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Today's News

  • Changes to ABCs help more schools make AYP

    Recent changes to the state’s ABCs of Public Education program may have contributed to an increase in adequate yearly progress (AYP) for Brunswick County Schools.

    Fourteen of the 17 schools tested in 2008-2009 made AYP, more than double last year when six of 17 made the mark.

    Retesting for math and reading for students in grades 3-8, as well as science retesting for students in grades 5-8, was included in AYP scores for the first time during the 2008-2009 school year.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office: Ace Report July 20-26

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office: K-9 Report July 20-26

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

    From July 20-26, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 19 calls and made five drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Ocean Ridge, Brunswick Plantation, Lakewood, Carolina Place and downtown Southport.

    The following suspects were charged. All information is taken directly from arrest reports and citations.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Vandalism on Fairmont Street. Suspect threw soda cans and bottled water at an automobile, causing $100 in damage. •Larceny of golf cart at the Ocean Isle Beach pier. Suspect removed golf cart from parking lot, which was later recovered. •Breaking and entering at the Ocean Isle pier. Suspect entered the building but did not cause damage.

  • Increasing temperatures and wind slow fishing

    If you read last week, I painted a picture of great weather and great fishing. I was bragging on how good we’ve had it, all the bait, the comfortable temperatures….I knew as I was writing the report I would regret it.

  • A Better Man: Guidebook for boys, a good read for everyone

    The book “A Better Man” was just published. The subtitle is “True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man.”

    I read it in two days. This book is not just for young men and boys, but for everyone who wants to learn about real modern heroes.

  • Holden Beach crime reports

    Holden Beach Police responded to the following incidents between July 14-24. All information is taken directly from police incident reports:

    • Larceny on South Shore Drive.

    • Burglary, forcible entry; larceny and criminal damage to property (vandalism) on Ocean Boulevard East.

    • Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property on Ocean Boulevard West.

    • Larceny from a motor vehicle and burglary, non-forced entry at Jordan Boulevard gazebo.

  • More in store in Carolina Shores

    Four months after Carolina Shores commissioners took part in a questionable closed session and emerged with a reprimand of Mayor Stephen Selby, their asphalt is starting to show.

    The “asphalt scandal,” after all, is commissioners’ first item on their list of infractions Selby has committed since his election as mayor in November 2007, according to a censure-ship resolution approved 3-2 by the board last Friday.

  • Turtle rescue

    SUNSET BEACH—Carmel Zetts is always thrilled when new sea turtles hatch at the beach.

    It was no different July 17 when seven “newborns”—these made of stainless steel—emerged on the sand next to the island gazebo to once again pay tribute to the longtime turtle advocate.

    The work by metal sculptor David McCune was commissioned by the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol to replace a previous sculpture erected in Zetts’ honor that was destroyed by vandals in March.

  • Seven teacher assistant positions still in question

    BOLIVIA—With the state budget still in limbo and the first day of school less than a month away, Brunswick County Schools is trying to make a budget with all the predicted state and local reductions.

    One of the biggest reductions is in state and local allotments for teacher assistant positions. Last year, funding allowed for 150 across the district.