Today's News

  • Sheriff's office starts professional standards, internal affairs division

    BOLIVIA—Mark Francisco retired in December after 22 years with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, but his retirement was short lived.

    On Feb. 1, Francisco, 49, began at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office as a sergeant over the newest department at the sheriff’s office, a professional standards and internal affairs division.

    The professional standards and internal affairs department is just one of many new initiatives Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has implemented since being elected sheriff in May, Francisco said.

  • Holden Beach's 'Mr. Sewer' remembered

    HOLDEN BEACH—Former town commissioner Charlie Boyle, known for his commitment to bringing sewer to the island as well as his devotion to Clemson sports, died last week of a heart attack.

    “He was known as Mr. Sewer,” Holden Beach Commissioner Sandy Miller said this week. “That was one of his goals for the island. It took a long time and a lot of persuading, but he got it done.

  • Signage, sidewalks part of bike path recommendation in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Sharing the road, signage and sidewalks are part of a bike-path plan recommendation approved Feb. 5 by the town planning board.

    Sunset Beach town administrator Gary Parker said streets on the island and mainland are not wide enough to safely accommodate a bike trail 3-5 feet wide.

    “The only way we could do striping of a bike path on any of the town streets is to add pavement,” he said.

    The estimated cost is $505,000.

  • The power behind the people at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative

    How much do you really know about your home or business electricity? Do you ever wonder where it comes from, who’s behind it, and how they’re working to better the environment?

    In an introductory six-part series, I’ll answer these questions.

    At Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperative, we’re here for you. It is our job to ensure your lights stay on. We’re a team of professionals dedicated to our members in Brunswick, Columbus, as well as parts of Bladen and Robeson counties.

  • Redefining Valentine’s Day for everyone

    Valentine’s Day is the day most people associate with sweetheart dances, romantic dinners, flowers and candy.

    But, believe it or not, Valentine’s Day also has a historical connection to the biblical definition of love: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

    Church history records that St. Valentine was a priest who performed marriages in secret and was martyred because he refused to recognize pagan gods. That’s a little more devotion to real love than any Hallmark card ever told us about.

  • 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.