Local News

  • Grant hopes to decrease dropout rate by bringing music into schools

    BOLIVIA—The sound of beating drums could be heard from nearly every hallway at Brunswick County Academy last week, and the sound of music is expected to be heard many more times at the school this year.

    A grant from the North Carolina General Assembly will allow school officials at the Academy and Transition Academy to bring artists and musicians to classrooms to teach students an art form and instill lifelong values.

  • Educators rally at board of education meeting

    BOLIVIA—A large crowd wearing red shirts and Band-Aids gathered at the county courthouse in Bolivia prior to the Brunswick County Board of Education’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.

    The Brunswick County Association of Educators and the North Carolina Association of Educators hosted the gathering, in hopes of gaining the attention of the board.

  • Employee files lawsuit, claims retaliation

    The Brunswick County Board of Education was served with a lawsuit three days after members voted to transfer an employee who filed a grievance against Superintendent Katie McGee.

    Sherry Dove, a district employee since 1984, filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court Friday, claiming board members made “an unlawful retaliatory transfer and reassignment.”

  • Congressman brings big money back to Ocean Isle Beach

    After a daylong visit in Brunswick County last week, U.S. Rep Mike McIntyre made his last stop in Ocean Isle Beach and presented the town with a check for $281,388 in grant money recently awarded to the town.

    The check included $136,050 the fire department received in February, which was used to purchase 17 air packs and a vehicle exhaust system for the department, and $145,288 the police department received last month, which will provide the salary for an extra police officer during the next three years.

  • Allen Strickland arrested for setting fire to his home paid for by state senator

    Allen Strickland has been in and out of the Columbus County Jail several times in the past week.

    The 17-year-old Tabor City teen whose home was gutted by an early-morning fire last month was arrested Thursday, Aug. 27, and charged with fraudulently setting fire to a dwelling house and attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

    Three days later, Strickland was arrested again—charged with reckless driving, fleeing to elude arrest, no operator’s license and filing a false police report after leading Tabor City Police on a high-speed chase through town.

  • 3G wireless technology comes to Brunswick County

    Attention smart-phone users: More companies are providing third-generation (3G) wireless technology in Brunswick County.

    ATMC Wireless has recently upgraded its wireless network with new 3G technology throughout Brunswick County, allowing faster Internet connections for wireless customers.

  • Two killed in parasailing incident; blunt trauma the cause of death

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A parasailing incident here Friday afternoon has left two visiting women dead. Medical examiners say blunt trauma caused both deaths.

    Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo., were killed Friday afternoon when a rope connecting the parasailers and the boat Tied High “parted,” according to the initial report from U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit. The two women died near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier.

  • Coast Guard to conduct investigation into parasailing accident

    The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered a "district formal investigation" to determine the cause of the parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach Friday that resulted in the deaths of two vacationers.

    Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, Coast Guard 5th District commander, ordered the district formal investigation Monday afternoon

  • Big Lots to open in former Food Lion building

    The closeout retail chain Big Lots is expected to open a new store in Shallotte in October. It will be in what was for years the Food Lion store at the corner of Main Street and Smith Avenue.

    “We’re expecting a permit any second,” contractor Tom Kelly said this week.

    Once the building permit is in place, Kelly said it would take two and a half to three weeks to remodel the building.

    The 25,000-square-foot store will be ready to open by mid- to late October.

    “It will be a great location,” he said.

  • County commissioners call special meeting

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

    The meeting will be in the county commissioners’ chambers, 30 Government Center Drive SE, Bolivia.

    Commissioners will discuss the following items:

    •Approval of a bond order authorizing the issuance to a taxable enterprise systems revenue bond, known as a Build America Bond.