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Today's News

  • Charter school can’t sue ex-superintendent, court rules

    A North Carolina court of appeals ruled Tuesday that Roger Bacon Academy and its founder, Baker Mitchell Jr., cannot sue former Brunswick County School superintendent Edward Pruden for criticizing them.

    Mitchell filed a defamation lawsuit Jan. 6, 2015, against Pruden in New Hanover County Superior Court, seeking $100,000 in damages. RBA has four charter schools in the region, including two in Brunswick County.

  • CIS to discontinue before and after-school programs, summer camp

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County will no longer off fee-based before and after-school programs or its summer camp programs following the end of the spring 2017 semester.

    Bonnie Jordan, named executive director to CIS on Jan. 10, said in a Jan. 20 news release the programs would end following the end of the current semester in June, citing a number of factors.

    Previously, Jordan served as interim executive director after Nancy Lamb resigned from the position Sept. 16, 2016.

  • Operating room permit public hearing set for Jan. 20

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled a public hearing to seek comments on the 2016 State Medical Facilities Plan recommendation for an additional operating room in Brunswick County.

    The public hearing will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road, Bolivia.

    Two medical provider companies have proposed building facilities for the operating room in North Brunswick County.

  • Sunset Beach OKs draft cabana restrictions

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved a “compromised” draft measure that, if approved, will allow cabanas on the beach with new restrictions.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott proposed new guidelines at the Jan. 17 meeting to change the earliest allowable time to erect beach tents from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., prohibiting cabanas on the beach between First and 27th streets and increasing the distance between tents from 10 feet to 12 feet.

    The draft will be considered for final vote at council’s next meeting Feb. 6.

  • County commissioners OK public comment policy for meetings

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners added a public comment policy for its new year of meetings.

    “This came about from conversations I had with other commissioners that all had similar policies for public comments,” chairman Frank Williams said during the board’s meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 17. The meeting was rescheduled from its usual Monday night in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16

    Williams said his intent in proposing the policy was to bring more structure to meetings.

  • Missing Wilmington woman found dead in crashed car in Leland

    A Wilmington woman reported missing last week was found dead in her car Jan. 16 on U.S. 74/76 West in Leland. 

    Melody Davis, 42, was last seen about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 9 on Oak Leaf Drive in her 2005 black Subaru and was reported missing later that day, Wilmington police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said.

  • Winnabow weather radio sustains damage

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio transmitter in Winnabow recently sustained damage to the cable that connects to the transmitter.

    The Winnabow transmitter serves portions of southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties, and the adjacent coastal waters.

    This station is not capable of broadcasting as a result of the cable damage, according to a NOAA news release. The installation of a new antennae cable may take a couple months to complete.

  • Shallotte traffic stop leads to drug arrest

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man after finding drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Tysean Ja’mar Pigott, 25, of McMilly Road NW was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 11, and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Leland lists top 20 capital projects

    LELAND — Leland officials began prioritizing capital improvement projects Jan. 11 during their first budget meeting of 2017.

    “It will be a tight budget year. We will not be able to do everything we hope,” Town Manager David Hollis said.

    Hollis estimated the 2017-18 general fund revenues could be about $10.1 million providing about $500,000 more than 2016-17 for budget planning.

    Town board members created a Top 20 list of projects.

  • Woman visits Shallotte in trip ‘round the world

    SHALLOTTE — Fiji and Jasmine Pedal Around the World.

    FiJaPaw.

    At least three continents.

    Six years.

    Or not; Jasmine Reese said plans can change and she’s flexible.

    Reese, 28, of Indianapolis, has embarked on a bicycle journey around the globe that will include stops in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America with her Whippet mix, Fiji, ending in about six years, unless she decides to make more permanent stops along the way.