Today's News

  • Hundreds gather from around country to pay tribute to former clogging instructor

    More than 300 cloggers gathered on Feb. 12 at Cape Fear Middle School in Rocky Point to pay tribute to their clogging instructor, Jimmy Watson.

    Leland resident Jimmy Watson was the owner and director of many clogging studios throughout the East Coast. For more than 20 years, he shared his love of clogging with thousands of dancers.

    Along with his wife, Sue, Jimmy Watson began shagging and square dancing, but decided those types of dances didn’t offer enough involvement for children. He began a career in clogging at the age of 40.

  • Board of Education recognizes couple for donations to Waccamaw School

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education recognized Richard and Susan Petch for their multiple donations to Waccamaw School at its February board meeting.

    During the past two years, Richard and Susan Petch have donated more than $20,000 to the school, which has mainly been used towards updating existing technology and purchasing new equipment.

    Waccamaw principal Beverly Marlowe said the Petch’s donation last year helped the school purchase 28 computers to replace outdated models.

  • Governor’s proposed budget included fewer education reductions than expected

    The 2011-2013 proposed state budget released by Gov. Bev Perdue on Feb. 17 calls for fewer reductions for public school than local officials originally expected.

    According to information on Perdue’s website, public schools can expect a net reduction of 3.9 percent if the budget proposal is approved. Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer for Brunswick County Schools, said local officials had been expecting a 5-10 percent reduction.

    “It paints a little rosier picture than what we had been expecting,” she said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on East Second Street.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East Second Street; subject entered house and took two flat-screen TVs.

    •Antwan Mikel Mitchell, 29, of Shallotte; charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • NBHS JROTC Military Ball ‘mandatory fun’

    SUNSET BEACH—“Mandatory fun, that’s what we call it,” retired Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Washington said of the North Brunswick High School JROTC Military Ball.

    Students attended the annual Military Ball Saturday night at the Sea Trail Convention Center. The annual event is part of the JROTC curriculum and encourages students to use what they learned in the etiquette chapter and act appropriately in a social setting.

  • The touching job of telling people's stories after they're gone

    Every single week while proofreading obituaries before the page goes to press, someone in the newsroom always says the same thing—I wish I would have gotten to know this person before he/she passed away.

  • West Brunswick staff remembers former student as ‘the best of West’

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School teachers and school administrators remember former student Billy Ray Stone for having the biggest and brightest smile.

    “He had nothing but smiles,” assistant principal Mike Stanley said.

    They remember how caring and thoughtful he was.

    “I didn’t even teach him but he came by to see me every day,” teacher Connie Love said.

     And they remembered his big dreams and determination.

  • Hundreds of acres burned in weekend brush fires

    A local burning ban has been issued after weekend brush fires torched hundreds of acres throughout the county.

    “This burning ban restricts all burning in and around 100 feet of all structures located within the county,” Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner wrote in a press release.

    Garner said the local burning ban was implemented Saturday afternoon after the county experienced red-flag conditions.

  • Calabash approves ads, higher pay range for future administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have agreed to begin advertising for their vacant town administrator position.

    The decision came at a specially called meeting Feb. 16.

    The board also approved increasing the annual salary range of the position to $52,000-$68,000, from a previous, lower range of $47,389-$62,179.

  • Calabash Community Park on 'fast track' for summer

    CALABASH—The town long-range planning committee is trying to come up with a basic layout for the town’s future community park.

    It is also seeking contractors to get prices for a building and types of playground equipment. Plans call for a pavilion with stage and picnic area with grills and picnic tables, lawn sports, restrooms, parking and a walking trail. Last spring, the town was awarded a $56,700 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to build its first park.

    The committee has been looking at different styles of buildings.