Local News

  • Main Street changes continue; two new businesses to open soon

    Main Street Shallotte has seen a lot of changes over the years, and it’s now in the middle of another facelift, thanks to various new businesses, additions and renovations taking place.

    A new drive-through coffee shop, East Coast Copper Cup, is now under construction beside McDonald’s and is expected to open at the end of February or first of March.

  • Sunset Beach assistant administrator set to retire on 62nd birthday



    SUNSET BEACH—Larry Crim has seen lots of changes in his quarter-century working for the town of Sunset Beach.

    As the sun sets on his 25-year career in Sunset, the town’s longtime assistant administrator is being feted with a retirement party on his 62nd birthday this Friday.

    He’ll also be celebrating his launch into retirement, which includes remaining in the scenic coastal town he watched and helped grow.

    Now, Crim will finally find time to enjoy its many amenities.

  • Student's class ring, once lost, now found thanks to metal detective



    Amanda Bennett remembers the day she lost her class ring.

    It happened two summers ago, when the then 11-year-old Waccamaw School sixth-grader was babysitting with a friend at Sunset Beach.

    “Me and my best friend Morgan, we were on the beach with three little kids, and before I knew it one of them grabbed my ring and tore it off,” she recalled. “And before I knew it, it was gone.”

    The ring stayed gone.

  • Threat charge against nursing home resident's wife dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a communicating threats charge against Supply resident Beverly Galloway whose husband is a resident of Brunswick Cove.

    The charge, which originated with Brunswick Cove administrator Robert Watson, was dismissed Monday afternoon in Brunswick County District Court.

    Judge Scott Ussery dismissed the charge after hearing testimony from Watson and the nursing home employee who said she overheard Galloway make the threat.

  • Board names Tubb interim superintendent

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has named Les Tubb interim superintendent. He was appointed Jan. 21 following the announcement of Superintendent Katie McGee’s resignation.

    The board met for nearly two hours behind closed doors at a specially called meeting Thursday before announcing McGee’s resignation. The board went back into closed session for about an hour and a half before returning to announce Tubb had been named interim superintendent.

    The board called Tubb during closed session and offered him the position.

  • Superintendent voluntarily resigns

    Katie McGee, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, has voluntarily resigned from her position.

    At a specially called meeting Thursday, Jan. 21, board chairperson Bud Thorsen announced McGee and the board came to a “mutual agreement.” McGee’s resignation is effective Jan. 31.

  • Complaints filed against company offering over the phone real estate offers

    Some Brunswick County property owners are finding out a deal that appears to good to be true, just may be.

    A representative from the North Carolina Attorney General’s office has confirmed there has been two reported complaints against the company Global Properties but would not provide further details regarding the nature or status of the complaints.

  • Superintendent search draws 32 candidates so far

    At least 32 people have applied for the superintendent position of Brunswick County Schools.

    The deadline for applications was 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25. According to the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) who is facilitating the search, 32 applicants had applied as of Tuesday afternoon. More applications could come in, and those postmarked by or before Jan. 25 would be accepted.

  • College library users information compromised by computer security breach

    Although a security breach occurred on the computer system at the North Carolina Community College System Office, officials say no personal information was accessed.

    According to a press release, the breach occurred through a library patron information system on the server at the College System Office in Raleigh. Found in August during a routine security review, the hacker had access to a server that contained personal information of nearly 51,000 library users from 25 community colleges throughout the state.

  • Spring enrollment at BCC at all-time high

    Spring enrollment at Brunswick Community College is at an all-time high.

    “It’s another record,” president Stephen Greiner said.

    Although spring semester is traditionally less attended than the fall semester, numbers for spring 2010 are about even with fall 2009, and are up 12 percent compared to last spring.

    Preliminary figures show spring enrollment at 1,517, which is 17 fewer students than the fall semester. Enrollment is up more than 130 students compared to last spring.