Local News

  • Authority moves toward returning hospital to county commissioners

    SUPPLY—Members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority have voted to begin the process of returning the hospital, its property and money in its coffers to Brunswick County Commissioners when Novant Health vacates the hospital in summer 2011.

  • Shattered justice: A look at the North Carolina Parole Commission

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice for her youngest daughter almost 16 years later. 

    Birdie Frink, mother of slain Shallotte teenager Amy Frink, has a very clear goal: To repeal the legislation that has allowed two of her daughter’s murderers to be freed after serving just a fraction of their 30-year sentences.

  • Virginia assistant superintendent to be next Brunswick County Schools superintendent

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools has a new superintendent.

    In a 4-1 vote during a meeting Thursday evening, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education chose to hire Dr. Edward Pruden Jr. as the next superintendent of Brunswick County Schools.

    “I’m delighted that we’ve chosen Dr. Pruden to join our team and work with the board in a cohesive manner and bring unity back to the school system,” board member Catherine Cooke said.

  • Board to eliminate suspicionless drug testing

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education amended a policy regarding drug and alcohol testing of employees, eliminating suspicionless drug testing of all employees.

    While all potential employees will be still be subject to preemployment screening, only those employees in safety sensitive positions will be subject to random drug screenings.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners deny employee’s grievance appeal

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners went into closed session last week to discuss an “employee grievance appeal.”

    When they reconvened in open session following the April 7 meeting, the board voted 4-1 to “deny the grievance,” deputy town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

    Commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote.

  • Fugitive hides 'in plain sight'

     WILMINGTON—Nearly 27 years ago, Charles Lee Sparks drove away from car-wash duties at a Florida prison and never looked back.

    He adopted a new identity of a deceased Virginia man named Bill Garrett.

    And he eventually settled in Brunswick County, where he made friends, launched a business and earned the trust of property owners who gave him the keys to their vacation houses in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Honor Flight

     WASHINGTON, D.C.—They first made history more than 60 years ago.

    Tuesday, 102 veterans hit another milestone when they were taken on the Inaugural Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina to see the World War II Memorial at the National Mall in Washington.

  • Election 2010: Crowded candidate field for Burr, Senate candidates

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., wants to continue representing North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, but he has drawn a crowded field of opposition—on both sides of the aisle.

    Burr will face primary competition from Republicans Larry Linney, Brad Jones and Eddie Burk to seek the GOP nomination to go on to the general election in November.

    Democrats Marcus Williams, Ann Worthy, Elaine Marshall, Ken Lewis, Susan Harris and Cal Cunningham will square off to be elected the Democratic nominee.

  • Shallotte approves permit for second Harley Davidson rally

    Beach House Harley Davidson on U.S. 17 is planning its second spring bike rally for May 7-16 on the field adjacent to the store.
    At last week’s town board meeting, Shallotte aldermen approved a temporary use permit for the festival. Beach House owner Rick Noyes requested the permit and proclaimed attendance at last year’s event better than he expected.

  • Shallotte planning board recommends approval of new parking, sidewalk regs

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended the board of aldermen add new parking, driveway and sidewalk requirements to the unified development ordinance, taking the first steps toward implementing recommendations in the town’s vision plan.

    Planning director Allen Serkin recommended the changes at Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, explaining they came out of discussions at the recent board of aldermen retreat.