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Today's News

  • Trailblazers: Helen Gabriel

    Helen Gabriel has spent the last eight years helping bring literacy to Brunswick County residents. A lifelong educator, Gabriel said she “just sort of fell into it.”
    Growing up, Gabriel’s parents, both educators, placed a high value on education and instilled a strong work ethic in her and her three sisters.
    Now as an adult, Gabriel has followed the same path as her parents and three sisters. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and began her career in education.

  • Banned and challenged books

    My sister, Ashley, and I have always been polar opposites—she was the outgoing one, while I was the shy one.
    She enjoyed gadgets, electronics and technology, while I preferred to stay as far away from those things as possible.
    She hated shopping while I could shop for 24 hours straight.
    Perhaps the biggest difference between us was in our hobbies; I was a bookworm, and she despised reading—with a passion.

  • No matter how many times I do it, I still get excited about voting

    I recently married a Canadian. He gets pretty excited about news—local, national and international.

    When he was still living in Canada, it wasn’t uncommon for him to have absorbed some interesting fact of the day from U.S. news before I even realized something was going on.

    American politics, especially, have always interested him. The differences between the American political system and processes and Canada always have him asking questions and making comparisons.

  • Carolina Shores Town Administrator should have known better

    Seriously, Carolina Shores? Is this really happening again? Have town officials really let Carolina Shores’ citizens down once again?

    Unfortunately, yes.

    We understand people make mistakes, and when they do, we believe they should be given opportunities to correct them, learn from them and hopefully not make them again.

    However, we have a hard time understanding how someone as experienced and versed as Carolina Shores Town Administrator Linda Herncane could make a mistake by deleting town e-mails from her computer.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Thomas Lock with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on April 12:

    Desmon Terrell Barnhill, 32, of 805 Queen St., Wilmington; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, two counts felony trafficking opium or heroin.

  • District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, April 14

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Isaac Anderson, PNG/G simple affray, prayer for judgment continued.

  • Trojans beat Whiteville 19-2, clinch conference title

     Sophomore outfielder Jesse Simmons hit a grand slam as the West Brunswick baseball team clinched the Waccamaw Conference baseball championship by routing Whiteville 19-2 in five innings Tuesday.

    Freshman outfielder Markel Jones also homered as every Trojan batter in the starting lineup got a hit. The 19 runs are the most West has scored this season.

    Winning pitcher Gavin Lane (6-1) threw a four-inning no-hitter. Gavin, a senior left-hander, walked four and struck out eight. Marquise Johnson pitched the last inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.

  • Census takers hit streets

    U.S. census takers have started going door-to-door to interview people who have not returned questionnaires for the 2010 count.

    “I’m putting 1,400 people on the street in my region,” Tony Osticco, local census manager based in Wilmington, said last week.

    Census takers or “enumerators” were scheduled to hit streets this past Saturday.

  • Voters to receive primary ballots based on party, house districts

    With one-stop voting underway in Brunswick County and the Primary Election May 4, Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy, reminds people they will receive one of four partisan a ballots and one nonpartisan ballot for judicial races when they vote.

    Registered Democrats will receive ballot D-1 or D-2. D-1 ballots are for registered Democrats who vote in the District 17 State House race, and D-2 ballots are for those who vote in the District 20 State House race.

  • Convicted murdered to receive new trial

    Thomas Duncan, who was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, will receive another day in court.

    Assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger, who secured the guilty verdict against Duncan as prosecutor, said Duncan would receive a new trial as a result of a ruling that his former court-appointed defense attorney offered “ineffective assistance” in Duncan’s 2006 trial. It was during that trial that Duncan was convicted of killing his daughter-in-law Jonetta Duncan in 2005.