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Today's News

  • Calabash isn't doing public business clearly and transparently

    It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes.
    First, the board of commissioners illegally went into closed session March 8, when it discussed the possibility of purchasing property from commissioner Bill Dixon, who was present for the discussion. The board failed to publicly identify the property location and who owned it.
    Not only did the board go into closed session improperly, Dixon violated the town’s code of ethics by participating in the property purchase discussion.

  • Growing up in Ash

     ASH—Life in Ash wasn’t always the way it is today.

    “This dirt we are living on was my great granddaddy’s,” said Leroy Carlisle. “He owned a hundred acres from Old Brunswick Road to the Whit-Ash Swamp. There were farms on both sides of the swamp.”

    Leroy’s grandfather built the house he grew up in the 1850s before the Civil War.

  • Donations bring hospice facility one-step closer to home

    SUPPLY—Fundraising efforts for the construction of a Brunswick County Hospice Care Center have brought the project closer to its goal.

    Last Friday morning more than 100 donors and supporters of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center were honored for their support of the Closer to Home capital campaign with a celebration breakfast.

    The goal is to raise $3.5 million to construct a seven-bed hospice inpatient care center to serve patients and families in Brunswick County. Currently the closest inpatient facilities are in Wilmington and Whiteville.

  • Parents speak out about proposed staggered school start times

    BOLIVIA—More than 60 parents, teachers and students voiced their opinions about potential changes to education in Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick County Schools Board of Education joined the Parent Advisory Council to hear from the public on proposed budget reductions. The major topic of concern was the potential of staggered start times.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny by removing items from the victim’s residence on Mulberry Street, Shallotte; suspect took a diamond ring, a diamond bracelet, five gold rings, 75 crystal collectibles, 100 bar glasses and two gold necklaces from the victim’s residence. The suspect told the victim he was taking the items because she owed him rent money.

  • School board members say they face tough challenges

    Bolivia—“This is a good case of there are no easy answers,” said Brunswick County Schools Board of Education member John Thompson as Tuesday evening’s budget work session drew to a close.

    The decisions before the board are not easy and have serious impacts on the future of education in Brunswick County, school board members contend.

    Immediately following the budget session, the board participated in an public comment session regarding proposed budget cuts.

    Mandatory direct deposit

  • Celebrate Easter with free meal

     SHALLOTTE—This year, start a new Easter tradition by joining two local organizations as they help feed those in need.

    From noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, Faith Building Missions (FBM) is partnering with Brunswick Christian Recovery Center for an Easter fish fry. The two groups will deliver meals to those in need throughout the county and host a fish fry at Rourke Gardens on Main Street that is open to the entire community.

  • Golf course, clubhouse and equipment set to be auctioned

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The fate of Brick Landing Plantation Golf Course and clubhouse will be decided Tuesday evening.

    The Carolina Bank-owned Ocean Isle Beach property will be sold at a public auction at 4 p.m. April 26 by Iron Horse Auction Company. The auction is a no-reserve auction, meaning there is no minimum bid. However, bidders must be prepared to put 20 percent down if they are the highest bidder.

  • Send a local band to London

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Five young men from Ocean Isle Beach have the opportunity of a lifetime, but they need the community to help them achieve their dream.

    Aunt Polly’s Glass Eye wants to share their talents with the world. If they rally enough support, they can share a little piece of Brunswick County by opening for Bon Jovi in London’s famed Hyde Park during Hard Rock Calling music festival June 24-26.

    “We will rock them out in Hyde Park when we get there,” said Joey (JoJo) Howard, drummer.

  • Six honored with Governor’s Awards at Volunteer Fair

    BOLIVIA—Odell Williamson Auditorium and the attached Virginia Williamson Events Center were overflowing with the spirit of volunteerism Tuesday afternoon.

    In the auditorium, six Brunswick County volunteers were honored with the 2011 North Carolina Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

    In the events center, about 45 nonprofit and community organizations were on hand to discuss their organizations with eventgoers and recruit new volunteers.