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Today's News

  • Fate of staggered starts to be determined at April 3 meeting

    Staggered starts will once again be on the Brunswick County Board of Education agenda.

    Board members will take up the issue and possibly the fate of staggered starts at their next meeting, which is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Brunswick County commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said it would cost the school district more than $1 million to revert back to a traditional school bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man killed in tractor accident

    A well-known Ocean Isle Beach resident known as “The Fisherman” was killed in a tractor accident last Wednesday night.

    Brunswick County Coroner Greg White said 52-year-old Bruce Henry died when his Oliver farm tractor overturned around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

    White said Henry was on his property on Old Shallotte Road pulling roots with the tractor. Henry had a rope tied around the roots and the tractor flipped over, killing him.

    White, a Supply resident, said he had known Henry since their Little League days together.

  • Deputy cleared of shooting fired from sheriff’s office

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who was cleared of any wrongdoing in a shooting last year has recently been fired from the sheriff’s office.

    Last month District Attorney Jon David cleared Sgt. Brian Tully of any wrongdoing in a December 2011 shooting, but Tully was fired from the sheriff’s office March 23.

  • West beats South 14-2, improves to 6-0 in conference

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 14-2 in seven innings March 27 and improved to 6-0 this baseball season in the Waccamaw Conference.

    West trailed 2-1 entering the top of the fifth but scored five runs in taking a 6-2 lead en route to the victory.

  • Veteran's wartime models in high-flying display at Calabash VFW

    For Frank Pinkerton, building models is a way of life and leisure.

    “I build and do all the scenic, and my son does the wiring,” Pinkerton says, showing a visitor the expansive HO-gauge model Pennsylvania Railroad he built inside his “man cave” inside his home near Carolina Shores.

  • Putting in "sweat equity"

    SHALLOTTE—Sarah Simmons proudly put in sweat equity as she worked on her future home Tuesday.

    Simmons and her three children are recipients of Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity’s latest home under construction—house No. 39—to be precise.

    Thanks to teams of volunteers who have been helping Simmons and her family, including a group from Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty on Tuesday, the house is going up fast on Evans Circle in Shallotte.

  • Sunset Beach police make arrests, look into larceny

    The Sunset Beach Police Department has arrested two people in the past week.

    Laura Dorothy Kong, 44, of Sunset Beach, was charged March 21 with driving while impaired (DWI).

    Russell Dean Hunt, 34, of Pembroke, was arrested during a traffic stop and charged on several felony and misdemeanor warrants out of several different counties.

    On March 24, police took a report of a breaking-and-entering and larceny of a storage shed on Dogwood Drive.

  • Friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone: Local deputy battles cancer out West

    If you’ve never had a family member, friend or loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer, you’re either very, very lucky or you’re a liar.

    I remember back when I was in high school, cancer was something that your friend’s neighbor’s uncle had. It seemed so foreign.

    Then, when I got to college, it was something that happened to my friends’ mothers. It began to get more real.

    Year after year, it kept hitting closer to home until, last year, bam, like a smack upside the head, it did hit home.

  • Sheriff’s detective, former Trojan football star battles cancer

    In 1991, senior tackle Tony Caison helped lead the West Brunswick Trojans to a state runner-up football season.

    Today, Caison, 37, is a loving father of two boys, a doting husband to his wife Shannon and a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He’s traded in his No. 70 Trojan jersey for a detective’s badge, having worked for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for the past 13 years.

    Caison’s most recent challenge is to add “cancer survivor” to his resume.

  • Important dates for the upcoming primary election

    The 2012 primary election is just around the corner, and here are some important dates to remember:

    •Absentee voting began by mail Monday, March 19.

    •The last day to register to vote or to change one’s party affiliation is Friday, April 13.

    •One-stop absentee voting begins Thursday, April 19, and continues until Saturday, May 5.

    •The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.