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Today's News

  • School officials plan to identify more AIG students next year

    While 8 percent of Brunswick County students are eligible for the district’s Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program, school officials believe the actual number is much higher.

    Connie Enis, curriculum coordinator for Brunswick County Schools, said identifying eligible students will be a major focus within the next year “so we can try to be as diverse as possible with our diverse student populations in our county.”

  • AVID students recognized for success during family night celebration

    Students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at West Brunswick High School are celebrating their successes.

    A family night celebration was last Thursday at the school. Several students were honored for academic achievements and accomplishments, as well as tutors and supporters of the program.
    Brandi Roberts, AVID participant, said because of AVID, she made the A/B honor roll all year.

    “AVID has really opened my eyes,” she said during a speech at family night. “Now I see the importance of education.”

  • CIPP measures yearly progress of Exceptional Children

    The Exceptional Children (EC) program is monitored by state officials, who examine 15 quality indicators yearly.

    “They set targets for districts to attain, and districts must make sure they make progress to meet goals,” Jessica Swencki, director of Brunswick County Schools’ EC program, said.

  • Spring Toy Run set for June 5

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts have scheduled their Spring Toy Run for Saturday, June 5, to raise money and gain participants for the Christmas Toy Run, which provides Christmas presents for needy children.

    This will be the event’s 18th year, organizer Jerome Munna said, and it’s a way for motorcyclists and classic car buffs to participate in a fun event while also raising money for a good cause.

  • Reward for information about missing sea turtle babies valid until Aug. 8

    Reward money for anyone with information about the sea turtle babies that were stolen from their nest last August on Ocean Isle Beach is set to expire, and officials are still seeking for answers and additional information about the crime.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol, said there have been no calls, tips or information about last summer’s incident. Members of the Turtle Patrol noticed a nest at West First Street had been disturbed during a daily check at about 7 a.m.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Van Hewett, 23, of Supply; charged with carrying concealed weapons, including a handgun and knife.

    •Catherine Griffin, 23, of Chapel Hill; charged with less than a half ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    •Samuel Billings, 23, of Chapel Hill; charged with less than a half ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Lightning strike results in disruption of ‘Lost’ finale on ATMC

    Sunday night’s final episode of the series “Lost” was one of those TV milestones destined to go down in history—a finale that attempted to tie up all the mysterious show’s loose ends.

    Michele Johnson of Sunset Beach began watching the popular show the first season, and although she stopped keeping up a couple of seasons ago, she looked forward to the finale to find out how it was going to end.

  • Tourism industry prepares for summer onslaught; rental companies optimistic

    HOLDEN BEACH—When renters re-arrange furniture in beach houses, move couches onto the strand or even change a car engine underneath a rental house, Debbie Dallas, maintenance and housekeeping supervisor for Alan Holden Vacations, takes it in stride.

    After 10 years of taking charge of 300 beach houses on the island, she’s seen it all—from renters so concerned about returning the following year they send back forks taken by mistake to visitors who take the rental home’s mattresses and replace them with their old ones.

  • Meet Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is a far cry from the fast-paced world of the Chicago suburbs from where Anthony Marzano hails.

    That was part of the appeal in Marzano’s decision to join Brunswick County as its emergency management director.

    A certified emergency management director, Marzano joined Brunswick County Emergency Services on Monday, May 17, to replace longtime director Randy Thompson, who retired from the emergency services department in December.

  • Brunswick County man arrested in Wilmington

    Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested a Southport man on cocaine and firearms charges Friday night in Wilmington.

    According to a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office press release, detectives arrested Cornelius Keith Smith, 35, of Southport, after an undercover investigation.

    Smith was arrested on Oleander Drive in Wilmington. During the arrest, detectives seized an assault rifle, two automatic handguns, an extra magazine and a ballistic vest, the press release states.