Local News

  • Officials recommend offering Pre-K in northern elementary schools only

    Brunswick County Schools officials have previously suggested transferring all 14 of the district’s Pre-K classes to private sectors as a way to help offset the $5.8 million budget shortfall expected for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    During a policy committee meeting Tuesday, school officials presented committee members with two possible choices—transfer all 14 Pre-K classes to private sectors or operate seven Pre-K classes, up to 54 students, in the northern end of the county.

  • Leland Middle principal requests approval of uniform policy

    Leland Middle School principal Patricia Underwood said the staff is “fighting some problems” when it comes to the school’s dress code.

    The three main problems, she said, are girls wearing tight, low-cut shirts, inappropriate T-shirts and sagging pants.

    “Students continue to wear things that are not appropriate,” she said.

    And when it comes to middle schoolers, a dress code violation conversation often turns into insubordination and “a moment of defiance,” Underwood said.

  • Renourishment begins at Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The 2010 Beach Renourishment Maintenance Project is under way at Ocean Isle Beach.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said the Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Company began work last week at Shallotte Boulevard and has worked west to Lumberton Street. The project is expected to end at Tarboro Street.

  • Brunswick races called with 23 of 23 precincts reporting

    Polls are closed and unofficial numbers are in for Brunswick County precincts. For a complete list of returns click here.

    With 23 of 23 precincts reporting, here are the unofficial tallies for Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff, Republican, John Ingram defeats Tim Daniels. Ingram has given a speech accepting the GOP nomination for sheriff.

    Brunswick County Sheriff, Democrat, Rendy Lewis wins over Louie Lewis.

  • No solid waste fee, tax increases

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have voted not to increase property taxes and not to implement a proposed solid waste fee in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget.

    While county manager Marty Lawing has yet to unveil the proposed budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which takes effect July 1, commissioners voted during a budget meeting last week on several options to close a $9.5 million budget deficit, but decided to do so without raising taxes.

  • Commissioners to revisit tobacco ban

    BOLIVIA—After a motion to adopt a strict tobacco ban on all county property failed Monday night, county commissioners voted to revisit the idea after a second public hearing.

    After a public hearing, during which only one person spoke, commissioners voted on the tobacco ban, which would prohibit tobacco products on all county property, including the county complex in Bolivia and all county parks. The motion failed 2-3, with commissioners chairman Bill Sue and commissioners Marty Cooke and Scott Phillips dissenting.

  • Work continues on San Rio, Rivers Edge projects

    Construction has begun on the sewer force main project for the long-stalled San Rio development off Gray Bridge Road in Shallotte.

    According to a memo to the town from LandTech, the court-appointed receiver for the property, various components of the sewer installation project have been completed, and the state Division of Water Quality is also reviewing the project.

    Installation of the sewer force main at Red Bug Road is scheduled to begin within the next two weeks, the memo states.

  • Rain, voters turn out in on-and-off stream for primary

    Small but steady streams of voters turned out in intermittent rain today to vote in Brunswick County’s primary election.

    Unofficial results Tuesday night at the Brunswick County Board of Elections showed an overall voter turnout among Brunswick County’s 23 precincts, including absentee and curbside voting, at 20.27 percent.

  • Thanks to good weather, ‘best ever’ Relay for Life brings out the crowds

    Some 350 cancer survivors, from children to wheelchair-bound senior citizens, gathered on the track at West Brunswick High School last Friday evening to take the opening survivors’ lap to begin the 2010 Brunswick County Relay for Life.

    They received some encouragement from a group of local cheerleaders, who walked behind them chanting, “Here we go survivors, here we go!”

    The relay team members who lined the track greeted them with applause for their courage in battling the disease and willingness to participate in the annual event.

  • Holden Beach pavilion, pier closed

    The Holden Beach Pavilion and pier are closed until further notice, according to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett.

    Temporary repairs are anticipated to be made within a week to 10 days, at which time the facility is expected to reopen, he said.