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Today's News

  • Blame game does no good when dealing with senseless tragedy

    Sarah Palin did not kill six people. Rush Limbaugh did not shoot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sean Hannity did not attack fellow Americans outside a supermarket.

    Jared Lee Loughner did.

    To imply or claim anything else is irresponsible, reckless and libelous.

    To blame—either implied or outright—anyone else for Loughner’s brutal and horrific actions should be criminal.

  • BCC men rout Spartanburg Methodist

     The BCC Dolphin men’s basketball team had an easy time for most of the game in its 86-69 Region 10 victory over Saturday against Spartanburg Methodist.

    BCC led 50-28 at halftime. The impressive victory on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center had coach Shaw in a great mood.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South Brunswick swimmers win five-team meet

     Even though not at full strength and not entered in all events, the South Brunswick High School swim teams won a five-team meet Saturday at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    South’s girls won six of eight events and finished first with 57 points. Swansboro scored 34 points, Topsail 27, White Oak 25 and Lumberton 23.

    South’s boys won seven of eight events and finished with 56 points. Lumberton scored 34 points, Topsail 31, Swansboro 20 and White Oak 10.

  • Trojan wrestlers defeat South Brunswick, win conference

     The West Brunswick High School wrestling team won its first conference championship since 1999 by beating South Brunswick 39-31 Friday at West.

    The loss was the second of the season for the Cougars (15-2). West improved to 15-5 and clinched a spot in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A state dual tournament, which takes place in February.

    “That was a great match,” West coach Jimmy Caraway said. “There is not a better team than South Brunswick. We pulled an upset tonight, but that’s a good wrestling team we beat.

  • Teacher assistant of the year’s passion for students remains strong after years of service

    LELAND—An employee of Brunswick County Schools since 1987, Connie Kennedy says the reason she keeps coming to work is simply because she loves children.

    So much so that the 57-year-old exceptional children (EC) teaching assistant at Leland Middle School is working towards her bachelor’s degree in language arts so she can manage a classroom of her own.

    “I want to help these children learn how to read,” she said.

  • Shallotte Board of Aldermen

    At the start of 2011 several board appointed committee positions within the town of Shallotte expired. The board of aldermen decided at its December meeting to take a closer look at appointments in January.

    During the Jan. 11 regular pre-agenda meeting, the issue was discussed. Alderman Walt Eccard requested additional time concerning appointments to the Downtown Shallotte committee as he felt there may still be a few undecided if they wanted to continue with their service.

  • Brunswick County to have several Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations

    Brunswick County will have several Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations and observances from Jan. 13-17.

    While the federal holiday recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. as Monday, Jan. 17, Brunswick County will have several observances leading up to the holiday.

    From Jan. 14-17, the M.L. King Celebration Committee of Southport will sponsor its 17th annual community celebrations as a tribute to the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Insurers seek 20.9-percent increase for non-owner occupied housing

    RALEIGH—More insurance rate hikes have been requested for coastal properties.

    The North Carolina Rate Bureau recently requested a 20.9-percent increase for homeowners’ insurance for some non-owner occupied housing, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Jan. 3-9, K-9 deputies answered six calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests. Deputies patrolled Green Bay Village and set up checkpoints at Lackey Road at Mount Misery Road.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Melinda Vernett Muldrow, 40, of 1616 Shaw Highway, Rocky Point, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Future administrator still being sought in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—About half the resumes submitted show candidates for a new town administrator aren’t qualified, a town commissioner says.
    Town commissioner Joyce Dunn, speaking at town commissioners’ monthly meeting Jan. 6, said of 60 to 70 resumes received by the town human resources committee, “30 flat-out are qualified.”
    Soon, she said, the committee will arrange interviews with people who “met the first cut,” then will winnow that down to six or seven people who are “definitely qualified” to succeed retiring town administrator Linda Herncane, who officially leaves the town Feb. 1.