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  • Lice policy for Brunswick schools set for review in January

    Brunswick County schools lice policy will be reviewed in 2014.

    The discussion was scheduled for the Brunswick County Board of Education Nov. 5 meeting.

    But the issue was tabled after a discussion of removing The Color Purple from the curriculum for advanced placement classes and the county’s curriculum and media collection overtook the meeting agenda.

    To do so, they had to push back a discussion until 2014 on their policy for dealing with lice in schools.

  • Anticipating Riverwalk approval, Belville sets aside PARTF grant money

    Belville commissioners adjusted their town budget up to more than $1 million to prepare for the cost of the riverwalk park.

    Belville has proposed building a Riverwalk park that would include a 12,000 square foot restaurant and retail site that would include a 120-foot fishing pier in the Brunswick River, eight shops, a boardwalk, walking trails and an observation tower.

  • Belville searching for replacement commissioner for Bost

    Belville will spend the next month searching for a replacement for Commissioner Charles Bost.

    Bost sent town officials a letter of resignation effective Jan. 1.

    At a special called meeting Jan. 2, the Belville town board accepted his resignation and began planning to find a replacement on the four-person board of commissioners.

    Mayor Mike Allen said he was caught by surprise by Bost’s resignation as well and while he had not talked to him as of the Jan. 2 meeting, he was looking forward to it.

  • Cape Fear golf course hosting two Carolinas PGA events in 2014

    Cape Fear National Golf Course in Leland will host its first Carolinas Professional Golf Association tournament in 2014 — and its second.

    Carolinas PGA selected the Leland golf course for two, two-day events: the Carolinas PGA Senior Championships, July 28-29, and the CPGA Pro Am, Sept. 28-29.

    Glenda Browning, Leland Tourism Development Authority TDA executive director, said both events will be sponsored by the TDA.

    The summer’s senior tournament will be sponsored by the TDA and Mercedez-Benz.

  • New year will see new projects move forward in Leland

    The face of Leland will change in 2014 beginning with the town and police department moving into the new town hall.

    “The town hall completion date in the contract is (Jan. 3). It’s not complete yet, but it is close,” town manager David Hollis said.

    While the town didn’t get to celebrate the new year in the new town hall, Hollis anticipates they will be able to move in by the end of February.

  • Supply couple charged in break-ins, $36K in property recovered

    BOLIVIA — A Supply couple is accused of stealing $36,000 in property from a residence during at least two break-ins in December, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office announced at a Thursday, Jan. 9, news conference.

    Detectives arrested Kelly Michael Rabon, 37, and Amanda Todd Coffey, 30, on Jan. 5.

    Rabon is charged with breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, possession of burglary tools and larceny of a motor vehicle.  Coffey is charged with breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

  • Student arrested after officials find threatening note

    Students and staff at South Brunswick Middle and South Brunswick High schools were locked down Thursday, Jan. 9, after school administrators intercepted a written threat from a high school student who was arrested later that afternoon.

    Tevin Devon Lee, 18, was arrested off campus and charged with making a false report of mass violence on educational property, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Shallotte man sentenced to prison on cocaine conviction

    A Shallotte man was sentenced to serve at least five years in prison after pleading guilty to felony possession with the intent to distribute, sell or deliver cocaine.

    Rafel Bland, 52, of Hale Swamp Road, was sentenced by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis as a habitual felon Monday, Jan. 6, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

    He was ordered to serve a minimum of five years to a maximum of 89 months — more than seven years — in the North Carolina Department of Correction.

  • McIntyre to retire

    U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre has announced he will be retiring at the end of this congressional term.

    McIntyre’s office released a statement Wednesday outlining his decision to retire at the end of the term in 2014.

    “In eastern North Carolina, we have demonstrated that public service is a partnership between the people and the representative they entrust to speak on their behalf,” McIntyre is quoted a press release. 

  • Two men rescue motorist near Ocean Isle Beach

     Glenn Biddle knew a motorist who had crashed into a ditch filled with water was in big trouble when he saw the car in the freezing temperatures Tuesday, Jan. 7.

    He and Jim Fish, another man who had stopped, did the only thing they knew to do: They went in after him.

    Biddle and Fish, both of Ash, who happened upon the scene before Brunswick County Emergency Services arrived, saw the silver Dodge Neon nearly submerged in a ditch near Ocean Isle Palms.