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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny from a motor vehicle on East First Street; suspect stole a JC Penney credit card, a draft card, a driver’s license, Social Security card, health insurance card and a debit card from a vehicle.

    •Larceny to a motor vehicle on East Second Street; suspect stole a GPS unit, cell phone charger and a woman’s wallet from a vehicle.

  • Between bridges

    SUNSET BEACH—As the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge goes up, so does anticipation for its completion and changes it will bring.

    The $32 million Intracoastal Waterway span should be finished and ready to open in the next 15 months as long as work stays on schedule, a construction official said last week.

    “We’re on schedule as of right now,” said Mark Hackney, project supervisor with English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., which is building the new North Carolina Department of Transportation span to replace the one-lane pontoon bridge.

  • First Tee golfers Taylor, Gore achieve national honors

    Harrison Taylor has been selected to represent The First Tee of Brunswick County at the 2009 Life Skills and Leadership Academy in Eugene, Ore. The academy takes place July 28-Aug. 4 for the first time at the University of Oregon.

  • West Brunswick avoids heartbreak, beats Ashley

    Hunter Allen’s two-out single in the eighth inning drove in the winning run as the West Trojans beat Ashley 4-3 in a Junior American Legion baseball game June 16 at West.

    A two-out walk to Damian Burney led to the winning score. He stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Josh Cortes worked the count to 3-2 and walked. Ashley then intentionally walked Markel Jones to load the bases and get a force at any base. But Allen won the game when he singled to right center field.

  • Follow these simple rules for success while summer fishing

    Summer is really upon us now, with scorching-hot days being the rule. Anglers who know how to fish the edges of the day and keep things simple are catching the most fish.

    This isn’t the time of the year to just wander upon a pier at noon with five rods and a big cooler and expect to go home happy. Instead, you have to remember the sunscreen and a few simple rules for summer fishing to have success.

  • School board discusses cost saving measures to save employees

    BOLIVIA—Because of projected state budget cuts, Brunswick County Schools may have to eliminate 45 third-grade teacher assistant positions if they don’t come up with cost-saving measures.

    Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer for Brunswick County Schools, said last week the yet to be finalized state budget includes about a 10 percent reduction—twice what was originally estimated.

  • Peer Court program in need of volunteers, mentors

    Although the county has only had a Peer Court program since 2007, 100 percent of parents of student offenders say it has “had a positive impact on their child,” according to an end-of-the-year survey.

    Peer Court, a diversion and intervention program, provides student offenders opportunities to improve behavior and amend actions by working with counselors, attending tutoring sessions and learning life skills.

  • Sheriff's detectives search for stabbing suspect while victim remains in hospital

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a suspect they said stabbed a fellow partygoer at a weekend party in Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Steve Mason said Edward Brock, 28, allegedly stabbed William Bradley Faulk of Whiteville after an altercation at a party on Hewett Road in Supply on Saturday night.

    Brock has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female, stemming from the altercation.

    Mason said Brock allegedly knocked down a woman at the party.

  • Christmas in July to benefit troops

    The Ocean Isle Beach Light to Light Merchants Association is sponsoring a Christmas in July drive to collect food, toiletries and other supplies for soldiers overseas.

    During July, association members, businesses on Beach Drive (N.C. 179) between N.C. 904 and Ocean Isle Beach Road, will place American flags outside their businesses to note they are participating in the drive and will have drop boxes inside.

  • Iler sworn in, appointed to Stiller's committees

    Frank Iler of Oak Island has been sworn into office as the newest member of the N.C. House of Representatives. He has begun his first full week in former Rep. Bonner Stiller’s District 17 seat.

    Last Tuesday, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee selected Iler to fill out Stiller’s unexpired term. The following day, he was expected to be sworn in, but the ceremony was delayed until Thursday due to clerical issues.