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  • South swimmers prep for states

    South Brunswick High School’s swim teams ended the 2007-08 regular season with a splash last week.

    The Cougar boys piled up 63 points in beating Clinton (16) and Swansboro (7) in a meet at the Wilmington YWCA on Saturday and had 53 points in beating Cape Fear Academy (34) last Wednesday in Wilmington.

    The Lady Cougars had 66 points in beating Swansboro (21) and Clinton (6) and 77 points in a 77-16 win against Cape Fear Academy.

  • More subpoenas flood sheriff's office

    At least seven Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office employees were subpoenaed Thursday, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

    But it is unclear if Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett was among those subpoenaed.

    “As far as I know, I don’t know that he has [been subpoenaed],” Hewett’s secretary Beth Bolling said Friday.

    Marshall said he did not know if any documents had been subpoenaed.

  • School board to forward complaint to AG

    BOLIVIA—North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper may soon decide Ray Gilbert’s future as a Brunswick County Board of Education member.

    At a special meeting Friday, the board voted 4-1, with Gilbert dissenting, adopting a resolution to forward a copy of a domestic violence protective order against Gilbert to the attorney general. North Carolina law does not allow a school board to remove one of its elected officials; the decision instead is left up to the AG’s office.

  • Parent protests against board member

    The North Carolina Attorney General may be the one to decide whether or not to remove Ray Gilbert from the Brunswick County Board of Education, but Tracey Danka is doing everything she can to make sure the attorney general knows her—and many others’—opinion.

    Danka started a petition Monday urging the attorney general to remove Gilbert from his elected position. She started collecting signatures Monday morning outside Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School but was asked to leave the school property.

  • Two new bills, no funding put local jail in a crunch

    BOLIVIA—Two new state laws aimed at identifying illegal inmates and inmates with mental illnesses took effect at local detention centers Jan. 1.

    But Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett said no additional funds were earmarked for either the education or enforcement of these two new booking requirements.

    The first law, Senate Bill 229, requires detention center officers immediately establish the place of birth and country of citizenship of all inmates charged with a driving while impaired offense or other felony at the time of booking.

  • Closed gallery puts art on lockdown

    CALABASH—Local artists are complaining they’ve been painted into a corner after a landlord closed and changed the locks on a gallery where their work was being displayed on consignment.

    But property owner Forrest King, who also is a Calabash commissioner, said he had no choice after gallery manager Russ Brassard failed to pay rent.

    Artists claim King is holding their work hostage after the gallery abruptly closed in December.

  • State lifts burn ban; local ban still in effect

    Forestry officials temporarily lifted the statewide ban on open burning Jan. 2, but Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner has not rescinded the local ban.

    The countywide ban on open burning prohibits open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling.

    “Although the area received some rain over the recent past, North Carolina remains in a severe drought, which has created dry, hazardous conditions, which has prompted a red flag warning to be issued by the National Weather Service for most of the state,” Garner stated in a press release.

  • Mobile biopsy unit rolls into Brunswick Community Hospital

    SUPPLY—A new service offered at Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply is on the move.

    Every other week, a mobile stereotactic breast biopsy center will arrive at the hospital, making it more convenient for Brunswick County residents to receive this less-invasive biopsy procedure in the county.

    Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said the mobile biopsy unit makes it easier and less expensive for women who may have a suspicious mammogram or a small breast lump to visit the mobile biopsy unit rather than travel to another county for the same procedure.

  • County agrees to fund completion of former Shallotte Rescue Squad building

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday agreed to fund the completion of the former Shallotte Rescue Squad building, and awarded the construction contract to 3M Construction.

    Of the four contractors who submitted bids, 3M Construction was awarded the contract with the low bid of $423,300, EMS director Brian Watts said.

    An additional $94,850 was appropriated for outside grading and paving to be completed by Brunswick County Operations Services, Watts said.

  • Federal funds secured for senior center

    SOUTHPORT—A multi-use senior center in the works for Southport has been awarded $250,000 in federal funds.

    According to Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. Director Jim Russell, the proposed senior center would likely cost about $2 million, with county commissioners appropriating roughly three fourths of total cost.

    Even with the county commitment and the recently federal appropriations, Russell said additional funds are still needed for furnishings and other equipment.