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Today's News

  • Seven teacher assistant positions still in question

    BOLIVIA—With the state budget still in limbo and the first day of school less than a month away, Brunswick County Schools is trying to make a budget with all the predicted state and local reductions.

    One of the biggest reductions is in state and local allotments for teacher assistant positions. Last year, funding allowed for 150 across the district.

  • Suspect sought in Sunset Beach prescription theft

    SUNSET BEACH—Police in Fuquay Varina are seeking a suspect in connection with a prescription theft in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said Elisa Gandy Mangum, 42, of Angier, is sought for the reported July 24 theft of four prescription medications from a Sunset Beach home.

    The prescriptions were filled at Walgreens in Fuquay Varina, Smith said, where the theft would be considered a felony.

  • Brunswick team wins Dixie Boys state title, returns to World Series

    SOUTHPORT—Facing elimination for the Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament after a 10-3 third-round loss, Brunswick County won five straight games en route to winning the championship and a spot in the World Series.

    Brunswick completed the run by beating Columbus County, the defending state champion, 3-1 July 23 at Smithville Park. The game ended when catcher Kyle Powers threw to infielder Markel Jones to tag out a runner trying to steal second. That set off a celebration, but these players are hoping for a bigger celebration in the World Series.

  • Pompano a tasty, warm-water fish

    The beginning of August is usually a time for local anglers to look toward the cooler weather of fall, which will bring a sharp increase in the number of fish and their readiness to strike a baited hook. One fish, however, that is already very active is the pompano.

    Pompano are a warm-water fish that strike throughout the summer and provide a tasty catch for fishermen when other fish either aren’t present or aren’t feeding.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Sandpiper Bay (format was team low nets, one on par-5s, two on par-4s, three on par-3s). Winning on a match of cards on second hole with a score of 116 were Larry Bollinger, Hal Riebesehl, Dan O’Connell and Stu Cleveland. Low gross: Paul Mical and Stu Cleveland, 84; Bob Byrne and Jim Beairsto, 85. Low nets: Beairsto, 66; Michal, 67; Byrne, Cleveland and Bollinger, 68. Golfer of the week was Paul Michal.

    BRICK LANDING

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 15, 16, 20 and 21 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 15

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Alfred Gerald Brock, two counts resisting public officer, two counts assault government official/employee, all voluntarily dismissed.

  • Elected officials work for you

    It appears some elected officials have forgotten or don’t care about who they work for—the people of Brunswick County.

    In Carolina Shores, the commissioners (elected officials) feel it’s their place to censure town mayor Stephen Selby (another elected official), and they think they have the right to do so without hearing what citizens think.

    On Friday, commissioners told the people of Carolina Shores they didn’t care about what they had to say by announcing the board would not take public comment during a special meeting.

  • Carolina Shores board votes 3-2 to censure mayor

    CAROLINA SHORES—After appointing former Mayor Dan Mann to fill a vacant seat and serve as mayor pro tem, town commissioners voted 3-2 Friday to censure current Mayor Stephen Selby for “inconsistent” behavior.

    Mann and commissioners Gere Dale and Tom Puls voted for the resolution at the specially called meeting. Commissioners Joseph Przywara and John Russo voted against it.

    “See you in November!” several residents called at the end of the hour-long meeting, which had to be moved to the Calabash Fire Department to accommodate the crowd.

  • Planet Fun set to open July 31

    East Coast Entertainment’s “Planet Fun” family entertainment center is scheduled to open in Shallotte July 31, according to president Brian McCall.

    The 50,000 square-foot business, located beside Lowes Home Improvement on Whiteville Road, is an entertainment center featuring 32 bowling lanes, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black light miniature golf, bumper cars, indoor soft playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant/bar.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners call special meeting to vote again on planning board appointments

    Holden Beach Commissioners will vote again Friday to appoint two nominees to the town’s planning and zoning board. Commissioners first voted to fill a vacant seat and an alternate seat at their monthly meeting July 14.

    But when they did, they voted by secret ballot.

    N.C. General Statute 143.318.13 states, “A public body may not vote by secret or written ballot.” While the statute allows some provisions for written ballots, secret ballots are prohibited under the N.C. Open Meetings Law.