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Today's News

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated during two days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 19 and 20 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, Dec. 19

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Joseph William Agovino, PG improper equipment.

  • County pay-hike proposal looms over salary study presentation

    Brunswick County commissioners and staff won’t know what a proposed new salary structure will look like until consultants present it at a workshop Tuesday, Jan. 8.

    But the numbers will immediately be held up to commissioner Marty Cooke’s proposed across-the-board 5 percent salary increase, which is estimated to cost $2.5 million annually.

    County manager Marty Lawing said it’s best to separate the two issues to do what’s best for the county.

  • Updates to website offer Leland residents more online services

    Just in time for the new year, Leland has an updated website at www.townofleland.com.

    “We changed the format and hope it is a little easier to manage,” town manager David Hollis told the town council at a Dec. 20 meeting. That was the first day the updated site went live.

    Hollis said Sabrena Reinhardt, the town staff’s executive assistant who was hired in May, was instrumental in the redesign.

    “Sabrena has worked on this since the summer. It was a lot of work,” Hollis said.

  • Leland police retire police dog, make plans for new officers

    Most police officers receive a pat on the back when they retire, but few get a pat on the head.

    But Gretchen, Leland’s 6-year-old Belgian Malinois police dog, appreciated the gesture while Mayor Brenda Bozeman read her retirement recognition at the town meeting Dec. 20.

    Gretchen served Leland for four years, working drug enforcement and other public service tasks before health issues cut her career short.

  • Leland Police report

    The Leland Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    Dec. 13

    Kristopher Sharon Williams, 19, 1230 Mapletree Dr., Apt. 308, arrested on one count of felony larceny.

     

    Dec. 14

    Larceny; an unknown suspect took $500 worth of building materials from a construction site on North Palm Drive, Winnabow.

     

  • Holden Beach police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    Dec. 16

    Breaking and entering, forcible entry and vandalism; suspect entered a house on Lions Paw Drive and caused $500 worth of damage.

    Breaking and entering, forcible entry and vandalism; suspect entered a house on Ocean Boulevard West and caused $300 worth of damage.

  • Brunswick school system intends to keep deputies in elementary schools

    Sheriff’s deputies will remain at local elementary schools through the new year.

    Additional security was added at Brunswick County elementary schools just days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school Dec. 14.

    School officials said then the county’s elementary schools would have a sheriff’s deputy on site until further notice. Area middle and high schools already had school resource officers (SRO) assigned to them.

  • The laws of Traffalysis: The four-way stop is not negotiable

    I believe I’ve mentioned I’m not from here, so I’m still learning about the place.

    Since I moved to the area one thing that is continually reaffirmed is how nice people are here—almost to a fault.

    No, I don’t think people need to get ruder. There’s plenty of places I could move if I wanted to fill that void in my life.

    But I can’t help but notice people are too nice in one particular area—at the four-way stop sign.

  • School board approves new at-risk youth assistance for high schools

    A new organization will begin assisting Brunswick County’s at-risk high school students in the new year.

    Men and Women United for Youth and Families (MWUYF) received approval from the Brunswick County Board of Education Dec. 4 to begin working with the four county high schools to help students receive educational and employment training.

    Randolph Keaton, director of MWUYF, said the nonprofit organization has offered education and employment training to Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick residents out of their office in Delco for the past 10 years.

  • Brunswick County schools hires new human resources director

    Brunswick County Schools’ new executive director of human resources was on his way to the North Carolina coast before he was hired.

    And part of his job once he get here will be enticing new teachers to come to the coast, too.

    Mark Pasier, currently director of human resources for Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia, was selected by Superintendent Edward Pruden’s search committee. The hire was announced during a special-called meeting of the board of education on Dec. 18.