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Today's News

  • Good grief: gators and golfers

    One of the more fascinating animals on the Carolina Coast is the alligator. On hot summer days, you can see them, lying like logs along the rivers, marshes and ponds in Brunswick County.

    If the golf course you play has rivers, marshes and ponds, it’s almost a given that there will be gators on it.

  • Attempted burglary reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated an attempted burglary reported Aug. 16 in Sea Trail.

    An attempted first-degree burglary was reported at a condominium on Avian Drive.

    Someone tried to enter a residence by sliding open a door, then tearing a screen off a window. Entry was never made, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

  • E-mail terminal is a good step for open government

    Brunswick County government made a good step toward operating as an open and transparent government when it decided to install a computer terminal at the county complex where government e-mails can be accessed by the public.

    The public e-mail computer terminal is in the lobby of Building I at the county government complex in Bolivia. Business hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    By using the computer, citizens can have access to correspondence that takes place within the county’s e-mail system.

  • Johnson pleads guilty to 2008 murder

    Norris Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week for the February 2008 murder of 26-year-old Jerome Echlos.

    Johnson, 28, was sentenced to 15 years and two months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    According to the sheriff’s office at the time of the arrest, Johnson arrived at a home on Brandon Drive in Leland around 3 a.m. Feb. 8, 2008, and began shooting inside the home where five people slept—including his father, his niece, a family friend, his sister and Echlos, who was his sister’s boyfriend.

  • 'More at Four' to serve 30 fewer students

    Smart Start of Brunswick County will see a cut in its state funding, including a decrease in funding for the More at Four program, but it was not unexpected.

    Director Linda Gironda said this week she is relieved the N.C. General Assembly passed the state budget, and although she doesn’t have the specific numbers yet for her agency, she has already prepared for cuts.

  • Real estate numbers drop from last year, up from last month

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County dropped 2 percent between June 2008 and June 2009, according to the latest statistics from the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County Realtors sold 214 houses this past June, compared to 218 a year ago. The number was up 26 percent higher than May 2009, however, which some agents are saying is a good sign.

    At Cooke Realtors on Ocean Isle Beach, Realtor Sarah Harris said mainland and island property sales in her office are higher than last year.

  • Last year’s winner back for upcoming ‘Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars’

    After winning last year’s “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars”, Dinah Gore is back for a second round and is ready to defend her title.

    After being asked to participate in last year’s event, a fundraiser for scholarships for future Brunswick Community College students, Gore began practicing twice a week for the competition with her professional partner, Paul McTaggart.

    At first, Gore admitted dancing did not come easy.

  • Convocation celebrates start of new school year

    In celebration of the upcoming school year, Brunswick County Schools had convocation Tuesday afternoon at the Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Teachers, administrators and staff from all 20 county schools filled the auditorium listening to various guest speakers and watching student performances.

    Daniel Richardson, the event’s first guest speaker and the 2008-2009 Brunswick County Schools teacher of the year, drew many laughs as he told several jokes about “real teachers.”

  • Planning board tackling development, landscaping ordinances

    The Shallotte Planning Board is recommending town aldermen adopt ordinance changes to avoid future situations like that of the San Rio development off Gray Bridge Road.

    At last week’s planning board meeting, planning director Allen Serkin asked the board to recommend denial of any final plat in a subdivision if the infrastructure in the other phases of the projects is not installed.

    “It’s limiting the number of outstanding bonds,” Serkin explained. “If the improvements are installed, then the final plats can be approved.”

  • Sheriff’s office searching for armed robbery suspects

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for two suspects they say robbed the Cyber Express on Southport-Supply Road early Tuesday morning.

    Detectives have identified one suspect. The second suspect is an unknown black male.

    The first suspect is Shamus Alexander Bland, 26, of 610 Tryon Road, Shallotte.

    Bland is wanted for one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to a sheriff’s office press release.