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Today's News

  • Emergency personnel pay tribute to colleague, teacher, friend

    When Brunswick County emergency medical technician and teacher Jeff Barber died last week, his colleagues were heartbroken, but they decided to make his funeral a memorable one by honoring all he did for the county during his short life.

    Bald Head Island Chief of Emergency Services Chip Munna and his fellow emergency workers brought one piece of apparatus from each emergency services agency within Brunswick County to the funeral home during the service.

  • Brunswick Schools get almost $70,000 in drug seizure funds

    BOLIVIA—Since being elected in May 2008, Sheriff John Ingram has publicly stated his intent to eliminate the amount of drug trafficking and drug dealers in Brunswick County. Operation First Step, a countywide drug suspect apprehension campaign, began almost immediately in which Ingram and his office conducted an eight-month narcotics investigation and apprehended more than 80 suspects.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education benefited from Operation First Step and other county drug seizures last week, as Ingram presented the board with a check for $67,148.42.

  • Board approves modification on boat-lift requirements

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners have approved a modification to a town ordinance for construction/design requirements to add an exception in the “T” canals.

  • Teen Court marks decade in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—More than 700 juvenile offenders committed offenses within the past 10 years, but none of them were left with a criminal or juvenile record.

    These offenders chose to admit guilt in Brunswick County’s Teen Court and were each given a second chance.

    Teen Court celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. The program began in 1999, stemming from a request from county principals.

  • Four Brunswick teens going to Washington for inaugural events

    Four Brunswick County high school students will go to Washington, D.C., during the presidential inauguration and attend several high-profile events celebrating President Barack Obama’s swearing-in as the country’s 44th president.

    It’s all thanks to a grant from The Stafford Foundation, which is providing money to send disadvantaged people to Washington, D.C., for “The People’s Inaugural Project,” a two-day event at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington.

  • Planned south-end BCC facility still in early stages

    Planned south-end BCC facility still in early stages

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—A new campus center for the South Brunswick Islands is still in the initial development stage, a spokeswoman for Brunswick Community College said this week.

    The south-end BCC campus center is planned for construction on a 10-acre site off Thomasboro Road, about a half-mile east of U.S. 17.

    BCC spokeswoman Liz McLean said Monday the new facility is still in the early planning phase.

  • Commissioners to vote to submit ‘shovel-ready’ projects for stimulus funds

    Fueled by rampant speculation about President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed economic stimulus package, local, state and federal agencies are vying for stimulus funding and left wondering when they’ll receive checks.

    “There’s still a lot of speculation out there as far as what the stimulus package is going to include,” Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said. “There has been more and more talk of less funding for counties and municipalities, and more for federal projects, or road or highway projects.”

  • County to offer payment options for property taxes

    While nearly 85 percent of Brunswick County taxpayers have already paid their 2008 property taxes, the tax department is offering payment options for those experiencing hardships due to current economic conditions.

    Brunswick County Tax Collector Ken Perry said about 85 percent of Brunswick County taxpayers have already paid property taxes, and he expects that number to increase to 90 percent by the end of the month.

  • Bass files second complaint against Cardinal Pointe, faces eviction

    SHALLOTTE—Cardinal Pointe resident Amy Bass this month filed a second complaint against the apartment complex management alleging harassment. She has since been served eviction papers.

    Bass was to present her case against eviction in front of a magistrate in the Brunswick County Courthouse on Wednesday. She had planned to ask for a continuance until the complaint can be investigated.

  • Leland man killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A Leland man was killed after his car ran off the road and overturned early Monday morning near Leland.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris, Lyman Dick Haskett Jr., 60, of 1992 Maco Road, was traveling south on N.C. 87 when his vehicle ran off the road and overturned around 5:40 a.m. Monday.

    Morris said Haskett, who was driving a 1995 Nissan pickup truck, ran off the road on the right shoulder, struck a ditch and overturned. The truck came to rest lying on its top.