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Today's News

  • District searching for more bus drivers, substitutes

     When the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to switch schools back to traditional start times, schools transportation director Bobby Taylor knew he wouldn’t have enough buses or bus drivers to make the switch possible.

    Since the decision was later overturned and the school remained on a staggered schedule, it seemed as if the transportation dilemma has been resolved. But three months into the 2014-15 school year, the district has enough buses to make the routes and not enough drivers.

  • Pedestrian struck, killed on Longwood Road

     A Longwood woman died after she was struck by a motorist on N.C. 904/Longwood Road on Thursday, Oct. 23.

    Legertha McFadden, 65, was walking on Longwood Road at 7:18 a.m. when she was hit by Matthew Gaskins’ tan 2005 GMC pickup truck, N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper T. Chavis said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Gaskins, a firefighter with the Sunset Beach Fire Department, never saw McFadden crossing the road, Chavis said.

    No charges will be filed, he said.

  • Wesleyan offers bachelor’s degree option through BCC

     SUPPLY — For the first time in Brunswick Community College’s history, a student can get a bachelor’s degree without ever leaving campus, thanks to a partnership between N.C. Wesleyan College and BCC.

    Administrators from both colleges gathered inside the Odell Williamson Auditorium lobby Tuesday, Oct. 28, to formally announce the partnership, effective immediately. Also present were representatives from the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, including president Shannon Viera, and state Rep. Frank Iler, who serves on the BCC Board of Trustees.

  • Report: Captain daydreamed as ferry ran aground

     A report released last week indicates the captain of a Bald Head Island ferry was likely daydreaming when his ship ran aground last winter.

    A Coast Guard investigation report says that the captain was never aware of how close he was from the sand bars near Battery Island when The Adventure ran aground Dec. 17. The captain, Eugene Rodney Melton, never reduced speed or tried to avoid hitting the sandbars, according to the report. The ship was traveling at 19 knots when it ran aground. More than 20 people were injured.

  • Oak Island man faces federal charge of aiming laser at aircraft

     A federal grand jury in Raleigh has indicted an Oak Island man on a charge of  knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at a helicopter in flight.

    Christopher L. Funk, 34, of Long Beach Road, faces up to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 if convicted, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric D. Goulian will prosecute the case, which involves the FBI.

  • Wilmington woman indicted on felony child sex abuse charges

     A Wilmington woman has been indicted on felony child abuse charges by a Brunswick County grand jury while other charges were dropped in district court.

    Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said a grand jury indicted 36-year-old Angela Renee Wallace in a case stemming from alleged sex crimes on the same victim who was 8 when crimes started in 2006 and lasted until 2014.

    Because Wallace was indicted by a grand jury, five counts of felony child abuse-sexual act were voluntarily dismissed, court records show.

  • Union Elementary hosts fall festival

     SHALLOTTE — After another week of homework, tests and assignments, students at Union Elementary took a breather from normal school life and enjoyed the festivities at its 2014 Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 24.

    Students, family and friends gathered on Union School Road for a night of fun on inflatable slides, rock climbing walls, hayrides and haunted house tours. If that wasn’t enough for the students, they could always enjoy their favorite festival food, have their face painted or go for a couple of trips around their favorite bouncy house.

  • Agents arrest accused drug dealers at Shallotte hotel

     A lengthy drug investigation resulted in the arrest of two accused drug dealers last week in Shallotte.

    After the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit received a community tip, authorities arrested 26-year-old James O’Brian Gause and 21-year-old Alex Al-Terick Hamilton at the Econo Lounge Inn & Suites on East Coast Lane in Shallotte on Oct. 21.

  • Grissettown annual haunted trail a scary good time

     GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your normal haunted trail. This is the real deal.

    For the last six years, the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue team has welcomed — and scared — the community in its renowned haunted trail on N.C. 904 less than two miles off U.S. 17.

    Richard Teague, the assistant chief of the department, said its members and many volunteers have tweaked the trail and made additions each and every year.

  • Shallotte standoff ends peacefully Monday night

    SHALLOTTE — A 90-minute standoff between a man who was threatening to kill himself and local law enforcement officers ended peacefully Monday night, Oct. 20, in Shallotte. No one was injured.

    Police were dispatched to N.C. 130/Whiteville Road near the entrance to Lowe’s Home Improvement, beside First Bank, at 6:03 p.m. in response to a man with a knife, according to a Shallotte Police Department news release.