Today's News

  • BCC offers online courses with flexible learning schedules

    For Yasmine Bines, traveling to class at Brunswick Community College every day is a challenge. She works and raises two small children while trying to work toward a degree. Driving to and from campus takes her more than an hour. Factor in the rising cost of living, and it becomes an almost impossible task.

    Brunswick Community College offers a variety of online courses that will fit into just about any lifestyle and schedule. Courses that split students’ time between the classroom and online are also available.

  • Some Holden Beach residents upset about canal project

    Woes continue for dredging canals in Holden Beach Harbor.

    More than a year after dredging began, property owners and town officials are dissatisfied with the removal of sand and mud from canals in that subdivision.

    The dredging project for the town’s canals was bid in December 2005. The first check was issued to Kevin Alderman from Alderman Brothers Construction in April 2006. The total payment made to the company was $242,326, current Holden Beach town manager David Hewett said.

    The contract with Alderman was to dredge 37,000 yards.

  • Holden Beach welcomes two-headed loggerhead sea turtle

    Glenn Gillette, an assistant director of the Holden Beach Turtle Watch, was at home last Tuesday morning when he got a call from a vacationer saying there was a little, scaly-green flipper poking out of the sand.

    Gillette hurried to the beach. It was 9 a.m. and the seagulls were out, making their rounds, yapping and scavenging the shore for scraps. Gillette and others who had come up to the dunes stood around and waited.

  • Oyster Festival unveils 2008 artwork, introduces artist

    The beach music, the shagging, vendors, artists, and of course, the oysters. All the things that make up the North Carolina Oyster Festival are depicted in this year’s featured artwork—a watercolor painted by local artist Ronald Williams.

    Williams, who lives in Leland, has been an artist his entire life. After studying art at the Parsons School of Design in New York, he worked as an artist for Belk, creating art for ads and promotions.

    He now spends his days painting and promoting his artwork through various shows and exhibitions.

  • Shallotte aldermen to notify state about potential hazard on San Rio property

    SHALLOTTE—Alderman John Kinlaw made a recent visit to the San Rio property off Gray Bridge Road and made a disturbing discovery—a large portion of the incomplete development is completely devoid of vegetation, which could result in stormwater runoff in the Shallotte River.

    In addition, “What appear to be storm water ponds are not adequate at all for stormwater,” he said.

  • Discount food outlet drawing steady business

    SHALLOTTE—Donna Pevehouse opened her reduced-price grocery stand at an opportune time.

    Since the business, Lea Food Discount Outlet, opened in late February at 541 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) across from West Brunswick High School, she has seen business steadily grow.

    “We’re doing quite well, actually,” Pevehouse said one recent hot afternoon as customers browsed boxes of assorted canned goods, snack foods, household items and other salvage items sold at the outlet.

  • Sewer payment modes mulled in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Bid-letting for local sewer should be ready to open early next year, a Brunswick County official told town council last week.

    Construction will take about two years for the town-wide project on the mainland and island, with completion by the end of 2011, county public utilities director Jerry Pierce said at the July 23 meeting.

    As lines are completed, he said they would go ahead and connect them into the system.

  • Fire destroys home in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A local couple is homeless after their home was destroyed by fire that broke out Sunday night.

    The waterway home at 1141 Indigo Circle was unoccupied when the fire call went out at 9:41 p.m.

    Firefighters from Sunset Beach, Calabash, Grissettown-Longwood and Ocean Isle Beach battled the blaze until after midnight, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said. Brunswick County and Calabash EMS also responded.

    One firefighter sustained heat exhaustion, Sunset Beach Assistant Fire Chief Scott Bookout said.

  • Jay Cook

    H. Jay Cook, 67, of Sunset Beach, died July 28 after a short illness.

    He is survived by his wife, Arlene M. Cook; son, Brian Cook; and his sister, Luise Raymond.

    He was born in Swedesboro, N.J., and spent his childhood in Pennsgrove and Pennsville, N.J. His college years were spent at The Citadel and the University of Delaware.

    He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969.

    He lived in Delaware for 20 years and retired from The DuPont Co., Chambers Works, after 34 years. He was a resident of Sea Trail for the past nine years.

  • Victims recovering after boat capsizes, strands them in ocean for 19 hours

    SUNSET BEACH—Nicholas Via had just bought the boat four days prior.

    So when he and three friends decided to take it out into the ocean for the first time at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, they weren’t thinking about any worst-case scenarios.

    They didn’t check possible weather and wave warnings spurred by passing Tropical Storm Cristobal. The furthest thing from their minds was that something could go wrong.

    Until it did.