Local News

  • Volunteer project wins national award

    What began as an idea less than three years ago has evolved into an award-winning program that has given computers to about 400 students in Brunswick County.

    In the fall of 2006, Brunswick County Volunteer Center Director Jayne Mathews approached county commissioners about an idea for a program to give rehabilitated computers to students at Brunswick County’s middle and high schools.

  • Rescue squads respond to water rescue

    Around 1 p.m. Sunday, June 21, rescue workers with the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department rescued a 49-year-old woman swimming off the east end of Holden Beach.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said Tri-Beach, Coastline Rescue Squad and Brunswick County EMS responded.

    When Brunswick EMS crews arrived, Tri-Beach rescue workers already had the woman out of the water and were performing CPR, before Brunswick County EMS crews took her to Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • Oak Island couple arrested for arson, insurance fraud

    An Oak Island couple’s plan to burn their home for insurance money has gone up in flames after they were arrested and charged with fraud and arson.

    Dewey William Propst, 38, and his wife Amanda Fawn Propst, 27, both of 335 NE 51st St., Oak Island, were arrested last week on several felony charges, including arson, insurance fraud and conspiracy.

  • Summer tourist season slow but improving; TDA approves new budget

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has approved its $1.02 million budget for 2009-2010 and plans to OK additional funds to print more visitors’ guides within the next few months to keep up with demand.

    Calls to the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority seeking visitors’ guides have increased over the past couple of months, TDA Executive Director Mitzi York told authority members Tuesday after they approved the budget.

  • Calabash OKs letter of intent for land exchange agreement with fire department

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have unanimously approved a letter of intent for a property exchange agreement with the Calabash Fire Department.

    The agreement hinges on whether a federal stimulus grant is awarded to build a new central fire station.

    The vote came at a specially called meeting Monday.

    Fire department board chairman Jennings Edge and former fire chief Karl Bennett outlined conceptual drawings for a new station planned for location on town-owned property on Persimmon Road next to the town maintenance building.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners approve budget 4-1

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a balanced $1,422,798 budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 with no tax increase.

    Approval came following a June 2 budget hearing.

    The town tax rate remains the same at 8 cents per $100 valuation.

    “The bottom line is it didn’t change,” town clerk Lisa Anglin said following the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting.

    The budget is down slightly, about 4 percent less than the current fiscal budget of $1,475,844 adopted last year.

    The new budget year takes effect July 1.

  • N.C. 179 at new bridge targeted for re-opening by Fourth of July

    Bridge work on N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach is nearing completion and may be finished by the Fourth of July, an NCDOT official said Monday.

    David Candela, project engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said the contractor is paving the north side of the road leading to the newly built bridge at Jennies Branch, then will add curbing and guardrails.

    Paving and guardrail installation will follow next on the south or Ocean Isle side of the new bridge.

  • Brunswick County graduates new class

    Seniors throughout the county ended their high school careers this weekend as they accepted diplomas and graduated from Brunswick County high schools.

    Brunswick County Academy graduated 19 students—its third class of seniors—during its commencement service Friday night. West Brunswick High School graduated nearly 300 students Saturday afternoon.

    Brunswick County Academy

    Thirteen students participated in Brunswick County Academy’s graduation ceremony Friday night, which was at the school.

  • Calabash Town Hall evacuated

    CALABASH—Town Hall was evacuated Thursday afternoon after employees detected a burning odor inside the building on Persimmon Road.

    Calabash Fire Department, EMS and Sunset Beach Fire Department responded to an emergency call that went out around 3:15 p.m.

    Town administrator Jeremy Cribb said a malfunctioning fluorescent light ballast apparently was the source of the problem.

    Employees were allowed to return to the building after the problem was checked by fire officials and two light ballasts replaced, Cribb said.

  • Artist McCune transforms Ocean Isle Beach driftwood into furniture

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Strolling the west end of Ocean Isle Beach eight years ago, metal sculptor and artist David McCune noticed a hulking chunk of wood drifting in the water.

    Bulky and battered by the restless surf, the unwieldy lumber was not something to catch the attention of an unseeing eye. But McCune saw potential.

    He asked town officials if he could have the wood, and permission was granted.

    “They would rather me deal with it than them,” he said.