Today's News

  • Grant provides students daily snack of fruits, vegetables

    Students at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School enjoy either a fresh fruit or raw vegetable as a daily snack through a grant from the United Stated Department of Agriculture.

    The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program gave 62 schools across North Carolina a combined $1.8 million this year to purchase fruits or vegetables so students can enjoy a healthy snack while learning the importance of healthy eating and food choices.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Isle Plaza; suspect took a 19-inch TV and remote from the home.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Concord Street; suspect forcibly entered storage room and caused $125 worth of damage to the door.

  • Virginia Williamson students to perform at Palace Theatre

    Fifty fifth-grade students from Virginia Williamson Elementary School will take center stage next week at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The select group of students will perform with The Twelve Irish Tenors of Dublin at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11.

    Tiffany Pruitt, music teacher at Virginia Williamson, said she received an e-mail from the Palace Theatre, asking for local school groups interested in singing during a performance. She immediately responded she was interested in participating. That opened the opportunity to all fifth-grade students.

  • Polls are open for 2009 municipal elections

    Voters in all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County get the chance to decide who will run their towns in municipal elections today.

    Polls are open until 7:30 p.m.

    In addition to deciding among three candidates for two town commissioners’ seats, Carolina Shores voters will have on their ballot a referendum asking whether the town “should return to a Mayor-Council Form of Government, as opposed to remaining in its current Council-Manager Form of Government?”

  • Teen avoids trouble by keeping the faith

    Before the bell rings, most high school students stop to chat with friends, quickly finish homework or stop by their locker to pick up a forgotten item. But 16-year-old West Brunswick High School student Aqui Jackson stops at his locker to look at one very special book.

  • 'Astro Boy' lots of fun for kids

    If you ask my 7-year-old, “Astro Boy” is the best movie ever made. I wouldn‘t go that far.

    For kids ages 7 and older, you can’t get much more exciting than this computer animated action hero story about a grieving scientist father, voiced by Nicolas Cage, who creates a robot version of his lost son.

    The robot, “Astro,” must then find his place in the world. In the process, he befriends other “orphans,” becomes a fighter and eventually, saves the world.

  • Sunset sewer groundbreaking Friday

    A groundbreaking for a wastewater collection system for the Sunset Beach mainland is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

    The event, orchestrated by Brunswick County in conjunction with the town of Sunset Beach, will take place in the common area at the intersection of Oyster Pointe Drive and Oyster Bay Drive.


  • Calabash Fire Department rejects $2.6 million federal loan for new station

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire Department won’t accept a $2.6 million federal loan approved last month for a new fire station.

    Last week, the department’s nine-member board agreed the department can’t afford the $2,607,750 USDA loan with accompanying $137,250 grant announced last month by U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s office. The funding was earmarked for construction of a new, much-needed central fire station for the department.

  • Sunset Beach bridge

    Construction continues on the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge in Sunset Beach as shown in pictures taken last month by local photographer John Clegg. The bridge is slated to open next year, displacing the old pontoon bridge currently in use.



    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from the police reports.

    •Vandalism at Brooks Court; suspect broke back glass out of victim’s window, causing $900 in damage to the glass and $300 in damage to the paint finish.

    •Vandalism at Coastal Cinemas; suspect put something in tank of victim’s truck, causing $2,000 in damage.