Local News

  • Sea Trail files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    Sunset Beach’s crown-jewel mainland resort is about $18 million in debt owed about 100 creditors, according to New Bern attorney Trawick “Buzzy” Stubbs, who is representing Sea Trail in the action filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington.

  • Fisherman snags medal for saving swimmer

    A fisherman with ties to Brunswick County has been bestowed a national award for his heroic efforts rescuing a swimmer from the Atlantic Ocean last year in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    C.P. Parker, a superintendent for Blue Sky Building of Shallotte, was recently notified he is among 25 recipients of a Carnegie Hero Medal for his rescue Aug. 14, 2010, of a man who was being swept out to sea in the Cherry Grove Inlet.

  • Code of ethics discussed but not approved at DSS meeting

    BOLIVIA—Recently resigned, then reappointed DSS board member Tina Jackson was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, causing board member David Grimes to ask to table two of the agenda’s items.

    One of the items Grimes sought to table was a DSS compact board chairman Charles Warren sent to board members last week.

    “What I emailed out to the board was the Department of Social Services compact. I did not receive any feedback regarding this compact, so what I am going to ask for is a motion to approve the compact,” he said.

  • The bus business: A look at staggered starts in Brunswick County Schools

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories dedicated to staggered start times in Brunswick County Schools. Future installments will include how parents, students and teachers feel about the change.

    BOLIVIA—Ten teaching positions.

    That’s what Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the school system was able to save by adopting a staggered start schedule this school year.

  • Woman assaulted at Crow Creek condos in Calabash

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators are searching for a suspect involved in an assault last week in Calabash.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, a woman was assaulted by a white male suspect at her home in the Crow Creek condominiums. Stanley said the victim was returning from a walk in the area when she was attacked by the suspect.

  • National Flood Insurance set to expire Sept. 30

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire Sept. 30.

    Unless Congress approves an extension, the National Association of Realtors estimates 1,300 potential real estate closings per day could be delayed or stopped across the country.

  • Detectives search for suspect wanted in Calabash shooting

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting last weekend in Calabash.

    The incident took place outside a home at 583 Tree Acres Circle in Calabash around 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    The suspect shot off multiple rounds in front of the residence and the victim received a single gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to a nearby medical facility, where he remains hospitalized, Stanley said.

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate up in August

    RALEIGH—Unemployment in Brunswick County in August is up from last month and from last year.

    Statewide unemployment in August was 10.4 percent, while figures recently released by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina show that Brunswick County’s August unemployment increased to 10.7 percent.

    Brunswick County’s August rate is an increase compared to the July rate of 10.3 percent. Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for August is also half a percent higher than the August 2010 rate of 10.2 percent.

  • Board of education meetings to air on ATMC-TV

    SHALLOTTE—ATMC-TV and the Brunswick County Board of Education have teamed up to bring monthly board meetings to viewers on ATMC-TV Channel 3.

    The first meeting aired on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and board meetings will continue to be aired 8-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday night.

    A new meeting will be available for viewing the second Tuesday of each month.

  • Board of education seeks dismissal in charter school funding lawsuit

    BOLIVIA—Attorneys for the Brunswick County Board of Education have filed a response to a lawsuit in which the school system is accused of not properly funding the county’s charter school.

    In the response, filed Sept. 1 in Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court, attorneys are seeking a dismissal to the lawsuit, filed in June by Charter Day School Inc., a nonprofit charter school in northern Brunswick County, for claims the school board withheld state-required student funding.