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Today's News

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from arrest reports.

    •William Eugene Abernathy II, 26, of 2325 Shoreline Drive, Supply; charged with breaking and entering and larceny from buildings.

    •Mary Cathern Steinbach, 48, of 347A Brunswick Ave. W., Holden Beach; charged with simple assault.

  • Board can't agree on lunch prices for next year

    It’s no surprise the cost of milk and bread are escalating, but the Brunswick County Board of Education can’t agree on how to handle the inflation.

    Earlier this month, the board tabled a request to raise school lunch prices after Tina Ward, director of child nutrition services, said the department was operating with a deficit of $107,919.49 as of Jan. 1. Ward suggested the increase to try and balance the budget and retain a three-month operating balance. The increase would also help offset grocery costs, which will rise to 8 percent next school year, Ward said.

  • New school name still undecided

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is still playing the name game.

    Board members discussed naming the district’s new middle school David R. Sandifer Middle School after the late county commissioner at last month’s committee meetings. While all seemed in favor of the name, opinions changed at the board’s monthly meeting May 6.

    Board member Ray Gilbert said he had received numerous calls from Cedar Grove community members and thought the board ought to get more community input before naming the school.

  • Community colleges to no longer admit illegal immigrants

    Based on advice from the Office of the Attorney General, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) will no longer admit undocumented or illegal immigrants into curriculum degree programs.

    The NCCCS sought the help of the attorney general only a few months after a memorandum was issued in December 2007 mandating the 58 community colleges in the state to admit all undocumented individuals at an out-of-state tuition rate.

  • Community policing leads to four arrests in Supply break-in

    SUPPLY—Four suspects were arrested last Thursday and charged with an early morning break-in at the Provision Co. restaurant near Holden Beach.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives Capt. Gene Caison, an employee noticed a broken window, damaged items and a stolen flat screen TV when the employee went to work and reported the break-in.

    Sheriff’s deputies conducting surveillance in the area noticed the suspects loading the TV in the back of a car and arrested the suspects after a traffic stop.

  • Concerts on the Coast at Ocean Isle Beach kick off this weekend with 'Band of Oz'

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach’s Concerts on the Coast begins this Friday and continues through the end of August. The Band of Oz will play this Friday at 6:30 p.m., kicking off the 2008 concert series.

    Ocean Isle Beach’s Concerts on the Coast are in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina every Friday from May 23-Aug. 29. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

    The Concerts on the Coast events have been organized every summer since 2002 when the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association provided sponsorship to jump-start the event.

  • Ocean Isle Beach named one of the best according to ASBPA

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) has named Ocean Isle Beach a winner of one of the 2008 Best Restored Beach Awards.

    According to a press release, Ocean Isle Beach began seeking funding for a federal restoration program after Hurricane Hugo hit in 1989. A capital reserve savings account was opened for the town’s portion of the funding. In 2001, coastal engineers began dredging sand from Shallotte Inlet, which not only extended beach renourishment two additional years, but also deepened the channel for boaters.

  • 'Summer Series in the Park' kicks off Thursday evening in Shallotte

    Shallotte alderman Walt Eccard has a vision for Shallotte. He hopes it will become a place where neighbors gather and spend time together.

    As an alderman and chair of the Downtown Shallotte Development Authority, Eccard, along with other town leaders and community volunteers, has been working to make that dream a reality.

    With a farmers’ market operational and growing, other time has been focused on generating community and business support for a 10-year vision plan for downtown Shallotte.

  • Realtors upset about Sea Trail ban on signs

    SUNSET BEACH—Real estate signs dotting the landscape at Sea Trail may soon be a thing of the past if the Sea Trail Masters Association has its way.

    But a group of real estate agents and property owners who met Monday at a Sea Trail clubhouse claimed the association’s recent mandate banning signs, effective this Friday, May 23, is discriminatory.

    “It’s very difficult to show property in a community that doesn’t allow signs,” said Sarah Lane, speaking at the gathering attended by about a dozen people at Maples Activity Center.

  • Tragic anniversaries often bring up difficult and painful memories

    An anniversary, by definition, is the yearly occurrence of a past event.

    For many, anniversaries are happy occasions. They are celebrated for marking important occasions in people’s lives. Couples celebrate relationship milestones by rejoicing in anniversaries of a first date, a first kiss or the day marital vows were taken.