Today's News

  • From one artist to another: Painting makes ailing sign man's day

    It was a first-time, memorable meeting when local artist Bryan Varnam stopped by to see Buddy Norris, package in hand.

    On a balmy October morning, Varnam, 66, arrived at Norris’ Shallotte home bearing a painting, one he only recently created for Norris.

    Norris, in fact, is the subject of the acrylic painting, titled “Buddy’s Barn.” It depicts an old tobacco barn near Hickmans Crossroads that once served as Norris’ first sign shop in the early 1980s, as well as a rendering of Norris in his younger years, busy at work.

  • Brunswick County goes to the polls Tuesday


    The Nov. 4 general election will feature races to determine Brunswick County’s representatives on the county and school boards and at the state and national level.

    It also includes Brunswick County residents seeking to serve statewide.

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    Incumbent county commissioner Marty Cooke faces a challenge from John Holleman for the District 2 seat.

    Charlie Miller, the incumbent board of education member for District 3, faces opponent William C. Flythe.

  • Detectives seek man who robbed OIB business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Detectives are looking for the man who robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business Oct. 21.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    The robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the store before deputies arrived, Flax said. Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach police, along with N.C. Highway Patrol troopers, also responded.

  • OIB puts $1.25 million behind Causeway Drive eminent domain action

    Ocean Isle Beach officials began the legal process, and opened their checkbook, to claim land for a public park.

    Attorneys for the town filed an eminent domain action Oct. 21 under Chapter 40A of the North Carolina General Statutes to acquire a vacant lot at Causeway Drive and Second Street for public use.

    The town board of commissioners passed a resolution to take the legal action at the Oct. 14 town meeting.

    OIB commissioners authorized the condemnation of the land as part of the eminent domain process.

  • Schools risk losing charters with compliance failure

     A local charter school management company is in legal limbo until the State Board of Education determines its fate next week.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) could face legal sanctions after failing to meet requests from the state Department of Public Instruction, State Board of Education lawyer Katie Cornetto said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28.

    Cornetto said the State Board of Education would determine what actions it might take at its regularly scheduled meetings next Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 5-6.

  • Belville supports BCC for workforce development student

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will fund a student in Brunswick Community College’s workforce development program and may fund more in next year’s budget.

    BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams and Velva Jenkins, BCC’s vice president of continuing education, economic and workforce development, made a presentation to the Belville town board Monday night, Oct. 27.

    Adams told the board members and Mayor Mike Allen the college, which is celebrating its 35 the year, serves 1,600 curriculum students and more than 2,000 workforce development students.

  • Chicago playwright watches West students perform his play

     SHALLOTTE — Students in Jennifer Negron’s Theatre II class had their hearts set on performing Bryan Renaud’s “Twelfth Night of the Living Dead” as Halloween approached during the fall semester.

    Some elements of the Renaud’s play were altered to make the show high school appropriate and, with the playwright’s help, theatre students performed the play at the Little Theatre on the school’s Shallotte campus in front of family, friends and Renaud himself.

  • Brunswick women finish first and second in national championships

     The fastest oyster shucker you know couldn’t compete with Lisa Bellamy or Annie Bonifacio.

    The mother-daughter tandem took home first and second places in the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Competition Oct. 18-19 in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

    This marks Bellamy’s fourth women’s national championship. The trip was a success, although she fell just short of advancing to Ireland for the world championships. Only the top overall competitor advances and Doug Landry of Louisiana was top shucker.

  • Leaders continue fight on preventable killers at health forum

     SUPPLY — Health professionals converged Wednesday, Oct. 22, at a countywide health forum to identify and search for ways to continue Brunswick County’s fight against preventable killers.

    In an effort to address and combat chronic disease in the region, community stakeholders held the State of Your Health Forum at the Virginia Williamson Event Center inside Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Leland ordinance delays naming municipal park for first mayor

    LELAND — Renaming the Municipal Park across from Leland’s new town hall after former Mayor Russell Baldwin could be a long-term project.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman first proposed in August commemorating Baldwin, who died Sept. 18 after a long illness, for his part in creating the town of Leland and serving as its first mayor.

    The discussion picked up again during the Sept. 18 town meeting after Bozeman announced Baldwin had died earlier in the day.