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Today's News

  • Investigators seek Tennessee couple in OIB robbery

    Investigators have identified a Tennessee couple they said robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business Oct. 21.

    Kendrick Stefon Patton, 22, of Columbia and Ashley Turner, 18, of Madison are each wanted on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • School board names Tubb interim superintendent

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has named Les Tubb to serve as Brunswick County Schools interim superintendent.

    Tubb succeeds Edward Pruden, whose contract the board terminated Nov. 12 after a special called meeting. Terms of his contract, including a start date and compensation, are being negotiated and will be shared as they become available, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in a news release.

  • Rhyne to play softball for Columbia College

     

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Dalys Rhyne signed a letter of intent Thursday, Nov. 20, to play softball for Columbia (S.C.) College.

    Rhyne is a part of a growing trend of aspiring collegiate players who emphasize travel ball more than high school ball.

    Rhyne played junior varsity softball for two years at West Brunswick and played her junior and senior years with the Coastal Lightning. The team travels the Southeast playing in showcase tournaments in an effort to be seen by college coaches.

  • Hill, Napolitano receive first-team all-conference honors

      Former West Brunswick football players Alfy Hill and Nick Napolitano have received first team all-conference honors.

    Napolitano was one of four Wingate University football players on the All-South Atlantic Conference team. A senior defensive end, Napolitano is second in the NCAA Division II in forced fumbles (six).

    Napolitano, a West Brunswick graduate, leads the SAC forced fumbles (six). He is third in quarterback sacks (7.5). He is fourth in tackles for loss (14). This season he had 65 tackles, fifth most for the Bulldogs.

  • Charter school company complies with state request

     A local charter school management company is back in good graces with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction after complying with its salary requests last week.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) had been in legal limbo with the department for more than a month after the management company did not provide it with the requested salary information.

  • Student collects soda tabs to raise money for injured friend

     SHALLOTTE — After Selena Utter was injured in a single-vehicle crash Sept. 14, the West Brunswick High School junior said she found out who her real friends were.

    Among those friends is Megan Henson, a senior at West Brunswick, who started a collection of aluminum soda can tabs to raise enough funds to buy a wheelchair for Utter.

    All West Brunswick seniors are required to complete a Senior Project before becoming eligible for graduation.

  • Board terminates superintendent’s contract

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Edward Pruden during a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    Following a closed session that lasted almost four hours, the board returned to open session. Catherine Cooke made a motion to terminate Pruden’s contract effective Nov. 30, which was supported by Charlie Miller and Shirley Babson.

  • Parents react to superintendent’s firing

     BELVILLE — Following the school board’s decision Nov. 12 to fire Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden, concerned community members and parents say they are left with more questions than answers, criticizing the board for a lack of transparency.

  • Investigators seek two men on various charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find two men wanted on various charges.

    Henry Wade Rutledge, 46, of Rock Street in Archdale is wanted on two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony after breaking and entering and obtaining property by means of false pretense stemming from incidents in Holden Beach in October, according to a news release. He is also wanted by Shallotte police on a felony larceny charge in an incident that also occurred in October.

  • Agents arrest seven in separate drug cases

     Agents arrested three Shallotte residents accused of trafficking heroin through Brunswick County.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 30-year-old Lamar McDow, 27-year-old Eddie Hill and 24-year-old Masheka Rena Cobb during a traffic stop on N.C. 130 near Ash.