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Today's News

  • Season’s hottest toys bring along with them expensive price tags

    At more than two feet long, it might be a little difficult to squeeze Spike the Ultra Dinosaur inside your busy shopping cart this holiday season, but if you’re a parent who is intent on getting your child one of the season’s top holiday gifts, you might want to plan ahead for this one.

    According to besttoysguide.com, Fisher-Price’s Spike is one of the must-haves of the season. The green plastic dinosaur comes complete with a remote control that, when activated, enables Spike to move and sound like the real thing.

  • Memorial service offers hope for victims touched by tragedies

    I sat quietly as the names scrolled across the big screen in the front of the church. Some names I didn’t recognize, but most names I did.

    The names were names of those lost to murder, drunk driving and domestic violence, and the gravity of the evening was not lost on this reporter. Many of the names I recognized because I had reported on their deaths.

    I knew when and how these victims were taken from their families, but for the first times in many of their stories, I saw the people left behind in the wake of their senseless deaths.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged David Carl Collins, 44, of 2 Lee Drive, Wilmington, with driving while impaired Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Kangaroo parking lot. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $500 secured bond.

  • Former detention officer charged with assault

    A former Brunswick County detention officer has been charged with assault on a female.

    Shallotte Police charged Gregory Robert Smith, 26, of 628 Village Road, Shallotte, with assault on a female Nov. 19.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said Smith was employed as a detention officer from March 11, 2008, until he resigned Nov. 20.

    Smith was making an annual salary of $28,789, Miller said.

    Smith’s district court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.

  • Brunswick Electric presents Bright Ideas grants to teachers at luncheon

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s (BEMC) headquarters in Shallotte buzzed with excitement as teachers, principals and superintendents from Brunswick and Columbus counties joined BEMC directors for the annual Bright Ideas Educational Grant Awards luncheon on Thursday, Nov 13.

  • Meeting our facility needs

    Brunswick County Schools operates in a dynamic environment. Our student enrollment continues to rise with our present student population in grades K-12 at 12,000. We also house more than 200 pre-kindergarten students yearly.

    Our need for more and more technology to support the instructional program is critical. Other factors that create the need for renovations and new schools include building age and the cost of energy.

  • Golf action

    Editor’s note: Because of an early deadline for the holiday, results received after Nov. 20 will be published next week.

    The Brierwood WGA had a scramble format on Nov. 18 in its last tournament of the season. The game resulted in a tie for two teams, which was broken by the matching of scorecards. The winning scores were 7-over-par 72. First place went to the team of Hilda Hall, Gloria Brkal, Ellie Scutt and Sue Janovic. The second-place team was Sarah Lula, Carol Fitz-Gerald, Pat Kronyak and Mickey Salerno.

  • WBHS students perform ‘An Evening of Original Works’

    SHALLOTTE—A new director for West Brunswick High School Theatre Department has the actors’ creative juices flowing.

    Jennifer Negron, who previously directed Shallotte Middle School’s theater department, has made a transition to the high school’s stage and has already found talent within her new students.

    Negron teaches theater classes as well as directs after school performances. Her theater classes showcased scriptwriting skills Friday when students performed “An Evening of Original Works.”

  • Input needed for future county parks and recreation plans

    At a recent meeting of Leadership Brunswick County, Jim Pryor, Brunswick County parks and recreation director, asked attendees what parks and recreation meant to them.

    The answers varied from tennis courts and softball fields to Little League and other community sports programs.

    If such a question were asked of all of Brunswick County, the answers would likely be more diverse and unique depending on respondents’ locations within the county, their age groups and interests.

  • New simulator brings virtual training to emergency personnel

    BOLIVIA—As a container is being loaded off a ship at a port, it explodes. Billowing black smoke fills the air and emergency responders converge on the scene. Once they arrive, it’s time to get to work—assess the situation and put out the flames.

    Then there’s a second explosion.

    To practice this scenario in the real world would be difficult, if not impossible, but with a new training simulator recently acquired by Brunswick County Emergency Services, it’s a reality—a virtual reality.