Local News

  • Ocean Isle Beach board votes to adjust fees for homeowners association

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach commissioners voted to adjust fees issued to a homeowners association after finding out they had never been connected to the town’s sewer system.

    Commissioners also voted three to two Tuesday to waive sewer fees for Duneside Villas Homeowners Association until they recoup half of their installation/connection charges, which equals about $2,600.

  • Get ready for the first day of school

    In about two weeks, school doors will open, classrooms will fill with eager students and the 2010-2011 school year will begin.

    School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 25. North Carolina law makes this the earliest start date for school districts throughout the state. Early College High School is on the same schedule as Brunswick Community College, and students began classes Thursday, Aug. 5.

  • ABCs show growth in all Brunswick County schools

    According to the ABCs of Public Education, Brunswick County schools are making progress.

    Growth and performance results released last week confirm all 19 schools made expected growth during the 2009-2010 school year, with nine—Brunswick County Academy, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, South Brunswick High, South Brunswick Middle, Town Creek Elementary, Union Elementary and Waccamaw School—showing high growth.

  • Sunset Beach eyes $3.75 million park site

    SUNSET BEACH—Should the town shell out $3.75 million to buy a 5.22-acre waterway site for a future park and site for the old pontoon bridge?

    The issue will be debated at a specially called town council meeting at 9 a.m. this Thursday.

    Among topics of discussion are “possible solutions to saving the old bridge.”

  • Carolina Shores administrator gets 2 percent raise

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners approved a 2 percent annual merit raise for town administrator Linda Herncane following a closed session last week.

    The 3-1 vote followed the board’s monthly meeting and executive session Aug. 5 to discuss Herncane’s annual work performance evaluation.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote and also declined to attend the first portion of the closed session dealing with Herncane’s evaluation.

    Town commissioner John Russo was absent.

  • Heart transplant patient doing well after fast-track surgery

    CAROLINA SHORES—Thanks to the surgical team at Duke Medical Center and an unknown donor, Paulette Morgan is doing well with a newly transplanted heart.

    Seated with her fiancé, Larry Williams, at their Carolina Shores home last week, Morgan says she’s feeling much better these days since undergoing transplant surgery July 2, three days after being placed on an “urgent” waiting list.

  • Hankins elected president of the Brunswick County Bar Association

    Bolivia attorney Pauline Hankins has been elected president of the Brunswick County Bar Association.

    Members of the county bar association—about 100 local attorneys and judges—elected Hankins president of the association at their last meeting July 15.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars raises $274,591

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s education supporters came out in full force at Friday’s “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars.”

    The fundraiser, now in its third year, raised $274,591.17, which will be used for scholarships and to help pay book bills.

    “Thank you, Brunswick County, for all you do for Brunswick Community College,” president Stephen Greiner said at Friday’s event.

  • Shallotte man killed in wreck on Shell Point Road

    A Shallotte man was killed last Friday morning when his car collided with a dump truck on Shell Point Road in Shallotte.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper J.M. King, Milton Daniel Peninger, 60, of 3430 Shell Point Road, died around 7:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, when his pickup truck collided with an oncoming dump truck on Shell Point Road.

    King said Peninger was driving north on Shell Point Road, when he crossed the centerline and collided with the dump truck, which was traveling south of Shell Point Road.

  • Holden Beach native embarks on a yearlong journey around the world

    Caleb Walker dreamt of the day he would have enough money saved to be able to take a year off from work and travel the globe. He is now living his dream, as he recently embarked on a one-year journey around the world.

    A Holden Beach native, Walker said he fell in love with traveling when he was a college student at N.C. State.