Today's News

  • Hewett-Williams

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jessica Marie Hewett of Supply and Christopher Robin Williams of Jacksonville. The bride-elect is the daughter of Douglas L. Hewett and Pamela G. Hewett of Supply. She will graduate this year from UNC Chapel Hill. The prospective groom is the son of Paula Johnson and Robin Williams of Massachusetts. He is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. A May 16 wedding is planned at Supply Baptist Church.

  • Agenda item change sparks public prayer debate

    BOLIVIA—The change to Brunswick County commissioners’ agenda was so slight, one likely wouldn’t notice it.

    But the change on the agenda from “invocation” to “moment of silence,” caught commissioners’ attention, and all but one wanted to change it back.

    Commissioner Scott Phillips moved to change the agenda item back to invocation, or “public prayer,” as he called it.

  • Events planned in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The Brunswick County Community Child Protection Team has been working to bring awareness to National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is annually recognized each April.

    “What the team’s decided to do is every April we try to bring different events and venues to the community to get them involved, and so we have several things going on this month,” Linda Perry, parenting education director of Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc., said.

  • Board of elections residency seminar draws small crowd at Holden Beach Town Hall

    HOLDEN BEACH—Only a handful of people—many of whom hopped the ferry from Bald Head Island—turned out at Holden Beach Town Hall last week for a state board of elections seminar on voter registration and residency for voting purposes.

    Gary Bartlett, executive director for the North Carolina Board of Elections, said determining residency is “by far the most complicated issue in the elections process.”

  • BCC school officials volunteer to take pies in the face for Special Olympics fundraiser

    It’s not your usual fundraiser.

    The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of Brunswick Community College want to give teachers and administrators pies in their faces to raise money for Special Olympics.

    “The clubs try to find some community support group to help out,” Donna Briggs, NTHS vice president, said.

    This year, the groups have decided to donate everything they raise to Brunswick County’s Special Olympics program.

  • Encore, Encore! Celebrating the hybrid Encore azalea

    Since 1998, 23 Encore azalea selections have been released to the public and have become one of the nursery world’s favorite plants to applaud. The Encore extends the usual azalea blooming season into the fall.
    The new hybrids provide the traditional spring display during March and April, but they also bloom again in the fall.

  • Dredge places 70,000 cubic yards of sand on Ocean Isle Beach’s east end

    Ocean Isle Beach town officials are hoping for peaceful waters following the completion of a recent dredge.

    The Intracoastal Waterway annual dredging project has been completed, and about 70,000 cubic yards of sand was put back on the beach, between Shallotte Boulevard and East Third Street.

    “We were very, very pleased with the amount of sand we received,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said at a recent Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) meeting.

  • A look at spring flowers: spotlight on azaleas

    The flower show from our evergreen azaleas got started a bit late this year, but it has been spectacular. Even those of us who have struggled with these sometimes-finicky plants can be seduced by the sheer volume and beauty of the flowers.
    Want to know the secret to growing great azaleas? The secret is really no secret at all. You have to do a good job of preparing the soil and choose the right location.

  • Brunswick bands to perform May 2

    The Sea Trail Convention Center will be filled with big band sound at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, when the Brunswick Big Band returns to the area for a free concert.
    In addition to featured vocalist and Sunset Beach resident Linda Ladrick, the Brunswick Concert Band will also be on the afternoon’s program.
    Brunswick Big Band has performed at Sunset at Sunset for the last two years and the Party in the Yard in the summer of 2009.

  • Local developer on payment plan for $2.1 million tax bill

    Local developer Mark Saunders has signed a comprehensive agreement with Brunswick County to repay $2.1 million in delinquent taxes owed for his various developments under his flagship company The Coastal Companies.

    According to the agreement, the terms of the payment plan are $50,000 per month from March 2010 until May 2010. From June 2010 until December 2010, Saunders will pay the county $75,000 per month.