Local News

  • 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.”

  • Shallotte approves $7.41 million budget, keeps same tax rate

    Shallotte has approved a $7.41 million budget for 2009-2010 with no increases in the tax rate or fees. The budget is an 11 percent decrease over the current year’s budget, town officials said.

    The board of aldermen met Tuesday night for a public hearing on the spending plan, but no citizens were on hand for the hearing. After closing the public hearing portion, aldermen voted unanimously to approve the budget.

  • House recommends $5 million cut to Smart Start, future consolidation of services

    The N.C. House of Representatives’ budget for 2009-2010 includes a $5 million cut in Smart Start funds, less than the $15 million cut proposed by the N.C. Senate. It also includes a provision to study consolidating all programs related to young children within a year.

    “It was a little more positive,” Smart Start of Brunswick County Director Linda Gironda said this week. “We hope that is the case as it goes over to the Senate.”

  • Investigation yields one arrest, 61 seized marijuana plants

    The Drug Enforcement Unit seized 61 marijuana plants and made one arrest after an investigation in the Holden Beach area.

    Drug agents seized 61 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area off Hazelnut Drive. An investigation led agents to 1129 Bluefish St. in Holden Beach, where they found three ounces of marijuana, grow material, seven additional marijuana plants, a 72-plant seed bed and related drug paraphernalia at the Bluefish residence.

  • South Carolina woman arrested for hiring man to kill estranged Shallotte husband

    SALLEY, S.C.—A South Carolina woman was arrested June 9, accused of hiring a man to murder her estranged husband and his son, both of whom live in Shallotte.

    According to U.S. Attorney Walter Wilkins, 42-year-old Judy W. Dickson, of Salley, S.C., allegedly agreed to pay a man $10,000 plus expenses to burn the Shallotte home of Raymon Dickson and his son Ryan “Bugaboo” Dickson while they slept inside the home.

    But the man who agreed to carry out Judy Dickson’s plan instead notified Raymon Dickson and the FBI.

  • County adopts $198.6 million budget with no tax increase, no benefit reductions

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have unanimously approved a $198.6 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 with no reductions in staff, tax increases or reduction in benefits.

    To do that, however, the county is using $3.8 million from its fund balance, or savings account, something commissioners warned might result in cuts next year if the economy doesn’t turn around.

  • County confirms two adult cases of H1N1

    The Brunswick County Health Department has been informed of two cases of confirmed H1N1 novel virus in adults, one in Winnabow, another in Bolivia.

    The victims have been treated and asked to voluntarily stay at home for seven days, officials say.

    “We know the H1N1 virus is in our area. Seasonal flu is almost over so we will assume any person with flu-like symptoms has H1N1. There really is no need to test. The treatment is the same no matter which strain,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said this week.