Today's News

  • Brunswick County receives hurricane grant, plans large-scale ‘disaster’

    On the morning of Saturday, July 11, a major training exercise will unfold in Shallotte, complete with a few homes being destroyed.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services was recently awarded a hurricane grant, and director Randy Thompson said they’re putting the money toward training for a large-scale disaster.

    To do so, they’ll create the disaster.

    “We’ve actually got a few homes we’re going to destroy,” Thompson said.

    The grant included money to lease the property on which the homes will be destroyed.

  • Budget undergoes last-minute scrutiny in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Recycling and a second fire station were among last-minute budgetary topics at a town council workshop last week.

    Council is expected to adopt the proposed $5,056,955 fiscal budget for 2009-2010 at its next meeting June 29. The meeting was scheduled a week early in lieu of a monthly meeting connecting to the July 4 holiday weekend. The new fiscal budget year takes effect July 1.

    The proposed budget includes retaining the town’s current tax rate at 9 cents per $100 of valuation and is about $200,000 below the current year budget.

  • Artists brushing up for Summer Regional Show in Southport

    SOUTHPORT—Artists from both Carolinas and beyond have submitted their latest work for the new Summer Regional Show at Franklin Square Gallery.

    The juried exhibition runs Monday, June 22, through Saturday, July 18.

    Chairwoman Nancy Schulte describes the exhibit as a new adventure, with regional artists bringing their best work.

    The show is sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport as part of Fourth of July festivities.

  • 'American RVers' rolling along with travels, postings

    Nearly two years ago, Jim and Peggy Grich pulled up stakes to launch the journey of a lifetime.

    They put their Brunswick County home up for sale and hit the road in their rolling home—a 2006 Monaco recreational vehicle.

    No, the Griches weren’t retiring or taking a permanent vacation.

    Their travels involve plenty of work with their TV show and Web site, “American RVer,” consisting of video podcasts of interesting people they meet along the way and blog postings documenting their adventures around the country.

  • Pretty Babie

    Babie (ID No. A006990) is a black-and-white female American pit bull terrier that about a year old. She has been at the shelter since May 9. She is ready and waiting for a great new home. The shelter’s adoption fees are based on age. Adoption fees for dogs are $65 for ages 6 months or older, and $46 for dogs 5 months old or younger. Fees include rabies shot, physical exam, heartworm test (for older dogs only) and spay or neuter. Female cats and kittens, $55; includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery.

  • Varnamtown aldermen to vote on budget Monday

    VARNAMTOWN—A public hearing for the town’s fiscal year 2009-2010 budget is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 22, at town hall.

    The Varnamtown Board of Aldermen is also expected to vote on adopting the proposed budget, according to mayor pro tem Ennis Swain, who chairs the town finance committee.

    Proposed $170,472 budget appropriations consist of $146,155 for town operations, $16,200 for the town park and $8,117 for the contingency fund.

    The proposed tax levy remains at 5 percent for each $100 of valuation on taxable property.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Michael Kelly McPaul, 34, of 7611 Swamp Fox Hwy. E., Tabor City, with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $2,000 secured bond.

    •Police charged Donald Richardson Porterfield, 46, 120 N.E. 7th St., Oak Island, with shoplifting. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $500 secured bond.

  • Students honored with JROTC scholarships

    The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ended a successful club year with a luncheon at Duffer’s Pub and Grill at Oak Island Golf Club on May 13. The program was in recognition of the student winners of the group’s JROTC scholarship awards.

    Elsie Hinkhouse, chairman of JROTC affairs, introduced the award winners: Phoenix-Amrol Davis from South Brunswick High School, who is finishing her junior year; Kimberly Ramirez, a senior from North Brunswick High School; and Rebecca Bennett, a senior from West Brunswick High School.

  • Adventurous summer reads just a local author away

    Laura Lewis

    Now that summer’s (almost) here, I hope to catch up on my summer reading, starting with the stack of books I’ve accumulated by local authors.

    Yes, I’d like to brush up on my summer tan or sunburn as it were, but personally I find nothing is more boring than “laying out,” as my friends always called it. (Though I suppose “lying out” is more grammatically correct.)

  • ACE team roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.