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Today's News

  • ‘No room for error’ when it comes to student safety

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden has it right. When it comes to student safety, there is no room for error.
    It’s unfortunate, however, that at least two bus drivers missed the value of this message—and may have forgotten their training—when two students were let off county buses at the wrong locations.
    Luckily for everyone involved, the students were ultimately safe, although one was injured following what the school system has called horseplay on a bus.

  • South beats West in three sets in volleyball

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick beat West Brunswick in three straight sets in a conference volleyball match between two Class 3A teams Sept. 20.

    The Cougars won 25-13, 25-22, 25-20 as West lost for the first time this season in the conference (5-1, 9-4 overall).

    South dominated the first set from the start, taking a 5-0 lead on Madison Walker’s serves. Heather Hinson held serve for three points as the Cougars increased the lead to 10-1.

  • 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.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of GPS on Brooks Court; suspect opened door to vehicle and removed a GPS.

    •Shoplifting at Food Lion; suspect took a 20-ounce drink without paying.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Misdemeanor larceny and communicating threats at the pier; subject was arrested.

    •Anthony Kevin Richardson, 47, of 1592 Pelican Place, Shallotte, was arrested for outstanding warrants after an investigation at the pier. 

  • Carolinas, books come to life in Calabash shops

    CALABASH—It’s a corner nook, just waiting for browsers to come and discover delights that await within.

    One of them is All About the Carolinas, a shop tucked away inside the Low Country Stores complex where browsers can find an array of items made in the Carolinas.

    Shop owner Sally Pennington says she’s trying to feature items made exclusively in North or South Carolina.

    “I thought it would be a real challenge to find things, but no,” says Pennington, tending to gift baskets behind the counter of her boutique.

  • Sunset Beach considering professional help for parking, projects

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is considering initiating bids for a professional engineer to scrutinize and provide guidelines for future parking on the Sunset Beach island as well as other major projects like bike paths.

    Ongoing discussion about hiring a professional came during comments from the public and debate among council members at a special called workshop Sept. 15, most of it focused on future parking.

  • Sunset Beach homeowners feel boxed in by bridges

    SUNSET BEACH—Standing outside their mainland waterway-front house, Colie and Frances Dooley and their son, Tres, said the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge is too close for comfort.

    It’s been this way since the old span was moved in January to a vacant lot across from their home on Canal Avenue.

    This summer, the Dooleys, who have already filed a lawsuit regarding the new high-rise bridge, felt intruded upon as the Old Bridge Preservation Society conducted programs beside the old span.

  • State foreclosure prevention fund available for hardship assistance

    A stimulus-funded state foreclosure prevention fund is available for homeowners facing certain hardships to prevent foreclosure proceedings.

    Brunswick County Clerk of Court Jim MacCallum said he learned about foreclosure prevention fund at a recent clerks of court conference in Durham, and he wants eligible Brunswick County homeowners to utilize the fund if they qualify.

  • County seeking requests for proposals for old hospital building

    BOLIVIA—Want to buy an old hospital no longer used to see patients?

    Brunswick County Commissioners are looking for a buyer to take the former Brunswick Community Hospital off their hands.

    At their meeting Monday night, commissioners approved soliciting requests for proposals for anyone who wishes to procure the former 74-bed Brunswick Community Hospital.

    When Novant Health opened the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center in July, Brunswick Community Hospital closed its doors. Then, on Sept. 12, the hospital was deeded back to Brunswick County.

  • Bicyclists descending Sunday at Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—About 1,500 bicyclists are expected to ride into town Sunday as the two-day Bike Multiple Sclerosis: Breakaway to the Beach Ride ends for the second year in Sunset Beach.

    Bicyclists are expected to start arriving in Sunset Beach as early as 11 a.m.

    As it did last year, this year’s ride will end in the parking areas at the Village at Sunset Beach and Ingram Planetarium.