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Today's News

  • Board to eliminate suspicionless drug testing

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education amended a policy regarding drug and alcohol testing of employees, eliminating suspicionless drug testing of all employees.

    While all potential employees will be still be subject to preemployment screening, only those employees in safety sensitive positions will be subject to random drug screenings.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners deny employee’s grievance appeal

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners went into closed session last week to discuss an “employee grievance appeal.”

    When they reconvened in open session following the April 7 meeting, the board voted 4-1 to “deny the grievance,” deputy town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

    Commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote.

  • Fugitive hides 'in plain sight'

     WILMINGTON—Nearly 27 years ago, Charles Lee Sparks drove away from car-wash duties at a Florida prison and never looked back.

    He adopted a new identity of a deceased Virginia man named Bill Garrett.

    And he eventually settled in Brunswick County, where he made friends, launched a business and earned the trust of property owners who gave him the keys to their vacation houses in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Honor Flight

     WASHINGTON, D.C.—They first made history more than 60 years ago.

    Tuesday, 102 veterans hit another milestone when they were taken on the Inaugural Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina to see the World War II Memorial at the National Mall in Washington.

  • South beats West 1-0 in soccer; now 5-0 in conference

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—One night after a 2-1 overtime victory over Whiteville, South Brunswick beat West Brunswick 1-0 April 14 and improved to 5-0 in the Waccamaw Conference.
    Sophomore Gabby Alcorn, off a corner kick from senior Kayla Carmichael, scored the only goal in the first two minutes.
    The rest of the game was a defensive battle played mainly in the midfield, although each team had scoring chances throughout the game.

  • West scores season-high16 runs

    TABOR CITY—West Brunswick had 18 hits in beating South Columbus 16-8 April 13 in a conference baseball game.
    The 16 runs are the most this season for West, 5-1 in the conference, 11-3 overall.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Police charged William Casey Faircloth, 20, of 118 Lion’s Paw Drive, Holden Beach, with assault on a female. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond.

  • Election 2010: Crowded candidate field for Burr, Senate candidates

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., wants to continue representing North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, but he has drawn a crowded field of opposition—on both sides of the aisle.

    Burr will face primary competition from Republicans Larry Linney, Brad Jones and Eddie Burk to seek the GOP nomination to go on to the general election in November.

    Democrats Marcus Williams, Ann Worthy, Elaine Marshall, Ken Lewis, Susan Harris and Cal Cunningham will square off to be elected the Democratic nominee.

  • Organic gardening takes more time, effort and forethought

    We have received several questions about organic gardening. Following are some thoughts on the subject.
    Home gardeners who want to try their hand at growing organic vegetables should lower their expectations just a little and be prepared to put in more sweat equity.
    Plan ahead
    Growing organic vegetables takes extra planning. If you use organic fertilizer sources or organic soil amendments, these need to be tilled into the garden well in advance to be effective. Ideally, this process should begin in the fall prior to spring planting.

  • Now spring weather is here, it’s time for garden rehab

    Last week’s summer-like temperatures helped our shrubs and flowers catch up a bit after lingering a couple of weeks behind the usual blooming times.
    Now, with more seasonal temperatures, we should be able to enjoy all of the spring color before the hot times arrive. Get out and enjoy all of the azaleas, flowering dogwoods, crabapples, cherries, wisterias and the fresh and colorful new growth of Japanese maples.