Today's News

  • Group gathers for prayer vigil supporting Rourk

    A small group gathered outside Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Tuesday night for a prayer vigil in light of recent charges filed against the school’s principal, Patricia Rourk.

    The Rev. Lorenza Jackson, who has two children at Jessie Mae, said the vigil was not for any one person or any one race, but rather for the school and all its children.

    “Jessie Mae Monroe is a good school,” he said. “We support this school. We support all of our children here. Everybody is somebody.”

  • Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 10

    The deadline to register to vote is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

    To be eligible to vote in Brunswick County, residents must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and must be a legal resident domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina for 30 days by the date of the next general election day.

    To register to vote, citizenship rights must be restored if ever convicted of a felony. Brunswick County voters cannot vote or be registered to vote in any other county or state.

  • Food service locations get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A, 80-89, B, 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate.

    Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been re-graded at the management’s request.

  • The Coastal Companies employees volunteer to give back

    Many employees at The Coastal Companies donated time and talent to charitable causes.

    Laura Shaurer, property manager and broker-in-charge at Coastal Vacation Resorts on Oak Island, is a certified master diver who spends every Sunday volunteering at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher as a member of their dive team.

    Volunteers participate in two dives per day, 364 days a year, answering questions from visitors and educating them about the varied habitats under the sea.

  • Unique food market planned for family's general store

    SUPPLY—What started out as a family-owned and operated general store in 1963 and ended its most recent incarnation as a tax preparer’s office three years ago will soon come full circle. It will open again as a family-owned and operated local food and gift market.

    After Blanton’s Tax Service on Stone Chimney Road closed in 2005, the large cinder block building off N.C. 211 remained filled with papers, furniture and odds and ends belonging to the Blanton family.

  • Brunswick posts state's only increase in August home sales

    Brunswick County was the only region in the state reporting an increase in the number of existing home sales in August 2008 compared to the previous August, according to statistics from the N.C. Association of Realtors (NCAR).

    In August, Brunswick County reported 199 homes sold, compared to 152 the previous year. Local Realtors sold $46,493,454 worth of homes in August, up from $43,360,174 last August.

    The numbers were also up slightly over those of the previous month. In July, local Realtors sold 195 homes.

  • Calabash business owners start plans to launch merchants association

    CALABASH—A dozen business owners met last week in an initial move toward launching a merchants association in the seafood capital.

    For meeting organizer Forrest King, a business owner and a Calabash commissioner, the reason for organizing local businesses is simple—the town needs a merchants association.

  • VFW pays respects in annual POW-MIA ceremony

    CALABASH—Hats were removed and prayers offered during a solemn ceremony last Friday, Sept. 19, at Calabash VFW Post 7288 to pay respects to prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.

    The annual POW-MIA ceremony is brief but heartfelt, especially by participating VFW members who have had firsthand military and war experience.

    Two members, Pat Paterson and Guy Moulton, are former prisoners of war who have spoken at the ceremony in the past.

  • Local man involved in Coast Guard's capture of vessel

    Juneau, Alaska—A Brunswick County man in the U.S. Coast Guard has played a role in the capture of vessel suspected of illegal driftnet fishing.

    Jon Smith, a 2007 graduate of West Brunswick High School, was on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Munro” when it was involved in seizing a Chinese fishing vessel suspected of illegal large-scale, high-seas driftnet fishing 460 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan.

  • Local bicyclists get ready to roll in Cycle North Carolina cross-state ride

    At least four local bicyclists are getting in gear for Cycle North Carolina, a cross-state ride that begins Sunday in Black Mountain and concludes the following Saturday on Oak Island.

    The participants include Steve and Stephanie Bruce, Harvey Camp and Peter Lewis of Island Hoppers Bicycle Repair on U.S. 17 at N.C. 904.

    Cycle North Carolina (online at www.ncsports.org) is touted as a “mountains to the coast” ride of about 425 miles that includes nightly stops at host towns along the way.