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Today's News

  • Board passes budget with no employee cuts

    BOLIVIA—Despite a $7.4 million reduction in state and local budget reductions, Brunswick County Schools approved a budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year that included no employee layoffs or cutbacks.

    This year’s total budget is $114,870,664, which includes $56 million from state funds, $34 million from local funds and $16.5 million in federal funds.

  • Frances Williams

    Frances Evelyn Williams, 64, of Ocean Isle Beach, died Aug. 21 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.

    She was born in Wilmington on Jan. 25, 1945, a daughter of the late John and Frances Brooks Furlong. She and her husband Milton owned and operated several local businesses.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Police charged Christopher Allen Bennett, 19, of 358 Ivy Wood Lane, Surfside Beach, S.C., with driving while impaired and attempting to elude arrest. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500 secured bond.

    •Obtaining property by false pretenses; suspect took victim’s DVD player, returned it to Walmart and received cash for it.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Jennifer Lee Yarbrough, 33, of 4932 Montserrat Drive, Southport; charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Joseph Antonio Smith, 21, of 4519 Smith Trail, Leland; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Summer fun continues with free concerts, movies in Brunswick County

    School may be starting next week, but it’s still summer fun-time in Brunswick County.

    Free summer concerts and movies staged by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation continue through September in Ocean Isle Beach, downtown Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the relaxing evenings and lineup of entertainment still remaining in the season.

    Thanks to the generosity of local community sponsors, a variety of music and movies are offered at no cost to the audience, although cash donations for local food pantries are being accepted.

  • High surf advisory, rip current dangers this weekend

    “Hopefully this will be our only call this year,” Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said Friday morning during a conference call about Hurricane Bill.

    The call, which featured an update on Bill from the National Weather Service, had representatives from area municipalities, rescue services and law enforcement agencies.

  • Coastal Living unveils Idea House

    SUNSET HARBOR—From a cozy fireplace to an outdoor kitchen to an upstairs “sleeping porch” complete with hanging bed, the Coastal Living Idea House in the Seawatch community has ideas for every taste.

    That’s the purpose of the magazine’s annual Idea House, which opens for tours to provide customers with ideas for their own homes. Each year, the idea house uses materials from national sponsors as well as local and regional providers to create a one-of-a-kind dream home for touring and to feature in the magazine.

  • Sheriff's office looking for missing teens

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for two missing teenagers.

    Katrina Nicole McGriff, 16, and Kayla Victoria Jenkins, 16, were last seen around 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, on Cory Lane in Leland. They left a Cory Lane residence in a 2004 gray Pontiac Grand Am four-door vehicle with a front tag that reads, “Kayla’s Ride.”

    They are possibly in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area, where Jenkins’ mother last talked to her daughter on her cell phone.

  • Literacy Council to host its 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council will host its 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee at 7 p.m. Sept. 27, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Each team consists of two adults, and the entry fee is $200 per team.

    Donations are tax-deductible.

    Registration ends Sept. 15. For more information, contact the Literacy Council at 754-7323, or visit www.bcliteracy.org.