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Today's News

  • Rising second-graders shining ‘STARS’ this summer

     SUNSET BEACH — Fifteen students who participated in a summer reading program are shining like stars as they prepare for the new school year.

    Seaside United Methodist Church hosted STARS (Seaside Teaching and Reaching Students), a six-week summer reading program from the beginning of July through the middle of August.

  • Lawyer presents county with property owner refunds from unlawful 2008 revaluation

    BOLIVIA — More property owners are seeking refunds from the 2008 revaluation the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled unlawful.

    Norman Smith, a lawyer with Smith, James, Rowlett and Cohen of Greensboro who represents several property owners in Ocean Isle Palms, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Rivers Edge and Seawatch at Sunset Harbor stated the intent to county commissioners during the public comment portion of their Monday, Aug. 18, meeting.

  • Late-night fire heavily damages Calabash restaurant

    The Calabash Fire Department and several mutual-aid companies battled a blaze that broke out late Saturday night at a Calabash restaurant.

    Coleman’s Restaurant at 9931 Nance St. sustained heavy damages to its roof and front portion during the fire reported at 11:36 p.m. Aug. 16.

    Arriving units found smoke pouring from the roof of the one-story structure, and flames broke through shortly thereafter, according to fire department spokeswoman Honey Shore. Firefighters battled the blaze for just over an hour before bringing it under control.

  • Shallotte Point VFD gets federal funds

     The Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department has received more than $100,000 in federal funds, according to a news release from Congressman Mike McIntyre’s office.

    The department will receive $110,348 for operations and safety improvements.

    Calls to the department were not returned and it’s unclear how exactly the funds will be allocated.

  • Some county teachers can expect pay raises under state budget

     Some Brunswick County teachers can expect pay raises in the coming years after the North Carolina General Assembly passed its annual budget.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger held a news conference July 29 to announce the details.

  • Holden Beach board approves traffic, parking rule changes

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach town board approved an update to traffic and parking ordinance codes despite a split vote by commissioners.

    The board made a number of updates based on planning and zoning board recommendations, but the majority of the discussion focused on parking regulations.

    The new codes make it unlawful to park or leave a vehicle standing in any street, right of way, street intersection, crosswalk, sidewalk or access way.

  • Mitchell no longer a trustee at Charter Day School Inc.

     Three weeks after resigning from the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board, Roger Bacon Academy founder Baker Mitchell is no longer listed a member of the board of trustees at Charter Day School (CDS) Inc., according to the company’s website.

    Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) spokeswoman Sawyer Batten said Mitchell’s service on the board ended nearly a year ago, in September 2013.

  • Asheboro man dies during dive off coast

     An Asheboro man died off the coast of Brunswick County on Sunday, Aug. 17, during an afternoon dive, county coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Other divers noticed 54-year-old Michael Gilliam Frye floating on top of the water near Southport shortly after noon. The Coast Guard was called for assistance just before 12:30 p.m. and Frye died at 3:15 p.m., Crocker said.

    The divers said they last saw Frye about 11:30 a.m. and he was doing well. He and more than 30 other divers were inspecting an old shipwreck site during their trip, Crocker said.

  • Agents arrest five on drug charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested five people last week after investigations based on tips from the community, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    On Thursday, Aug. 14, agents arrested Antonio Green of Leland and Joseph Wayne Everhart, both of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • County education board discusses superintendent search

     BOLIVIA — A month after Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden announced his plans to resign following the coming school year, the Brunswick County Board of Education is discussing how it plans hire his replacement.

    Allison Shafer, director of policy and legal council for the North Carolina School Board Association, spoke to the board at its monthly meeting Aug. 5 to discuss the search.

    It’s common for school boards in North Carolina to use her organization while seeking new superintendents.