Local News

  • 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.

  • Disney’s 'High School Musical' to come to Brunswick County

    Disney’s hit musical “High School Musical” is coming to Brunswick County for one weekend only, June 26-28 at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Produced by the South Brunswick High School Musical Theatre Company, the stage version of “High School Musical” is based on the television movie, and includes many of the same characters, songs and dialogue.

    The production will also feature set pieces ordered from Disney, which will exactly replicate the movie set.

  • Child Nutrition to end year more than $8,000 in the black

    Despite a tough financial year, Child Nutrition Services of Brunswick County Schools finished the year with more than an $8,000 profit.

    Director Tina Ward estimated earlier this year the department would most likely end the year with a $20,925 deficit, after operating with more than a $100,000 deficit during the 2008-2009 school year. She announced during the board of education’s operations committee meeting Monday the department ended the year with an $8,892 profit.

  • Brunswick County hosts third annual Hurricane Forum

    Say hello to Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika and Fred. Be prepared to possibly meet Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate and Larry, Mindy and Nicholas, too.

    All are hurricane names for this season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we can expect between nine and 14 named storms this year. NOAA also predicts between four and seven hurricanes this year, with one to three being “major.”