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Today's News

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated an attempted breaking and entering and damage to the coin machine at the Ocean Aire Market on Causeway Drive. An unknown suspect attempted to pry open a drink machine, causing $200 worth of damage.

  • Board debates Transition Academy, may close due to budget reduction

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education has yet to make a decision regarding the Transition Academy, a first-year program for at-risk eighth-graders, in jeopardy due to the mandatory state budget reduction.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said Brunswick County Schools is estimating a 5 percent budget reduction and has begun planning next year’s budget with the reduction included.

    The Transition Academy, which is at Brunswick County Academy, has a staff of seven and costs about $650,000 in operating expenses and personnel costs, she said.

  • Waccamaw students inadvertently affected by redistricting

    BOLIVIA—When approving redistricting lines for the Brunswick County School district in March, the board of education did not realize a small portion of students currently attending Waccamaw School would be affected.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said during the fourth revision, lines for Waccamaw middle school students were changed to line up with the elementary district. Miley said about 25-30 students were affected by the change.

  • 'Ecosystems Exploits' provides students with lessons in environmentalism

    Because Brunswick County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, increasing development creates a greater need to develop environmentally friendly procedures and practices.

    Educating upcoming generations on the importance of caring for the world is one way to address this issue and plan for future success.

  • May best month yet for catching chopper bluefish

    This has been the best May I can remember for big chopper bluefish. They have been coming up on the decks of the piers and out of the whitewater of the surf. Of course, many smaller blues have been caught as well.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Thomasboro Road in Calabash; suspect pried open a drink machine, damaging it.

    •Larceny and property damage on River Road in Southport; suspect took motor off victim’s boat and stole the boat propeller.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach; suspect pried into victim’s drink machine.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From May 5-17, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 26 calls, made three drug arrests and wrote 12 uniform citations, including driving while license revoked, expired registration, open container of alcohol and no operator’s license.

  • Ingram Planetarium gets state-of-the art upgrade

    After going dark for the past month, Ingram Planetarium is set to light up the night sky this coming weekend when it partakes in grand opening events to mark the installation of its new high-definition digital projection system.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 6, 7, 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, May 6

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Jennifer Hearn:

    Ronald John Anderson, improper equipment, costs.

    Tracy Lynn Bellamy, speeding 72 in a 55 zone, $25 and costs.

    Jonathan Henry Biddy, fail to maintain lane control, voluntarily dismissed.

  • New smoking bill is a matter of public health

    When the state’s new smoking bill goes into effect on Jan. 2, 2010, smoking will be prohibited in all state government buildings and vehicles as well as public restaurants and bars.

    The measure is a breath of fresh air for North Carolina citizens.

    While some may argue smoking is an individual right—and one the government shouldn’t get involved in—the reality is smoking in public affects far more than just the person puffing on a cigarette.