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Today's News

  • Woman appeals school’s decision to keep controversial book

     A local committee ruled to keep a controversial book in its school’s curriculum, so an Ash resident has taken her appeal to the district superintendent.

    Frankie Wood, 72, has appealed Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” on school shelves.

    If Superintendent Edward Pruden upholds the school’s decision to keep the book in the curriculum, Wood can appeal his decision to the school board, which makes the final decision.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses with a child

     A Brunswick County man pleaded guilty in Superior Court on Monday, July 21, to one count of indecent liberties with a child.

    Judge Gail Adams sentenced Batson to between 13 and 25 months in prison suspended to two years probation. Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said the first year would be supervised probation and the final year could be switched to unsupervised if Batson complies with sex offender evaluation treatments.

  • Brunswick County bridge listed on AAA’s substandard list

    The US 17 bridge that crosses US 76 near Leland is included on AAA Carolinas top 20 substandard bridges list.

    AAA Carolinas released a report July 18 that despite North Carolina investing nearly $500 million in state and federal funds to replace and repair bridges in 2013, more than 5,100 state bridges still remain substandard.

    And Brunswick County’s bridge is ranked 13th.

    The only county bridge to make the list, it was in 10th place in the 2013 rankings, the first year the bridge was added to AAA’s list.

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl

     A Leland man is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested and charged Saturday, July 19, with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the sheriff’s office website.

    Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

    Hill is accused of injuring the same girl in November with a cigarette lighter, according to the warrants.

  • State unemployment rate a few points above national numbers

    North Carolina’s unemployment numbers trail the national unemployment rate by .3 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

    The state unemployment rate has continued to fall throughout 2014, reaching a low of 6.2 percent in April 2014. In May the number crept back up to 6.4 percent but remained the same for the most recent month the NCDC has collected information.

    In June 2013 the unemployment rate for North Carolina was 8.3 percent.

    The 2014 unemployment rate dropped 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.

  • Early College High School calendar tweaked for 2014-15 school year

     Brunswick County Schools made a minor adjustment to the 2014-15 Early College High School calendar it approved in March.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School calendar was adjusted to align with the spring break schedule at Brunswick Community College spring break schedule. The adjustment was approved at the Board of Education’s July 1 monthly meeting.

    The first required teacher workdays are Aug. 4-6. The first day of class for ECHS classes is Aug. 7.

    Report cards will be released Oct. 15, Jan. 28, 2015, and March 18, 2015.

  • Police find Shallotte meth lab, make arrest

    SHALLOTTE — A Shallotte man is accused of manufacturing meth in a shed beside his residence.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said Dylan Ray Moore, 32, was arrested Wednesday, July 16, about 1 p.m. after authorities searched a shed beside his 4700 Shallotte Ave. home and found chemicals consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Gause and Capt. Scott Branning said information from the community prompted the investigation and led to Moore’s arrest, with assistance from the Special Services Unit of the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Superintendent to resign after coming school year

     BOLIVIA — After 16 hours over a span of three weeks, the Brunswick County Board of Education finalized the superintendent’s evaluation.

    However, it was Superintendent Edward Pruden’s announcement following the completion of the evaluation that caused the biggest stir inside the administrative offices of Brunswick County Schools on Tuesday, July 15.

    At the end of the 2014-15 school year, Pruden informed the board, he will resign.

  • Businessman gets 3+ years in prison for Leland site contamination

    A 61-year-old business owner has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for crimes related to the to handling of a toxic substance at his facility in Leland.

    Benjamin Franklin Pass and P&W Waste Oil Services Inc. were sentenced Wednesday, July 16, in Raleigh, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.