test results with school officials, board members

     BOLIVIA — The principals of the nine Brunswick County schools that met growth standards for the 2013-14 academic year shared their results, strategies and methods with district leaders at the system’s administrative offices in Bolivia during a curriculum committee meeting Nov. 20.

    Last month, school officials and board members heard from 10 principals whose schools failed to meet growth standards during the 2013-14 academic year.

  • BCC seeks additional scholarship funds

     SUPPLY — Less than 5 percent of Brunswick Community College students received scholarships from the institution’s donors during the last academic year.

    BCC Foundation President Carolyn Felton outlined a plan at a Nov. 20 board of trustees meeting she hopes will increase that number in the future.

    Felton, who has served on the foundation for the last six years, presented trustees with a handout titled “Donor Cultivation Project.”

  • Granville County man faces drug charges in Brunswick

     A joint investigation led to the arrest last week of a man agents consider a “major heroin distributor” to Brunswick and New Hanover counties, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said

    Agents with the sheriff’s office’s Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 28-year-old Juan Manola Monk of Creedmoor following a traffic stop on N.C. 133 in Leland on Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Creedmoor, in Granville County, is about 15 miles north of Durham.

  • Injured church cat back on four feet after year of prayers

    SUPPLY — If cats have nine lives, Jasper the church cat is at least on his second one.

    Just a year ago, the gray tabby mascot feline at Sabbath Home Baptist Church in Supply was close to death after getting hit by a car while church pastor Wade McLamb and his family were out of town for Thanksgiving.

    A woman had been taking care of Jasper while the family was away, letting him out during the day and back into the parsonage at night. But the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the woman called the McLambs to tell them Jasper hadn’t shown up.

  • Navassa man wanted on felony charges turns self in

    A Navassa man accused of stealing weapons in two separate break-ins turned himself in Saturday night, Nov. 22.

    Marco Adrian Ibarra, 20, of Old Mills Road, faces two counts each of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, and felony conspiring to break and enter with intent to commit larceny, warrants show. One count of each crime comes from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the other from the Leland Police Department.

  • County 911 center construction kicks off with groundbreaking

    BOLIVIA — A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 19, marked the beginning of construction for Brunswick County’s new 911 communication center.

    “Today is an exciting day for Brunswick County,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said in a news release. “The new center will not only accommodate our growth, but will also provide updated equipment which will allow our telecommunicators to serve the community more effectively.”

  • Work planned on road near Ocean Isle Beach

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close a portion of Eyota Drive, two-tenths of a mile south of N.C. 197, near Ocean Isle Beach, from Monday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 12, for maintenance.
    Crews will detour traffic for 1.2 miles: .2 miles to Culpepper, .3 miles to Causeway Drive, .2 miles to N.C. 179, .3 miles to Eyota Drive, then .2 miles to the pipe site.