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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Decisions ahead for Brunswick County computer upgrades

    Brunswick County officials are trying to decide if they should hire a consultant to determine if big changes are needed for the county’s computer system or if they should do a do-it-yourself upgrade.

    County manager Marty Lawing told commissioners at the Dec. 17 meeting the staff sent out a request for proposals and received three commissioners could consider.

    But before any contract talks took place, the board discussed merits of doing the technology update in-house.

  • North Brunswick beats West in girls basketball

     North Brunswick beat West Brunswick 48-38 in a conference girls’ basketball game Dec. 2 at West.

    For North, sophomore Nikayla Ramsey scored nine points and these players scored eight points each: junior Annabel Hsia, sophomore Tiffany Keaton and senior Katrina Brown.

    For West (0-2, 2-8), sophomore Yana Bland scored nine points, junior Dazia Gause eight and senior Brie Hill six off two 3-pointers.

    Back-to-back baskets by Ramsey gave the Scorpions a 38-29 lead, but Hill hit her second 3-pointer to cut the lead to 38-32.

  • Canine Angels in Connecticut

    Rick Kaplan and his team of Canine Angels service dogs couldn’t stay away.

    One week after the Dec. 14 shootings by a lone gunman who killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Kaplan and his Carolina service dogs traveled more than 700 miles north to see what they could do to help.

    Kaplan was accompanied by his current team of nine certified service and therapy dogs—Zoe, Bobo, King, Leroy, Ryder, Abbi, Diva, Freddie and Junior.

  • Sunset Beach administrator gets good review, raise

    SUNSET BEACH—On his fifth anniversary with the town, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker has received a favorable review along with a 1 percent merit raise.

    The decision came following a closed session of Sunset Beach Town Council at the end of its Dec. 11 meeting.

    The raise increases Parker’s annual salary to $116,195.04.

  • New year, some new schedules for local meetings

    Calabash
    Calabash Board of Commissioners meetings are at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at town hall on Persimmon Road. The next meeting is next Tuesday, Jan. 7.
    Agenda copies are available on the town website at www.townofcalabash.net.

    Carolina Shores
    With the launch of the New Year, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will meet an hour earlier, at 2 p.m. instead of 3 p.m.
    The board has regular monthly meetings on Thursdays.

  • Realtor collecting items for soldiers

    SUNSET BEACH—Local Realtor Fred Thorne is striving to do more than just drum up business in his hometown.
    He’s also collecting items for soldiers.
    His real estate office in the Village Center in Sunset Beach is a collection site for Step Up for Soldiers, a joint project by We the People of NC and area media organizations.
    Thorne, owner of Fred Thorne Realty, says the effort involves collecting donated items and money to ship to the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has been conducted for the past few years.

  • Sunset Beach police investigate attempted break-in, make arrests

    Sunset Beach police are investigating an attempted breaking-and-or-entering and injury to real property.
    The incident was reported Dec. 23 on East Main Street.
    Police also made two New Year’s Day arrests.
    Michael Allen Joye, 33, 14201 Hamlet Highway, Gibson, was charged with DWI.
    Ashley Danabay Smith, 26, 1027 Park Road, Sunset Beach, was arrested on charges of resisting a public officer, failure to appear and a child-support pickup order.

  • Sunset Beach: Bustling businesses line Queen Anne Street in Village Center

    SUNSET BEACH—With wheels in motion for a new merchants association, local Realtor Fred Thorne says things are looking up along his little stretch of commerce.
    For the first time, all the shops along Queen Anne Street in the Village Center are rented, Thorne said at a Dec. 5 meeting to discuss formation of a town-wide merchants association.