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  • School system finding funds for elementary SROs this year and next

    School board members have finalized funding School Resource Officers (SROs) in Brunswick County Elementary Schools through the end of the year.

    Just in time to begin budget planning to keep them there next year.

    The board of education has approved the use of $245,838 from the fund balance to pay for deputies for the rest of the school year.

    On Feb. 5 the board voted unanimously to update the county’s agreement with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Commissioners add code enforcement officer

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners are a week away from hearing the results of a salary study that’s been in the works for the past six months.

    But at Monday’s county meeting, they decided one position couldn’t wait another day.

    County manager Marty Lawing reported that due to recent economic conditions, the code enforcement office staff has dwindled from a one-time high of three officers, one administrator and an assistant to only one officer and an administrator.

  • Commissioners support drug treatment grant as long as county doesn’t cover cost

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners showed Monday they are willing to support Brunswick County treatment court, as long as it can support itself.

    Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis came to the commissioners’ meeting to ask for their support for a grant.

    Lewis and Dr. Carrie Menke intend to submit a grant application to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for funding of the Adult Drug Court.

    Lewis runs treatment courts for drug, mental health and alcohol treatment programs.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church celebrates Black History Month

    Look for a multimedia presentation including interviews, music and more online at http://youtu.be/RWpqUPvaDiM

    Ladies wore fancy hats, ushers were clad in white, and the choir was in colorful African garb in celebration of Black History Month.

    It was a typical Sunday morning in February at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on U.S. 17 near Calabash.

    In the midst of morning singing and prayers, church pastor Douglas Moss emerged at the pulpit to launch the day’s announcements and message:

  • Sunset Beach Town Council talks finance, future at daylong retreat

    SUNSET BEACH—The town’s five-year financial forecast and capital improvement plan were among agenda items outlined at town council’s annual retreat Tuesday.

    Town administrator Gary Parker kicked off the daylong session at Sea Trail by reviewing projected numbers with the town board and staff.

    Parker cited a “steadily decreasing fund balance” through fiscal year 2014-15, after which it goes up. He said that was planned because of capital improvement projects that are under way and completed.

  • Good Samaritan rushes to aid ailing pelican

    Aimee Duncan was just trying to do a good Valentine’s Day deed when she rescued an ailing pelican from the side of U.S. 17 last week.

    Duncan, a library assistant at Hickmans Crossroads Library, was on her way to work when she saw the brown bird next to the road near Holy Bethel Church, just east of the Thomasboro Road intersection.

    “I was just going down Highway 17 and I happened to look over and see there was a pelican beside the road,” Duncan said. “He was standing there and kind of looked like he wasn’t feeling too well.”

  • Man gets 75 days for fatal wreck

    Three-fifty-eight p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010, is a date and time forever etched in the memories of one Supply family.

    It’s when 23-year-old Stephanie Fay Heath took her last breath.

    The young Brunswick Community College student was driving on N.C. 211 on her way to pick up her boyfriend from work at St. James Plantation. A vehicle driven by Richard Joseph Constantineau, then 42, of Rocky Point, crossed the centerline and struck Heath’s vehicle head-on.

    Heath was driving a 1994 Ford truck, and Constantineau was driving a 1999 Chevrolet.

  • Woman to appear in court on counterfeit money charges

    A Brunswick County woman is about to have her day in court after being charged with possession of counterfeit money.

    Luann Thomason Simmons, 43, faces charges of felony possession of five or more counterfeit instruments. She will appear in Brunswick County court on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

    Simmons was arrested and charged on Sept. 7, 2012, following several months of investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Unit and the U.S. Secret Service.

  • A friendly competition and a great place to make friends

    At least three times a week, Bill Davis hits the basketball court to shoot some hoops. But that’s not all; on the other days he plays tennis.

    This avid athlete turned 78 in January.

    Davis isn’t alone in his passion for sports. Brunswick County Parks and Recreation’s senior programs officials have paired Davis with others in his age range who share a common interest.

    Davis and his teammates on the Brunswick County Coasters are busy preparing for the upcoming Senior Games competition.

  • Smithfield’s Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q may soon serve Shallotte area

    SHALLOTTE—Another dining option may be just around the corner for Shallotte.

    The planning board has approved site plans for a Smithfield’s Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q restaurant.

    The proposed restaurant would be at 4670 East Coast Lane next to Golden Corral off U.S. 17.

    John Kinlaw, president of Kinlaw Realty, is representing the buyer and the seller in the real estate transaction.