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Today's News

  • Violent crime rates down in local schools

    Reported acts of crime in public schools decreased by nearly 50 percent in Brunswick County, but are up more than one percent statewide.

    According to an annual report released last month by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Brunswick County Schools reported 65 total acts committed during the 2007-2008 school year, which is 5.629 acts per 1,000 students. This is a decrease of nearly 50 percent, as 126 acts were reported during 2006-2007, 11.494 acts per 1,000 students.

  • Car break-ins in Sunset Beach

    Car break-ins in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Money was reported stolen in two separate vehicular break-ins last week.

    The first break-in was reported March 25 on Live Oak Drive. A second break-in of a vehicle on Bayberry Street was reported March 26, according to Sunset Beach police.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said the vehicles had been left unlocked.

     

  • A real Jewel

  • Raku artist Chrisco featured at Calabash gallery

    Work by renowned raku artist Charles Chrisco is being featured through April 29 at Sunset River Marketplace gallery in Calabash.

    The art of raku is said to have originated in 16th-century Japan by a Korean immigrant who had settled in Kyoto and married a Japanese woman.

    Translated, raku means “great happiness,” a title bestowed on the early wares by the reigning ruler of Japan.

    Clay artist Chrisco knows the pleasures of raku.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on March 16:

    Zachary Othell Allen, 26, of 69 Daniels Road, Riegelwood; misdemeanor assault on a female, misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault by strangulation.

    Larry Lee Brown, 21, of 3545 Grist Creek Wynd, Leland; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana, misdemeanor possession drug paraphernalia.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 18, 20, 23 and 24 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, March 18

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Isaac Ballard Jr., speeding 69 in a 60 zone, costs.

    John Mester Barbazon, take more than recreational limit, Brunswick County Jail 10 days, suspended sentence 24 months, unsupervised probation 24 months, $35 and costs, not violate any criminal laws, 30 days to pay.

  • Supply man charged with failing to comply with sex offender requirements

    A registered sex offender was arrested last week for failing to comply with his sex offender requirements by not notifying authorities of an address change.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison said Steven Earl Taylor, 34, reported to law enforcement he was living at 2483 Jolly Roger Drive in Supply as part of his requirements as a registered sex offender.

    But after weeks of routine sex offender checks by sheriff’s office patrol deputies, Taylor could not be found at the Jolly Roger home since Feb. 7.

  • Special programs are key to graduation success

    In light of far too much bad news lately about education budget cuts and the possible impact those cuts will have on local schools, it is good to see a point of hope emerge recently in education—dropout rates in Brunswick County are decreasing.

  • OCS students get a lesson in nutrition

    Myra Burgess, family nutrition programs assistant at the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension office, taught a lesson in nutrition and nutritional meal preparation to the Occupational Course of Study students Tuesday at Brunswick County Academy.

    Burgess explained the new food pyramid, which is tailored more toward each individual person, and taught students how to make a fruit salad, using a variety of fresh and canned fruits.

  • Dropouts decrease in county, across state

    The number of dropouts is down in Brunswick County, as well as throughout the state.

    According to data released earlier this month from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Brunswick County Schools noticed a 7.51 percent decrease in the number of dropouts, counting 197 during the 2007-2008 school year compared to 213 during 2006-2007. This takes the county’s dropout rate to 5.22, down from 5.66 the previous year.