Today's News

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering to a vehicle and larceny on Intracoastal Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect entered victim’s car and stole a CB radio.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Hawks Bill Drive in Leland; suspect damaged victim’s door.

    •Larceny on Old Forest Drive in Leland; suspect stole construction materials from a construction site.

  • School works to meet town's fire codes

    After a visit from the Shallotte fire marshal last fall, Academy of Coastal Carolina is almost finished making necessary improvements to bring its facility up to code.

    The school is now undergoing renovations, which should be completed within the next few weeks.

    Terry Cox, division principal, said the safety of their students is of the utmost importance, and the school will be “state of the art” when the renovation ends.

  • Trying to stay ahead when prices put budgets in the RED

    Brunswick County Schools Child Nutrition Services is operating with a deficit exceeding $100,000. Officials say it's due to the escalating costs of milk, bread and other grocery items.

    Tina Ward, director of child nutrition services, said as of Jan. 1, the department’s estimated losses were $107,919.49, and $1,124 is lost on meals per day.

    Ward presented the board of education with a mid-year update at its monthly committee meeting last Tuesday and said milk prices have risen almost 10 cents above the $0.175 original bid.

  • Former teacher who married student a no-show at ethics hearing

    Former South Brunswick High School teacher Brenton Wuchae has failed to appear at a North Carolina Board of Education ethics committee hearing on Friday, March. 14.

    But the board’s attorney, Katie Cornetto, said Wuchae’s absence was not enough to revoke his teaching license.

    “There were concerns that we wanted him to address,” Cornetto said. “We thought a face-to-face meeting would be a way to accomplish an answer to our questions.”

  • Board looks to get larger central office

    Brunswick County Schools are not the only buildings tightening beneath the crunch of overcrowding.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said the central office is much too small for the administration and staff.

    Miley brought preliminary renovation plans and presented them to the board of education’s monthly committee meetings last Tuesday. The central office was designed with enough space for 53 workstations—far less than the 82 current employees.

    “We’re just plain running out of room here,” Miley said.

  • College Tech Prep members honored

    Brunswick County Schools/Brunswick Community College Tech Prep (CTP) Consortium members are honored with three awards for excellence presented March 5 at the 2008 College Tech Prep Conference in Greensboro.

    Statewide, only 15 winners were chosen.

  • Holden Beach commissioners mull committees, talk about appointments and terms of service

    HOLDEN BEACH—Terms of service, appointments and the purpose of non-mandated committees were tossed around Tuesday night by town commissioners.

    Commissioners discussed a draft resolution defining four existing non-mandated town committees and one proposed committee.

    Commissioners Don Glander and Ray Lehr were charged with mulling the various committees’ purpose, its members’ appointments and terms of service, and with drafting a resolution for the board’s discussion of these committees.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners get update on ongoing projects

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners has received updates on some of the town’s current and upcoming projects.

    The updates came at its board retreat meeting last week.

    Canal dredging

    The board received an update on the natural canal-dredging project, which is scheduled for a March 31 completion date.

  • Shallotte adopts sewer transmission fee policy, discusses San Rio agreement

    SHALLOTTE—The town has a new sewer transmission fee policy in place, developed after disagreements with developers over the previous policy resulted in a need for compromise.

    At Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte aldermen unanimously approved a policy requiring developers to pay $60,000 for 60 units at the time they request preliminary plat approval and another $60,000 when they start the next phase. The developer has five years to pay the full amount.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council gets focused on future; looks to next budget

    SUNSET BEACH—A new boat ramp and bridge, bike and pedestrian trails and road improvements are at the top of town council’s planning list.

    Following an executive session at a March 19 day-long planning retreat at Sea Trail, Mayor Ron Klein announced council has authorized town administrator Gary Parker to negotiate possible purchase of a 1.2-acre tract on Sunset Boulevard for a public boat ramp. The site is next to the Intracoastal Waterway, across the street from Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant.