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Today's News

  • Superintendent upholds school’s decision to keep book

     Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden upheld Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep a controversial novel on the shelves of its libraries.

    Frankie Wood, 72, appealed the school’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” as part of the eighth-grade curriculum June 30.

    Wood was scheduled to speak at the board of education’s monthly meeting Aug. 5, but chose not to address the board because she said she hadn’t received Pruden’s response.

  • Gang prevention program funded by Board of Education

     Local law enforcement and education officials left an Aug. 5 Brunswick County Board of Education meeting feeling great about G.R.E.A.T.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Brian Sanders made a presentation to the board about the county’s Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula.

  • Trial date set for man accused of rape while out on bond

     The trial date for an Ash man accused of rape and kidnapping while out on bail has been set for Sept. 17 in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Richard Teremaine Gore, 30, of 5246 Marlow Road, was out of jail on $50,000 bail in January when he broke the straps of his court-ordered GPS tracking device and drove to Little River, S.C., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators said.

  • Area roads flood after heavy rainfall

     The Cape Fear Region has experienced a 212 percent increase in rainfall during a three-week stretch that’s caused significant problems on Brunswick County roads.

    National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Bacon said this summer, especially lately, has seen an uncharacteristic amount of cold fronts.

  • BCC home to marine biotechnology program

     You can visit community colleges all across the Tar Heel State but you’ll only find one that offers a marine biotechnology program. And that college is right in your backyard.

    Brunswick Community College last month announced the launch of its marine biotechnology program, becoming the first community college in the state to offer such a program.

    The new program, an Associate in Applied Science in marine biotechnology, will be offered beginning in the fall semester, starting Monday, Aug. 18.

  • There is nothing simple when it comes to a cup of joe

     Every morning, millions of Americans reach for their cup of joe in order to start the morning off right. We seem to have coffeehouses on every corner offering specialty brews for this tasty, eye-opening beverage.

    Now, we even drink it during the day. Iced coffee seems to be catching on quite a bit.

  • Doctors search for ways to treat patients’ pain

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s prescription painkiller problem emerged before community leaders welcomed Fred Brason, a Wilkes County native, to discuss Project Lazarus in late June.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Who you are is good enough

     Frequently, it boggles the mind to read about folks who are philanthropists. Once millionaires, now billionaires, they are generous individuals whose names are emblazoned on college buildings and remembered as being compassionate, caring, and charitable. They find causes to embrace and encourage others to join them.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over six days of District Criminal Court on July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 1, 4, 5 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, July 29

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Jami Turnage and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Teen firefighter dies in boating accident

     A teenage volunteer firefighter with the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department died in a boating accident last weekend.

    Daniel Gralak Jr., 17, was on a boat with a friend near Sunset Harbor when the boat hit a wooden structure in the water on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9.

    Both Gralak and his friend were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.