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Today's News

  • School board raise issue should stir outrage

    Service as an elected official requires a certain degree of sacrifice. Apparently, Brunswick County Board of Education members forgot that when they tried to give themselves a raise Aug. 28.

    It is difficult to believe, given their combined 57 years on the board, they did not know only the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners can give them a raise.

    It is astounding that they would try this in a year when teachers across the state had to fight so hard to secure an average 7 percent salary increase from the General Assembly.

  • Gone, but never forgotten: Brunswick County honors heroes

     SUPPLY — Never forget — That’s the message retired firefighters sent to a patriotic crowd at Brunswick Community College on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 American civilians, including 343 New York City firefighters.

    For the 11th consecutive year, a memorial service was held on the BCC campus by the Carolinas Retirees Association of the Fire Department of New York after a motorcade left South Carolina.

  • Charter school group asks county school system to settle lawsuit

     BOLIVIA — Charter Day School Inc. is asking Brunswick County Schools to remit more than $1 million it says has been withheld wrongfully.

    Brunswick County Schools officials, however, contend the nonprofit corporation that holds charters for two public schools in Brunswick County is owed far less.

    Local school districts are responsible for funding charter schools. By law, charter schools receive the per pupil allotment for each student they enroll. In Brunswick County, that allotment is about $7,600.

  • School board keeps novel in curriculum with restrictions

     BOLIVIA — A controversial novel will remain in Brunswick County Schools after the board of education voted to keep the book on library shelves with limitations.

    The board voted 4 to 1 to maintain the book in the curriculum for students 13 and older and ninth-grade English courses or higher. This includes 13-year-olds in eighth grade taking a ninth-grade honors level course.

    Middle school students who are 13 or older can check the book out of the school’s library as long as he or she has written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

  • Police ask for help locating alligator killer

     The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating the person who killed a 9-foot alligator last week.

    It’s unclear when the “intentional killing” near Big Lake on Alton Lennon Road took place, but authorities were told about the dead alligator Sept. 10, Boiling Spring Lakes Chief Brad Shirley wrote in a news release.

  • Leland man arrested, charged in teen’s brief disappearance

     A Leland man is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility after authorities say he contributed to the delinquency of a Pender County runaway.

    The Pender County Sheriff’s Office asked Leland police to check 36-year-old Scott Kenneth Aubry’s Leland address to pick up the teenage girl, who was located and returned home safely, Leland police Lt. Joe Pierce said.

  • Brief SBHS lockdown lifted

     South Brunswick High School returned to its regular schedule after a brief lockdown Monday afternoon, Sept. 15.

    The school went into lockdown when the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person in the woods near the school, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Students saw a person in the woods with something in their hand that they could be a gun and reported it to the (school resource officer),” Flax said. “It turned out to be two kids skipping class.”

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 2, 3 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 2

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Tiffany Blickenstaff, PG DWI level 5.

  • Topsail beats Trojans 2-1 in soccer

     HAMPSTEAD — Topsail beat West Brunswick 2-1 in a conference soccer game between two class 3A teams Monday, Sept. 15.

    Topsail took a 2-0 lead on a long-range goal with about 15 minutes left. A red card penalty on Topsail — it was the second yellow on a player — left the Pirates with 10 players for the final 7:55.

    The Trojans took advantage by scoring with 3:44 left. A low, hard shot by junior midfielder John McNeil bounced to the right of the Topsail goalkeeper. Junior forward Jerome Scoggins ran to the ball and kicked it into the goal.

  • Decisions about when to go on fishing trip

     If fishing runs in your veins, now is the time to be planning that fishing trip. The availability of baitfish is unbelievable right now. Mullet and menhaden are thick from the waterways to the beachfront. Several of the shallow creeks are full of shrimp, too. The predator fish are lurking and the action should get stronger as more cold fronts pass through out area. We just experienced our first good cool down and the fish are starting to stack up.