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Today's News

  • Schools lose more money as lottery funds reduced

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education was asked to send back about $470,000 to the state in a reversion earlier this year. While the state has not asked for another reversion, schools will be taking another hit to their budgets, as state lottery funds will be reduced.

    Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, said Gov. Bev Perdue reduced the district’s lottery funds to $340,000—25 percent of what was originally allotted.

  • Volunteer fire departments: Are they taken for granted?

    In the 1972 film “The Godfather,” a desperate man seeking revenge asks the godfather to murder for money.

    Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, replies in his raspy voice, “We’ve known each other for many years, but this is the first time you came to me for counsel, for help. I can’t remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here: You never wanted my friendship. And uh, you were afraid to be in my debt.”

  • Supply Elementary inducts 22 into newly formed honor society

    SUPPLY—Supply Elementary School is the first in the county and among the first schools in the nation to induct students into the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS), which was founded in July 2008.

    Dwight Willis, Supply principal, read about the newly formed organization last summer and immediately applied to have a local chapter started at Supply Elementary.

  • North Brunswick High performs testing plays for Shallotte Middle students

    North Brunswick High School Theatre Department took its shows on the road last week and performed two plays for students at Shallotte Middle School.

    The high school students performed “Walter’s Tale” and “High Stakes,” two plays centered around academic testing.

  • Eighth-grader wins second annual Idol competition

    Shallotte Middle School has a new idol.

    Olivia Carlyle was announced as the winner of the 2nd Annual Shallotte Middle School Idol last Thursday night.

    SMS Idol, sponsored by the SADD and SAVE clubs, featured 20 musical acts by sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Students sang newer songs that have been released in the past year by popular artists like Taylor Swift, Kellie Picker and Beyonce. Some students took it back several decades with songs like “Soul Man,” and Etta James’ “At Last.”

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 25, 26, 27 and March 2, 3 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Feb. 25

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Amber Adkins, driving while license revoked, voluntarily dismissed.

    Ronald Patrick Alexander, improper equipment, costs.

    Stephanie Rae Allen, improper equipment, costs.

  • Calabash town administrator Vincent Long resigns

    CALABASH—Town administrator Vincent Long resigned abruptly Tuesday after just eight months on the job, stating it was mainly for personal reasons.

    In a handwritten memo to Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Long stated his resignation is effective at 5 p.m. this Thursday, March 5.

    “He was doomed from the start,” mayor pro tem Forrest King said following a 40-minute closed session Tuesday for town commissioners to discuss ongoing “personnel matters.”

  • WebQuery online for new schools' district lines

    WebQuery, an online program to help determine what school students are eligible to attend, is updated with Town Creek Elementary School and Cedar Grove Middle Schools' newly approved district lines and live on the Brunswick County Schools' Web site.

  • Some 40,000 BEMC customers lose power Thursday morning

    The southern half of Brunswick County experienced a power outage Thursday morning. About 40,000 Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation customers were without power for about two hours.

    According to BEMC, the outage spanned from N.C. 211 south to Calabash. It started around 6:30 a.m., and most power was restored by around 8:30 a.m.

    The outage originated at the Prospect Transmission Substation in Supply and affected about eleven distribution substations.

  • Wilma 'n' Fred

    Wilma, right, is a 1-year-old brown tabby with beautiful orange eyes who has been at Cat Tails for quite a while awaiting a new home. She has a brother named Fred. Wilma is playful, loves attention and gets along well with other cats and people except she would not do well in a home with small children. To see her and her brother, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Wilma and Fred, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.