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  • New tennis coach fresh off the mat

    Bob Bell isn’t getting much of a break between his two coaching gigs at West Brunswick High School.

    In fact, he’s worked two jobs for the past two weeks as an assistant coach with the wrestling team and the new head coach of the boys’ tennis team.

    Wrestling season ended Saturday at the state tournament. Tennis season starts next Monday with a match at North Myrtle Beach (S.C.).

  • Shallotte Middle School girls win county basketball title

    The Shallotte Middle School girls’ basketball team has won the Brunswick County regular-season and tournament championships.

    The Lady Pirates won nine of 11 games against county rivals South Brunswick, Leland and Waccamaw and finished 13-3 overall, setting a school record for wins in a season.

    “These young ladies did a great job this season, one of the most talented groups we have ever had at SMS,” said Shallotte coach Mark Jones.

  • UPDATECalabash commissioners fire town administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have voted to fire town administrator Donna Prince “without cause.” They will buy out the remainder of her contract, which was to expire in November.

    The unanimous vote came Feb. 20 following a specially called, closed meeting attended by the town’s five commissioners, Mayor Anthony Clemmons and attorney Mark Lewis.

  • Teachers may have changes in salary payouts

    Beginning as early as the 2008-2009 school year, Brunswick County Schools’ teachers may have to do some extra financial budgeting.

    Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer, said the IRS has been restructuring deferred compensation plans since 2005, but is implementing new rules the school system must follow.

    School employees that do no work during the summer months currently have the option of receiving paychecks for either 10 or 12 months.

  • Sheriff probe taking too long

    To the editor: There appears to be something wrong here. Since early summer of last year, I have watched and read the news about a grand jury inquiry of Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Is this a witch-hunt? We are informed the grand jury is totally secretive.

    How does the public know if this could be just a political action, or some “bad person” who is trying to get even with the sheriff, for doing his job?

  • Board tables San Rio decisions

    SHALLOTTE—Developers of San Rio have asked the town board to table approval of their request for annexation and rezoning as well as an amendment to the master plan for Phase II.

    The development company, Wakefield Coastal, is planning to scale back the project, said town administrator Paul Sabiston. They are seeking new agreements with the town to make sure the approval process goes smoothly, Sabiston said.

  • Honoring a living legend

    BOLIVIA—Master Sgt. Al Banker reported for duty at U.S. Marine Corps base Montford Point on July 24, 1942—one year after African Americans were allowed to serve in the Armed Forces.

    The Louisiana native traveled from his hometown of New Orleans to Wilmington and then to Jacksonville, where he was taken to Montford Point, just outside of town.

    The African-American Marines were segregated from the white Marines and trained at Montford Point rather than Parris Island, S.C., or San Diego, Calif., where white Marines trained.

  • Hospital authority chairman, 'friend of the hospital' dies

    Brunswick County Hospital Authority Chairman H.W. “Pete” Barnette has died.

    Barnette, who has served on the hospital authority since 2001, was a Navy and Air Force veteran and a recipient of the state’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He was 73 years old.

    Last month, Brunswick Community Hospital hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking near the new hospital’s future site, to honor Barnette for his contributions to the hospital and healthcare in Brunswick County.

  • Gravesites remain undisturbed

    BELVILLE—Fifteen gravesites discovered behind Belville Elementary School won’t be moved anytime soon.

    The gravesites were discovered in September when a Wilmington developer began clearing a 166-acre tract near the school and petitioned county commissioners to move the graves to a new location.

    But after residents’ fervent opposition to moving the gravesites, commissioners denied the developer’s petition.

    The developer, Hawkeswater III, petitioned the county to move the gravesites to a different location under N.C. General Statute 65-105.

  • Candidate filings open in Brunswick County

    Candidate filing continues for the November 2008 election. Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 11, and will close at noon Friday, Feb. 29.

    At press time Tuesday, the following candidates filed for office:

    N.C. State Senate

    •R.C. Soles Jr. (incumbent), Democrat, Tabor City

    •Bettie Fennell, Republican, Rocky Point

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 17)

    •Bonner Stiller (incumbent), Republican, Oak Island

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 20)