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Today's News

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Fairway 9 Court, Supply; suspect cut victim’s screen, entered house and left out backdoor.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Village Point Road, Shallotte; suspect kicked open victim’s backdoor and stole three 12-packs of beer.

  • Drug agents arrest two suspects in drug-trafficking organization

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit recently arrested two men they allege are involved in a Hispanic-based drug trafficking organization.

    Twenty-one year old suspects Damien Cruz and Saul Dominquez Jaramillo were arrested after drug agents and Leland Police officers executed a search warrant last Friday at two Leland-area residences following months-long investigation.

  • Kinderdance gets kids in motion while teaching developmental skills

    A 2004 study conducted by an exercise-science professor from University of South Carolina found preschool children ages 3-5 did not get enough physical activity.

    The study examined the activity of 281 children at preschools in churches, private programs and Head Start. The children received an average of 7.7 minutes an hour of moderate to vigorous activity.

  • Seven of 17 schools make AYP goals

    More than half of the 17 Brunswick County Schools did not meet the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for 2007-2008, but Superintendent Katie McGee won’t describe them as failing schools.

    Brunswick County Academy, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, South Brunswick Middle, Supply Elementary, Union Elementary, Waccamaw Elementary and West Brunswick High—58.8 percent of Brunswick County schools—did not meet AYPs.

  • Teachers are satisfied with Brunswick County schools

    Gov. Mike Easley has released the 2008 Teacher Working Conditions Initiative Survey, a survey that measures teacher satisfaction with curriculum, instruction and school operations.

    The survey, which has been given to North Carolina teachers since 2002, was completed by 923 teachers in Brunswick County and more than 100,000 teachers statewide.

    Ninety-eight percent of teachers in Brunswick County responded to the survey, 11 percent higher than the state average.

  • Holden Beach commissioners adopt pavilion usage policy

    Holden Beach commissioners adopted a pavilion use policy at their meeting Tuesday night that does not require reservations or deposits—although they are going to see how the policy works to determine if either is needed.

    The new Holden Beach pavilion, or giant gazebo, as some people call it—is on the island under the Holden Beach bridge.

    The town will be allowed to reserve the facility for such things as its popular, free concerts on Sunday nights. Town officials have priority in using the pavilion.

  • First sea turtle hatchlings emerge in Ocean Isle Beach

    Some 118 sea turtle hatchlings have emerged from the first nest at Ocean Isle Beach.

    “We had our first nest hatchee118 babies boiled out like they were ready for that ocean. They were big and very dry,” Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator for the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol said.

    The hatchlings emerged Monday, during the 55th day of the season.

    Hillenburg added, “We have never had a first nest hatch that soon.”

  • Businesses hopeful bridge rerouting won't hurt them

    SUNSET BEACH—Sure, the new $32 million, 65-foot-tall bridge is going to reroute traffic, but business managers near the old bridge are hopeful it won’t affect their foot traffic.

    Once the new span connecting the mainland and island is complete, projected to be by the end of 2010, there will still be business, said Christy Scott at The Bridge Grill and Par Harbor Mini Golf.

  • Quality customer service is key to attracting, retaining business

    After more than a year of not seeing friends and loved ones in Canada, I was excited recently when a week away from work gave me to chance to fly north to reconnect.

    Waking at 4 a.m., I set out on my adventure to fly several thousand miles and end up in a time zone two hours behind where I started. The flights were uneventful. The layover times were just enough.

    After landing on time at my Canadian destination, I breezed through Customs and patiently waited for my luggage to be unloaded, spin down the rotating conveyor belt and send me on my way.

  • The face of substance abuse may be more familiar than you thought

    Ever wondered what a drug addict looks like? Think you could spot an alcoholic just by looking at them?

    It might not be what you expect.

    It’s not like the movies, and it’s not a problem only facing inner cities or big metropolitan areas. It doesn’t exist solely in dingy, dark alleyways.

    The drug problem, as it has been vaguely dubbed, affects people from all walks of life—it’s not about black or white, rich or poor. It’s about people.