Today's News

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •James Melvin Hewett, 23, of Shallotte; charged with assault on a female on Al Street.

    •Larceny of camera at Las Palmeras in Shallotte; victim believes camera fell out of her car while taking a bag out of her vehicle.

    •Andrew Thomas Smeltzer, 36 of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with forgery of a check and uttering of a forged document. He attempted to cash a stolen check.

  • Ocean Isle Beach board votes to adjust fees for homeowners association

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach commissioners voted to adjust fees issued to a homeowners association after finding out they had never been connected to the town’s sewer system.

    Commissioners also voted three to two Tuesday to waive sewer fees for Duneside Villas Homeowners Association until they recoup half of their installation/connection charges, which equals about $2,600.

  • 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 from automobile on East First Street; suspect took registration plate.

    •Christopher R. Couch, 21, of Fulton, Ark.; charged with driving while impaired and open container.

    •Rachel Utsett, 19, of Fayetteville; charged with consuming alcohol while less than 21.

  • Frequent flyer likes her privacy; maybe it’s time to upgrade to first-class seats

    I like to fly in the morning.

    And when I say morning, I actually mean middle of the night, pitch black outside, so early nothing in the airport but the gate is open.

    Sure, it usually means I stay up all night in fear of oversleeping, almost missing my flight and having to run like a madwoman through the airport “Home Alone” style. And I actually did that once, in the same airport as in the movie, and let me tell you, it’s not fun.

  • Get ready for the first day of school

    In about two weeks, school doors will open, classrooms will fill with eager students and the 2010-2011 school year will begin.

    School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 25. North Carolina law makes this the earliest start date for school districts throughout the state. Early College High School is on the same schedule as Brunswick Community College, and students began classes Thursday, Aug. 5.

  • ABCs show growth in all Brunswick County schools

    According to the ABCs of Public Education, Brunswick County schools are making progress.

    Growth and performance results released last week confirm all 19 schools made expected growth during the 2009-2010 school year, with nine—Brunswick County Academy, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, South Brunswick High, South Brunswick Middle, Town Creek Elementary, Union Elementary and Waccamaw School—showing high growth.

  • Sunset Beach eyes $3.75 million park site

    SUNSET BEACH—Should the town shell out $3.75 million to buy a 5.22-acre waterway site for a future park and site for the old pontoon bridge?

    The issue will be debated at a specially called town council meeting at 9 a.m. this Thursday.

    Among topics of discussion are “possible solutions to saving the old bridge.”

  • Damages, arrests in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police have investigated incidents of vandalism and reported arrests in separate incidents.

    On Aug. 6, a window was reported broken on a front-end loader belonging to East Coast Contractor. Deputy chief Steve Smith said someone took a bar or similar object to break the window on the machine that’s being used to install sewer line at Oyster Bay.

    Damage to personal property also was reported Aug. 6 to a mailbox on Shoreline Drive East.

  • Carolina Shores administrator gets 2 percent raise

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners approved a 2 percent annual merit raise for town administrator Linda Herncane following a closed session last week.

    The 3-1 vote followed the board’s monthly meeting and executive session Aug. 5 to discuss Herncane’s annual work performance evaluation.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote and also declined to attend the first portion of the closed session dealing with Herncane’s evaluation.

    Town commissioner John Russo was absent.

  • 'Anything Goes' on Thalian Hall stage in Wilmington

    Opera House Theatre Company is electrifying the main stage of Thalian Hall with its rendition of “Anything Goes,” which continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday and next weekend in Wilmington.

    The musical, which opened last week, is a classic screwball comedy aboard a transatlantic ship, the S.S. American.