Local News

  • DSS board begins interviewing director candidates

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have begun to interview candidates for the department’s next director.

    Since board members voted to fire longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock in October 2010, Neil Walters has been serving as interim DSS director, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department as well as reviewing candidate applications with board members.

    On Friday, Feb. 25, board members began interviewing candidates, Walters said.

  • BCC trustees ask for new policy regarding bid processes

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College Trustees are asking members of the building and grounds committee to come up with a policy that will ensure all project bids will be handled similarly following questions regarding a recent bidding process.

  • Ports projected to be more than 152 percent over capacity by 2034

    North Carolina isn’t the only state in the market to expand its port systems.

    No Port Southport recently commissioned William J. Davis, professor of civil environment engineering from The Citadel, to offer an analysis of current port data. He analyzed South Atlantic Container terminals by means of capacity, growth and expansion.

    On Monday evening, Davis presented his findings to No Port Southport at a public meeting. For the purposes of the study, Davis looked closely at North Carolina’s competitors in the container business.

  • Shallotte planning board discusses 2011 priority list

    Shallotte—The planning board discussed its 2011 priorities Tuesday evening.

    There are 15 items on the list the board will attempt to accomplish this year. The list is organized into three categories by priority—high, medium and low.

    Several items on the list are items the board worked on in 2010 but would like to further pursue in 2011.

    No actions were taken during the meeting.

    The number one item on the priority list is amending and updating the central business-zoning district to implement the vision plan.

  • Even more delays for Smith Avenue

    Construction was scheduled to be completed before 2011—meaning drivers in Shallotte wouldn’t still be navigating the orange traffic barrels and cones lining Main Street. And local businesses would have their entrance and exit accesses back for customers.

  • Brunswick Beacon named best in class in North Carolina

    The Brunswick Beacon has been named best in its class in North Carolina.

    Last Thursday, Feb. 17, the Beacon’s news team received first-place honors in the North Carolina Press Association’s 2010 News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest.

    In winning first place general excellence for newspapers circulation more than 10,000, judges said, “I chose the Beacon because of breadth of coverage, sharp, reader-friendly design and good editing.”

  • Ash teenager dies from single gunshot wound

    An Ash teenager died Tuesday from a single gunshot wound.

    According to information provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call at about 3:47 p.m. and found David Purifoy, 14, of Ash, had been shot in a wooded area near Inman Road in Ash.

    Purifoy was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives are assisting North Carolina Wildlife in an investigation, but the shooting appears to be accidental, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Shallotte presents first landscape award

    SHALLOTTE–The Shallotte Appearance Committee decided several months ago to recognize area businesses that go above and beyond to beautify the community.

    They formulated the Landscape Recognition award. On Monday  town officials presented the first framed certificate and placed a sign in the ground to recognize the recipient, Autumn Care of Shallotte on Mulberry Street.

    Autumn Care, a nursing and rehab facility, was recognized for its recent work to landscape and beautify its property.

  • Hundreds gather from around country to pay tribute to former clogging instructor

    More than 300 cloggers gathered on Feb. 12 at Cape Fear Middle School in Rocky Point to pay tribute to their clogging instructor, Jimmy Watson.

    Leland resident Jimmy Watson was the owner and director of many clogging studios throughout the East Coast. For more than 20 years, he shared his love of clogging with thousands of dancers.

    Along with his wife, Sue, Jimmy Watson began shagging and square dancing, but decided those types of dances didn’t offer enough involvement for children. He began a career in clogging at the age of 40.

  • Governor’s proposed budget included fewer education reductions than expected

    The 2011-2013 proposed state budget released by Gov. Bev Perdue on Feb. 17 calls for fewer reductions for public school than local officials originally expected.

    According to information on Perdue’s website, public schools can expect a net reduction of 3.9 percent if the budget proposal is approved. Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer for Brunswick County Schools, said local officials had been expecting a 5-10 percent reduction.

    “It paints a little rosier picture than what we had been expecting,” she said.