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  • School board revises instructional materials challenge process

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education tweaked a pair of policies concerning instructional materials and parental review of instruction materials during a policy committee meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

    A pair of book challenges during the 2013-14 school year prompted the minor changes to Policy 3205, Selection of Media and Supplementary Materials, and 3210, Parental Review of Instructional Resources, Media and Materials.

  • Harsh winter weather forces closings in Brunswick County

     Many Brunswick County organizations and facilities were closed Tuesday, Feb. 24, and into the following day as more freezing rain and ice fell in the southeastern region of North Carolina.

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington warned residents of hazardous driving conditions caused by a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain, NWS meteorologist Josh Weiss said in the latest threat assessment released Feb. 24.

  • BCC one of fastest growing community colleges in the state

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country, recent data show.

    Community College Week, an online publication that provided enrollment data in a December 2014 report, placed Brunswick Community College as the 18th-fastest growing community college with an enrollment under 2,500 students in the United States, Sharon Thompson, BCC’s vice president of academic affairs, announced at the BCC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 19.

  • Wilmington man accused of eluding arrest faces charges in Brunswick County

     A Wilmington man accused of leading officers on a brief chase into oncoming traffic on U.S. 17 faces charges in Leland.

    Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said 23-year-old Daniel Allen Ellison fled after stealing several items from the Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard on Feb. 9.

    An officer tried to stop Ellison’s Ford Escape when the vehicle increased speed toward oncoming traffic almost colliding with other vehicles head-on, Humphries said.

  • Leland man faces felony charges after chase

     A Leland man faces various felony charges after police said he led them on a high-speed chase Feb. 12 that began in Leland and ended in Wilmington.

    Leland police have charged 34-year-old Jario Checo with three counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of assault by strangulation and one count of domestic assault on a female, Leland Lt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in a news release.

    Checo is accused of holding his wife and children hostage before the chase to Wilmington Police Department headquarters on 615 Bess Street.

  • Leland man charged with assault, spitting on officer

     A man accused of spitting on a Leland police officer faces a slew of charges in Brunswick County.

    Deputies arrested 32-year-old John Ashley Crisp on Saturday, Feb. 21, and charged him with assault on a female and assault by strangulation, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    A warrant shows Crisp punched the victim in the head and grabbed her by the neck, leaving bruises.

  • Student shares testimony during CIS celebration kickoff

     BOLIVIA — Communities In Schools of Brunswick County made quite the impact on West Brunswick High School student Paige Lowery.

  • Sunset Beach tax increase forecast with declining valuation

     SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach should expect to see a tax increase just to remain revenue-neutral in the next fiscal year.

    That forecast came last week from town finance director Bonnie Schwerd, speaking at Sunset Beach Town Council’s annual planning session Feb. 17 at Sea Trail Convention Center.

  • Council votes to keep Sunset at Sunset under town domain in face of audit issue

     SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has voted to keep the Sunset at Sunset festival under town domain in the face of an accounting discrepancy that new town finance director Bonnie Schwerd says must be changed to align with state-mandated guidelines.

    The matter came to light at a specially called council meeting Monday afternoon, Feb. 23, in the town hall conference room, when council unanimously approved keeping Sunset at Sunset under the town.

  • Woman embarks on hike to help injured veterans

     Some people hike for fun. Others hike to become one with nature. But Kellie English Bemelmans is hiking to raise money to build specialized homes for disabled veterans.

    The Carolina Beach resident, whose parents live in Brunswick County, will hike the full length of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, 800 miles of land from Mexico to Utah, beginning Sunday, March 1, to raise awareness and money for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit providing housing to critically injured veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.