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Today's News

  • Sports calendar

    Brunswick umpires’ meeting Feb. 5
    The Brunswick County Umpires Association is seeking baseball and softball umpires for the 2012 season.
    Those interested must have knowledge of the game, be able to attend clinics and meetings, pass certification and be able to travel. Members’ fee and certification fee are also mandatory.
    The first meeting will be 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at Shallotte Dixie Youth Park. Call Frank Fries at (910) 754-2291 or email ump33@atmc.net for more information.

  • DSS board leadership continues to be a debacle

    If the North Carolina Department of Social Services wants to write a handbook on what not to do as a county board, all it has to do is record the goings-on of Brunswick County DSS.
    If there weren’t lives and significant taxpayer dollars associated with this debacle, it would be humorous.
    But there’s nothing funny about providing quality-of-life services, especially for children and the elderly.

  • Judge denies Warren’s request for injunction

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks on Wednesday denied Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren’s request for an injunction to stop a hearing to remove Warren from the county’s Department of Social Services board.

    Hooks’ order, filed at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Brunswick County Superior Court, allows county commissioners to legally proceed with the removal process. The order also nullified a temporary restraining order preventing the hearing.

  • Lady Trojans lose to East Bladen

     The West Brunswick girls’ basketball team missed 20 of 23 free throws in a 42-26 home loss Jan. 31 to East Bladen.

    East Bladen hit two 3-pointers in taking a 29-18 lead into the fourth quarter. West rallied and cut the lead to 29-25. A layup by Kianna Pigott began the rally. She then made a steal and passed to Nicole Turner on the left wing, who hit a 3-pointer and cut the lead to 29-23 with 5:35 left.

    After an East Bladen turnover, a pass from Pigott to Allison Brown led to a basket, cutting the lead to four points.

  • West Brunswick boys upset No. 8 East Bladen

     West Brunswick beat East Bladen 57-49 in a conference boys’ basketball game Jan. 31.

    The loss was just the second in the conference and third of the season for the Eagles.

    NCPreps.com ranks East Bladen (16-3) No. 8 in Class 2A. The Trojans, a Class 3A team, improved to 5-5 in the conference, 10-10 overall, its best record in a while.

  • Carolina Shores workshop, retreat set for Monday at SBIC

    The monthly workshop of the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at BCC’s South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17.

    The workshop will be followed by the board’s annual daylong budget retreat at the same location.

    Agendas should be ready by mid-week.

  • Bye-bye Beverly: The schoolchildren thank you

    For the children. For their future.

    Like any good rank-and-file beauty queen, soon-to-be-retiring N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue said she wasn’t seeking re-election for the children. And their future.

    Yes, you read that correctly. Perdue isn’t seeking re-election because she cares too much about the schoolchildren and their future.

  • Sunset Beach council to resume talk about garbage roll-back

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council is set to revisit rescinding the town’s roll-cart citation and fine program at its monthly meeting next Monday night, Feb. 6.

    At their monthly workshop Jan. 24, council members agreed to rescind the program following lengthy discussion that included input from several residents and business owners.

    Council also agreed to have an unsightly and messy island trash bin removed. They said it would remain out for at least a month, however, until word gets out that it will be removed.

  • Drug agents make arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •Christian Orion Russ, 20, of 1610 Russtown Road, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Russ was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $10,000 bond.

  • Brunswick County schools get grades from state

    The State Department of Public Instruction recently released “report cards” for school districts and individual schools in North Carolina for the 2010-2011 school year.

    The school district’s average student population is higher than the state average in elementary and high schools. Brunswick County Schools average 579 students in elementary school, compared to the state average of 497 students, and 880 high school students compared to 794 statewide.