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Today's News

  • Leland man sent to prison for robbing his family

     BOLIVIA—A Leland man has been sentenced to 14- to 18-plus years for a 2009 armed robbery of his family.

    On Thursday, Oct. 6, Jabar Ballard, 36, of 4297 Bluebanks Loop Road, Leland, was found guilty by a Brunswick County Superior Court jury of robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of assault with a firearm.

  • Board of education to hear input on staggered start times Nov. 1

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories focusing on the new staggered start times at Brunswick County Schools.

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education want to hear input on this year’s staggered start times for Brunswick County Schools.

    Board members have decided the best way to gather information about the new schedules is to hear from parents, students and staff, Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said.

  • Parade of Homes marching this weekend and next in Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Homebuilders Association’s annual Parade of Homes unfolds this weekend, Oct. 14-16, and then again Oct. 21-23.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Parade hours are 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Homes on the Parade of Homes in St. James are not available for viewing Fridays. Homes in St. James can be viewed from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • Haunted trail scaring up this weekend

    Can you survive Grissettown-Longwood Fire and Rescue’s annual haunted trail for another Halloween season?

    It’s almost time to try, with the popular trail, which won a “best haunted attraction” competition last year on a Wilmington TV station, slated to launch this weekend.

    Dates and time for the trail, set up behind the station at 758 Longwood Road, are 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14-15, Oct. 21-22, Oct. 28-29 and Halloween Monday, Oct. 31.

    Admission to this annual fundraiser is $7 per person.

  • Oyster Festival this weekend in Ocean Isle Beach

    Oyster lovers are getting ready for the 31st annual North Carolina Oyster Festival set for this weekend on the island of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Festivities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Highlights include the annual oyster shucking competition at 1 p.m. Saturday and oyster stew cook-off at noon Sunday.

    The entertainment lineup includes nationally known singer Josh Kelley performing from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

    Admission to the festival is $5 each day. Children younger than 8 get in free.

  • Missing Supply teen

    UPDATED:  Danna Fox was located on Thursday afternoon in the Sunset Beach area. She has been safely returned to her home. 

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Danna Michelle Fox, 16. She has been missing since Monday, Oct. 10.

    She was last seen on Monday morning at her Supply residence before leaving for school. She is a student at West Brunswick High School. Fox did not return home from school on Monday and has not made contact with her parents.

  • Missing Supply teen

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Danna Michelle Fox, 16. She has been missing since Monday, October 10.

    She was last seen on Monday morning at her Supply residence before leaving for school. She is a student at West Brunswick High School. Fox did not return home from school on Monday and has not made contact with her parents.

    Fox is five foot eight and weighs about 130 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. She has a scar below her bottom lip.

  • South’s boys end West’s winning streak in cross country

     South Brunswick beat West Brunswick 36-40 in a boys cross-country conference race Oct. 4 in Leland, the first time the Cougars have beaten West in three seasons, South coach Mike Hilliard said.

    South placed runners second, fifth, sixth, ninth and 14th, Hilliard said. West placed runners fourth, seventh, eighth, 10th and 11th , he said.

    “That was the first time we’ve beaten West’s boys in three years,” Hilliard said.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 27, 28, 29 and Oct. 3 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Tuesday, Sept. 27

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Karen Richards and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Education briefs

    Students graduate from ASU, WCU
    Appalachian State University in Boone has released its graduation list for the summer 2011 term. A total of 309 graduates and 627 undergraduate students received degrees in August 2011, including three from Brunswick County.
    Kathleen Kerry Cronin of Shallotte received a master of science degree in speech-language pathology; Brian Michael Satterwhite of Shallotte received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish; and Zachary Michael Shytle of Sunset Beach received a bachelor of arts degree in English.