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Today's News

  • Cedar Grove finishes unbeaten in boys’ soccer

    Using the motto of “one team,” the Cedar Grove Middle School soccer team finished the season 8-0.
    “In my 22-year coaching career in Brunswick County, this is my first 8-0 championship team,” coach Marty Mentzer said.
    She has won at least 10 championships and one team finished 7-0.
    “‘One team’ exemplified the way this team played together,” she said. “We scored 31 goals by eight different players and only allowed three goals scored against us all season.”

  • Rankin honorable mention at All-Pac-12 conference

    STAFF REPORT

    Brandon Rankin was one of nine Washington State University football players who received All-Pac-12 Conference recognition, including three named to the second team. Rankin received honorable mention.
    Rankin, a defensive tackle/end, picked up his first career all-conference accolade in his final season at WSU, making 20 tackles, 12 solo and 4.5 for losses.

  • Sunset Beach man charged with DWI

    A Sunset Beach man has been charged with DWI by the local police department.

    Peter Harold Oler, 60, of 416 40th St., Sunset Beach, was arrested Nov. 29, according to the Sunset Beach Police.

  • Nature trail plans outlined for Carolina Shores community

    CAROLINA SHORES—Developers of The Farm at Brunswick are hoping to proceed with construction of a nature trail in the Carolina Shores community.

    Brad Brundage, city manager for Farm developer D.R. Horton’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington offices, outlined plans Monday at a Carolina Shores town commissioners’ workshop.

    Brundage said the company has resumed construction in the community. Friday, company representatives met with 14 Farm residents to go over a nature trail plan.

  • Sunset Beach DWI case continued for Catawba prosecutor

    BOLIVIA—A hearing for Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas, charged in June with driving while impaired in Sunset Beach, has been continued until January.

    Bellas was scheduled to be at the Brunswick County Courthouse last Wednesday, Nov. 30. He has retained local attorney Roy Trest to represent him.

  • ‘If everyone does something, it makes a difference’

    Constructed of fiberboard, the foundation of the mobile home was dissolving. The children had to walk over a plank to get to their rooms.

    Maggie Williams, a Shallotte woman raising three grandchildren in her mobile home, needed help to repair the hole in the floor, so she turned to WARM, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry Inc.

    WARM is a nonprofit that makes homes safer for low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly or disabled.

    And WARM knew just who to ask for help in Brunswick County.

  • Money transfer scams target victims looking for ‘good deals’

    Editor’s Note: This is the third story in a series of stories about the various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department, or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

    BOLIVIA—As Brunswick County residents continue to lose money to overseas scams, officials warn people not to fall victim to counterfeit check scams.

  • State Senate repeals Racial Justice Act

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina Senate have voted to repeal the state’s Racial Justice Act.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, was among those who voted to repeal the law, which passed the Senate 27 votes to 17 votes Nov. 228.

    The House previously passed its appeal on a 64-52 party-line vote in June. State Rep. Frank Iler, an Oak Island Republican, voted to repeal the law, while N.C. Rep. Dewey Hill, a Whiteville Democrat, voted against the measure.

  • Board of education approves employee bonuses

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a one-time bonus for eligible Brunswick County Schools employees for $1,000 each.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said all employees who are eligible for retirement and health benefits would receive a one-time $1,000 bonus Dec. 20. All permanent part-time employees would receive a $500 bonus and all similarity eligible employees who were hired after Sept. 1 would receive $250. They would also receive their bonuses Dec. 20.

  • Commissioners direct human resources director to tweak retirees’ health benefits policy

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County government retirees have fully funded health coverage—even if they worked as little as one year for Brunswick County.

    County human resources director Debbie Barnes described the policy as “very generous,” and during a county workshop Monday night, she asked commissioners to consider changing it.

    To qualify, retirees must have “10 years of creditable service recognizing service with other state and/or local jurisdictions,” Barnes said.