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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle denies skydiving request

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A request for the board of commissioners to change an ordinance that prohibits skydiving from the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport has been denied.

    “It’s a safety matter,” commissioner D.B. Grantham said.

    Bill Leppert, a commercial pilot and flight instructor at Ocean Isle Beach Aviation, approached the board of commissioners in March with a skydiving presentation, hoping to bring the air sport to Ocean Isle Beach.

  • House passes bill to allow terminal groin study

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Although the bill to make terminal groins legal in North Carolina is stalled in an N.C. House committee, a new bill passed Monday that will allow further research on the structure.

    House Bill 709 is intended to “address erosion control issues,” and gives permission to the Coastal Resources Commission to conduct a feasibility and advisability study of a terminal groin as an “erosion control device.”

  • Eighty-three sea turtle babies stolen from Ocean Isle nest

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol believes 83 baby sea turtles were stolen from their nest early last week.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Turtle Patrol, said a nest at West First Street was disturbed just after 7 a.m. last Thursday. The nest had been closely monitored for days, as the turtles had hatched underneath the nest’s surface.

  • Nonprofit animal facility has a tough, expensive task of caring for unwanted pets

    Nancy Janovetz is one tough cookie, and as president of Paw’s Place Animal Rescue, she has to be.

    At the no-kill, nonprofit rescue facility for unwanted and abandoned dogs, Janovetz has seen just about everything.

    She knows how heartbreaking it can be to take in animals owners no longer want. She knows how challenging it is to care for litters of puppies that are born because human owners failed to have pets spayed or neutered. She knows the responsibility of giving an animal proper medical care when previous owners have failed to, or can’t, do so.

  • Vacant Holden Beach commissioner seat won't likely be filled

    Holden Beach mayor pro tem Sandy Miller and commissioner Don Glander said they don’t think town officials will replace commissioner Gary Staley because elections are in November, less than three months away.

    Miller and Glander said that in an interview before Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting at town hall. Staley resigned in July, saying he no longer lives on Holden Beach. Island residence is a requirement for the position.

    It appears the town will finish this term with four commissioners instead of five.

    House Bill 1305

  • Famous Friday fish fry Aug. 21

    PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

    Calabash VFW Men's Auxiliary president Tony Nye is pictured serving happy fish-fry diners during this past Lenten season when record crowds attended the event. He gets his chance again when VFW Post 7288's famous Friday fish fry returns by popular demand for one night only from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. For only $9 per person diners will enjoy a huge serving of haddock, french fries and coleslaw. Homemade soup is available for $1 extra. Calabash VFW is located at 900 Carter Drive, and the event is open to the public. Questions may be called in to 579-3577.

  • Superintendent releases statement regarding grievance

    Posted at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee said Tuesday night she was "exonerated" from the grievance filed against her by Sherry Dove, her executive assistant and liaison to the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    The board met behind closed doors three times last month to discuss the grievance, and announced on July 23 it had reached a "decision," but did not publicly state what it was.

  • County schools may still be weeks away from finalizing budget

    With the state budget finalized, Brunswick County Schools is weeks away from finalizing its own budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer for Brunswick County Schools, presented the board of education with the state’s public education budget from 2009-2011 Tuesday, and said it gives a good idea of what the county will receive in state funds.

    The district had been working on a temporary budget for several months, anticipating the state reduction.

  • BCC experiencing high enrollment numbers

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College is seeing some of its highest enrollment numbers to date, and the registration period is still open.

    “The pre-registration was higher than previous years,” Stephen Greiner, BCC president, said Monday.

    At the end of early registration, 1,382 students had enrolled for the 2009 fall semester. This number is already higher than fall enrollment last year, which was 1,362 students. About 900 students were enrolled at the end of early registration last year.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Police charged Felipe Reynoso, 19, of 19 Longs Circle Road, Nakina, with drunk and disruptive and resisting arrest. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1,000 secured bond.