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Today's News

  • Teacher arrested for statutory rape, sex acts with a student

    First reported at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. Last updated: 11:29 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

    A Brunswick County Academy (BCA) teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with statutory rape and sex acts with a student.

    Leah Gayle Shipman, 39, of 8764 Windingwood Trail in Leland, was charged with one count of sexual offense with a student, one count of statutory rape and one count of taking indecent liberties with a student, according to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

  • Brunswick County Schools on two-hour delay Friday

    Brunswick County Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Friday, Jan. 8.

    According to a ConnectEd message, students and 10-month employees will be on a two-hour delay Friday. Twelve-month employees will be on a regular schedule and are expected to arrive at regular time.

    If changes in weather occur, the school will send out further notification.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Seven West football players on first-team All-Waccamaw Conference

    Seven West Brunswick football players made first-team All-Waccamaw Conference.

    Coaches also selected six Trojans to the second team.

    West coach Jimmy Fletcher comments about the players.

    Bradley Bell

    Statistics: Caught seven passes for 147 yards and one touchdown. Gained 507 yards (7.9 yards a carry) and scored six touchdowns. Intercepted three passes.

    Perhaps the most versatile player on the team.

  • Calabash survivor seeks to teach public truth about lung cancer

    Fighting the stigma against lung cancer has become a crusade for Joan Bourguignon of Calabash.

    As a member of the Lung Cancer Alliance and a survivor of the disease, she has become a friend to other cancer patients and an active spokesperson for the importance of screening, increased funding and getting rid of the stigma that only smokers develop lung cancer.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women. It claims more lives each year than colon, prostate, lymph and breast cancers combined.

  • Sheriff's detectives search for missing person

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing person.

    Tom Joseph Deane, 59, of Calabash, was last seen Saturday, Jan. 2.

    Deane is a white male with blue eyes and salt and pepper hair. He is 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

    He was wearing a gray hooded shirt and blue jeans, and drives a 1968 blue Volkswagen Bug.

    Anyone with information about Deane or his whereabouts is asked to contact detective Jayne Todd at 253-2743, or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

  • West wrestles in final home dual of season

     Three West Brunswick seniors won matches in the final home dual of the regular season Jan. 5.

  • Shallotte approves annexation, rezoning, plat

    Shallotte has approved a preliminary plat for a 1.01-acre tract off Whiteville Road for the possible location of a future of First Bank branch.

    At the request of the town planning board during its meeting last month, developers have converted the private driveway to a private road, assigned a road name and installed a street sign.

    The property is at the corner of Whiteville Road and Lowe’s/Planet Fun driveway.

  • Shallotte police vehicle goes missing; detective's wife cited

    The wife of a Shallotte police detective has been cited for possessing and operating a Shallotte Police Department Jeep without permission on Dec. 26.

    According to police chief Rodney Gause, the Jeep, which is used by a police detective, was missing for about 45 minutes to an hour. Police located it in the Home Depot parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.

    Karen Elisabeth King, 38, of 381 Gray Bridge Road, Shallotte, has been cited for taking and operating a 2000 Jeep Cherokee belonging to the Town of Shallotte without consent.

  • Schools, sheriff discuss SRO costs

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education met with Sheriff John Ingram to discuss the escalating cost of School Resource Officers (SRO) salaries and overtime costs.

    Board members Shirley Babson and Scott Milligan, who also serves as the finance chair, met with Ingram Tuesday to discuss the temporary contract for SRO services approved last month.

    The board had been operating with no contract since July and approved a contract through the end of January which agreed to pay all SRO salaries, benefits and fixed costs on a monthly billing cycle with no set limit.

  • Community says ensuring safe schools most important for new superintendent

    BOLIVIA—According to the Brunswick County community, providing a safe environment for students and staff is the most important quality the next superintendent of Brunswick County Schools must possess.

    A survey facilitated by the North Carolina School Boards Association garnered 651 responses—355 from the community and 296 from staff members.

    “You had excellent response to your surveys,” Kathy Boyd, senior staff attorney with the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) told the board of education Tuesday afternoon.