Local News

  • Brunswick County Schools to receive $1.9 million in federal grant funding

    Brunswick County Schools has been awarded $1.9 million in federal School Improvement Grant funding to be used during the next three school years.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) announced Thursday Brunswick County is receiving part of the $65.4 million fund, which will be distributed to Title I or Title I-eligible schools and alternative schools statewide.

  • Sunset Beach attorney says town doesn’t owe profits from ABC

    SUNSET BEACH—Town attorney Michael Isenberg said Monday the town has no financial responsibility to Calabash Volunteer EMS for ABC profits.

    Isenberg, speaking at a town council workshop, said there’s been confusion about the procedure required for the town to divert Alcoholic Beverage Control profits.

    Last week, Troy Thorup, board secretary and spokesman for Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, said Sunset Beach ABC profits may have been improperly diverted from Calabash EMS to the Sunset Beach Fire Department years ago.

  • Greensboro man drowns at Ocean Isle Beach

    A 27-year-old man drowned Wednesday off the coast of Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to information provided by the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Carter Stroupe, 27, of Greensboro, drowned near the Starboard Street emergency beach access at about 11:35 a.m. Wednesday. He was transported to Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Police call it an "accidental drowning," and said Stroupe's family was with him at the time of the incident. Police say the family was vacationing at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Carolina Shores leader 'not guilty' for e-mail deletion

    BOLIVIA—A judge has agreed with Carolina Shores Town Administrator Linda Herncane’s “not guilty” plea for destruction of public record and said she was free to go following a brief hearing Wednesday.

    Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly found Herncane not guilty after District Attorney Rex Gore said e-mailed messages Herncane had deleted were later retrieved from a hard drive in the town’s computer system.

  • VA Outreach Clinic: Is this it?

    BOLIVIA—Will having a three-day-a-week primary care physician for local veterans in lieu of a VA Outreach facility in Brunswick County be enough for the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans?

    Local officials have mixed opinions.

    On Tuesday, June 22, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced Brunswick County would receive a Veterans Affairs Outreach Clinic, comprised of a primary care doctor three days a week and a pilot transportation program to larger VA clinics in Wilmington and Fayetteville.

  • Public pools provide an alternative to those trying to beat the heat

    For those not wanting to dip their toes in the salty ocean water this summer, public pools offer an alternative for people trying to beat the heat.

    Centrally located in Bolivia, the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College has two indoor pools that are open to members and nonmembers of the facility.

    An eight-lane, 4,500-square-foot lap pool is available for lap swimmers, while a 1,584-square-foot warm water pool is often used for group classes. A lifeguard is on duty at all times.

  • Board members want parents to opt students ‘in’ rather than ‘out’ of reproductive health and safety education

    BOLIVIA—Several Brunswick County Board of Education members want parents to opt their children in rather than out of state mandated reproductive health and safety education. The program will appear in middle school curriculum this coming school year.

    According to House Bill 88, which was ratified June 25, 2009, the Healthy Youth Act of 2009 adds to the 2006 Healthy Living Standard Course of Study, which has included abstinence as the only form of sex education taught in North Carolina.

  • National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act passes in U.S. House

    The National Flood Insurance Program lapsed May 31, and for each day the program is not re-instated, people in the 100-year floodplain, many of whom live in Brunswick County, will be unable to get flood insurance.

    The National Association of Realtors estimate the lapse in the federally required flood insurance program is stalling about 1,200 real estate closing each day.

    Mary Ann McCarthy, president of the 800-member Brunswick County Association of Realtors, said it is imperative Congress passes an extension to the program.

  • Work heats up on Smith Avenue extension; delays on Main Street expected

    Road crews have been common sights on Smith Avenue in Shallotte the past couple of weeks, diverting traffic as they create the road’s new alignment as part of the Smith Avenue Extension project.

    Work is also continuing on the new section behind the Shallotte Crossing shopping center, and in the next month, crews will work on Main Street (U.S. 17 Business) to connect the two.

  • McIntyre comes out against NCIT project planned for Southport

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced his opposition to the construction of the North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) the N.C. Ports Authority has planned for 600 acres near Southport.

    On Tuesday, McIntyre issued a statement saying he had expressed concerns in the past about the project’s potential effects on Brunswick County’s quality of life and, so far, no answers have been forthcoming.

    “After years of public debate, I still have these concerns, and these questions remain unanswered,” he stated.