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Today's News

  • Drug agents seize cocaine, money in search warrant

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested four suspects after executing a search warrant last Thursday.

    Agents seized 14 grams of cocaine and $1,904 from a home on Sunnybrook Way in Leland after a month-long investigation.

    The following individuals were charged:

  • Larcenies, credit card fraud in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a jewelry theft reported May 23.

    A diamond ring with five birthstones and a blue topaz ring were reported stolen from a home on Egret Drive.

    Credit card fraud was reported May 27. The victim said someone used his credit card without permission in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Other reported incidents included:

    •A license plate was reported stolen May 27 from a vehicle in a parking lot at 1601 Seaside Road.

    •10-mg hydrocodone tablets were reported stolen May 21 from Walgreens.

  • BCC nursing class scores lowest in state; program changes made for next class

    SUPPLY—The registered nursing program implemented in 2005 at Brunswick Community College may have graduated 40 students in its first class, but only 23—58 percent— passed the NCLEX, the licensing test required for registered nurses.

  • Meal prices will increase for Brunswick County students next year

    Students attending Brunswick County Schools will have to dig out a few more coins for breakfast and lunch next year as meal prices are set to increase.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to increase meal prices for the 2008-2009 school year.

    Breakfast in all schools will cost $1.10, an increase of 10 cents. Lunch in the elementary schools will cost $1.70, a 10-cent increase; middle school lunch will cost $1.85, a 15-cent increase; and lunch in the high schools will cost $2, a 20-cent increase.

  • Union Elementary teacher dyes hair pink after students pass math EOGs

    SHALLOTTE—When fifth grade Union Elementary School teacher Ginny Pridgen agreed to dye her hair pink if all of her 50 students passed the math portion of the End of Grade tests, she never thought she’d have to make due on her end of the bargain.

    Pridgen began preparing about 50 students for the math EOGs in March several months after the fifth-grade math teacher went on maternity leave.

  • Bait boards recommended for Holden Beach fishing area

    HOLDEN BEACH—The Holden Beach Public Area Improvement Committee recommended the town install two bait boards on the pier in the public fishing area of Jordan Boulevard during its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    The cutting boards will each have a hole in the center.

    “My husband is a fisherman, and he said, ‘Design two cutting boards with a hole in it so they can scrape bait scraps into the water,’“ said Carol Moneypenny, who co-chairs the committee.

  • Brunswick County native committed to helping and sharing gospel with prisoners

    SHALLOTTE—Joyce Gause of Shallotte has finally realized a near lifelong dream.

    The IRS recently approved her prison ministry, Evangelistic Outreach Ministries, to operate as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.

    Since her call to prison ministry more than 12 years ago, Gause has prayed with, counseled, clothed and fed hundreds of inmates and former convicts, all from the goodness of heart and pocketbook.

  • Proposed budget includes water rate hike

    SHALLOTTE—The town administrator’s proposed 2008-2009 budget keeps the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property and includes a 20.8 percent increase in tax valuation over the current year.

    The water rate is proposed to increase from $4.56 per 1,000 gallons to $4.69 per 1,000 gallons to cover the county’s .13 percent increase, according to the budget proposal presented last week by town administrator Paul Sabiston.

    The service charge will remain at $2 per month per customer.

  • DTV changeover addressed at Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Brunswick County is part of a local viewing area that will be switching over to digital TV transmission five months sooner than other parts of the country, an FCC representative told town council Monday night.

    While most of the country is transitioning next February, Brunswick County is part of a five-county test site in the southeastern corner of the state that will be changing over in September, said Jessica Przybyla of the Federal Communications Commission’s media bureau.

  • E-mail is a hoax; N.C. not going to hands-free wireless

    If you’ve received an e-mail about cell phone usage in North Carolina, you might be scrambling to find yourself a hands-free headset.

    According to an e-mail circulating among Brunswick County residents and others throughout the state, effective July 1, North Carolina will have a new wireless telephone law. That law would prohibit all drivers from using handheld wireless devices while driving.