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Today's News

  • Who's responsible for what debated in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are debating who’s responsible for what when it comes to drainage easements and landscape maintenance.

    During discussion at the town board’s monthly workshop July 7, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said a Northwest Drive resident has asked the town to consider taking over maintenance of a drainage easement between Courts 6 and 7.

    But town commissioners were in agreement the town cannot be responsible for easements it doesn’t own.

  • Ash resident challenges novel used in schools

     For the second time in seven months, Brunswick County Schools is facing another book challenge.

    An official challenge of Sherman Alexie’s novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” was delivered June 30 to Cedar Grove Middle School. The challenge arrived after public discourse regarding the merits of the book and its appropriateness for study as part of the middle school’s honors English and language arts curriculum.

  • OIB fireworks show to return in 2015

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach will continue scheduling an Independence Day fireworks show after the success of the first attempt June 29.

    But next year it plans to host the fireworks during the July 4th weekend instead of the week before.

    Town officials voted unanimously at the Tuesday, July 8, commissioners’ meeting to schedule the 2015 second annual fireworks display Friday, July 3, with a rain date of Sunday, July 5.

  • West Brunswick expected to hire football coach July 15

     After much speculation, Bob Hanna will be the head football coach at West Brunswick High School, West athletic director Jimmy Fletcher said.

    Hanna is expected to be approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education on July 15, Fletcher said. The final holdup to Hanna’s hiring was the completion of the requisite background check.

  • West Brunswick expected to hire football coach July 15

     After much speculation, Bob Hanna will be the head football coach at West Brunswick High School, West athletic director Jimmy Fletcher said.

    Hanna is expected to be approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education on July 15, Fletcher said. The final holdup to Hanna’s hiring was the completion of the requisite background check.

  • Brunswick County wins opener in Dixie Boys state tourney

     The Brunswick County Dixie Boys baseball team won its first-round state tournament game 5-3 against Hope Mills July 12 at Smithville Park.

    For Brunswick, Davis Julian was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jacksen McLeod was 2-for-2 with a walk and one RBI. Campbell Pryor was 1-for-2 with a walk and one RBI. Austin Reed walked and singled in three plate appearances. Owen McDowell also had one of Brunswick’s seven hits.

    McDowell was the winning pitcher, giving up three runs and eight hits in 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    June 28

    Larceny of a utility trailer from a corner lot at Empire Drive and Brunswick Forest Parkway.

    Larceny of construction materials from a site on Mill Creek Loop.

    June 29

    Darryl Christian Spencer, 27, 705 Windsor Drive, Leland, arrested on a charge of driving while impaired on U.S. 17 South.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

     BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

    Hall, who is represented by Gastonia-based lawyer Arcangela Mazzariello, faces 11 counts of statutory sex offenses, four counts of indecent liberties with a child and a count of forcible sex offense.

  • Former sheriff faces federal firearms charge

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett had an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10, to face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
    According to an affidavit in a criminal complaint, multiple firearms were found at Hewett’s Supply residence Wednesday, July 9. The number and type of firearms seized from the residence weren’t given.

  • West Brunswick hires volleyball, baseball coaches

     West Brunswick High School has filled coaching vacancies for volleyball and baseball. The school board on July 1 approved T.J. Spivey to be the baseball coach and Larry Salefsky to be the volleyball coach.

    Bob Hanna has been recommend to be the football coach, but he was not approved July 1 by the school board.

     

    Volleyball

    Salefsky, 28, most recently was the Coastal Carolina University assistant volleyball coach, accepting the job in August 2013. CCU ended the 2013 season 19-12.