Local News

  • More fines imposed on Ash mom trying to get custody of sons

    Amy Smith’s optimism she will soon get her sons back soured last week after a Canadian judge imposed more fines against her.

    Even though the case is scheduled to be heard June 18 under the Hague Treaty, an international child-abduction law, an Ontario judge last week fined Smith $8,528.63 in “full in indemnity costs.”

  • Calabash artist wins 'best of show' for shrimp boat painting


    Artist Marie Kasper’s painting of Calabash shrimp boats is “best of show” winner in the Waterway Art Association’s 19th Annual Art Exhibition now under way through Memorial Day.

    This past Monday, Kasper’s acrylic painting, “Calabash Village Shrimp Boats,” also became a purchase award when it was bought by Carolina Bluewater Construction.

  • Carolina Shores assistant's firing not valid, attorney says

    CAROLINA SHORES—Based on information board members have given a Beacon reporter, a North Carolina press attorney believes the town violated open meetings law when it fired its assistant town administrator.

    By failing to approve the termination of Amanda Chestnut in open session, commissioners took illegal and improper action, and therefore it’s not valid, said NCPA attorney Amanda Martin.

  • TDA hears $1 million budget proposal; public hearing June 22

    Members of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority have received a $1 million budget proposal for 2010-2011 and plan to vote on the “very conservative” spending plan at their June 22 meeting.

    At Tuesday’s regular authority meeting, TDA executive director Mitzi York and Todd Smith of Smith Advertising, the authority’s contracted ad agency, presented a “strategic overview” of the proposal.

  • School officials plan to identify more AIG students next year

    While 8 percent of Brunswick County students are eligible for the district’s Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program, school officials believe the actual number is much higher.

    Connie Enis, curriculum coordinator for Brunswick County Schools, said identifying eligible students will be a major focus within the next year “so we can try to be as diverse as possible with our diverse student populations in our county.”

  • CIPP measures yearly progress of Exceptional Children

    The Exceptional Children (EC) program is monitored by state officials, who examine 15 quality indicators yearly.

    “They set targets for districts to attain, and districts must make sure they make progress to meet goals,” Jessica Swencki, director of Brunswick County Schools’ EC program, said.

  • Spring Toy Run set for June 5

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts have scheduled their Spring Toy Run for Saturday, June 5, to raise money and gain participants for the Christmas Toy Run, which provides Christmas presents for needy children.

    This will be the event’s 18th year, organizer Jerome Munna said, and it’s a way for motorcyclists and classic car buffs to participate in a fun event while also raising money for a good cause.

  • Reward for information about missing sea turtle babies valid until Aug. 8

    Reward money for anyone with information about the sea turtle babies that were stolen from their nest last August on Ocean Isle Beach is set to expire, and officials are still seeking for answers and additional information about the crime.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol, said there have been no calls, tips or information about last summer’s incident. Members of the Turtle Patrol noticed a nest at West First Street had been disturbed during a daily check at about 7 a.m.

  • Lightning strike results in disruption of ‘Lost’ finale on ATMC

    Sunday night’s final episode of the series “Lost” was one of those TV milestones destined to go down in history—a finale that attempted to tie up all the mysterious show’s loose ends.

    Michele Johnson of Sunset Beach began watching the popular show the first season, and although she stopped keeping up a couple of seasons ago, she looked forward to the finale to find out how it was going to end.

  • Tourism industry prepares for summer onslaught; rental companies optimistic

    HOLDEN BEACH—When renters re-arrange furniture in beach houses, move couches onto the strand or even change a car engine underneath a rental house, Debbie Dallas, maintenance and housekeeping supervisor for Alan Holden Vacations, takes it in stride.

    After 10 years of taking charge of 300 beach houses on the island, she’s seen it all—from renters so concerned about returning the following year they send back forks taken by mistake to visitors who take the rental home’s mattresses and replace them with their old ones.