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Today's News

  • McCumbee leads briefly, has frustrating finish

    Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team had high hopes for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 May 15. The night ended with McCumbee feeling more like he had just finished riding a roller coaster than a 200-mile NASCAR race. He finished 15th.

    Qualifying was halted when a brief rain shower rolled over Lowe’s Motor Speedway Friday afternoon halfway through the NCWTS qualifying session, giving McCumbee the eighth starting spot based on owners’ points.

  • Fire destroys Brunswick County Sheriff's employees' home

    CALABASH—Keith and Laurie Smith were next door at Keith’s mother’s house when they were alerted to a fire that broke out at their unoccupied Hickman Road house Sunday afternoon.

    “I came running over and busted a window trying to get my wallet,” said Keith Smith, a captain with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, where his wife also is employed as a sergeant.

  • North's Irwin catches on with Belmont Abbey

    A willingness to work hard on the baseball field and in the classroom has allowed Dakota Irwin to continue to pursue his dream of playing baseball.

    Irwin, a senior catcher for the North Brunswick High School baseball team, signed a letter of intent May 14 to play for Belmont Abbey College.

    The Crusaders, a Division II team, are nationally ranked and graduate their starting catcher this year. Those two factors helped make Irwin’s decision to attend the college.

  • Ingram Planetarium set to unveil new digital system this weekend

    SUNSET BEACH—A newly installed high-definition digital projection system will debut this weekend as Ingram Planetarium re-opens to the public for a new season.

    The world’s third Spitz SciDome high-definition digital projection system is the final part of a three-phase, $255,000 project that replaces the planetarium’s old analog system, according to Scott Kucera, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation that oversees the Sunset Beach planetarium.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council reviews budget draft for next fiscal year

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council scrutinized numbers at an all-day workshop Monday to review the town’s proposed budget draft for fiscal year 2009-2010.

    The proposed, estimated $5,056,955 budget includes retaining the town’s current tax rate at 9 cents per $100 of valuation and is about $200,000 below the current year budget, town administrator Gary Parker said Tuesday.

    “We’re at a point now where this coming fiscal year we haven’t been greatly impacted by the [economic] downturn,” he said.

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  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Embezzlement and larceny by employee at Pawn USA; suspect took $297 in cash, a wedding set valued a $56.21, wedding bands valued at $56.21 and two ladies’ rings valued at $37.47 each.

    •Vandalism, breaking and entering a coin-operated machine and larceny at Mark Saunders Construction; suspect pried open a drink machine, stealing $100 and causing $750 in damage to the machine and $200 damage to the door frame.

  • 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.