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Today's News

  • May home sales up over April, down from last year

    Home sales in Brunswick County increased last month over April, going from 119 to 151, but the number was a drop from May 2009 when the total hit 170.

    Even with the up-and-down numbers, local Realtors and developers say they are seeing increase in buyer interest—mainly in the less-expensive homes and properties.

    “Things have picked up some,” Linda Stephens of Rampage Realty on the Holden Beach mainland said this week, but, “It’s not what it should be.”

  • Shallotte approves budget with no tax increase; water, sewer fees will rise

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has approved the 2010-2011 budget, with a total of $3,839,532 in the general fund and $3,365,927 in the water/sewer fund.

    The new budget keeps the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property.

    “This will be a tight budget year in many respects as a result of the slow economy and the recession that began nationwide in January of 2008,” Hughes said in his budget message to the board Tuesday night.

  • YES! for summer camps at Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—More than 30 children took to the stage Monday morning at Odell Williamson Auditorium. They rehearsed lines, music and staging for their upcoming production of “Dreamers.”

    Across the Brunswick Community College campus, another group of children began to learn how to speak Spanish.

  • ‘No major issues’ but town reminds beachgoers safety first

    It’s been several years since Ocean Isle Beach town commissioners voted to ban cabanas from the beach, but John Goodwin, police chief, said it’s a violation beach patrol officers address daily.

    “We don’t allow cabanas on the beach, and people are still trying to use them,” Goodwin said. “There’s nothing the officers can do. [They] have to go along with what the town ordinance says.”

    Although officers have to remind people daily, Goodwin said most everyone is cooperative and understands the rule.

  • Former board member seeking answers for principal's transfer

    A former member of the Brunswick County Board of Education and some members of the Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School community are questioning the board’s motives after voting to transfer the school’s principal to a central office position.

    Board members approved a seven-page personnel list during a reconvened meeting Friday, June 11. Jessie Mae Monroe Principal Patricia Rourk was included in the list and will be transferred to the central office and serve as a director in instruction and accountability services, effective July 1.

  • Ocean Isle Beach - Crime Report

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

    •Larceny of bicycle on West Second Street.

    •Property damage on Fairmount Street.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on East First Street.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle on East Second Street.

    •Marquise Weddington, 18, of Granite Quarry; charged with underage drinking on East First Street.

  • ABC profits questioned in Calabash, Sunset Beach

    An official with the Calabash Volunteer EMS is seeking legal guidance after learning a portion of Sunset Beach ABC proceeds may have been illegally diverted to the Sunset Beach Fire Department.
    Troy Thorup, board secretary and spokesman for Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, said the profits might have been improperly diverted from Calabash EMS to the Sunset Beach Fire Department years ago.
    Thorup has consulted a Greensboro attorney who has advised the EMS could have “a very good, open and shut case” if not one that is fraudulent.

  • Waccamaw Seniors voice concerns about facility in Ash

    ASH—On a recent weekday morning, a group of seniors crowded into a room inside the old Waccamaw School.

    Some worked on a jigsaw puzzle around a table. Two others exercised on equipment on the opposite side of the room.

    A quilt made by the ladies and handmade clothing ready to be sent to children in Haiti were displayed nearby. In other corners of the room are a desk for site manager Virginia Long to use and a sitting area with couches and a TV.

  • A summer full of bright stars on the main plane of the Milky Way

    The summer’s sky is full of many bright stars. The reason is simple: At the start of summer, the main plane of the Milky Way Galaxy is just above the horizon, and as the calendar approaches the middle of the summer season, the Milky Way’s main plane moves to the middle of the sky.

    More stars are along the main plane than below or above the plane; therefore, it is the position of the main plane that fills the sky with stars.

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance approved for shrimpers

    VARNAMTOWN—The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a petition for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance for shrimpers.

    Jackie Varnam, co-owner of Garland’s Fresh Seafood market and president of Brunswick Catch, said she received notification last week assistance had been approved.

    That means shrimpers will be eligible for up to $12,000 in assistance, but they have to be approved, Varnam said.