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Today's News

  • Woman visits Shallotte in trip ‘round the world

    SHALLOTTE — Fiji and Jasmine Pedal Around the World.

    FiJaPaw.

    At least three continents.

    Six years.

    Or not; Jasmine Reese said plans can change and she’s flexible.

    Reese, 28, of Indianapolis, has embarked on a bicycle journey around the globe that will include stops in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America with her Whippet mix, Fiji, ending in about six years, unless she decides to make more permanent stops along the way.

  • CIS to discontinue before and after-school programs, summer camp

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County will no longer off fee-based before and after-school programs or its summer camp programs following the end of the spring 2017 semester.

    Bonnie Jordan, named executive director to CIS on Jan. 10, said in a Jan. 20 news release the programs would end following the end of the current semester in June, citing a number of factors.

    Previously, Jordan served as interim executive director after Nancy Lamb resigned from the position Sept. 16, 2016.

  • NCDOT project may cause ATMC outages

    A North Carolina Department of Transportation upgrade and construction project on Bridger Road in Shallotte may affect some ATMC customers throughout Brunswick County.

    When the project is under way during the early morning hours Jan. 23 and 24, customers may experience disruptions in cable TV and/or Internet services that could last several hours. Phone service in most areas will not be affected.

  • DA: Officer justified in fatal shooting

    BOLIVIA — Leland police Officer Jacob Schwenk was justified in using fatal force against the man who shot at him during an attempted traffic stop last month, the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office determined.

    Schwenk and Brent Quinn, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times Dec. 9, 2016.

    David held a news conference Jan. 11 at the Brunswick County Courthouse less than 24 hours after the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation completed its independent investigation of the case having interviewed Schwenk the morning of Jan. 10.

  • Brunswick County Veteran’s Coalition to meet Jan. 24

    The first meeting of the Brunswick County Veteran’s Coalition will be Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. James Community Center.

    Interested Brunswick County veteran organizations are encouraged to send a representative to this meeting to meet fellow veterans from the area and learn what each of their organizations do for veterans and citizens of Brunswick County.

  • Sunset Beach OKs draft cabana restrictions

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved a “compromised” draft measure that, if approved, will allow cabanas on the beach with new restrictions.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott proposed new guidelines at the Jan. 17 meeting to change the earliest allowable time to erect beach tents from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., prohibiting cabanas on the beach between First and 27th streets and increasing the distance between tents from 10 feet to 12 feet.

    The draft will be considered for final vote at council’s next meeting Feb. 6.

  • AARP Tax-Aide available beginning Feb. 1

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • Charter school can’t sue ex-superintendent, court rules

    A North Carolina court of appeals ruled Tuesday that Roger Bacon Academy and its founder, Baker Mitchell Jr., cannot sue former Brunswick County School superintendent Edward Pruden for criticizing them.

    Mitchell filed a defamation lawsuit Jan. 6, 2015, against Pruden in New Hanover County Superior Court, seeking $100,000 in damages. RBA has four charter schools in the region, including two in Brunswick County.

  • County commissioners OK public comment policy for meetings

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners added a public comment policy for its new year of meetings.

    “This came about from conversations I had with other commissioners that all had similar policies for public comments,” chairman Frank Williams said during the board’s meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 17. The meeting was rescheduled from its usual Monday night in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16

    Williams said his intent in proposing the policy was to bring more structure to meetings.

  • Missing Wilmington woman found dead in crashed car in Leland

    A Wilmington woman reported missing last week was found dead in her car Jan. 16 on U.S. 74/76 West in Leland. 

    Melody Davis, 42, was last seen about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 9 on Oak Leaf Drive in her 2005 black Subaru and was reported missing later that day, Wilmington police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said.