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Today's News

  • Former detention officer charged with assault

    A former Brunswick County detention officer has been charged with assault on a female.

    Shallotte Police charged Gregory Robert Smith, 26, of 628 Village Road, Shallotte, with assault on a female Nov. 19.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said Smith was employed as a detention officer from March 11, 2008, until he resigned Nov. 20.

    Smith was making an annual salary of $28,789, Miller said.

    Smith’s district court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.

  • Brunswick Electric presents Bright Ideas grants to teachers at luncheon

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s (BEMC) headquarters in Shallotte buzzed with excitement as teachers, principals and superintendents from Brunswick and Columbus counties joined BEMC directors for the annual Bright Ideas Educational Grant Awards luncheon on Thursday, Nov 13.

  • Meeting our facility needs

    Brunswick County Schools operates in a dynamic environment. Our student enrollment continues to rise with our present student population in grades K-12 at 12,000. We also house more than 200 pre-kindergarten students yearly.

    Our need for more and more technology to support the instructional program is critical. Other factors that create the need for renovations and new schools include building age and the cost of energy.

  • Golf action

    Editor’s note: Because of an early deadline for the holiday, results received after Nov. 20 will be published next week.

    The Brierwood WGA had a scramble format on Nov. 18 in its last tournament of the season. The game resulted in a tie for two teams, which was broken by the matching of scorecards. The winning scores were 7-over-par 72. First place went to the team of Hilda Hall, Gloria Brkal, Ellie Scutt and Sue Janovic. The second-place team was Sarah Lula, Carol Fitz-Gerald, Pat Kronyak and Mickey Salerno.

  • WBHS students perform ‘An Evening of Original Works’

    SHALLOTTE—A new director for West Brunswick High School Theatre Department has the actors’ creative juices flowing.

    Jennifer Negron, who previously directed Shallotte Middle School’s theater department, has made a transition to the high school’s stage and has already found talent within her new students.

    Negron teaches theater classes as well as directs after school performances. Her theater classes showcased scriptwriting skills Friday when students performed “An Evening of Original Works.”

  • Input needed for future county parks and recreation plans

    At a recent meeting of Leadership Brunswick County, Jim Pryor, Brunswick County parks and recreation director, asked attendees what parks and recreation meant to them.

    The answers varied from tennis courts and softball fields to Little League and other community sports programs.

    If such a question were asked of all of Brunswick County, the answers would likely be more diverse and unique depending on respondents’ locations within the county, their age groups and interests.

  • New simulator brings virtual training to emergency personnel

    BOLIVIA—As a container is being loaded off a ship at a port, it explodes. Billowing black smoke fills the air and emergency responders converge on the scene. Once they arrive, it’s time to get to work—assess the situation and put out the flames.

    Then there’s a second explosion.

    To practice this scenario in the real world would be difficult, if not impossible, but with a new training simulator recently acquired by Brunswick County Emergency Services, it’s a reality—a virtual reality.

  • Sunset Beach pursuing bridge-related improvements

    SUNSET BEACH—An island streetscape plan and bicycle paths are among items on two town agendas this week as leaders scrutinize future improvements to tie in with the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    At a specially called meeting Wednesday, town council continued taking a closer look at a proposed streetscape plan along Sunset Boulevard on the island.

    Preliminary drawings show meandering sidewalks and landscaping of trees, shrubbery and grasses designed to serve as visual enhancements on both sides of the boulevard right-of-way between the bridge and beach.

  • Christmas flotilla set for Saturday after Thanksgiving

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The spirit of the season can soon be seen floating down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The 5th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Flotilla will take place Saturday, Nov. 29.

    The entry fee is $20 and open to all participants. Judging will be split into two categories: a 16 foot and under class and 17 foot and over. Prizes donated from local vendors will be awarded to different boats.

  • Super Saturday kicks off holiday season in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association is gearing up for the holiday season with its annual Super Saturday, which will be on Saturday, Nov. 29.

    The day begins at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina with the annual Property Owners Association meeting. A report of the past year’s activities as well as plans for the next year will be discussed.

    Reports from Mayor Debbie Smith, along with reports from the police and fire departments will be given. Board members will be voted on and elected at this time.