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Today's News

  • Citizen investigators

    BOLIVIA—Two weeks ago, they were patrol officers. Last week, they were investigators.

    In the coming weeks, they’ll prepare their cases for court—running the gamut of law enforcement from taking the original reports to trying their cases before a judge.

    For the students in the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy, each week brings a new challenge, and last week was no exception. Students, divided into five groups each investigating seemingly unrelated incidents, took reports, processed crime scenes and collected evidence.

  • Sheriff’s office, Leland Police and SBI to receive federal forfeited funds

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is one of three agencies set to receive $84,000 in federally forfeited funds.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the sheriff’s office, the Leland Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation will each receive one-third of a $325,000 share pursuant to the federal equitable sharing program.

  • New theater troupe to take ‘Sylvia’ on the road

    Longtime community theater director Ron Lee isn’t content to just accept kudos for his past accomplishments.

    So after directing several successful productions for Brunswick Little Theatre, Lee jumped at the opportunity to take his most popular show “on the road” by starting the Cape Fear Repertory Theater, a professional company bringing professional-level productions to small towns in the Carolinas.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 14, 15, 16 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Jan. 14

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Francisco Aguilar, no operator’s license, Brunswick County Jail 15 days, suspended sentence six months, unsupervised probation six months, costs, $35 interpreter fee.

  • Contributions warm Comfort Socks' toes

    It was just a few months ago that Theresa Tese launched her socks charity to help warm the feet and hearts of the homeless.

    Since then, people in the community have donated hundreds of pairs of socks to the nonprofit, Comfort Socks.

    In December, Tese delivered nearly 400 pairs to Brunswick Family Assistance in Shallotte and Good Shepherd Center and First Fruit Ministries in Wilmington.

  • Housing help available in economic downturn

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County had between 1,000-2,999 foreclosure starts between January 2007 and January 2008, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

  • Contemporary glass showcased at Sunset River Marketplace

    CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, is featuring “Art Glass: Summerfield & Friends” through Feb. 6.

    The group showing of contemporary art glass consists of new works by Scott Summerfield, Kakie Willcox Honig and Fyreglas Studio (husband and wife team, J.J. Brown and Simona Rosasco).

  • Community gathers to watch, celebrate new president’s term

    When Willie Gore was arrested in 1962 following a civil rights sit-in, he never could have imagined he’d be watching an African-American president being sworn into office more than 40 years later.

    In 1960, a group of students at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro began having sit-ins in protest of racial discrimination.

    The Southport resident was a part of CORE—Congress of Racial Equality—in the ’60s, and in 1962, he joined a sit-in at an S&W Cafeteria.

  • Changes under way at West’s athletic facilities

    The changes have been subtle, changes that make West Brunswick High School sports fans say, “Did you see . . . ?”

    Those attending basketball games have noticed banners honoring past players, individual state champions and team state championships.

    That is just one phase of athletics director John Floyd’s ongoing plan to spruce up West’s sports facilities.

    “We’re cleaning things up,” Floyd said. “We’re dressing things up.”

    For Floyd, the changes can’t happen fast enough.

  • A free throw is harder than it sounds

    In football, coaches fuss over and over about turnovers. In baseball, coaches worry about walks. And in basketball, coaches fret about free throws.

    Coaches, players and fans can count on it: free throws will make the difference in several games throughout a season.

    In a recent West Brunswick junior varsity girls basketball game, the Trojans lost 37-29 to Laney. West did its part in running the offense, as Laney fouled many times trying to stop the quicker Trojans from scoring. But West lost because it missed 17-of-30 free throws.