Local News

  • Carolina Shores administrator gets 2 percent raise

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners approved a 2 percent annual merit raise for town administrator Linda Herncane following a closed session last week.

    The 3-1 vote followed the board’s monthly meeting and executive session Aug. 5 to discuss Herncane’s annual work performance evaluation.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote and also declined to attend the first portion of the closed session dealing with Herncane’s evaluation.

    Town commissioner John Russo was absent.

  • Heart transplant patient doing well after fast-track surgery

    CAROLINA SHORES—Thanks to the surgical team at Duke Medical Center and an unknown donor, Paulette Morgan is doing well with a newly transplanted heart.

    Seated with her fiancé, Larry Williams, at their Carolina Shores home last week, Morgan says she’s feeling much better these days since undergoing transplant surgery July 2, three days after being placed on an “urgent” waiting list.

  • Hankins elected president of the Brunswick County Bar Association

    Bolivia attorney Pauline Hankins has been elected president of the Brunswick County Bar Association.

    Members of the county bar association—about 100 local attorneys and judges—elected Hankins president of the association at their last meeting July 15.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars raises $274,591

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s education supporters came out in full force at Friday’s “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars.”

    The fundraiser, now in its third year, raised $274,591.17, which will be used for scholarships and to help pay book bills.

    “Thank you, Brunswick County, for all you do for Brunswick Community College,” president Stephen Greiner said at Friday’s event.

  • Shallotte man killed in wreck on Shell Point Road

    A Shallotte man was killed last Friday morning when his car collided with a dump truck on Shell Point Road in Shallotte.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper J.M. King, Milton Daniel Peninger, 60, of 3430 Shell Point Road, died around 7:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, when his pickup truck collided with an oncoming dump truck on Shell Point Road.

    King said Peninger was driving north on Shell Point Road, when he crossed the centerline and collided with the dump truck, which was traveling south of Shell Point Road.

  • Holden Beach native embarks on a yearlong journey around the world

    Caleb Walker dreamt of the day he would have enough money saved to be able to take a year off from work and travel the globe. He is now living his dream, as he recently embarked on a one-year journey around the world.

    A Holden Beach native, Walker said he fell in love with traveling when he was a college student at N.C. State.

  • First known leatherback turtle nest hatches at Holden Beach

    The first known leatherback turtle nest on Holden Beach hatched Thursday evening.

    A six-and-a-half foot long leatherback turtle, estimated weighing about 900 pounds, nested on the Brunswick County island on June 1. By the end of Thursday evening, more than 50 leatherback turtles had successfully hatched and were aided to the sea by volunteers from the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program.

  • Free dental clinic at New Beginnings Community Church

    SHALLOTTE—New Beginnings Community Church in Shallotte and CommWell Health and Dental are partnering together to provide a day of free dental care to school-aged children.

    The free dental clinic starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be seen as time permits. Patients will be seen until about 4 p.m.

  • Parents must return signed consent to ‘opt out’ of sex education

    BOLIVIA—If parents do not want their middle school children learning reproductive health and safety during the school day, they must return a signed form, opting their children out of the state-mandated curriculum.

    Board members voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to enact a policy that gives parents the choice to enroll a student in the comprehensive curriculum, an abstinence-only curriculum or opt out of both, in accordance with House Bill 88.

  • Board approves budget without recommended position additions

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a budget resolution that included a $2.8 million shortfall and the use of $2.5 million in fund balance, but they opted to exclude the approval several new positions requested by various departments in the district.

    Board members opted to exclude the approval of a public information officer, transportation coordinator for the northern end of the county and a career counselor for Brunswick County Academy.