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Today's News

  • Shallotte planning board recommends approval of new parking, sidewalk regs

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended the board of aldermen add new parking, driveway and sidewalk requirements to the unified development ordinance, taking the first steps toward implementing recommendations in the town’s vision plan.

    Planning director Allen Serkin recommended the changes at Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, explaining they came out of discussions at the recent board of aldermen retreat.

  • Locals to participate in green jobs summit

    OAK ISLAND— To Kim Jones, green energy is more than just a catchy slogan or pipe dream.

    Jones is a Brunswick Community College science instructor who now has a second job: running “Alganomics,” a business dedicated to growing algae to obtain oil for use in biodiesel fuel.

    She has a three-year lease with the Town of Oak Island to work with their re-used wastewater to grow algae and extract the oil for use as feedstock for biodiesel.

    “That’s the No. 1 obstacle to biodiesel, getting the feedstock,” Jones said.

  • Dancing liberties take their final bows as tax season ends

    The “dancing liberties” have made driving in Shallotte a little more interesting since the year started, but as of April 15, wavers are no longer putting on free “shows” to entice taxpayers to visit Liberty Tax Service.

    It’s been a busy year for local tax preparers, and Liberty’s signature attention-getter has served as a visible reminder of the looming tax deadline during the company’s first year in Shallotte.

  • Earth Day excitement returns with nature documentaries

    Does anyone get excited about Earth Day anymore?
    I hate to say it, but I am actually a little thrilled about it for the first time in about 15 or 20 years. (The trying-to-be-a-modern-day-hippie years.)
    Between work, marriage and motherhood, I’ve tried to stay informed, but I haven’t really kept up with the latest Earth Day events. But this year is different.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of Brunswick County District Criminal Court on March 31, April 1, 5 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 31

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Wesley Keith Adkins, PG misdemeanor larceny.

  • Ocean Isle Beach to contribute $10,000 to terminal groin lobbyists

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach commissioners have agreed to contribute $10,000 toward the hiring of two lobbyists to aid coastal communities in the fight for a change in the legislature regarding the current ban on terminal groins.

  • Ocean Isle Beach town administrator recognized by Cape Fear Council of Governments

    According to the Cape Fear Council of Governments, Ocean Isle Beach has one of the best government managers around.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator of Ocean Isle Beach, was named the 2009 Outstanding Local Government Manager by the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCG) at an awards presentation March 30.

    “I was shocked,” Ivey said of receiving the award. “It’s a great honor to be chosen from the many managers in the region.”

  • Board of education prepares to compensate for estimated $3.3 million shortfall

    After calculating preliminary budget numbers, Brunswick County Schools faces a net funding shortfall of $5.8 million. School officials estimate having to use $2.5 million of fund balance and having to make more than $3.3 million in reductions.

    Transferring the Pre-K spots to private sectors and applying for a grant to operate the Transition Academy are among ideas to help offset the deficit.

  • VA officials are missing a great opportunity in Brunswick County

    Veterans Affairs officials have really missed the boat on a grand opportunity right here in Brunswick County, and unfortunately it appears it is going to come at the expense of taxpayers.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has practically thrown the current Brunswick Community Hospital location at VA officials. County officials have offered to make VA officials a deal they couldn’t refuse for a new VA facility.

  • Spring is here and so are the high pollen levels that come with it

     Spring has sprung in Brunswick County. 

    How do I know?

    Colors are bursting in our landscape. Reds, purples, pinks and whites are combining with varying shades of green.

    The brown ravages of winter are gone. 

    Birds are singing. The sky is bright blue. Temperatures are warm and everything—everything—is coated a nice shade of yellow-green. 

    It was a light dusting at first, but soon my once-white vehicle was coated so thoroughly, I thought for a moment I was getting into the wrong car.