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Today's News

  • Freedom Fund Banquet awards champions of equality

     CAROLINA SHORES — During turbulent times, it’s up to community leaders to step up and make a difference. That’s the message Brunswick County NAACP President Bernest Hewett preached during the organization’s Brunswick County Branch No. 5452 Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Brunswick Community College’s satellite campus at the South Brunswick Islands Center.

  • School districts must offer, pay for driver education

     BOLIVIA — The state is telling local school districts they have to provide driver education courses. But for the first time in the state’s history, the responsibility to pay for the program will fall on the school district’s shoulders.

    Beginning July 1, 2015, all state funding to support the driver education program will be eliminated in the Tar Heel State.

    This was outlined in Senate Bill 744, which the General Assembly passed in August. The program has been funded by the state since 1992, when the programs were first offered.

  • Former Cedar Grove principal takes job at central office

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved several changes for central office staff presented by Superintendent Edward Pruden during its October monthly meeting.

    The changes were made to address two needs: leadership for the student services division and a balance in supervision of secondary education.

    “The realignment plan utilizes existing positions to accomplish these goals,” Swencki wrote in an Oct. 8 news release.

  • Former Bald Head officer files federal lawsuit against village, manager

     A former Bald Head Island public safety official has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming he was wrongfully terminated from the village in August.

    Herbert Bryant, who served as a public safety official on Bald Head Island from 2009 until his termination, filed suit against the village of Bald Head Island and its manager, Calvin Peck, Oct. 7 in United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

    According to the complaint, Bryant has demanded a jury trial to hear the case.

  • Authorities seek Bolivia woman on drug charges

     Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a 25-year-old Bolivia woman accused of possessing heroin and a pending charge of child endangerment.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for Jessica Dannielle Stratton, of Mulligan Way in Bolivia, according to a Friday, Oct. 10, Facebook post from the sheriff’s office page.

  • Shallotte man faces drug charges

     A Shallotte man faces several heroin-related charges after his Friday, Oct. 10, arrest.

    Justin Hashaim Bland, 21, of Hale Swamp Road, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, conspiring to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges were levied against him Tuesday, Oct. 14, including two counts of trafficking heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon, warrants show.

  • Scorpions rally in fourth quarter to beat Croatan on Homecoming Night

     North Brunswick scored twice in the final quarter to beat Croatan 21-12 Friday, Oct. 17, on football Homecoming Night in Leland.

    The Scorpions to improved 1-1 in the East Central 2A conference, 4-4 overall. Croatan is 1-1, 5-3.

    Croatan had  scored and taken a 12-7 lead with about 7 minutes, 44 seconds left in the game. North stopped the 2-point conversion.

  • South Brunswick wins first-round game in volleyball playoffs

     Hed: Cougars win opener in playoffs

    Staff Report

    The South Brunswick volleyball team beat Southern Guilford 25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 25-12 in a first-round game of the North Carolina High School class 3A state playoffs Friday, Oct. 17 at South. For the Cougars (15-5), Kelsi Kazmierzak had 10 kills. Cali Watson had eight kills, four aces and three blocks. Caylen Folmar had seven kills and five aces. Kimmie Williams had seven aces. Cassidy Clifton had 20 digs.

  • Local runners among top finishers in Oyster Festival races

     

    Staff Report

    Adam Cornelius, 31, of Rockwell, won the North Carolina Oyster Festival 10K race Sunday, Oct. 19, at Ocean Isle Beach. He finished the 6.2-mile race in 37 minutes, 00.10 seconds.

    Mark McGeough, 44, of Ocean Isle Beach, was second in 38:12.1. Lunsford King, 49, of Wrightsville Beach, was third in 39:58.

    The top finisher in the women’s 10K was Monica Litsas, 22, of Columbia, S.C., in 42:22.

  • Trojans mix run and pass to defeat Topsail on Homecoming Night

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat Topsail 42-7 on football Homecoming Night Friday, Oct. 17.

    As has been the case all season, West’s running backs were unstoppable as the Trojans improved to 2-1 in the conference, 4-4 overall, with three games left in the conference season.