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Today's News

  • Stiller to resign from state House

    Updated at 6:29 p.m.

    Originally posted at 3:25 p.m.

    Citing the need to be closer to his family and the demands of his job, State Rep. Bonner Stiller, R-Oak Island, announced Tuesday he is resigning from the seat in the N.C. House of Representatives he has held since 2002.

    Stiller will officially vacate his position in Raleigh on June 15, he said, and will be available to help his successor to make a “super-smooth transition” into office during state budget deliberations.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Etheridge Road in Longwood; suspect stole victim’s motorcycle.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny of an auto and property damage on Long Beach Road in Southport; suspect opened victim’s gate and stole a truck.

  • Board votes to keep Transition Academy open for next school year

    The Board of Education voted 4-1 Wednesday to keep the Transition Academy in operation for the 2009-2010 school year, with its funding source to be determined.

    The possibility of closing the program was first introduced in March, and the board has been debating the issue since. The Transition Academy, aimed to help at-risk eighth-graders, offers smaller class sizes, more hands-on activities and individualized attention.

  • Brunswick resident treated for swine flu

    A student from a New Hanover County school who lives in Brunswick County has been treated for swine flu, according county health director Don Yousey.

    Yousey said his department contacted the New Hanover County department and learned the young man, a student at the Gregory School of Math and Science, was sent home and given the proper medicine about two weeks ago.

    Last week, the test came back positive. By that time, he had already been treated, Yousey explained.

  • Match still needed for 8-year-old in need of kidney transplant

    Eight-year-old Jarrod Danka is still looking for a lifesaver, after two potential kidney transplant donors have been deemed incompatible.

    Jarrod has lived with kidney disease all his life and was diagnosed with multicystic dysplasia of the kidney (MCDK), where cysts form in the kidney and interfere with the organ’s function

  • Board to have final reading on uniform policy

    The Brunswick County Board of Education will have a second and final reading of a uniform policy at its June 2 meeting. Students at Belville, Lincoln and Town Creek elementary schools will be required to wear uniforms when the 2009-2010 school year begins this August.

    The board approved uniforms for the three schools in April, after a group of teachers and administrators from Lincoln Elementary initially approached the board and asked for approval for implementation of a school-wide uniform policy.

  • Sign of the times

    Employees at The Sign Shoppe in Supply display the new 34-foot long boat ‘wrap’ they created and placed on this boat belonging to Fulford Heating and Air. Shop owner Jerome Munna said boat wraps have been popular in bigger cities for years, and his store now has the technology to do it, as well. His employee, Bridget Cox, designed the ‘King Creecher’ sign to fit the perimeter of the boat. ‘It took all five of us to get the decal on it,’ he said, noting, ‘I’m proud of my staff. It looks great.’

  • Art, winners showcased at Waterway Association's annual exhibition

    CALABASH—The work of more than 50 artists was featured at the Waterway Art Association’s 18th Annual Art Exhibition.

    Awards were announced at an opening reception of the five-day show at Sunset River Studio on May 21.

    The Best in Show award went to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., pastel artist Jane Staszak for an untitled work.

    The People’s Choice winner was Jerry Wickersham of Ocean Ridge for his oil painting, “Broadside.”

  • Roman Kelley introduced as South Brunswick High School football coach

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Calling it a “very significant day,” South Brunswick High School athletics director Chris Roehner introduced Roman Kelley as the new head coach of the Cougars’ football team on May 20.

    Roehner gave a history lesson to explain why the hiring is so significant.

    Roehner has been at South 12 years, and in his first five years, South had five different coaches. The last seven years, South has had two different coaches.

  • South’s Ervin Hall to play for Brunswick Community College

    Ervin Hall wants to develop his basketball game, and that is one reason Hall, a South Brunswick senior, signed a letter of intent May 20 to attend Brunswick Community College and play for coach Walter Shaw’s Dolphins.

    Shaw’s program is attractive to recruits for at least two reasons: It is a winning program (three region titles in five years) and it is a successful program (eight sophomores this year will play at four-year colleges next year, and six of those are Division I teams).