Local News

  • Dangerous rip currents, high surf likely from Tropical Storm Danny

    Brunswick County Emergency Services urges caution on the water this weekend as Tropical Storm Danny brings high surf and dangerous rip currents to the area.

    The storm has sustained winds of about 40 mph. Friday afternoon it was about 300 miles southeast of Southport and if it maintains its current course as expected, it will pass within about 200 miles east of Brunswick County Friday night.

    The county is expected to have rough surf and increased currents along all of Brunswick's coastline.

  • Recent employee transfer sparks lawsuit

    First reported Friday, Aug. 28, at 4:20 p.m.

    A lawsuit has been filed against the Brunswick County Board of Education three days after board members voted to transfer the employee who filed a grievance earlier this year against Superintendent Katie McGee.

    The attorney for Sherry Dove filed a lawsuit against the board Friday morning. The lawsuit comes three days after the board of education voted to transfer Dove from her position as executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education to a secretary at Leland Middle School.

  • Leland community the site of unique Internet contest

    To get the word out about the new Compass Pointe community off U.S. 74-76 in Leland, the developers have sponsored something unique—an Internet reality show contest pitting designers against each other for $25,000 as they design the main living areas of seven model homes.

    The designing for “The Nation’s Next Top Model Home” will be complete this week, and beginning Saturday, the public can tour the homes in person and vote for their favorite or see the rooms on the Internet and vote via the Web.

    The designers are definitely a unique bunch.

  • SBI investigating shooting at senator's home

    TABOR CITY—A decision on criminal charges in a shooting incident at the home of state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. is at least a week away, possibly longer, District Attorney Rex Gore said Tuesday.

    Soles, who is 74. shot and wounded one of two young men he said were trying to force their way into his home late Sunday afternoon. The incident drew a swift and intense response from the State Bureau of Investigation, which has taken the lead in the investigation, Gore said.

  • SBI investigating shooting at state senator's home

    The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the state’s longest-serving legislator, state Sen. R.C. Soles, for allegedly shooting a man who was on his property Sunday.

    Soles, a Tabor City attorney, represents Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties in the state senate.

    District Attorney Rex Gore said around 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, two men entered Soles’ gated Tabor City property.

  • Anti-annexation rally planned for Aug. 29

    Outside Midway Trading Post at the corner on N.C. 211 and Midway Road—property now being sought for annexation by the town of St. James—will be the site of a local anti-forced annexation rally Saturday morning.

    Trading post owner Mike Richards, whose store is in an area the town of St. James wants to annex, helped organize the event, along with other activists including scheduled host Curtis Wright, a local radio personality.

    The rally is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and will include anti-annexation speakers and performances by a bluegrass band.

  • Regional model helps structure school support staff

    A newly constructed regional model for Brunswick County Schools’ support staff is intended to provide better resources to students and families.

    Jessica Swencki, director of the exceptional children program, said a regional model is used in districts across the state and has proven to be efficient.

    “What we do know is research says comprehensive student service systems will assist schools in closing the achievement gap, because what it does is basically helps to ensure that every child is going to have the opportunity to have their needs met,” she said.

  • Literacy Council to host 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee

    If you can spell words like “aficionado” and “doppelganger,” you might have what it takes to win the 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee.

    Hosted by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, the annual spelling bee will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Teams consist of two people, and the entry fee is $200 per team. Proceeds will go toward the operation and services of the Literacy Council.

  • Economic impact of domestic visitors increases .2 percent in 2008

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has announced that visitors to and within Brunswick County spent $392.83 million in 2008, an increase of .2 percent over 2007.

    Brunswick County continues to rank ninth in North Carolina in travel and tourism economic impact.

    The statistics are from the “2008 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties.” The U.S. Travel Association prepared the study for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.

  • Shallotte's stimulus-funded road project in first stages of construction phase

    SHALLOTTE—Braving the afternoon heat and searing humidity Monday, two North Carolina Department of Transportation employees were at work outside, raising a sign on Holden Beach Road near Shallotte.

    The sign reads, “Putting America Back to Work. Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” It was the second sign erected that day.