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Today's News

  • Not on board with those who think ‘enough’ is ‘enuf’

    I consider myself an expert. A spelling expert, that is.

    As the two-time, consecutive champ and reigning co-winner of the Brunswick County Adult Spelling Bee sponsored by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about words in the English language and even more about spelling bees.

  • ‘Constant weathering’ cause of Holden Beach deck collapse

    Town officials believe “constant weathering” led to the deck collapse that injured seven people in Holden Beach last Thursday.

    According to Timothy Evans, the town’s director of planning and inspections, the deck is original to the house, at 479 Ocean Boulevard West. The house was built in 1979.

    A letter Evans wrote to town manager David Hewett stated the collapse was due to “the detrimental corrosive environment” found in coastal areas.

  • West Brunswick principal announces retirement

    George Kelley, principal of West Brunswick High School, has decided to retire effective Aug. 1.

    Kelley, a 34-year educator, has been principal since 2007, and previously spent eight years as principal of Bunn High School.

    During his time at West Brunswick, Kelley said he is extremely proud of the increase in test scores. Last year’s Adequate Yearly Progress report showed students were performing at a 94.1 percent proficiency rating.

  • Cedar Grove recognizes first graduating eighth-grade class

    Recent eighth-grade graduates of Cedar Grove Middle School have made history as being the school’s first graduating class.

    Retired educator Zelphia Grissett called it a “historic occasion” during an eighth-grade awards ceremony last week. Students were honored with a variety of awards for academic and athletic accomplishments, character, citizenship and attendance.

    James Clemmons III, Tia’Quan Brown, Derek Fulford, James Jackson IV, Ashtin Powers, Quincy Randolph and Jalen Small were recognized with having perfect attendance.

  • Brunswick County TDA receives two state awards

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) has been awarded two Destination Marketing Achievement awards from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC).

    The awards were presented at a ceremony June 7 at the Tourism Leadership Conference, a joint annual meeting of DMANC and the North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA), at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach.

  • Sunset Beach Family Medicine closes doors

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine has closed its doors effective June 11, and patients are now receiving letters informing them of the decision.

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine was part of Novant Medical Group. According to Novant spokesperson Amy Myers, officials met with the practice’s physician, Lori Church, last week and “made the decision not to continue [Novant’s] partnership with the practice.”

    “As a result, the decision was made to close the practice,” Myers said.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Jack Russell Bellamy, 68, of 1520 Hickman Road NW, Calabash, with failure to yield right-of-way after a wreck on Main Street and Sellers Road in which his 2005 Ford was rear-ended by a 2005 Honda driven by Patrician Ann Morgan, 33, of 1538 North Wind Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Board agrees to modify newly adopted uniform policy for Leland Middle School

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education will allow Leland Middle School to try its own modified dress code for a one-year trial period.

    Although board members voted to adopt a uniform policy for the school earlier this month, principal Patricia Underwood approached the board last week and asked for a revision.

    The board voted to allow students to wear jeans on designated spirit days. Underwood initially requested students be allowed to wear jeans daily.

  • Win or lose, gaming parlors have upper hand in Little Vegas

    Back when video poker machines were all the rage just south of the border, some folks took to dubbing my adopted hometown of Little River, S.C., “Little Reno.”

    Then the betting tables turned, laws changed, and video parlors were shut down in the Palmetto State. Law-abiding North Carolinians were forced to venture to big Reno or Atlantic City to do their out-of-state gambling.

    Except for the casino boats, Little River resumed its former image as a quaint fishing village.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Seasonal jobs drive unemployment rate down

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped from 11.9 to 10.3 percent between March and April, mainly due to seasonal hiring, according to employment officials.

    Eli Smith, director of the Brunswick County office of the N.C. Employment Security Commission, said traditional summer jobs are still available including housekeeping and restaurant work.

    While there are still not enough jobs to keep up with demand, Smith said many longtime jobseekers are more receptive to considering job opportunities they may have overlooked in the past.