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Today's News

  • AVID students aid charities during holidays

     SHALLOTTE — Students at Shallotte Middle School were in the giving spirit last week.

    A group of students in the school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program took part in a “Pay It Forward” initiative that will benefit several local charities and families this holiday season.

    As part of the AVID coursework, seventh- and eighth-grade students research community organizations and decide which program they’d like to assist during the holidays with a financial donation.

  • Students caught in technology crunch

    Brunswick County Schools are working hard to establish more digital learning environments for students, although the glitches they have encountered thus far have little to do with technology.

    The inability to keep pace with statewide and national trends not only affects student learning, but also the school system’s bottom line.

  • County prepares for infectious diseases outbreak

     SOUTHPORT — If Ebola makes its way to Brunswick County, emergency services director Brian Watts wants to make sure the region is prepared.

    Part of that preparation took place Tuesday morning, Dec. 16, as county officials converged at Brunswick County’s No. 4 EMS base on Committee Drive in Southport to train employees in the event an emerging infectious disease such as Ebola reaches the district.

  • Students build training equipment for K-9 unit

     LELAND — First Sgt. Brian Chism recently told a group of students that K-9 officers, or police dogs, do much more than sniff for drugs.

    The dogs must also be able to conduct searches for evidence in small rooms, leap 6-foot-tall fences, scale walls and perform other tasks that allow the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to be most effective.

    The training of the dogs requires wooden structures officers use to hone the dogs’ agility skills.

  • Local leaders hold ‘I Can’t Breathe’ rally

     BOLIVIA — The killing of two unarmed black men by white police officers and grand jury decisions to not indict those officers has sparked protests, demonstrations and other rallies across the country.

  • Bolivia Christmas Parade rolls out Dec. 20

    A lineup of llamas, horseback riders, county officials and other participants will highlight the annual Bolivia Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 20.

    Lineup starts at 10 a.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex, with the parade launching at 11 a.m.

    The parade will proceed from the complex through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and will end at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business East in Bolivia.

    The road will be blocked off before the parade start time.

  • BLT Children's Theatre staging Winnie-the-Pooh workshops

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s Let's PLAY! Children’s Theatre Workshop is bringing something new to the 2015 winter session.

    The usual eight-week workshop, open to all children 4 to 12, will culminate in a weekend of performances of the short Disney musical “Winnie-The-Pooh KIDS.”

    This show is perfect for all experience levels, ages and genders and is a great vehicle for the drama games, exercises, prop and costume building, and all the other activities that have always made up the Let's PLAY! experience.

  • Calabash sets public hearing for proposed Kingfish Bay rezoning

    CALABASH — A public hearing has been approved for proposed rezoning of a vacant, unfinished development.

    At its Dec. 9 meeting, the Calabash Board of Commissioners voted to have the public hearing at its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 2015, to consider rezoning property at Kingfish Bay from residential R-8 to lower density R-6.

  • Bobcat unwelcome visitor in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Roxanne Shircliff has a new rule whenever she ventures into her backyard.

    “Tread very carefully, and I have a stick,” says the Holden Beach resident, who has grown increasingly alarmed by a Lynx rufus — more commonly known as a bobcat — making uninvited visits to her Brunswick Avenue abode.

    After losing two cats, apparently to the unwelcome predator, Shircliff is keeping a closer eye out for the hungry bobcat that frequently ventures into her yard early in the morning and at dusk.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 1, 3, 5 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Dec. 1

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Megan Milliken and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham: