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Today's News

  • Cape Fear sweeps BCC

    The Brunswick Community College volleyball team lost 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 to the Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils in match Sept. 24 at West Brunswick High School.

    The Dolphins fell behind 9-4 in the first game but cut the lead to 9-8 behind the serving of Jordan Clear. But the Sea Devils outscored the Dolphins 8-2 in taking a 17-10 lead and control of the game. Cape Fear scored the final two points of the game on back-to-back aces.

  • School board member calls for superintendent's termination

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert publicly announced his dissatisfaction with Superintendent Katie McGee at a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

    He made a motion to terminate her contract, which died due to a lack of second.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson, vice-chair Charlie Miller and member Jimmy Hobbs were silent after the motion was made. Board member Scott Milligan was absent from the meeting.

    “I think it’s her time, she should go,” Gilbert said after the meeting.

  • Bolivia student killed in wreck

    A 10-year-old Bolivia Elementary School student died in a car wreck in Columbus County over the weekend.

    According to Sgt. J.M. Lewis of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Tyler Bethune was in the front passenger seat of a 1999 Chevrolet passenger vehicle being driven by his 19-year-old sister Jasmine Jones.

    Jones was traveling north on Hallsboro Road just before 7 p.m. Sunday when she attempted to turn into the parking lot of a drag strip and was struck by an oncoming pickup truck, Lewis said.

  • Disaster declaration sought for Brunswick

    N.C. Gov. Mike Easley has requested a federal disaster declaration for the three counties that suffered the most damage from Tropical Storm Hanna—Brunswick, Beaufort and Person counties.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said the state met the threshold for damages, allowing Easley to request the federal disaster declaration.

    Preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure completed last Friday topped the $14 million mark.

  • Man pleads guilty to gun on campus

    Perritt Alford, the parent of a Shallotte Middle School student who was arrested in February for impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a gun on campus, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to carrying a firearm on campus.

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Alford to 18 months of supervised probation to include psychiatric testing and treatment, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said.

    Another requirement of Alford’s probation, Thomas said, is for all of his firearms and law enforcement paraphernalia to be destroyed.

  • BEMC addressing energy efficiency, environmental issues

    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. (BEMC), the county’s electric cooperative, is investing in ways to balance the need for affordable power with protecting the environment.

    “We know what we’re supposed to do: provide safe, reliable and affordable power, and we also want to have a social conscience by learning about environmentally sound techniques,” BEMC CEO Chip Leavitt Leavitt said.

  • All-sprinkler development to break ground

    SHALLOTTE—Energy-efficient, structurally sound houses with installed sprinkler systems are the homes of the future, and local developer Brian Griffin wants to bring a community with those features to Brunswick County.

    Griffin’s Wisteria Place will be a cottage/Craftsman style community off Village Point Road in Shallotte. His company will break ground on the new development Nov. 1.

    One major difference between this planned community and others in Brunswick County is all houses will come with sprinklers installed.

  • County health department issues sanitation grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • A (smaller) sign of the times in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town planning board members say they are happy with a smaller sign that was recently installed at the new CVS drugstore.

    The lighted message sign at the town’s future drugstore, slated to open Sunday, Oct. 12, at the corner of U.S. 17 and Calabash Road, merited favorable comments at an Aug. 25 meeting of the Carolina Shores Planning and Zoning Board.

    “It’s a comfortable sign,” said town commissioner Joseph Przywara, who serves as commission liaison with the planning and zoning board.

  • Novant, Habitat for Humanity dedicate county's 23rd home

    Novant Health, the nonprofit healthcare system that manages Brunswick Community Hospital, and Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated Brunswick County’s 23rd Habitat for Humanity home.

    Novant chose their sponsorship for a home for Chowan Simmons and her five children to celebrate the Novant Health’s 10th anniversary and Brunswick Community Hospital’s 30th anniversary.