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  • Roger Bacon group wants a second charter school in Brunswick County

    Leland’s Charter Day School could have a sister school in Brunswick County by 2014.

    Roger Bacon Academy, the management company for the Charter Day School in Leland and the Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, took the first step toward a South Brunswick Charter School at the end of 2012.

    School administrators submitted a letter of intent with the Office of Charter Schools at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on Dec. 31, 2012.

  • A day of spiritual renewal for women is coming soon

    A day of fellowship and spiritual renewal is just around the corner.

    For the fourth year in a row, Seaside United Methodist Church is hosting Women’s Day by the Sea.

    The event is traditionally on the last Saturday of February.

    The idea to host a women’s event arose after several church members attended woman’s day events in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The goal is to have more than 300 women attend. The day offers a chance for praise, fellowship and worship.

  • Swinging walls mean a new home for local woman

    In just an hour a house took shape in Bolivia last week.

    On Friday, Feb. 1, the four walls of what will be a workforce-affordable home were installed while a celebration took place. It’s the result of a partnership between Brunswick Housing Opportunities and 22nd Century Builders.

    Construction began at 9:30 a.m., and by 10:30 a.m. framing was complete. Then the Swinging the Walls celebration began.

  • Three fires destroy three homes during the weekend

    A two-story home that had withstood the elements for more than 250 years has been claimed by one of three fires that destroyed three homes during the weekend.

    All three unrelated fires are still under investigation.

    The first fire was reported at 6:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, near the intersection of Oxpen and Boones Neck Road in Supply. Investigators are calling it “suspicious.”

    According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, a passerby called 911 and reported a possible barn fire.

  • Man killed when moped hits tractor-trailer

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol is seeking information about a wreck that killed a man Monday.

    Around 10:15 p.m., Feb. 4, a moped driver was killed while traveling on U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick County.

    According to Sgt. E.C. Harris, Mark Mooring, 38, of Wilmington, was traveling west from Wilmington when the wreck occurred. He was about a mile from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge when he lost control of his moped.

  • Pro-wrestlers set to help raise funds for fire victims

    CIVIETOWN—It’s time to rumble at the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department.

    On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Civietown fire station will transform into a pro-wrestling ring.

    Dirty South Championship Wrestling will invade the station, bringing non-stop action and entertainment to wrestling fans.

    “Midnight Mayhem” will feature matches between Charlie Dreamer and WCW star George South, Big Wood versus Muscle Shoals and Zane Dawson versus Dave Dawson.

  • Sunset Beach: Councilman tells mayor board did nothing wrong

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilman Mike Williams has taken issue with Mayor Richard Cerrato.

  • Supreme Court ruling: Saunders says county is 'greedy, arrogant' for improper appraisal

    HOLDEN BEACH—Developer Mark Saunders has choice words for Brunswick County.

    On Jan. 25, the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously found that in 2008 Brunswick County unlawfully reappraised the tax value of more than 100 undeveloped parcels in Ocean Isle Palms, one of Saunders’ developments.

    This latest ruling from the state’s highest court is a reflection of “greed, arrogance and a disregard for Brunswick County citizenry,” Saunders said in an interview Monday at his Holden Beach office.

  • Sunset Beach woman scammed out of more than $1,500

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Police Department is investigating a scam in which a 79-year-old woman was bilked out of more than $1,500.

    The incident, which involved obtaining property by false pretense, was reported Jan. 28 at the woman’s address on High Market Street.

    Sunset Beach Police Detective Joe Smith said the woman initially responded to an email telling her she had won $950,000 and a new car.

    The rest of her communication with the perpetrators was by phone. Callers told her she had to send money to receive her prizes.

  • Help on the way for Eagles Island causeway congestion

    At least two of the state’s yellow IMAP trucks will help ease congestion on the Eagles Island causeway this summer.

    At the Leland budget workshop Feb. 1, town manager David Hollis announced the North Carolina Department of Transportation approved bringing Incident Management Assistance Patrols (IMAP) to District 3, which includes Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson counties.

    But the focus of the IMAP trucks will be keeping traffic flowing on the causeway and areas affected by the high volume of traffic.