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Today's News

  • Carolina Shores introduces new code compliance officer

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town of Carolina Shores has a new part-time code compliance officer.

    Gail Treglia, who started work with the town Sept. 30, introduced herself at the town board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, Oct. 9.

    Originally from Maryland, Treglia said she worked with the state police there for 25 years before retiring in 2005.

    Clubview paving contract approved

  • First presentation of Westgate Nature Park second phase receives public support

    LELAND–Restrooms, sidewalks and parking were some of the issues Leland residents want to ensure go into the next phase of Westgate Nature Park.

    But the small group that came to Leland town hall Oct. 9 was encouraging of the proposed plan the Parks and Recreation department has envisioned.

    The Parks and Rec staff presented a second phase site plan for an additional trail that would extend the current trail.

  • Contractor chosen to start Riverwalk Park project’s first phase

    Belville selected Coastal Marine Construction to begin clearing the way for the Riverwalk Park project off River Road (NC 133).

    Commissioner Joe Breault said Coastal Marine provided Belville a low bid of $4,800 to clear the trail, space for a classroom pavilion site and areas for two picnic tables.

    Breault announced at the Riverwalk groundbreaking on Oct. 4 that work would begin in 10 days. Finalizing a contractor delayed that start date.

    He anticipated work to clear the path for the phase I walking trail would begin Monday.

  • 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.

  • Keep Halloween safe and fun for all

    Halloween is a holiday meant to be equal parts fun and frightening for all who observe it, but celebrations have the potential to turn tragic. Whether participating in traditional trick-or-treating with children or costumed revelry with adults, it is important to be safe and responsible.