Today's News

  • School board approves 2016-17 interim budget resolution

    BOLIVIA —The Brunswick County Board of Education approved an interim budget resolution for the 2016-17 fiscal year during its regular meeting Tuesday night, June 7.

    The board doesn’t have final funding information from the state or the county for the coming fiscal year, which makes the interim budget necessary. It allows the board to continue to operate at current year levels for all funds except capital outlay until a budget resolution is adopted.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks pickup involved in Calabash trailer theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for help in identifying the driver of a pickup involved in the theft of a trailer in Calabash on May 28.

    The driver of an older model Ford F-250 pulled up to a 16-foot dump trailer parked at Coastal Grounds, 285 Koolabrew Drive, attached the trailer to the pickup and drove away about 4:30 a.m., sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Brunswick County to be surveyed by state on seat belt use

    Brunswick County drivers may soon see surveyors on the road collecting data on drivers and their safety habits.

    Brunswick County is one of 25 counties selected for the survey to help determine North Carolina’s overall seat belt usage, which is required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, surveyors will be throughout the county in the month of June as part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s Vision Zero project, which seeks to lower the number of traffic fatalities in the state.

  • Windy conditions bring tough fishing to Brunswick County

     It seems as if our coast may never catch a break from the bad weather this year. Two weeks ago, Tropical Storm Bonnie disrupted our fishing patterns, and just as the weather is about to settle down, Tropical Storm Colin is scheduled to graze our coast as well. The good news is that after a long span of bad, turbulent sea conditions, usually a long span of calm conditions soon follows. 

  • Ashley Sloup: A real winner

    I’ve known Ashley Sloup since she was in grade school and a charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County. She was always smiling, interacting with the coaches, hitting the ball long and straight for a 10-year-old, and demonstrating the Nine Core Values of The First Tee in everything she did. I was on the board of directors then and we all speculated on where and how far she would go.

  • Sponsorships needed for improvements at West Brunswick

     SHALLOTTE — If the West Brunswick baseball team had reached the East Regional — and it came within one out of doing so — the Trojans would have been host to two regional games (if the regional lasted three games). Conference rival Topsail would have been the foe.

    The games would have attracted the largest baseball crowds of the season at West Brunswick — and most likely would have strained the concession stand and bathroom facilities.

    That would have been no surprise to West Brunswick athletics director Jimmy Fletcher.

  • Music hits high note at Waterfront Market

    Music at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market launches this Thursday, June 9, featuring local favorite and Paddlefest entertainer Ashton Stanley, along with other local talent providing music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The waterfront market team is hoping to offer music at the weekly market through Labor Day. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Sunset Beach approves new fiscal budget 3-2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved 3-2 adoption of the town’s new operating $5,584,903 budget ordinance for fiscal year 2016-17.

    Approval at Monday night’s town council meeting includes establishing an ad valorem tax rate of 16 cents per $100 valuation.

    Councilmen Mark Benton and Rich Cerrato favored reducing the rate to 12.7 cents but were outvoted by council members Lou De Vita, Carol Scott and Pete Larkin.

  • Carolina Shores ready to adopt new budget Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are getting ready to review on second and final reading and adoption of the town’s proposed $2,343,950 budget for fiscal 2016-2017 at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, June 9.

    The proposed general fund budget that takes effect July 1 calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at 10 cents per $100 of valuation. The state street-aid Powell Bill budget is $107,669.

  • New features take flight at Shallotte River Swamp Park

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Just when you thought there was nothing new under the almost-summer sun, Shallotte River Swamp Park adds new venues for 2016.

    The year-old zip-line and nature-oriented eco-park at 5550 Watts Road off Ocean Isle Beach Road is launching into its second season with the addition of an elevated walkway and alligator containment park.

    The park is also adding turtle and birds-of-prey presentations and, starting June 13, snake shows.