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Today's News

  • Bus tour of Sunset Beach brings new parking rules

    Bumping along on a bus on unpaved roads with town council isn’t anyone’s idea of a thrill ride. At least not mine.

    And if it were thrilling, it probably wouldn’t be allowed, because amusement rides aren’t part of the Sunset Beach island landscape.

    But council wanted to take a closer look at the parking sites it was about to prohibit. Hence, as part of a specially called meeting with the council-appointed beach parking committee on the morning of Feb. 18, members boarded a Sea Trail shuttle bus and headed for the island.

  • Bill proposing terminal groins backed by local support

    North Carolina is one of two states in the nation that does not allow terminal groins to be used as erosion control devices, but local officials are hoping that will soon change.

    Senate Bill 110, introduced Feb. 24, would permit the currently banned structures.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, is one of the bill’s primary sponsors. Protecting the coastline is an issue that affects the entire state, not just beach communities, he said.

  • Medicine drop-off scheduled in Ocean Isle Beach

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department and the Ocean Isle Beach Municipal Fire Department are hosting Operation Medicine Drop from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 20. The drop will take place at 111 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach, on the corner of Caseway Drive and Rick Street.

    Everyone is invited to drop off expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, which will be properly disposed.

  • Donate prom dresses and accessories to help local girls in need

    The blue one was special because it made me feel elegant.

    The yellow one with rhinestones had a full skirt and made me feel like a princess.

    I initially didn’t want to try on the pink one because it didn’t have enough sparkle, but once my mom convinced me to, I never wanted to take it off.

    Even though I haven’t worn any of my prom or formal dresses for about a decade, I will never forget the feeling when I first put them on or how they looked in the pictures or the memories made while wearing them.

  • Carolina Shores recycling hearing Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town residents will have an opportunity Thursday to learn more about possible changes to Brunswick County’s recycling program.

    A public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Calabash Fire Department, 892 Persimmon Road.

    The hearing is part of the county’s process of meeting with municipalities to see whether they wish to participate in a curbside recycling program.

  • 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.

    •Carl Wallace Spragins, 61, of Smithfield; charged with hiring with intent to defraud after he did not pay for taxi fare.

    •Timothy Blanco Simmons, 50, of Shallotte; charged with shoplifting after leaving Walmart without paying for items.

    •Joshua Paul Hardee, 27, of Southport; wanted on state charges and charged with driving while license revoked.

  • Invisible Children raising awareness for those affected by LRA

    SHALLOTTE—Adong Evelyn has seen the horror caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda.

    Her friends and family members were beaten and raped by the LRA, and her home in northern Uganda was burned to the ground. Led by Joseph Kony, the rebellious army has reportedly abducted thousands of children for LRA recruitment.

    “I never gave up on my future, and that perseverance is paying off now,” Evelyn said.

  • Calabash wastewater hearing March 28

    The Brunswick County Utility Operations Board will conduct a public hearing March 28 regarding preliminary assessment for the Calabash wastewater extension project.

    The hearing is at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible in Brunswick County Commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building located in the Brunswick County Governmental Center, 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia.

  • Brunswick Community College estimates $1 million in budget reductions

    BOLIVIA—With a reported decline in full-time equivalent (FTE) students and the impact of Gov. Bev Perdue’s proposed state budget, Brunswick Community College faces losing about $1 million in the 2011-2012 fiscal year budget.

    During a Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees meeting last month, Ben DeBlois, vice president of business and finance, presented trustees with an analysis of how the college’s budget may be affected for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

  • Thefts reported in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents reported in the past week:

    •On March 7, a resident of Old Oak Lane reported a bank check had been uttered and forged. The woman said a man had come to her home to give her a price for fixing a hot tub. She wrote him a check for $129 for parts. When the check was cashed at First Federal in South Carolina, the amount of the check had been changed to $429.

    •A Garmin GPS was reported stolen March 3 from an unlocked vehicle on Medcalf Drive.