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Today's News

  • Economic development corporation to form nonprofit foundation; seek community contributions

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Economic Development Corporation is changing the way it does business.

    With recent losses of two major 1,000-plus-job projects, economic development director Jim Bradshaw said the corporation is looking to tweak its playbook, including seeking contributions from local businesses and community members.

    While Bradshaw said it’s great to win the big 1,000-plus job project “every job is critical.”

  • County refinances bonds for millions in savings

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy has been busy.

    With the market moving in what Hardy described as a favorable direction for refinancing debt, she received commissioner approval to refinance several outstanding bonds recently, resulting in nearly $4 million in savings.

  • Candidate fields set for 2012 election

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing is closed, and candidate fields are set for the 2012 elections.

    Filing began at noon Monday, Feb. 13, and ended at noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

    The following candidates have filed for office.

    County commissioners

  • West’s top scorer hurt in 7-1 soccer loss to Ashley

     Ashley beat West Brunswick 7-1 in a non-conference soccer game March 7 at West.

    Julianna Zio, West’s leading scorer last year, suffered an injury to her left arm when she scored in the first 26 seconds of the game against Ashley. She did not return to the game.

    The Eagles scored five minutes after Zio’s goal and led 5-1 at halftime. Ashley scored twice in the first 12:30 of the second half and it played a controlled passing game the rest of the half.

  • Jay Gause making progress in return to college baseball

     Jay Gause is making steady progress in his comeback from shoulder surgery. The West Brunswick High School graduate is a freshman pitcher for Pitt Community College and on March 7 he pitched 1.2 innings of relief in Pitt’s 9-2 victory over the Dolphins.

    In Pitt’s first eight games, Gause was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA. He had pitched 12 innings in three games, allowing nine hits and nine earned runs. He had struck out 11 and walked 11.

  • Arrests made in connection with football star’s murder last April

    BOLIVIA—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested six suspects in an early morning roundup in connection with last spring’s shooting death of a star football player.

    None of the suspects have been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Marcus London Hankins.

    The former South Brunswick High School football star was shot to death last April 16, during at party at the Brunswick County Democratic Party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The following suspects have been arrested:

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 22, 23, 27 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 22, DWI court

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutors Elizabeth Prince and Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

  • New details related to 3-year-old's death

    New information on the death of a 3-year-old Shallotte child

     

    According to information in a March 1 search warrant for 12 Paisley Drive, Apt. 207, Montey Murray and his cousin Jessie Holt were babysitting Jaronn Ladale McAllister II . McAllister is the son of Murray’s girlfriend Candice Young. Preliminary findings from the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office say Jaronn's cause of death was "internal bleeding of the liver due to blunt force trauma. There were also several hematomas to the head."

  • Leland students learn about friendship and bullying

    A handful of students can make the difference between a hostile environment and one that encourages friendship, tolerance and peaceful co-existence. Leland Middle School has the latter. Thanks to a federally funded Learn and Serve Grant administered by Communities in Schools, students are working together to end bullying in their school.
    The program, called Live in Peace, involves nearly a dozen students committed to making their school a better place.
    “We want to stop people from treating other people wrong,” explained sixth-grader Josiah Deal.

  • Club briefs

    Fitzgerald to address DAR March 14
    The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. March 14 in the fellowship hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash St. in Southport. Members are asked to bring items for the Crossnore re-sale to this meeting.
    Guest speaker Kathy Fitzgerald will talk about “area gardening.” She her husband Tim are owners of Fitzgerald’s Gardening of Oak Island.