Today's News

  • Economic forecasters predict 4 percent growth in region

    Economic forecasters are predicting a 4 percent economic growth in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties during 2010, more than the growth predicted for the state of North Carolina (1.5 percent) and the nation (2.1 percent).

    Locally, businesspeople and officials say they agree with the forecast and are optimistic about the future.

  • Local municipalities receive Powell Bill funds

    Seventeen of Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities recently received Powell Bill funding through the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    The towns of St. James and Varnamtown were the only Brunswick municipalities not to receive funding in this year’s allocation, which totaled $132 million for 507 municipalities across the state, according to NCDOT.

  • Local director says VA facility much needed for county’s 15,000 veterans

    The Veterans Affairs Office of the Actuary estimates 12,656 veterans live in Brunswick County. But Anita Hartsell, Brunswick County’s Director of Veterans Services, said the number of veterans living in the county is closer to 15,000—and that number is on the rise.

    At their last meeting, Brunswick County Commissioners unanimously endorsed converting Brunswick Community Hospital to a VA facility once the hospital relocates to its new facility currently under construction.

  • Early-morning shooting leaves one injured; suspects remains at large

    SHALLOTTE—A Supply woman is in stable condition after she was shot three times at a Shallotte nightclub.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said Misty Dawn Robinson, 32, of Civietown Road, Supply, was shot twice in the shoulder and once in the hip around 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, while in the parking lot of Dick’s Pub on the corner of N.C. 130 and Gray Bridge Road in Shallotte.

    Davis said Robinson and two passengers left Dick’s Pub, only to return moments later to pick someone up.

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines arrive; database tracks schools' absentee rates

    The first 500 does of the H1N1 influenza vaccine arrived at the Brunswick County Health Department last Wednesday, Oct. 7.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent the first shipment of vaccines to the health department, which were all in nasal-spray form. Health officials expect more vaccines, including shots, to be shipped to health departments weekly.

  • 'Charlotte's Web' comes to life on stage

    Wilbur, Charlotte, Fern and all the lovable characters in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” will come to life onstage as Stagestruck Players perform a stage version of the award-winning children’s book later this month.

    Stagestruck Players, Brunswick Little Theatre’s children’s program, will perform “Charlotte’s Web” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 30, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 24, 25 and 31, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • CIS to host Eighth Annual Benefit Gala for Children

    The 8th Annual Benefit Gala for Children will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    The largest fundraiser of the year, the benefit gala benefits CIS’ main programs—Adopt A School/Volunteer Program, After School Program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Family Resource Centers, Family Literacy Center, Parenting Education Program and Teen and Peer Courts.

  • McGee 'not through' being a superintendent, no plans to retire

    Although Katie McGee won’t continue leading Brunswick County Schools after June 30, 2010, she isn’t ready to hang up her career as a superintendent.

    “I’m not through being a school superintendent,” she said. “The next chapter in my life, I hope I’ll have the opportunity to do what I did here 10 years ago. That is to go into a school district and continue to lead one.”

  • Two bids for ABC Store and property tabled

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners received two bids from parties interested in purchasing the ABC store and property, but due to budget constraints, the sale has been put on hold.

    “I think we’re just going to have to put this off until we can come up with some better solutions,” commissioner Dean Walters said Tuesday during the board’s monthly meeting.

  • Pruning chores are better left for late winter

    The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.