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Today's News

  • South football preview

    (Editor’s note: South Brunswick plays Ashley on Friday, Aug. 12, in the fourth of five scrimmages in the BB&T Football Jamboree at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. Each scrimmage is two 12-minute periods.)

     

    By Michael Paul

    Sports Editor

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — South Brunswick High School enters the football season with a new coach, Rocky Lewis, and he faces a challenge in rebuilding the Cougar program.

    South finished 2-9 last year.

  • North football preview

    (Editor’s note: North Brunswick plays South Columbus at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in the first scrimmage of the BB&T Football Jamboree at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. Each scrimmage is two 12-minute periods.)

    By Michael Paul

    Sports Editor

    LELAND —  The North Brunswick High School football team finished 5-6 in 2015, 2-3 in the East Central Conference, in coach Larry Brock’s first year at North.

    Brock begins his second season with some key players returning, one of them being

  • West football preview

    (Editor’s note: West Brunswick plays Hoggard on Friday, Aug. 12, in the final of five scrimmages in the BB&T Football Jamboree at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. Each scrimmage is two 12-minute periods.)

    By Michael Paul

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick High School football team finished 5-7 in 2015, 2-4 in the conference. The Trojans lost five of their last six games in coach Kelly Williamson’s first year at West.

    “We weren’t very physical last year,” Williamson said.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 2

    Julia Anne Showman, 30, was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor driving while impaired.

  • School board approves 2016-17 budget

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education members unanimously approved the 2016-17 budget resolution presented to them at a budget meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9.

    Total funds for the upcoming school year are $126,502,595, up $1.3 million, or 4 percent, from the previous school year, based on a second-year funding agreement with Brunswick County. Discussion to renew the agreement will begin in early 2017, school district finance officer Freyja Cahill said. Enrollment is also expected to increase by 162 students, or 1 percent, from last school year.

  • Court upholds insurance commissioner’s ruling

    A three-judge panel upheld the North Carolina Department of Insurance commissioner’s decision to reject a 2014 homeowner’s insurance rate increase sought by the insurance industry.

    North Carolina Court of Appeals Judges Douglas McCullough, Richard Dietz and John Tyson filed a decision Aug. 2 affirming the NCDOI decision.

    In January 2014, the N.C. Rate Bureau requested a 25.6 percent increase in homeowner’s insurance rates across the state.

  • Local residents now have opportunity to ‘adopt’ local cops

    TOWN CREEK — After hearing about the deaths of five Dallas, Texas police officers last month, Tamie Keel knew she had to do something to show her husband, Leland police Sgt. John Keel, and other local law enforcement officers just how much their service and sacrifice mean to eastern North Carolina residents.

    On July 20, Keel posted on a Facebook page for wives of law enforcement officers about bringing the Adopt-a-Cop initiative to Brunswick County.

    “That’s all I had to do, and everybody jumped on it —‘yes,’” she said.

  • Smith receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Not much gets by Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith, especially when she’s running town meetings, but she was surprised when she received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the Aug. 9 meeting.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, under the guise of presenting a legislative update to the town board, presented the award, one of the state’s highest civilian awards conferred by the governor of North Carolina.

  • County seeks Holden Beach nature park grant funding

    Brunswick County will seek state grant funding to begin building in the Holden Beach nature park.

    Commissioners approved applying for grant funds with a split vote, 3-2, at their Aug. 1 meeting.

    In February, commissioners authorized staff to submit a pre-application grant proposal to the Division of Coastal Management.

  • How to fish deep for Spanish mackerel

    Fishing off the Brunswick County coast was difficult last week. As I stated in my column last week, a combination of wind, scarcity of baitfish and high water temperatures have directly influenced how and when fish feed off our coast. And to put this problem in its simplest form, it’s too dang hot.