Today's News

  • From one artist to another: Painting makes ailing sign man's day

    It was a first-time, memorable meeting when local artist Bryan Varnam stopped by to see Buddy Norris, package in hand.

    On a balmy October morning, Varnam, 66, arrived at Norris’ Shallotte home bearing a painting, one he only recently created for Norris.

    Norris, in fact, is the subject of the acrylic painting, titled “Buddy’s Barn.” It depicts an old tobacco barn near Hickmans Crossroads that once served as Norris’ first sign shop in the early 1980s, as well as a rendering of Norris in his younger years, busy at work.

  • Sunset Beach police search for robbery suspect

    Police are asking for the public’s help locating a man accused of injuring a 90-year-old woman and stealing her purse during an Oct. 28 robbery in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Police are seeking information regarding a strong-arm robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, in the parking lot of the Walgreen’s in Sunset Beach, Deputy Police Chief Joe Smith said the woman was walking from her vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot to the store at 1:20 p.m. when a man approached, struggled with her, stole her purse and ran down Seaside Road.

  • Schools risk losing charters with compliance failure

     A local charter school management company is in legal limbo until the State Board of Education determines its fate next week.

    Charter Day School Inc. (CDS) could face legal sanctions after failing to meet requests from the state Department of Public Instruction, State Board of Education lawyer Katie Cornetto said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28.

    Cornetto said the State Board of Education would determine what actions it might take at its regularly scheduled meetings next Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 5-6.

  • Brunswick County goes to the polls Tuesday


    The Nov. 4 general election will feature races to determine Brunswick County’s representatives on the county and school boards and at the state and national level.

    It also includes Brunswick County residents seeking to serve statewide.

    Brunswick County

    Incumbent county commissioner Marty Cooke faces a challenge from John Holleman for the District 2 seat.

    Charlie Miller, the incumbent board of education member for District 3, faces opponent William C. Flythe.

  • OIB puts $1.25 million behind Causeway Drive eminent domain action

    Ocean Isle Beach officials began the legal process, and opened their checkbook, to claim land for a public park.

    Attorneys for the town filed an eminent domain action Oct. 21 under Chapter 40A of the North Carolina General Statutes to acquire a vacant lot at Causeway Drive and Second Street for public use.

    The town board of commissioners passed a resolution to take the legal action at the Oct. 14 town meeting.

    OIB commissioners authorized the condemnation of the land as part of the eminent domain process.

  • District searching for more bus drivers, substitutes

     When the Brunswick County Board of Education voted to switch schools back to traditional start times, schools transportation director Bobby Taylor knew he wouldn’t have enough buses or bus drivers to make the switch possible.

    Since the decision was later overturned and the school remained on a staggered schedule, it seemed as if the transportation dilemma has been resolved. But three months into the 2014-15 school year, the district has enough buses to make the routes and not enough drivers.

  • Belville supports BCC for workforce development student

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will fund a student in Brunswick Community College’s workforce development program and may fund more in next year’s budget.

    BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams and Velva Jenkins, BCC’s vice president of continuing education, economic and workforce development, made a presentation to the Belville town board Monday night, Oct. 27.

    Adams told the board members and Mayor Mike Allen the college, which is celebrating its 35 the year, serves 1,600 curriculum students and more than 2,000 workforce development students.

  • Chicago playwright watches West students perform his play

     SHALLOTTE — Students in Jennifer Negron’s Theatre II class had their hearts set on performing Bryan Renaud’s “Twelfth Night of the Living Dead” as Halloween approached during the fall semester.

    Some elements of the Renaud’s play were altered to make the show high school appropriate and, with the playwright’s help, theatre students performed the play at the Little Theatre on the school’s Shallotte campus in front of family, friends and Renaud himself.

  • Detectives seek man who robbed OIB business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Detectives are looking for the man who robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business Oct. 21.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    The robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the store before deputies arrived, Flax said. Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach police, along with N.C. Highway Patrol troopers, also responded.

  • Wesleyan offers bachelor’s degree option through BCC

     SUPPLY — For the first time in Brunswick Community College’s history, a student can get a bachelor’s degree without ever leaving campus, thanks to a partnership between N.C. Wesleyan College and BCC.

    Administrators from both colleges gathered inside the Odell Williamson Auditorium lobby Tuesday, Oct. 28, to formally announce the partnership, effective immediately. Also present were representatives from the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, including president Shannon Viera, and state Rep. Frank Iler, who serves on the BCC Board of Trustees.