Local News

  • Brunswick County Schools predicts another financially tight year

    As Brunswick County Schools officials look to begin budget preparation for the 2010-2011 school year, one thing is for certain.

    “It’s gonna to be a tough year,” Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer, said during a finance committee meeting recently.

    Looking at preliminary numbers, there is no money in the state budget for new textbook adoptions, driver’s education or staff development.

    “How do we not have money for textbooks?” board member Catherine Cooke asked.

  • ELECTION 2010: Three seek election to state Senate

    Three candidates for N.C. Senate District 8 seat will appear on the ballot for the May 4 primary election.

    Republicans Bill Rabon and Bettie Fennell will face off during the primary elections, while Democrat David Redwine faces no opposition.

    Rabon is a partner in Southport Animal Hospital and Brunswick Animal Hospital and Oak Island Animal Hospital. He is vice-chairperson of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees. Rabon was appointed by former Gov. Jim Martin as chairman of the Cape Fear Pilotage and Navigation Committee and served seven years.

  • ELECTION 2010: Six file for two seats on board of education

    Six people have filed for two open seats on the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Three have filed for the District 3 seat, currently held by Charlie Miller, who has filed for re-election.

    Miller, a Republican, has served on the board since 2006, and currently works as the chief deputy for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    He will face fellow Republican Harvey Rash in the primary election May 4.

  • Soles back in court Wednesday afternoon

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. was back in a Columbus County courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

    Special Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks Jr. held a 23-minute hearing to correct the court record regarding Soles’ criminal history.

    According to Deuce Niven, associate publisher at the Tabor-Loris Tribune, Hooks called the hearing to correct the record to include a 1971 traffic infraction, where Soles was convicted of driving 115 mph in a 45-mph zone in Cumberland County.

    Niven said Soles’ sentence—a $1,000 fine and court costs—did not change.

  • First rabies case of 2010 confirmed in Brunswick

    The first confirmed positive case of rabies in Brunswick County for 2010 occurred on Monday, March 1.

    A German Sheppard mix from the Stanley Road area in Supply was in his own yard, fought and killed a raccoon. The raccoon was shipped Tuesday to the State Lab for testing. The results came back positive Wednesday.

  • Soles pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon

    WHITEVILLE—State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. walked out of the Columbus County courthouse last Thursday afternoon like he had done so many times during his half-century of practicing law.

    But the circumstances were different last week, as Soles headed to the clerk of court’s office to pay a $1,000 fine, ordered moments earlier, and to face awaiting reporters and photographers.

  • Brunswick County residents aboard quarantined ship



    Brunswick County residents are among passengers aboard a Caribbean cruise ship that docked in Charleston, S.C., early Friday following an outbreak of norovirus.

    “We’re sitting in line,” Ocean Isle Beach resident Lomie Lou Cooke said Friday morning, speaking on a cell phone while still in port on the Celebrity Mercury.

    Cooke, 83, was among more than 400 of the 2,600 cruise ship passengers and crew who became ill with the intestinal illness. She said she was still feeling weak.

  • Trike A Thon for Heart raises money for American Heart Association

    SHALLOTTE—Eighteen-year-old Courtney Robinson knows firsthand the importance of heart health.

    Diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 16, Robinson said awareness is the key to preventing heart disease.

    “I’ve learned you have to exercise and you have to eat right, and if you don’t do it, it will mess you up,” she said.

    According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

    “It kills more people than cancer,” Robinson said.

  • Sheriff's deputies search for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing teenager.

    Taylor Dawn Strickland, 16, was last seen around 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at her home.

    Strickland is a white female. She is 5-feet-10-inches tall, and has blond hair and blue eyes.

    Strickland could be in the Leland or Ash areas of the county.

    Anyone with information about Strickland or her whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 253-2777, or to call 911.

  • ELECTION 2010 Ingram, Daniels vie for GOP nomination for sheriff

    An unaffiliated candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to be Brunswick County’s next sheriff.

    Andy Kelly, a retired Shallotte police officer, plans to run for sheriff as the unaffiliated candidate. He joins incumbent sheriff John Ingram, who will face off against challenger Tim Daniels to seek the GOP nomination for sheriff.

    Democrats Louie Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis have filed to seek the Democratic nomination for sheriff.