Today's News

  • Carolina Shores board OKs contribution to fire department

    CAROLINA SHORES—Commissioners have approved a $29,500 contribution to the Calabash Fire Department.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale made a motion last week to contribute the town’s allocated $27,000, plus $2,500.

    Dale, who serves as commissioners’ liaison on the fire department board, said to fully implement SAFER grant schedule requirements, it was necessary with go with the extra amount.

    The additional cost for this fiscal year is $9,000 to “meet the precise letter of the law for the SAFER grant,” Dale said.

  • Brunswick County hires new animal services director

    Brunswick County has a new animal services director.

    David Swain, 43, began his duties Monday at the county animal services headquarters and shelter on Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211).

    Swain takes over from interim director Dennis Harpster, who has been filling in after former director Richard Cooper resigned abruptly in September after 12 years with the department.

    Swain is originally from Moore County. He has four-and-a-half years experience in law enforcement and three years in animal control, he said.

    Most recently, he has been working in construction.

  • Volunteer center seeks professional volunteers

    BOLIVIA—Jayne Mathews is looking for a new corps of volunteers.

    While traditional volunteers are always needed, Mathews, director of Brunswick County Volunteer Center, says she is seeking volunteers for the county’s Volunteers in Management Program.

    Traditional volunteering and its associated time constraints don’t appeal to many people, Mathews said, so she developed a new program, which allows volunteers to work at their own pace and on their own time.

  • Local neighbors venture out into business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—What would possess anyone to try to start a specialty business in this economy?

    For Carolyn Jenks and her Bent Tree Plantation neighbor, Beverly Methvin, it was a love of shopping coupled with something even greater—a need to find projects for Jenks’ husband John, a formerly active man who had recently lost his leg to amputation.

    During his working life, John Jenks drove for Roush Racing, operated a crane and drove a tractor-trailer.

    “He’s always been busy,” Carolyn Jenks said of her husband.

  • Old memorabilia sought for newly opened restaurant

    SHALLOTTE—Got any old pictures or other memorabilia reflective of the Shallotte area?

    Joe Myers wants to talk to you.

    The owner of the newly opened At the House Restaurant & Tavern on Main Street in downtown Shallotte is looking for any and all artifacts that speak of local history.

    He wants to use old photographs, maps and other historic items to decorate the walls of the eatery that recently opened inside the old brick Kirby’s department store building.

    History and nostalgia, after all, is what the freshly opened restaurant is all about.

  • Public humiliation may not be the answer for struggling student's woes

    Many parents have probably dealt with a child who does all the assigned homework but simply forgets to turn it in.

    Not turning in homework proved to be Trenton O’Neil’s downfall, as the Virginia teenager failed several classes for not turning in completed homework assignments to his teachers.

    His father, Don General Jr., said he and his wife tried everything from supervising his homework, talking to teachers, and even having him medically examined for underlying learning disabilities that might be keeping him from turning in his work.

  • Ocean Isle history to be published in upcoming book

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The history of Ocean Isle Beach will soon be condensed into a 130-page book.

    “The History of Ocean Isle Beach—A documentary and pictorial guide from pre-history to present,” is in the final stages of publishing and will be on sale June 1.

    Co-written by Fred David and Vern Bender, the book examines the island from present day back to its first inhabitants, who arrived about 10,000 B.C., according to the authors. The last four chapters of the book take place after 1954 and Hurricane Hazel, Bender said.

  • Conservancy proposes funds for island playground

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A new place to play may be in the near future on Ocean Isle Beach.

    Patsy Calhoun, board member of the Ocean Isle Beach Conservancy, approached the board of commissioners at its Tuesday meeting, proposing a small playground be built on the island.

    The Conservancy has been “thinking about a way to enhance the family use of our island,” Calhoun explained, and thought a playground would be a positive addition to the beach.

    “We felt it was needed with the family atmosphere we have here on the island,” she said.

  • Brunswick missionary to be featured on ABC's '20/20'

    In photos, the smiling children of Calf Creek Hollow in Eastern Kentucky look like any other children.

    “They’re happy there. That’s all they know,” Frances Carlisle said of the Martin County, Ky., children.

    Carlisle’s husband, Leroy, has been bringing clothes, toys and other supplies to the Calf Creek Hollow children for nearly 10 years. But last April, someone else took an interest in the Calf Creek children—Diane Sawyer.

  • Army battalion lauds Brunswick's operations and preparedness

    BOLIVIA—Members of the U.S. Army’s 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) all agree—Brunswick County’s emergency operations are spot-on.

    As part of their practice before deploying overseas, members of the Civil Affairs Battalion’s Charlie Company were in Brunswick County for five days to evaluate the county’s infrastructure operations and preparedness, Maj. Tyler Wilson explained.

    Of the five counties the company has evaluated, Brunswick County had the most complex emergency operations, Wilson said.