Local News

  • Habitat hires new executive director

    Brunswick County Habitat For Humanity has a new executive director.

    Deanna Antonio was selected for the job earlier this month. She succeeds outgoing director Gary Knapp.

    Antonio started working with Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity in September 2007 following her retirement from a career in education and moving to Southport in October 2006.

    She was hired as a part-time administration associate, working three days a week, and also became secretary to the board of directors at Habitat.

  • Carolina Shores focuses on budgetary belt-tightening

    SUPPLY—Carolina Shores may soon be adjusting for some budgetary belt-tightening in the coming fiscal year.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at town commissioners’ annual retreat Monday, said staff has been told to prepare for an estimated 30 percent reduction in revenues.

    Munday presented preliminary overview figures showing if the town leaves the tax rate where it is, a budgetary shortfall of about $339,000 is predicted due to falling property revaluations and other revenues.

  • New full-time police officer in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—What do a real estate agent, mother of three and police officer have in common?

    Tammy Monteforte has worn many different hats and now she is pursuing her dreams. Monteforte joined the Shallotte Police Department in August 2010 as a part-time employee. Two weeks ago she received news she had hoped for—she was offered a full-time position as a patrol officer.

    “I was very excited,” Monteforte said. “It was one of my goals and I was able to meet it. I am looking forward to reaching the next goal.”

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Jessica Lee Barnes, 30, of 2378 Milligan Road, Ash, was arrested for drug paraphernalia; suspect was stopped for not displaying a license plate.

    •Edwardo Santibanes, 31, of 12993 Highway 701, Tabor City, was arrested for larceny from Belk.

    •Maria Osorio-Hernandez, 27, of 5672 Diamond Loop, Ash, was arrested for larceny from Belk.

  • Brunswick County Schools plans uses for Race to the Top federal money

    BOLIVIA—Of the $440 million in Race to the Top federal education reform funding allotted to school systems in North Carolina, Brunswick County Schools received $1.6 million to be used during the next four years.

    “It’s a lot of work for a little bit of money, that’s what everybody around the country who won it is saying,” Superintendent Edward Pruden said of securing the federal funds.

    School systems around the country competed to secure Race to the Top funds, which were introduced by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • Board chair voices concerns over charter school bill on House floor

    Brunswick County Board of Education Chairperson Shirley Babson did not want to sign her name to a generic resolution opposing Senate Bill 8, which would lift the cap on charter schools.

    Instead, she went to Raleigh and expressed her concerns in person to members of the house and education committee on the floor of the General Assembly.

    “I wanted them to know how the bill would affect my school system, how much money it was going to take, and my concerns of taking funds out of the current expense,” Babson said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From March 14-20, K-9 deputies issued 26 citations and made 21 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Midway Road, McLamb Road, Hickman Road, Ash-Little River Road, Shell Point Road and Beach Drive.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Ninth annual home and garden show unfolds this weekend

    SHALLOTTE—The Ninth Annual Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show unfolds this weekend at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The two-day event is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27.

    General admission is $5, and children 8 and younger are admitted free.

    In its ninth year, the event will feature a variety of exhibitors and classes. Those who attend the home and garden show can talk with landscapers and experts from local nurseries. Live plants and flowers will be available for purchase.

  • Commissioners annual retreat set for Thursday, Friday of this week

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will host their annual, two-day budget retreat this week.

    The two-day retreat will be from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 25.

    The retreat will be in the second-floor conference room in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Rabon co-sponsors government transparency bill

    RALEIGH—N.C. State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was one of a handful of state senators who signed on as sponsor or co-sponsor of a government transparency bill the North Carolina Press Association has called “powerful.”

    Senate Bill 344, the Government Transparency Act of 2011, was filed in the state Senate Monday, March 14.

    The bill was fittingly filed during Sunshine Week, a weeklong event March 13-19 celebrating freedom of information and the public’s right to know.