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Today's News

  • Rules about anchored gill net permits

     A few years ago, the harmful effects of sea turtle encounters with gill nets were brought to the mainstream. Technology has allowed concerned observers to capture video and pictures of all sorts of marine life destroyed by those careless with gill nets. Gill nets left unattended for several hours can capture and destroy many marine animals, such as sea turtles, dolphins, birds and sturgeon.

  • Cheer camp at West Brunswick

     SHALLOTTE‑— Saying these cheerleaders performed before a receptive audience is like saying the beach has a lot of sand.

    Five age groups at the West Brunswick Cheer Camp received applause, whoops and hollers from family members and friends Wednesday, July 30, as their performance marked the end of the three-day camp.

    The 43 campers were showing off what they had learned.

    Katie Currie watched her daughter, Katybeth, 4, win the spirit award in the 3- to 4-year-olds division.

  • Mitchell resigns from state charter school advisory board

    Baker Mitchell, founder of Roger Bacon Academy, which operates two charter schools in Brunswick County, has resigned from the North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board.

    Mitchell and Paul Norcross, who also resigned Wednesday, July 30, were the subjects of an ethics complaint filed by Public Charter Schools Association President Eddie Goodall. Goodall said Mitchell and Norcross shouldn’t have a vote on the advisory board because their decisions could be influenced by their own business interests.

  • New Hanover DA: No criminal charges in Hewett’s death

    New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said no criminal charges will be filed against the deputies who were present when Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died at the New Hanover County jail.

    Hewett, 51, died while awaiting a hearing on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge July 12 after an altercation with New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies inside the jail.

  • Local bowler finishes second in scholarship tourney at Planet Fun

     The Rising Stars Youth Scholarship Tournament finals took place July 25 at Planet Fun and a local bowler had a second-place finish.

    “It was a great tournament final,” Planet Fun owner Brian McCall said. “Planet Fun was packed with parents and participants attending the final roll offs.”

    One of the top finishers was local bowler Chandler McCall, who bowled 114 pins higher than his average and earned a $1,100 scholarship.

  • Brunswick Debs second in World Series

     The Brunswick County West softball team finished second in the Dixie Debs World Series last week in Atoka, Tenn.

    Brunswick, representing North Carolina in the 11-state tournament for girls ages 16 to 18, lost to 17-9 to defending champion Alexandria, La., in the second game of a doubleheader July 30.

    Brunswick reached the finals in the double-elimination tournament by beating Alabama 5-2 July 29. Caroline Gore pitched six innings and was the winning pitcher. Kim Cook pitched the seventh.

  • Belville Riverwalk receives PARTF, Duke Foundation grants

    BELVILLE – Phase 1 of Belville’s plan for a riverwalk along the Brunswick River is fully funded thanks to successful grant applications.

    At the Belville town meeting July 28, officials received a $55,970 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation and then announced the town’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund application was fully funded at $160,900.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.

     

  • County seeks input on grinder pump fees at Aug. 18 public hearing

    Brunswick County commissioners set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 to establish grinder maintenance fees for multifamily and commercial properties.

    Public utilities director Jerry Pierce said the fees have helped his department cover the costs to upgrade sewer service when the county takes over a municipal system.

    The county board approved the Grinder Pump Maintenance Policy in 2008.

    Under the terms of the policy, the county began maintaining grinder pump stations that provide sewer service to single-family homes.

  • Sometimes memories can sting worse than wasps

    I’m finding it a little more difficult than usual to bang out this week’s column because my hand and forearm are smarting after I got stung by a swarm of wasps this past Sunday.

    Here’s what happened: I worked myself into a tizzy worrying about my house back in South Carolina, so I decided to drive up and check on it in person, just to give myself some peace of mind. When I got there, I walked up to my front porch, exactly the way I did when I lived there, and pulled open the storm door, as had been my routine.