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Today's News

  • Local business leaders sound off on stimulus money

    SUPPLY—A group of Brunswick County business leaders told U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) last week that federal stimulus money should go to small businesses and infrastructure needs if the economy is going to recover.

    They also suggested the federal government ease recent restrictions on banks, allowing them to loan more freely to developers and other business interests.

    McIntyre met with the group at Brunswick Community College Friday afternoon in one of several economic roundtable discussions he has planned throughout his district.

  • Commissioners OK ‘shovel-ready’ water projects

    Brunswick County Commissioners are prepared for Congress to approve President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan.

    At their Monday meeting, commissioners approved submitting two “shovel-ready” water projects, hoping to tap into some stimulus money.

    Commissioners approved submitting the two “shovel-ready” water projects to the Public Water Supply Section of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

  • Sheriff’s office, Leland police, SBI to receive federal forfeited funds

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is one of three agencies set to receive $84,000 in federally forfeited funds.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced last week the sheriff’s office, the Leland Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation will each receive one-third of a $325,000 share from the federal equitable sharing program.

  • Coring named president of state DARE Officers’ Association

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Todd Coring was recently named president of the North Carolina DARE Officers’ Association.

    Coring, a former DARE instructor currently serving in the sheriff’s office crime prevention department, was sworn in as the 2009 president at state conference in Atlantic Beach on Jan. 15.

    Coring served as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer in Brunswick County elementary schools from 2001-2008.

  • Code enforcement targets Shell Point area

    Brunswick County Code Enforcement officers typically issue about 30 violation notices per month, but in a recent initiative, officers inspected about 25 properties in one day.

    Brunswick County Code Enforcement Administrator Fred Morris said Monday’s blitz was one of many operations targeting areas throughout the county with abandoned mobile homes, junked vehicles, old campers or boats, minimum housing violations and abandoned, dilapidated homes.

  • Leland man sentenced to 10-12 years for rape of a child

    BOLIVIA—A Leland man was sentenced to 10-12 years for second-degree rape of a child and failing to register as a sex offender in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Marcus Terrell Golston, 37, of 3719 Blue Banks Loop Road, Leland, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape of a child and failure to register as a sex offender Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    According to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Golston to 10-12 years in prison for both charges to run consecutively.

  • Boiling Spring Lakes man charged with 30 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

    A Boiling Spring Lakes man has been arrested and charged with 30 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

    At press time, Wilbert Robert Schmidt, 62, of 1000 Beaufort Road, Southport, was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

    Detective Sgt. Donna Simpson, with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit, said the third-degree sexual exploitation charges are for possessing child pornography—thousands of photos he allegedly took.

  • Liens filed against Calabash Lakes developer

    CAROLINA SHORES—A Calabash Lakes resident was surprised recently when she started to refinance her home and learned from the bank a lien had been placed against property in the two-year-old community.

    Since the homeowner had title insurance, she was exempt from the lien, said Bob Litz, a property owner in the Portrait Homes community off Thomasboro Road where construction has halted and the developer has been unreachable in the wake of a faltering economy.

  • Second season to begin for wrestlers

    All sports are challenges for athletes, but wrestling is unique because wrestlers battle challengers and themselves.

    High school wrestlers have to monitor their weight during the season to stay eligible in their weight class. Like the general population, for some that is easier done than others. And a few pounds do make a difference. For example, a freshman in the 103-pound weight class most likely will be at a disadvantage against a senior in the 112-pound weight class.

  • West Brunswick loses back-to-back MEC games

    The West Brunswick High School varsity basketball teams lost conference games on back-to-back nights last week. West’s boys lost 65-32 Jan. 22 at Jacksonville and 66-35 on Friday at home to Hoggard.

    West’s girls lost 61-37 to Jacksonville and 61-43 to Hoggard.

    The Trojans and Lady Trojans remain winless in the Mideastern Conference. Game summaries are below.

    HOGGARD BOYS 66

    WEST 35

    Hoggard outscored West 17-5 in the second quarter in beating the Trojans 66-35 Friday.

    West dropped to 2-14 for the season.