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Today's News

  • Student killed, seven others injured in Sunday morning crash in Supply

    SUPPLY—A Shallotte teen was killed early Sunday and seven others were injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Holden Beach Road near Empire Road.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper Trent Chavis, Brunswick County 911 received a call at 1:32 a.m. that a 2001 Chevy S10 truck ran off the road to the left and hit a ditch or culvert.

    Eight people, ages 14-17, were in the truck at the time off the accident. The driver and four passengers were in the truck cab. Three others were riding in the truck bed.

  • Touchdown: Former Carolina Panther visits Supply Elementary

     SUPPLY — Think about your typical physical education class in elementary school. Now consider how it pales it comparison to what students at Supply Elementary School experienced Sept. 5 while participating in “Football Friday” with former Carolina Panthers running back Nick Goings. 

  • Inmate dies at Brunswick County jail

    An inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Facility died of an apparent suicide Thursday.

    Antonio Michael Rago, 33, was found unresponsive in his jail cell at 11:14 a.m., according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    The State Bureau of Investigation has been notified, which is standard procedure, and will be conducting a death-in-custody investigation at the request of Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Port Loop Road water outage planned Monday

    BOLIVIA — Some people living and working off Long Beach Road near N.C. 211 will be without water late Monday night and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service.

    Water will be out of service from about 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, until 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16,for homes and businesses on Port Loop Road.

  • UPDATE: Leland man facing felony charge arrested
  • School board members’ raise found unlawful, voided

     BOLIVIA — An attempt by the members of the Brunswick County Board of Education to increase their own pay has raised more questions than it has salaries.

    On Aug. 28, the board held a special called meeting to adopt its budget for the 2015 fiscal year, and one line item included a raise in the salaries for Board of Education members.

    Two weeks later, board attorney Rick Green determined that, based on statutory review, sole authority to adjust local school board salary and expenses rests with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

  • District has disappointing test scores

     BOLIVIA — When the state released its 2013-14 test scores last week, Superintendent Edward Pruden described Brunswick County Schools’ results in one word: troubling.

    Pruden and other school officials released the information to the media Wednesday, Sept. 3, but the results were embargoed until the state made the data public the next day.

    While the number of schools in the district that exceeded the state’s growth status increased from three to five, the schools that didn’t meet growth status increased from six to 10.

  • Community seeks ways to implement Project Lazarus

     BOLIVIA — Two months after Wilkes County native Fred Brason came to the region to talk about Project Lazarus, community leaders gathered in Bolivia two weeks ago to discuss the possibilities of implementing the program in Brunswick County.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • County agrees to settle lawsuit against youth football league

     The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to settle a lawsuit filed by a Shallotte lawyer who alleged opposing coaches encouraged an illegal and unsafe hit on his son during a game in the fall of 2012.

    The judgment was agreed to by both Richard Hollar and the county and will go before Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to be signed and approved. The settlement would award $22,000 to Hollar, the plantiff, and his son, Kasey, for legal fees.

  • Auditorium director loses house, dogs in weekend fire

    A house fire Saturday afternoon in the Ash area has left a couple without a home.

    Waccamaw Fire and Rescue Chief Jason Coveyou said smoke was pouring from the house at 3829 Ash Little River Road upon his department’s arrival at the fire reported at 4:41 p.m. Sept. 6.

    Passersby who noticed smoke coming from the house on their way to Myrtle Beach, S.C., reported the fire.