Today's News

  • Consider school report card data carefully
  • 1,200 longleaf pine seedlings planted in the Green Swamp

    SUPPLY — Feb. 4 and 5 were planting days in the Green Swamp.

    Those are the days local forestry and conservancy officials gathered at a Brunswick County trailhead of the 15,000-acre nature preserve to plant 1,200 donated longleaf pine seedlings across five acres.

    The seedlings were donated by the North Carolina Division of the Society of American Foresters in a pledge drive last summer by WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington. As part of the effort, The Nature Conservancy promised to plant one longleaf pine seedling for each pledge to the public radio station.

  • Construction expected to begin at North in coming months

     BOLIVIA — North Brunswick High School students will welcome bulldozers and other heavy equipment to their campus in the coming months as a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s permanent additions is right around the corner.

    Funding for the permanent additions to the school’s Leland campus should be secured by April, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in an interview Tuesday, Feb. 10. The project’s budget is more than $5 million.

  • Swamp park scheduled to open June 1

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If you drive south on Ocean Isle Beach Road toward the island right now, you’ll probably notice the 95-foot poles stacked on a multi-acre lot on what used to be a wooded area.

    Those poles are being used to erect the activity center and gift shop at the Shallotte River Swamp Park, which is scheduled to open June 1.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 26, 28, 29 and 30 and Feb. 2 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.


    Monday, Jan. 26

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Union students chew for charity during Bubble Gum Day

     SHALLOTTE — Students at Union Elementary School were chomping at the bit waiting for Friday, Feb. 6.

    It wasn’t just any other Friday. It was National Bubble Gum Day for participating schools across the country.

    For a 50-cent donation, students at Union were allowed to chew bubble gum all day long on the school’s Shallotte campus.

  • What’s in your cupboard?

     At the beginning of the year, I joined a group on Facebook about “decluttering” your house. The idea is great. It’s spells out ideas on what to do each week of the year to help get your home organized. The concept is to do something little every day and by the end of the year your house will be decluttered.

  • Convicted drug dealers sentenced as habitual felons

     A pair of convicted drug dealers were sentenced as habitual felons in Brunswick County on Feb. 2.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis ordered 23-year-old Timothy Lane Inman, of Supply, to serve a 51- to 74-month sentence in the North Carolina Department of Correction after his conviction on a charge of possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, according to a news release from Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas.

  • School report cards: County on par with rest of state

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools are right on par with state averages based on grades given to each school when the Department of Public Instruction released school performance grades Thursday, Feb. 5.

    That’s the day the State Board of Education approved and released new North Carolina School Report Cards, following the regularly scheduled state board meeting in Raleigh.

  • School board expected to discuss book policy at committee meeting next week

     BOLIVIA — After Brunswick County Schools faced a pair of book challenges during the 2013-14 school year, the school board will discuss a new policy regarding objection to instructional material at its policy committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the policy hasn’t been through the “first reading” phase of the process yet, but expects the topic to be on the policy committee meeting agenda.

    Board chairwoman Catherine Cooke said the new policy would provide more clarity.