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  • Athletes take center stage at 23rd annual Special Olympics

    CEDAR GROVE — Since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, Special Olympics athletes have had April 25 circled on their calendars.

    More than 300 people converged on the athletic fields at Cedar Grove Park to participate in the 23rd Annual Brunswick County Special Olympics Spring Games on Friday.

    The torch was lit. Then the athletes recited the Special Olympics oath in almost perfect harmony: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

  • BCC student enjoys experience of a lifetime at Augusta National

    Two years removed from his high school graduation in a small town in Pennsylvania, a young 19-year-old named Jordan Spitler stared big decisions right in the eyes.

    A nursing student at a community college near Hershey, Pa., Spitler realized during his third semester he wasn’t cut out for the nursing world.

    Spitler, who worked at an exclusive golf club in Pennsylvania at the time, received some critical advice from a pair of bosses, the superintendent and assistant superintendent.

  • Belville budget could rise to $1.2M with intent to hold tax rate steady

    BELVILLE — Belville released a draft budget at its Monday, April 27, town commissioners meeting and will bring the final draft to the May 18 regular meeting.

    The preliminary draft budget based on revenues for 2015-16 is $1,209,980.

    The property tax rate is proposed to remain at $0.0683 per $100 valuation the same rate used for 2014-15. But the rate could change pending the revaluation.

    For a home valued at $150,000, the tax would come to $102.45.

  • Leland to pay full price for Brunswick Forest lights

    Leland officials agreed to pay the full cost for a set of streetlights in Brunswick Forest despite a recent change in town policy.

    Leland pays for streetlight service on public maintained roads, which is a major expense for the town, costing almost $500,000 a year.

    While roads become public properties maintained by the town, streetlights are actually leased from the power company that serves the area.

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica coming to Oak Island

    For Brunswick County veterans and residents who have not seen the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, a traveling version is coming to the county for Independence Day.

    The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a 244-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., will be on display July 2-6 in E.F. Middleton Park on Oak Island.

  • Sheriff’s office investigates rice bags, KKK fliers in Winnabow

     Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an incident in which fliers promoting a subgroup of the Ku Klux Klan were distributed last weekend in Winnabow.

    Concerned citizens in the Town Creek Road area reported finding bags of rice with fliers promoting the Karolina Knights, a subgroup of the Ku Klux Klan, on roadways.

    Deputies received the reports Saturday morning, April 25, and collected several bags, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Brunswick Community College Southport campus nearing completion

     SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Community College president Dr. Susanne Adams spoke with great pride recently about the final stages of construction at the college’s Southport campus.

    After college officials defaulted the initial general contracting company, the college hired Barnhill Contracting Co. and completion of the college’s Southport campus is expected in the coming months.

    Initially, the annex at the Southport campus was scheduled to open to January but the date was pushed back on at least two occasions.

  • Citizen’s novel challenge not eligible per revised district policy

     BOLIVIA — A challenge to a controversial novel for the second time in as many years is not eligible for consideration based on a revised policy by the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Frankie Wood attempted to formally challenge Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” which is included in the library of West Brunswick High School.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man dies in motorcycle crash

     An Ocean Isle Beach man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a tree along Bricklanding Road on April 17.

    Forty-four-year-old Al Porter of East Long Acres Road was pronounced dead on the scene after his motorcycle struck a tree around a sharp curve near Bricklanding Road and Goose Lane, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Crocker said the weather was a possible cause as the area experienced heavy rain throughout the day of Porter’s death.

  • Teams, participants gear up for annual Relay for Life

     SHALLOTTE — Each year, at the end of April and early May, thousands of pink- and purple-clad people file into the football stadium area at West Brunswick High School to celebrate Relay for Life, the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.

    This Friday is expected to be much of the same as thousands are expected to file into M.H. Rourk Stadium on West Brunswick’s Shallotte campus for one of the area’s most well-attended events, the 30th Annual Relay for Life.