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Today's News

  • OIB budget discussion

    On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the town of Ocean Isle Beach conducted their annual budget workshop retreat. During the daylong meeting, the board of commissioners met with town staff including department heads and discussed upcoming issues and expenditures facing the town in the upcoming fiscal year. Commissioners’ next meeting will be 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 13.

     

    Some of the bigger issues facing the town include:

     

    Natural & Concrete Canals

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Injury to real property at West Brunswick High School; suspect broke two sliding windows causing $600 in damage.

  • Board of education approves traditional calendar for next school year

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday approved two of three recommended draft calendars for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Board members approved a traditional school calendar with 185 days of student instruction, and second with 180 student instruction days contingent upon a State Superintendent of Public Instruction waiver.

    Draft No. 3 allows for five staff development days, which can also serve as make-up days for inclement weather. 

  • Economic development corporation to form nonprofit foundation; seek community contributions

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Economic Development Corporation is changing the way it does business.

    With recent losses of two major 1,000-plus-job projects, economic development director Jim Bradshaw said the corporation is looking to tweak its playbook, including seeking contributions from local businesses and community members.

    While Bradshaw said it’s great to win the big 1,000-plus job project “every job is critical.”

  • County refinances bonds for millions in savings

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy has been busy.

    With the market moving in what Hardy described as a favorable direction for refinancing debt, she received commissioner approval to refinance several outstanding bonds recently, resulting in nearly $4 million in savings.

  • Candidate fields set for 2012 election

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing is closed, and candidate fields are set for the 2012 elections.

    Filing began at noon Monday, Feb. 13, and ended at noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

    The following candidates have filed for office.

    County commissioners

  • West’s top scorer hurt in 7-1 soccer loss to Ashley

     Ashley beat West Brunswick 7-1 in a non-conference soccer game March 7 at West.

    Julianna Zio, West’s leading scorer last year, suffered an injury to her left arm when she scored in the first 26 seconds of the game against Ashley. She did not return to the game.

    The Eagles scored five minutes after Zio’s goal and led 5-1 at halftime. Ashley scored twice in the first 12:30 of the second half and it played a controlled passing game the rest of the half.

  • Jay Gause making progress in return to college baseball

     Jay Gause is making steady progress in his comeback from shoulder surgery. The West Brunswick High School graduate is a freshman pitcher for Pitt Community College and on March 7 he pitched 1.2 innings of relief in Pitt’s 9-2 victory over the Dolphins.

    In Pitt’s first eight games, Gause was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA. He had pitched 12 innings in three games, allowing nine hits and nine earned runs. He had struck out 11 and walked 11.

  • Arrests made in connection with football star’s murder last April

    BOLIVIA—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested six suspects in an early morning roundup in connection with last spring’s shooting death of a star football player.

    None of the suspects have been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Marcus London Hankins.

    The former South Brunswick High School football star was shot to death last April 16, during at party at the Brunswick County Democratic Party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The following suspects have been arrested:

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 22, 23, 27 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 22, DWI court

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutors Elizabeth Prince and Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina: