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Today's News

  • Stolen tractor recovered after Craigslist posting

    STAFF REPORT

    SUNSET BEACH—Police have recovered a tractor reported stolen in November 2006.

    The John Deere 430 with bucket and scraper was located in Whiteville after a local man saw it listed for sale on Craigslist.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said the former owner was able to verify it was his tractor. The Whiteville man listing the tractor said he had bought the vehicle from someone else.

    The matter is still under investigation, Smith said.

  • Sheriff’s detective searching for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing teenager from Shallotte.

    Natasha Breann Shepard, 15, of Pintail Avenue in Shallotte, was last seen at noon Sunday, March 7, in the Piggott Road area of Shallotte Point.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley said Shepard is likely still in Brunswick County.

    Shepard is a white female. She is 5-feet-5-inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt, jeans and orange and white Nike sneakers.

  • County angling for fishing concerns at meeting Saturday

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County wants to know if commercial fishermen are interested in “a united effort to tackle issues” related to the fishing industry.

    Interested residents are invited to attend a meeting set for 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 6, at the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers in the Brunswick County Complex near Bolivia.

    Among other matters, the meeting will address a site that has potential as a future commercial fisherman’s resource area.

  • South opens softball season with victory

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Brooke Holcomb’s two-out, two-run triple in the sixth inning drove in what proved to be the winning runs as South Brunswick beat Pender 10-7 in a season-opening softball game March 3.

    Pender had scored four runs with two outs in the top of the sixth against reliever Meagan Spivey to tie the score 7-7. Pender had one hit in the inning but took advantage of two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and an error.

  • VoArts program helps improve Brunswick County Academy dropout, attendance rates

    The introduction of vocational arts into the Brunswick County Academy and Transition Academy curriculum has proven to be instrumental.

    Since the 2008-2009 school year, dropouts have decreased, attendance has improved and the percentage of students performing at or above grade level on End of Course (EOC) tests has increased more than 23 percent.

    “Before we got in trouble and had nothing to do,” Marissa Beckman, BCA student, said.

    “Now we have ways to express ourselves,” fellow BCA student Linda Kay Milliken added.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: North Brunswick students win first countywide talent competition

    BY KATHRYN JACEWICZ

    Staff writer

    A group of North Brunswick High School students are the winners of the first countywide talent competition.

    Competing in We’ve Got Talent Saturday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium, Kamikaze, a dance/freestyle group, took first place out of talent acts from county high schools. The group includes Meghan Barrett, Olivia Brown, Tika Dow, Ebony Hilliard, Tim Thomas, Sasha Vaught and Kiana Williams.

  • West opens season with victory

     West Brunswick scored seven runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went to beat Laney 9-1 in a seven-inning season-opening baseball game Monday night.

    Justin Cook led off the inning and was hit in the helmet with a pitch. With one out, pinch hitter Cole Josselyn walked. A groundout moved the runners to third and second. Tim Powell reached on an infield error, driving in a run.

  • Brunswick County Schools on two-hour delay Wednesday

    Brunswick County Schools will be on a two-hour delay Wednesday, according to interim superintendent Les Tubb.

    Staff is expected to arrive at normal time.

  • Event at Odell Williamson to showcase four of the men featured in book

    Kelly Johnson was feeling frustrated with pop culture and mainstream media’s portrayal of young men.

    As a mother of five boys ages 8-24, Johnson said the way young men act on popular TV shows and the message they spread in music is nothing she wants her sons to emulate.

  • Brunswick County Schools predicts another financially tight year

    As Brunswick County Schools officials look to begin budget preparation for the 2010-2011 school year, one thing is for certain.

    “It’s gonna to be a tough year,” Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer, said during a finance committee meeting recently.

    Looking at preliminary numbers, there is no money in the state budget for new textbook adoptions, driver’s education or staff development.

    “How do we not have money for textbooks?” board member Catherine Cooke asked.