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Today's News

  • School board keeps novel in curriculum with restrictions

     BOLIVIA — A controversial novel will remain in Brunswick County Schools after the board of education voted to keep the book on library shelves with limitations.

    The board voted 4 to 1 to maintain the book in the curriculum for students 13 and older and ninth-grade English courses or higher. This includes 13-year-olds in eighth grade taking a ninth-grade honors level course.

    Middle school students who are 13 or older can check the book out of the school’s library as long as he or she has written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

  • Sunset Beach workshop Sept. 22

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly workshop at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at town hall.

    On the agenda are a report on beach rules and a Sunset at Sunset update.

    An agenda will be available on the town website, www.sunsetbeachnc.gov.

  • Three face multiple drug charges

    Agents arrested three people on various drug charges Tuesday, Sept. 16, after a brief investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

    John Eric Williams, 28, of Laurinburg, was charged with conspiracy to traffic opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, selling and delivering a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website. He is incarcerated on $125,000 bail.

  • UPDATE: Leland man facing felony charge arrested
  • Port Loop Road water outage planned Monday

    BOLIVIA — Some people living and working off Long Beach Road near N.C. 211 will be without water late Monday night and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service.

    Water will be out of service from about 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, until 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16,for homes and businesses on Port Loop Road.

  • West beats North on McCray’s 75-yard touchdown run

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat North Brunswick 14-7 in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 19.

    West sophomore running back Anthony McCray scored the winning points on a 75-yard run with 4 minutes, 24 seconds left in the game.

    The score came 18 seconds after North junior quarterback Tiger Bryant scored on a 20-yard run, which, with Armando Lopez’s PAT, tied the score.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 9

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • What is this week’s mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • Can people get tapeworms like their pets?

    apeworms (Dipylidium caninum) are one of the most frequently diagnosed intestinal parasites of dogs and cats. This long, segmented parasite can grow more than two feet long and live in an infected pet’s small intestine for up to three months. Most pet owners rush to the nearest veterinary clinic as soon as they see the glistening white proglottid segments clinging to their pet’s backside or wriggling in the stool. What every pet owner wants to know is can this disgusting worm be living inside him or her? The answer is probably not. Probably. Not.

  • Strangers in a foreign land become friends

    Every once in a while, Hubby Dear and I opt to attend a church service for the Latino community. Neither of us speak nor read Spanish, so it is both an adventure and a challenge to be participants, not just visitors. It is also a tremendous learning experience.

    We listen for words similar to our own native language or ones that are ring more familiarly with other languages we know or have studied. We follow along with prayers in the rite, whispering them as an English accompaniment to the variety of Spanish accents ringing around us.