Local News

  • School schedule switch could cost district $1.75 million in 2014-15

     The switch back to a traditional start schedule for Brunswick County Schools will cost the district more than $1.5 million in the upcoming school year, according to an impact statement released by the school system.

    At the board’s finance committee meeting May 20, finance director Freyja Cahill and transportation director Bobby Taylor presented data about the cost of returning to a traditional schedule.

    The change in schedule would cost the district more than $1.75 million in 2014-15 and almost $900,000 the following year.

  • Early College High School graduates bid farewell, ready to soar

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Early College High School Principal Cherri Skaggs left graduates with a poignant message Friday night, May 23.

    “Like the firebirds, you lived your days burning brightly. Firebirds rebirth into young firebirds and soar again,” Skaggs told her students. “Hold fast to your goals. Hold fast to your dreams. Soar, Firebirds.”

  • County sees record number of motorists for holiday

     Memorial Day, which kicks off the summer season at Brunswick County beaches, saw record numbers of motorists on the local highways, but local law enforcement officers were prepared.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Booze It and Lose It campaign Friday night, May 23, on Andrew Jackson Highway near Maco Road in Leland, and other seat belt and checking stations were conducted throughout the county, said 1st Sgt. Jeremiah King, who supervises special operations.

  • SUV crashes into front of Shallotte business

    SHALLOTTE — The Memorial Day weekend started with a bang at one Shallotte business.

    Allan and Cindy Cheatham, owners of Shallotte Cleaners, were enjoying their day on the beach when they received word an SUV had crashed into the front of their business’ building at 116 Village Road on Saturday afternoon, May 24.

    A gray Ford Explorer with Virginia license tags caused structural damage to the front of the building.

  • Police find missing Sunset Beach woman safe

    The Sunset Beach Police Departmenthas found safe a 24-year-old woman reported missing.

    Michelle Caroline Wenner left her home Thursday, May 22, about 11 p.m., and was on her way to Walmart in North Myrtle Beach (S.C.), according to a news release from Deputy Chief Joe Smith. 

    Wenner was driving her silver 2006 Mercury Milan with Wisconsin registration plates. She had not been heard from in more than a day, which was out of character, but was found safe late Saturday, Smith said early Sunday morning.

  • Music launches for another season

    Two concert series and bluegrass and gospel festivals are among seasonal musical launches scheduled this week.

    The music-making kicks off 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, with the Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert Series featuring The Entertainers performing a variety of beach music in the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot, 21 E. Second St.

    Bring a chair and your dancing shoes.

    Mostly Bluegrass Festival

  • Sunset Beach goes live Friday on ATMC

    The town of Sunset Beach is scheduled to go live with its new ATMC channel Friday, May 23.

    Town administrator Susan Parker said citizens in the Sunset Beach area with ATMC cable will be able to access local information on channel 99.


  • Sheriff's office issues advisory about suspicious man

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking the public, particularly women in the real estate profession, to be cautious of a man claiming to be a high-ranking vice president with the Hanes Corp. and wanting to relocate to our area.

    This man, who has used the names Eric Mullins, Steven Mullins, Alex Mullins and possibly Steven Kincaid, has reportedly insisted to be shown property by female real estate agents in both Brunswick and Horry counties and has exhibited odd and inappropriate behavior while on-site with them.

  • West student places third in HOSA competition, earns trip to nationals

     West Brunswick High School health science teacher Sheila Gerald told Heather Cartland to rethink her decision.

    After earning a spot in the statewide Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition in March, Cartland had second thoughts about competing against the Tar Heel State’s best and brightest students.

    “I just told (Gerald) I didn’t want to go,” Cartland said. “I got nervous.”

  • Residents search for ways to solve litter problem

     Several Brunswick County residents are concerned with the amount of litter they’re seeing on the roadways and beaches.

    Dating back to last year’s beach renourishment projects that took place along the coastal region, residents and vacationers have been making a push to end what seems to be a rather significant problem in the area.

    Steve Cherry, chairman for Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, an offshoot of Keep America Beautiful, said the impact littering has on the community is far-reaching because of the area’s booming tourism industry.