Local News

  • No sign of missing Ocean Isle Beach man whose boat ran ashore in Myrtle Beach

    After an exhaustive two-day search failed to locate him, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an Ocean Isle Beach man whose boat washed up onshore in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week.

    The U.S. Coast Guard, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division last Thursday night began searching for Thomas “Andy” Richmond of Ocean Isle Beach after his unmanned 28-foot boat Heads or Tails was found on the beach with its engines running at about 11:20 p.m.

  • Man with local roots returning from prosecuting terrorists in Iraq

    With two hardworking parents—both born and raised in Brunswick County—praying for him and telling him to do the best he could, Sam Galloway had a foundation for success.

    But John and Betty Galloway had no idea how far their son would go or how hard he would work to get there.

    Supply native Betty Galloway moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., for work after high school, and at a birthday party there, met John Galloway, who was born and raised in Bolivia.

  • Search suspended for missing fisherman

    The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an Ocean Isle Beach fisherman whose boat was found late Thursday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Thomas “Andy” Richmond of Ocean Isle Beach has been missing since he left to go fishing on the morning of July 1. His wife summoned authorities that evening after Richmond didn’t return as scheduled.

  • Pruden ‘humbled’ to fill superintendent position

    BOLIVIA—Amid the half unpacked boxes sits piles of paperwork already waiting for Dr. Edward Pruden’s attention.

    Pruden officially took over as superintendent of Brunswick County Schools Thursday. A 40-year educator, Pruden comes to Brunswick County from Virginia, where he last served as assistant superintendent for instructional administration of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

  • Brunswick County Schools to receive $1.9 million in federal grant funding

    Brunswick County Schools has been awarded $1.9 million in federal School Improvement Grant funding to be used during the next three school years.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) announced Thursday Brunswick County is receiving part of the $65.4 million fund, which will be distributed to Title I or Title I-eligible schools and alternative schools statewide.

  • Sunset Beach attorney says town doesn’t owe profits from ABC

    SUNSET BEACH—Town attorney Michael Isenberg said Monday the town has no financial responsibility to Calabash Volunteer EMS for ABC profits.

    Isenberg, speaking at a town council workshop, said there’s been confusion about the procedure required for the town to divert Alcoholic Beverage Control profits.

    Last week, Troy Thorup, board secretary and spokesman for Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, said Sunset Beach ABC profits may have been improperly diverted from Calabash EMS to the Sunset Beach Fire Department years ago.

  • Greensboro man drowns at Ocean Isle Beach

    A 27-year-old man drowned Wednesday off the coast of Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to information provided by the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Carter Stroupe, 27, of Greensboro, drowned near the Starboard Street emergency beach access at about 11:35 a.m. Wednesday. He was transported to Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Police call it an "accidental drowning," and said Stroupe's family was with him at the time of the incident. Police say the family was vacationing at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Carolina Shores leader 'not guilty' for e-mail deletion

    BOLIVIA—A judge has agreed with Carolina Shores Town Administrator Linda Herncane’s “not guilty” plea for destruction of public record and said she was free to go following a brief hearing Wednesday.

    Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly found Herncane not guilty after District Attorney Rex Gore said e-mailed messages Herncane had deleted were later retrieved from a hard drive in the town’s computer system.

  • VA Outreach Clinic: Is this it?

    BOLIVIA—Will having a three-day-a-week primary care physician for local veterans in lieu of a VA Outreach facility in Brunswick County be enough for the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans?

    Local officials have mixed opinions.

    On Tuesday, June 22, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced Brunswick County would receive a Veterans Affairs Outreach Clinic, comprised of a primary care doctor three days a week and a pilot transportation program to larger VA clinics in Wilmington and Fayetteville.

  • Public pools provide an alternative to those trying to beat the heat

    For those not wanting to dip their toes in the salty ocean water this summer, public pools offer an alternative for people trying to beat the heat.

    Centrally located in Bolivia, the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College has two indoor pools that are open to members and nonmembers of the facility.

    An eight-lane, 4,500-square-foot lap pool is available for lap swimmers, while a 1,584-square-foot warm water pool is often used for group classes. A lifeguard is on duty at all times.