Today's News

  • Brunswick County Board of Education votes to return to single bell schedule next year

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday voted three votes to two to return to a single-bell schedule for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Board members Bud Thorsen, Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller voted to revert back to the single bell schedule, while board chairwoman Shirley Babson and John Thompson voted to keep the staggered bell schedule in place.

    School officials anticipate an 8 a.m. start time for elementary, middle and high school students for the upcoming school year.

  • Sunset at Sunset group confronts mayor

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset at Sunset committee has a problem with Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato.

    Members delivered a message at Monday night’s town council meeting they are “appalled” Cerrato has continued to call their integrity into question.

    Steering committee member Jean Hutchinson, surrounded by five other committee members, read a prepared statement during public comment.

  • Owners upset over infrastructure, building halt in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Several owners spoke out Monday night about unfinished infrastructure, a halt in construction and plummeting values of land they bought in Jaguar’s Lair.

    Cas Kacala of Shallotte said he and his wife bought a lot in Jaguar’s Lair on the first day of sale, on May 26, 2006.

    He asked council to take action to call in infrastructure bonds for Jaguar’s Lair.

    Property owners Tom Claridy of Sea Trail and Ernst Wittenschlaeger of Wilmington also expressed concerns.

  • Church wants to develop cemetery near Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is mulling a proposed zoning text amendment to allow cemeteries in its agricultural district.

    The proposed change, which requires a public hearing called at this week’s town board meeting for 3 p.m. Thursday, is the result of a request by a local church to develop a cemetery in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    At a town board of commissioners’ workshop Monday, Timothy Randall, trustee for Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, outlined hopes to have a cemetery on donated property.

  • Men charged with possession of stolen goods

    SUNSET BEACH—Two out-of-town men have been charged with possession of stolen goods following a routine traffic stop.

    Jeremy Lee Williams, 25, of 5636 West Market St., Apt. G, Greensboro, was charged with possession of a stolen license plate.

    Derek Lee Underwood, 25, of 228 Kent St., Apt. A, Burlington, was charged with possession of steaks stolen from Food Lion in Sunset Beach.

    The charges were made March 31. The two were staying in the area just outside of Sunset Beach, according to Sunset Beach Police Det. Joe Smith.

  • One-cup coffeemaker a hot commodity—for manufacturer

    When I heard about a new kind of coffeemaker that brews java one cup at a time, I thought it was a step backward in the wrong direction.

    I mean, it took American pioneers (and me) centuries just to advance to a Mr. Coffee 12-cup drip-maker.

    But as most morning caffeinated drinkers probably know by now, one-cup brewers are hot stuff these days. Just select your favorite flavor, conveniently packaged in miniature “K Cup” pods that are also trendy—and pricey, ranking right up there with a stop at Starbucks.

  • 'Phased' tree removal approved for Carolina Shores Golf Course

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has approved a tree-removal permit for Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club, with a few stipulations.

    Town Administrator Mike Hargett said the permit issued March 26 outlines “general and specific conditions” for tree removal in a phased manner. Each phase will require specific written approval by the town tree committee.

  • Fire department cooking up training at old eatery

    CALABASH—Somebody has been beating up on the old Granny Allyn’s Restaurant building.

    Several somebodies, in fact. The Calabash Fire Department has been using the former eatery for weekly fire training.

    During training most Monday nights, the department has been chopping roof holes for ventilation training, making entries with hoses, breaching walls, using ropes and smoking up the building with smoke machines. Just a few months ago, smoking wasn’t even allowed in the building when it was still a restaurant.

  • Brunswick native to speak about book and organ donation

    CALABASH—The date is forever etched in Terri Godwin’s mind—June 12, 2002.

    That’s the day she and her older sister, Natasha, both underwent surgery at Duke University Medical Center, the day one of Terri’s kidneys was deftly removed to give to her ailing sister.

    “There were a lot of emotions,” says Terri. “But we also had a lot of prayer. It really helped us get through.”

    Nearly 10 years later, both sisters are alive and thriving.

  • West baseball loses for first time in conference

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School baseball team lost for the first time in the conference this season, falling 5-4 to Whiteville on April 3.

    Jesse Simmons and Markel Jones hit back-to-back home runs with one out in the third inning for the Trojans (6-1), but Whiteville scored all of its runs on home runs: Jacob Long hit a three-run home run, Zack Brown followed with a home run with two outs in the first inning and winning pitcher Hunter Smith hit was proved to be the winning home run in the fifth inning.