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  • Brunswick County schools opposes second charter school

    Brunswick County Schools officials oppose a second charter school in the county and put their concerns in writing to the state May 24.

    Roger Bacon Academy, the management company for the Charter Day School in Leland and the Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, has applied for a third charter school in Supply—South Brunswick Charter School—with the Office of Charter Schools at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

  • Leland mayor and family offer town waterfront property

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman stepped away from her seat on town council last month for one issue that was too close to her heart.

    Bozeman recused herself from a board decision because her family has offered to donate land to the town.

    The property is at 158 S. Navassa Road in Leland on the Cape Fear River.

    “It’s where my mom lived the last 40-plus years after she remarried,” Bozeman said, adding the blended family included 15 children. Bozeman is the youngest of six siblings. Her stepfather, C.J. Dilda, had nine children.

  • New county manager shuffles departmental responsibility

    Ann Hardy has barely had time to change offices since she was hired as county manager two weeks ago, but is already making changes to the county departments.

    At Monday night’s county commissioners meeting, the board approved reorganizing several county departments, beginning with Health and Human Services.

    The Health Department and Department of Social Services boards were consolidated by the commissioners in September 2012

  • Tropical storm warning in effect

    A tropical storm warning and flood watch are in effect for Brunswick County and other portions of southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.

    At 8 a.m. Thursday, the center of Tropical Storm Andrea was about 620 miles southwest of Wilmington as it moves up the coast toward the area, according to the National Weather Service.

    Rain and wind are expected to increase, especially Friday morning, although it is too early to provide exact wind, rain and surge forecast.

  • McIntyre denounces MSA decision

    U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre is strongly denouncing a decision by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to exclude Brunswick County from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    “OMB’s decision makes no practical, economic, or common sense,” McIntyre is quoted in a press release issued Wednesday.

    “Anyone who knows our region understands that Brunswick County is part of the greater Wilmington area and not part of South Carolina,” McIntyre said.

  • Shallotte teen arrested for murder of 4-month-old

    A Shallotte teenager has been arrested for the murder of a 4-month-old child.

    Randy Lee Richardson, 19, of Pelican Place in Shallotte was brought into custody at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday for the May 28 murder of 4-month-old Colton Richardson.

    He is being held without bond at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    More details will be released as they become available, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

  • Oak Island native helps seniors with ‘Ageless Yoga’

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    When one thinks of yoga, he or she often pictures a room full of young, limber people twisting their bodies into positions called “cat pose” and “downward dog.”

    But Beverly Weinstein’s classes are different. Because her focus is on relaxation and stretching, she calls her practice “Ageless Yoga.”

    Weinstein’s parents built a house on Oak Island in the ’60s. She grew up in Brunswick County and attended Southport High School.

  • West grad to compete in NBC's new singing reality show

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    A young man from Ash is living out in Los Angeles, hoping for his big break—and he just may have found it.

    Jesse Mayo, a 2010 graduate of West Brunswick High School, will be featured on NBC’s new singing reality show “The Winner Is.”

    A preview of the show will air Monday, June 10, just after the “The Voice.”

  • ‘Tammy’: The reel deal

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Last week, traffic on Main Street slowed to a crawl as people tried to get a look at the hustle-and-bustle outside The Grille. Despite all the work going on outside, the restaurant was not open. The sign simply read “closed for Tammy.”

    For anyone who may be wondering exactly who “Tammy” is, she is the main character in a movie of the same name.

  • Shallotte restaurant and restaurateur make debut in next summer’s film ‘Tammy’

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Last Friday, Sal Rubio’s day started out anything but glamorous.

    “It was an average day,” he said. “I took the kids to school, had to take two sick cats to the vet, and then I came home to a broken air-conditioner and had to take care of that.”

    But by 5 p.m., Rubio was dressed and ready to film scenes for the movie “Tammy,” a comedy based on the screenplay by Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone.