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Today's News

  • North Brunswick student selected for national drum and bugle corps

    His summer will be spent traveling more than 9,000 miles through 16 states, playing in 44 performances at 39 venues for 275,000 spectators.

    Aaron Benton, an 11th-grader at North Brunswick High School, has been selected to perform with the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps this summer.

    Benton auditioned for the corps earlier this year when auditions were at his school. His mother originally told him he couldn’t audition due to the financial reasons—corps tuition is $2,300. But Mark Riel, Benton’s band director, told him to audition despite the cost.

  • Southport Elementary teacher takes dive for students

    Most teachers get apples or nice coffee mugs during Teacher Appreciation Week, but on Sunday, one Southport Elementary teacher got the thrill of a lifetime.

    Skydive Coastal Carolinas donated a gift certificate for a tandem skydive for Teachers Appreciation Week. All interested teachers at the school were invited to enter their names into a drawing for the certificate.

    “Three brave souls put their names in,” said Kimberly Newman, a second-grade teacher. Newman won the drawing.

  • Supply Elementary School awarded Toolbox for Education grant

    Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $2,000 Toolbox for Education grant to Supply Elementary for its School Clothes Closet.

    Supply Elementary is one of 1,000 schools or parent organizations to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for parent-initiated school improvement projects benefiting public education K-12 across the U.S. during the 2007-2008 school year.

  • Jessie Mae raises money, dedicates flags

    Ed Baran, grandfather of fifth-grader Emily Baran at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, is presented with an official U.S. flag and a paper flag built by the class during the school’s Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

    The Relay team sold 23 flags and each was dedicated to a special person in memory or in honor of someone who has/had cancer. Ed Baran told the class as long as you had support, you could get through anything and the students had great support at Jessie Mae.

  • Holden Beach commissioners get look at new budget

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year keeps the town tax rate at 6.9 cents per $100 valuation, but the water rate will go up by 20 cents.

    Hewett presented his proposed $12,601,747 budget to Holden Beach commissioners last Wednesday during a budget workshop in the chapel fellowship hall.

    Holden Beach gets its water from the county. It would be the first rate hike in the water bill in several years.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man graduates from West Point

    He may have just graduated from a four-year university, but the next 10 years of his life are already planned out.

    James Hart, 21, of Ocean Isle Beach, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, about 56 miles north of New York City. He is now a second lieutenant in the Army, where he will serve five years active duty and three years in the reserves after completing a two-year flight school.

  • One-cent tax increase proposed for Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town administrator has proposed a 1-cent tax increase for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

    When presented to the board of commissioners Tuesday morning, the general fund balance was based on a tax rate of 9 cents per $100 valuation with a .995 percent collection rate. That is up from the current 8-cent tax rate.

  • Shallotte planning board sets workshop with developer as a result of last-minute revisions

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has scheduled a workshop with a developer whose request for plat approval was shot down Tuesday night because of last-minute revisions.

    Instead of recommending to the board of aldermen final plat approval for phase 1A of Sea Wynde Plantation, planning board members voted to meet with developer Adam Lisk on June 26 before the July 1 board of aldermen meeting to work out the issues staff and the board members had with the original plat.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board nixes variance for proposed sewer pump site

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board has rejected a setback variance for a sewer pump house.

    At a June 5 board of adjustment hearing, URS Greiner Corp., the engineering company charged with building the Brunswick County-operated sewer system, requested a variance to the 25-foot front yard setback for a two-story vacuum pump house on a vacant lot at 407 North Shore Drive East.

  • Hurricane forum opens eyes to the importance of preparation

    They are the largest, deadliest storms on Earth, and 14 of them have affected the Brunswick County coast since 1900.

    Hurricanes are a constant threat for the residents of Brunswick County, and last Thursday evening Brunswick County Emergency Services sponsored a public forum to help residents understand how to prepare for these storms.

    With an expert panel of speakers that included representatives from FEMA, the state department of crime and public safety and the National Weather Service, the message seemed to be the same—be prepared.