Local News

  • More fines delay mom's Canadian hearing

    Just when Ash mom Amy Smith thought she was going to get her day in court, a Canadian judge has imposed additional fines that have delayed her custody case.

    For weeks, Smith had been raising funds in anticipation of a return trip to Ontario to have a case about her two young sons heard under the Hague Convention, an international child-abduction treaty.

  • New task force created for veterans discuss hospital, cemetery

    SOUTHPORT—Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has assembled a group of community members, many of whom are veterans, to serve on the Community Veterans Task Force of Brunswick County to address the needs of the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans.

    The fledgling group met last Wednesday at PJ’s Restaurant in Southport, where they appointed officers, set a meeting schedule and reviewed a letter sent to task force members from Daniel Hoffmann, director of the Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Network.

  • Concern arises after board transfers Jessie Mae Monroe principal to central office

    Parents and members of the Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School community want to know the reason principal Patricia Rourk has been transferred to a position at the central office effective July 1.

    Rourk has been transferred to the central office and will serve as the director of instruction and accountability services.

    Her transfer was included in a seven-page personnel list approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education Friday afternoon.

  • Mayor not convinced Speaker of the House supports terminal groin legislation

    Whether N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney will allow Senate Bill 832 to be heard on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session is anyone’s guess.

    Debbie Smith, Ocean Isle Beach mayor, and Harry Simmons, Caswell Beach mayor, made a final attempt to convince Hackney to let the bill out of committee last week but left without an answer.

    “He did not make any commitments once again as to whether he would let it go to the floor or not,” Smith said.

  • ‘Constant weathering’ cause of Holden Beach deck collapse

    Town officials believe “constant weathering” led to the deck collapse that injured seven people in Holden Beach last Thursday.

    According to Timothy Evans, the town’s director of planning and inspections, the deck is original to the house, at 479 Ocean Boulevard West. The house was built in 1979.

    A letter Evans wrote to town manager David Hewett stated the collapse was due to “the detrimental corrosive environment” found in coastal areas.

  • West Brunswick principal announces retirement

    George Kelley, principal of West Brunswick High School, has decided to retire effective Aug. 1.

    Kelley, a 34-year educator, has been principal since 2007, and previously spent eight years as principal of Bunn High School.

    During his time at West Brunswick, Kelley said he is extremely proud of the increase in test scores. Last year’s Adequate Yearly Progress report showed students were performing at a 94.1 percent proficiency rating.

  • Brunswick County TDA receives two state awards

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) has been awarded two Destination Marketing Achievement awards from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC).

    The awards were presented at a ceremony June 7 at the Tourism Leadership Conference, a joint annual meeting of DMANC and the North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA), at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach.

  • Sunset Beach Family Medicine closes doors

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine has closed its doors effective June 11, and patients are now receiving letters informing them of the decision.

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine was part of Novant Medical Group. According to Novant spokesperson Amy Myers, officials met with the practice’s physician, Lori Church, last week and “made the decision not to continue [Novant’s] partnership with the practice.”

    “As a result, the decision was made to close the practice,” Myers said.

  • Board agrees to modify newly adopted uniform policy for Leland Middle School

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education will allow Leland Middle School to try its own modified dress code for a one-year trial period.

    Although board members voted to adopt a uniform policy for the school earlier this month, principal Patricia Underwood approached the board last week and asked for a revision.

    The board voted to allow students to wear jeans on designated spirit days. Underwood initially requested students be allowed to wear jeans daily.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Seasonal jobs drive unemployment rate down

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped from 11.9 to 10.3 percent between March and April, mainly due to seasonal hiring, according to employment officials.

    Eli Smith, director of the Brunswick County office of the N.C. Employment Security Commission, said traditional summer jobs are still available including housekeeping and restaurant work.

    While there are still not enough jobs to keep up with demand, Smith said many longtime jobseekers are more receptive to considering job opportunities they may have overlooked in the past.