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  • 15 helpful tips for voting in 2014

    By Bob Hall

    Guest Columnist

    As an independent watchdog group, Democracy North Carolina receives all kinds of reports on our hotline at (888) OUR-VOTE. We encourage voters to review the candidates at www.ncvotered.org and call the hotline if you have any problems as you vote.

    Here are 15 tips to make your voting experience easier, which we’ve vetted through the State Board of Elections:

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21 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.

     

    Wednesday, Oct. 15

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • 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.

  • Red Ribbon Week is more than just anti-drug campaign

    This week, schools in and around Brunswick County are observing what’s commonly called Red Ribbon Week, which is taking place this year Oct. 23-31. Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply, for one, will have a mini flag football game Thursday, Oct. 30, with staff, students and members of the Wilmington Tigers Semi-Pro Football Team as part of their celebration.

  • Schools risk losing charters with compliance failure

     A local charter school management company is in legal limbo until the State Board of Education determines its fate next week.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) could face legal sanctions after failing to meet requests from the state Department of Public Instruction, State Board of Education lawyer Katie Cornetto said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28.

    Cornetto said the State Board of Education would determine what actions it might take at its regularly scheduled meetings next Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 5-6.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brunswick women finish first and second in national championships

     The fastest oyster shucker you know couldn’t compete with Lisa Bellamy or Annie Bonifacio.

    The mother-daughter tandem took home first and second places in the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Competition Oct. 18-19 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

    This marks Bellamy’s fourth women’s national championship. The trip was a success, although she fell just short of advancing to Ireland for the world championships. Only the top overall competitor advances and Doug Landry of Louisiana was top shucker.

  • 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.