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Today's News

  • If you get the boot, you'll have to pay

    Darlene Dover had been soaking up beach sun on a pleasant, last Monday in September when she returned to her car parked between the Sunset Beach gazebo and fishing pier.

    Igniting the engine of her 1999 Toyota Camry, the part-time Brunswick County resident put the car in gear and attempted to drive away.

    All she got was a car that wouldn’t budge and a cacophony of metal grinding against metal.

    “I went to see if I left my chair in back,” said Dover, recalling how she got out of her car to check the problem.

  • Sunset Beach police investigate break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated recent break-ins reported on the Sunset Beach island.

    A breaking and entering was reported Sept. 29 at a residence on East Main Street. The perpetrators gained entry by breaking out a side glass door with a gas cylinder bottle. Stolen were a widescreen LCD television and a DVD/VCR.

    A break-in was reported Oct. 1 on Canal Drive. Someone broke out a sliding glass door to gain entry. It is not known whether anything is missing.

  • King mackerel bite comes alive in Brunswick

    After weeks of talking, it finally happened. The annual Cape Fear ship channel king mackerel bite occurred over the weekend, colliding with the more than 450 participants in the U.S Open King Mackerel tournament. Every year, it’s like flipping a light switch as the kings suddenly show up as if out of nowhere.

  • Tournament of Champions--coming soon

    The excitement is building. The Tournament of Champions is five weeks away and the buzz is building in Brunswick County. This is the sixth year of the TOC, and I’m proud to say that the idea for a countywide tournament came right from our champions in 2003.

  • Mural shows importance of education, teamwork

    Students at Brunswick County Academy and the Transition Academy received a lesson in teamwork last week when they painted a mural that will be hung in the school.

    As part of the Arts in School Initiative grant, a partnership between the Brunswick Arts Council and Brunswick County Schools, the first artist in residence program was at Brunswick County Academy last week.

    Tunde Afolayan, an artist from Elizabeth City, spent the week with students, teaching them fundamentals of art and painting, while helping construct a mural.

  • Two teens arrested for multiple break-ins

    Two Southport teens have been arrested and charged with breaking into four businesses in the Southport and Supply areas.

    William Earl Hewett, 17, of 4900 Trails End Road, Southport, and Katherine Louise Warwick, 19, of 311 Herring Drive, Southport, were both arrested Tuesday, Sept. 29.

  • Sheriff fires detention officer who released wrong inmate

    The detention officer who Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said released the wrong inmate from jail has been fired.

    Rosher Rodriquez-Aguilar, 27, was released from the Brunswick County Detention Center around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. But Rodriquez-Aguilar, who was arrested for failure to appear Sept. 17, was not supposed to be released, Ingram said.

    He remains at large.

  • Deputy health director: H1N1 vaccines expected this week

    Health officials are working to identify all the individuals in Brunswick County who qualify for the first dose of H1N1 flu vaccine, which the county is expected to receive from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention this week.

    Deputy health director Fred Michael expects the county will receive about 9,000 shots. But with about 17,000-18,000 people or more already identified within the H1N1 vaccine priority groups, Michael said the health department would have to determine who is a priority within the priority groups.

  • Across the aisle: Hagan on healthcare

    Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    As a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., will cast several votes on healthcare reform before the final version of a bill ends up on President Barack Obama’s desk.

  • Commissioners, school board liaisons to meet

    It began when county commissioner Charles Warren suggested county commissioners freeze funding to the Brunswick County Board of Education until they “get their acts together.”

    Now, liaisons from the board of education, chairwoman Shirley Babson and Bud Thorsen, are set to meet with commissioners’ liaisons, chairman Bill Sue and Scott Phillips. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Brunswick County Board of Education Central Office in Bolivia.