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Today's News

  • DSS to meet with ‘facilitator’ to discuss board’s role, social services handbook

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have agreed to have a “facilitator” from the University of North Carolina School of Government help them create a code of conduct, code of ethics and board policy.

    Board members also agreed to have the UNC School of Government representative discuss the board’s handbook.

    Board member Bernest Hewett said he wanted the board to have a uniform policy so the board “could be on the same page.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Larceny on Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole alcohol from the Kangaroo store without purchasing it.

    •Larceny on Pinfish Street in Supply; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole medication, a wallet, cell phone charger and keychain.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Oct. 17-23 ACE deputies issued 37 total arrests and citations, including two driving while impaired charges.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Steve Boyd Grindstaff, 49, of 147 Dawn Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn., was charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, open container and fictitious information.

  • N.C. unemployment up in September; above national average

    Statewide unemployment in North Carolina was up in September.

    With a 10.5-percent unemployment rate, North Carolina’s rate tops the national September unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

    Statewide unemployment in August was 10.4 percent, while figures released by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina show Brunswick County’s August unemployment increased to 10.7 percent.

    County unemployment rates will be released Friday, Oct. 28.

  • Board to hear staggered-start time opinions next week

    BOLIVIA—Parents, teachers, community members and students have the opportunity to tell school board members how they feel about the new staggered-start schedule.

    Implemented for the first time in Brunswick County at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, staggered-start times changed the school day to 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for elementary students, 8:50 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. for middle school students and 8:55 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. for high school students.

  • Habitat Follies frolicking this weekend at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    BOLIVIA—They sing. They dance. They perform Broadway numbers and jazz standards.

    It’s the 2011 Habitat Follies, and it’s right around the corner.

    This year’s Habitat Follies, previously known as the Senior Follies, is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    This year’s event, described as the marquee fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity by event organizer Marlene Jackson, is the fifth performance in six years.

  • As the polls (and pols) turn: A look at the latest GOP presidential standings

    The good news is the latest numbers released at this writing (Tuesday) has my three favorite presidential candidates topping the polls, though their poll positions are not necessarily indicative of my support.

    The bad news is I really only think one candidate is truly capable of leading our country the way it needs to be led. And that person is not the one on top.

  • Sheriff’s office locates missing man

    Update: Joey William Evans has been located and "appears to be fine," according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for an Ash man reported missing.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said detectives are searching for 44-year-old Joey William Evans, of Ash.

    Routh said Evans was last seen at 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, driving a 1996 Ford F-150 truck.

  • Leland Police, Wilmington SWAT team arrest last Friday’s bank robbery suspect

    WILMINGTON—Members of the Leland Police Department and the Wilmington SWAT team arrested a Wilmington man wanted in last week’s armed robbery at a Leland bank.

    Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne said officers secured an arrest warrant for Sherwin Christopher Archie for the Oct. 21 armed robbery of the Cape Fear Credit Union at 1109 New Pointe Blvd. in Leland.

    Then, around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Jayne said Leland officers and Wilmington Police SWAT team members served the arrest warrant at Archie’s residence at 1110 Zinnia Court, Wilmington.

  • West Brunswick wins conference soccer championship

     On an emotional night for coach Tripp Smith, the West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team beat South Brunswick 4-2 Monday at M.H. Rourk Stadium and won the Waccamaw Conference championship.

    West finished the season 10-1-1 in the conference. For South, the loss was just the second this season in the conference. It had two more conference games to play this week.