Today's News

  • Board of education prepares to compensate for estimated $3.3 million shortfall

    After calculating preliminary budget numbers, Brunswick County Schools faces a net funding shortfall of $5.8 million. School officials estimate having to use $2.5 million of fund balance and having to make more than $3.3 million in reductions.

    Transferring the Pre-K spots to private sectors and applying for a grant to operate the Transition Academy are among ideas to help offset the deficit.

  • VA officials are missing a great opportunity in Brunswick County

    Veterans Affairs officials have really missed the boat on a grand opportunity right here in Brunswick County, and unfortunately it appears it is going to come at the expense of taxpayers.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has practically thrown the current Brunswick Community Hospital location at VA officials. County officials have offered to make VA officials a deal they couldn’t refuse for a new VA facility.

  • Spring is here and so are the high pollen levels that come with it

     Spring has sprung in Brunswick County. 

    How do I know?

    Colors are bursting in our landscape. Reds, purples, pinks and whites are combining with varying shades of green.

    The brown ravages of winter are gone. 

    Birds are singing. The sky is bright blue. Temperatures are warm and everything—everything—is coated a nice shade of yellow-green. 

    It was a light dusting at first, but soon my once-white vehicle was coated so thoroughly, I thought for a moment I was getting into the wrong car.

  • Tillman-Ward

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Leanna Louise Tillman and Matthew Ryan Ward. The wedding will be at 4 p.m. April 17 on the waterway at Ocean Haven Road, Ocean Isle Beach. Reception will follow at Emmanuel Outreach Church, Russtown Road, Longwood. The bride is the daughter of Alma Anson of Lake City, Fla., and the late Merle Anson. The groom is the son of Dewayne and Cindy Ward of Sunset Beach.

  • This year’s ‘Dancing with the Brunswick Stars’ line-up announced

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation has announced its cast for the 2010

    “Dancing with the Brunswick Stars” fundraiser to benefit foundation scholarships.

    Event chairman Clarice Holden and WECT anchor Genevieve Barker announced the new line-up Monday afternoon in the lobby of the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

  • Shallotte approves permit for second Harley Davidson rally

    Beach House Harley Davidson on U.S. 17 is planning its second spring bike rally for May 7-16 on the field adjacent to the store.

    At last week’s town board meeting, Shallotte aldermen approved a temporary use permit for the festival. Beach House owner Rick Noyes requested the permit and proclaimed attendance at last year’s event better than he expected.

  • Restaurant jobs available as tourist season begins

    Tourism is Brunswick County’s lifeblood, and every spring and summer, people in need of even part-time or temporary work find what they’re looking for in local restaurants.

    Two new restaurants have opened recently in Brunswick County, Tokyo Express in Shallotte and Bourbon Street Restaurant & Bar in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Tokyo Express opened two weeks ago on the north end of Shallotte with three employees.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Brian Moody, 27, of Hope Mills; charged with driving while impaired and left of center.

    •Chase Maree, 25, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Mary Blackman, 41, of Calabash; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Property damage and larceny on Dare Street.

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

    •Larceny on Wilmington Street.

  • Wings of Love Prom Closet made possible by an army of angels

    After being introduced to the group of volunteers at the Wings of Love Prom Closet on Saturday, a friendly lady with a warm smile quickly approached me.

    “You need a name tag,” she said, quickly giving me a blank tag and a marker.

    “And you need one of these.”

    She handed me a card with a gold guardian angel pin stuck on it. I filled out my name tag, stuck it on and pinned the angel to my shirt. It wasn’t until later that I realized none of it would have been possible without the help of a few angels among us.

  • Weaving art into curriculum

    “Most of the Navajo weavings are all about a certain story,” professional Victoria Sowers said.

    Sowers, of Sandy Creek Weavers, spent four days with students at Brunswick County Academy and the Transition Academy last week as part of the Arts in Schools Initiative, a grant that brings arts and artists in residences to students and incorporates arts into daily curriculum.