Local News

  • Fundraiser paying tribute to homeless man set for Saturday

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—A fundraising dinner to raise money for a homeless shelter is set for 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, June 12, at Little River United Methodist Church.

    Organizer and church member Cookie Weber was inspired to launch the Phillip Fund Spaghetti Dinner after a homeless man she befriended several months ago, Phillip Riley, was found dead behind the church in March.

  • 'Big John' takes reins at Ocean Isle Beach Police Department

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—“Calling me chief, I’m having trouble dealing with that,” newly-appointed Ocean Isle Beach police chief John Goodwin said. “So if you want to call me ‘Big John,’ that’s fine.”

    Although taking awhile to adjust to his new title, Goodwin, 52, said serving as the town’s next police chief is a natural progression and the next step in his 31-year career in law enforcement.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny of bicycle on West Second Street.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on West Second Street; unknown suspect removed surfboard from victim’s yard.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny at Beaufort and West First Street; unknown suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole a purse, which contained a wallet, driver’s license, three credit cards and $75 cash.

  • Ocean Isle Beach budget includes no property tax increase

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Property taxes in Ocean Isle Beach are not going increase for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, according to the draft budget presented to the board of commissioners Tuesday.

    The proposed budget includes $10,115,291 in revenues and expenditures. The budget includes a general fund of $4,156,762; a beach renourishment fund of $1,159,000; a canal dredging budget of $561,586; an accommodation fund of $1,249,930; airport funds of $408,3056, and water and sewer funds totaling slightly more than $2.5 million.

  • Carolina Shores posts e-mail alerts

    CAROLINA SHORES—While the town works to improve its e-mail retention system, town administrator Linda Herncane said Monday anyone giving out “confidential” information “can be subject to a misdemeanor.”

    The comment followed much discussion among commissioners at the monthly workshop about e-mail issues, including information sent among themselves about personnel or legal issues marked “confidential” by Herncane that they said is protected from public scrutiny.

  • State approves contract for bridge repair in Ocean Isle Beach

    The Odell Williamson Bridge in Ocean Isle Beach is among 11 contracts that have been approved for funding, with one being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    According to a press release from the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT), 11 contracts for highway and bridge repairs have been awarded in the sum of $54.5 million.

  • Calabash Elks Flag Day 1 p.m. Sunday

    Calabash Elks Lodge will be holding a ceremony to honor our nation’s flag at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at their lodge, 937 Carter Drive, Calabash.

    In the early 1900s the Elks were the first organization to honor our flag, requiring all lodges to hold a Flag Day ceremony each year. It was not until 1948 that fellow Elk, President Harry Truman, declared June 14 to be Flag Day.

  • Few speak out at public hearing

    BOLIVIA—A handful of people representing local nonprofit agencies made their final pleas for funding Monday evening during a public hearing for the county’s proposed $196 million budget.

    Commissioners are expected to vote on the budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year at their June 21 meeting. The proposed budget, which takes effect July 1, does not include a tax increase of any new fees and is 1.3 percent less than the current fiscal year’s budget.

  • Veterans task force, Brunswick County Hospital Authority to meet Wednesday

    A recently established task force intended to benefit county veterans will meet Wednesday afternoon to elect officers and discuss various issues affecting veterans.

    Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren assembled a community task force to address the needs of the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans, he said.

    The Community Veterans Task Force of Brunswick County will meet at noon Wednesday, June 9, at PJ’s Restaurant in Southport.

  • Energy Star program results in $1.3 million in rebates during second phase

    All the money in North Carolina’s Energy Star Appliance Replacement and Rebate Program were reserved within four days, with consumers purchasing about 8,545 appliances during the second phase of the program and signing up for $1.3 million in mail-in rebates, according to the state Department of Commerce.

    Consumers can still register on a first-come, first-served waiting list for rebates after making purchases of eligible appliances.