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Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Transition Academy in jeopardy

    BOLIVIA—Because of state and local shortfalls in education funding the Eighth-Grade Transition Academy is at risk of losing its funding source.

    At the Brunswick County Board of Education’s budget retreat earlier this month, administration said the program might be eliminated due to the loss of at risk funds, which will be cut by a half-million dollars.

    The Transition Academy has five teachers, one counselor and a principal, positions that were supposed to be filled by transfers, not new hires.

  • West opens conference baseball season with wins

    West Brunswick opened the conference baseball season with victories over Hoggard and Ashley and then extended its winning streak to seven with an 8-6 victory Monday night over Sullivan South.

    Brock Holmes pitched a three-hitter in a complete-game victory over Ashley. Ryan Hill drove in the winning runs against Sullivan when he hit a three-run home run with two outs in the sixth inning.

    West, 7-1 overall, plays a home conference game Friday against 3-A rival Jacksonville.

    Below are summaries of the games.

    WEST 12 HOGGARD 8

  • Young WBHS golf team show lots of promise

    What do you get when you mix together one senior, one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen on one Class 3-A golf team? A small, young team with more opportunities for everyone to play and gain valuable experience against stronger New Hanover county 4-A schools.

    West Brunswick High School golf coach, Ron Ambrose, agrees.

  • Spring fishing action is steady for red drum

    In many places, the spring fishing has started off slowly, but don’t tell that to the folks landing the big red drum in our inshore waters. Shallow-water anglers and fishing guides have reported steady action on nice-sized redfish throughout the entire winter, and the landings are impressive. While pier patrons wait on the whiting and bluefish and surf fishermen fight skates and small sharks, light-tackle anglers are having a ball in the backwaters on the dependable red drum.

  • Brunswick County will likely still be a fast-growing community

    Although Brunswick County has given up its previously held positions as the 14th and then the 17th fastest growing county in America, it’s likely it won’t be long until the boom returns.

    Although the speed of Brunswick County’s growth may have slowed, people are still relocating to this community, and growth is likely to be a trend Brunswick County will long have to embrace.

  • Wake County judge orders a stay on Beach Plan deductibles

    RALEIGH—Coastal counties may have won this battle, but the war is far from over.

    On Friday, March 20, Wake County Superior Court Judge William Pittman ruled in favor of a group of coastal counties and municipalities, enacting a stay on the Beach Plan and FAIR Plan deductibles and surcharges.

    But there is no mention in Pittman’s order of a stay of the 29.5 percent increase to homeowners’ insurance rates set to take effect May 1.

  • Friends contribute to Facebook addiction

    Laura Lewis

    It was pretty silly, really, when Bubba Joe, my old high school buddy living in Illinois, invited me to become one of his friends on Facebook.

    I’m too old for this, I thought. I don’t have any decent, recent photographs to post. None of my friends are young enough to be on there—are they? And what exactly is Facebook?

  • Health department gives a record number of Golden A awards

    The Environmental Health Food and Lodging Section of the Brunswick County Health Department presented the 10th annual “Golden A” award to 118 local food establishments recently at a ceremony in Bolivia.

    Included in the list are 29 “Platinum A” awards for restaurants and other establishments that have earned the “Golden A” five consecutive years.

  • Sheriff’s office warns residents of paving scheme

    A Greenville man has been arrested for a paving scheme, and the sheriff’s office is warning residents about the scam.

    Anthony Shawn Stanley, 27, has been operating AJ’s Paving out of Greenville. According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison, Stanley paved a driveway of an elderly Carolina Shores man with inferior material. The driveway was also paved thinner than agreed, Caison said.

    Sheriff’s detective Tommy Cole charged Stanley with obtaining property by false pretenses March 4, Caison said.

  • Officer down motorcycle ride to benefit local public safety departments

    The Fourth Annual Officer Down Ride is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson/Buell at 6620 Market St., Wilmington. The ride continues to Beach House Harley-Davidson on U.S. 17 in Shallotte.

    Proceeds from the ride benefit the Officer Down Fund. The fund serves sheriff, police, fire, EMS and volunteer departments in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Columbus, and Bladen counties.