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Today's News

  • BCC hires new volleyball coach

     Melissa Everitt, a former junior college volleyball player with local and national connections, is the new volleyball coach at Brunswick Community College.

    She takes over from Stephanie McMullan, who coached the team the first two seasons of its existence.

     “I went to a community college, so I know all about what a community college stands for,” Everitt said. “So it’s really neat for me to be here.”

    Everitt attended a community college in North Platte, Neb.

  • North’s Lemanski accepts job at St. Pauls

     

     

    A new challenge and the opportunity to be closer to family have led Travis Lemanski to resign as the boys’ basketball coach at North Brunswick High School and accept the same job at St. Pauls High School.

    “It’s time for me to move on,” Lemanski said. “I have been here 10 years. My wife is a native of Robeson County, so we’re trying to relocate closer to her family.”

    Lemanski was officially hired by the school board May 11.

  • West’s girls win in soccer playoffs

     

     Julianna Zio scored twice in the first half and set a season scoring record as the West Brunswick girls’ soccer team beat Triton 2-0 May 12 in a first-round game of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs.

    Zio, a sophomore, now has 18 goals this season.

    The playoff victory also was the first for the girls’ soccer program

     “They are all very excited,” West coach Laura Hickman said. “We’re just so proud. They have really exceeded our expectations this year.

  • Holden Beach board talks about sand

    Hoping not to have to change course in mid-stream, Holden Beach commissioners authorized Mayor Alan Holden at their meeting Tuesday night to send a letter supporting the local district risk/analysis model for acquiring sources of sand.

    Holden Beach is not on the federal 50-year plan but has been working to get on it.

    Town manager David Hewett said representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Storm Damage Center of Expertise out of New Jersey recently met with officials from the Wilmington District Corps, Caswell Beach, Oak Island and Holden Beach.

  • Dredging project finished at Holden Beach; more beach access created

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just completed an $800,000 dredging, navigation and beach renourishment project on Holden Beach.

    The project removed sand from the last sand bar in the Lockwood Folly Inlet (close to the waterway) and transported the sand to the east end of the beach.

    Officially called Lockwood Folly Inlet Crossing Navigation Maintenance, the project added sand from in front of the last house on the east end to in front of Winding River’s clubhouse, also on the oceanfront.

  • Another life cut too short by drunk driving in Brunswick

    Last Friday night, one woman’s life ended much too early. Her life was full of promise and talent. A bright, friendly person, she touched the lives of many.
    Now Satu Harris’s life has been cut short—the result of an inexcusable act. Satu was killed by a drunk driver.
    I first met Satu when she was a student, working nights at Bogey’s restaurant on Oak Island. I had dinner with my family at Bogey’s several times a month.

  • Calabash gets park grant, mulls animated signs

    CALABASH—The town has been awarded a $56,700 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to build its first park.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons made the announcement at Tuesday night’s monthly town commissioners meeting.

    The park site is a vacant 1-acre, town-owned lot across from Calabash Town Hall at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

  • Animal services cuts advisory meetings to quarterly

    Brunswick County Animal Services advisory meetings will now be scheduled quarterly instead of monthly.

    The reason for the meeting cutbacks, according to county environmental services director David Stanley, is to have time to implement new ideas.

    “We decided to back off the meetings a little bit,” Stanley said. “There are a lot of things we’re starting to do, plans and ideas to try.”

    Additional time is needed to implement them, he said.

  • Board votes to close eighth-grade Transition Academy due to budget shortfall

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to close the eighth-grade Transition Academy at the end of the year due to an anticipated $5.8 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Interim superintendent Les Tubb and executive financial officer Freyja Cahill recommended the board close the academy due to the shortfall. It costs $450,000 to operate the school.

  • Board votes to keep Pre-K classes only in northern end of county

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to transfer all but 54 available slots for Pre-K enrollment to private sectors, keeping only spots in the northern end of the county.

    School officials previously recommended the board transfer all Pre-K slots to private sectors to compensate for the estimated $5.8 million budget shortfall.