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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Town Council reviews budget draft for next fiscal year

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council scrutinized numbers at an all-day workshop Monday to review the town’s proposed budget draft for fiscal year 2009-2010.

    The proposed, estimated $5,056,955 budget includes retaining the town’s current tax rate at 9 cents per $100 of valuation and is about $200,000 below the current year budget, town administrator Gary Parker said Tuesday.

    “We’re at a point now where this coming fiscal year we haven’t been greatly impacted by the [economic] downturn,” he said.

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  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Embezzlement and larceny by employee at Pawn USA; suspect took $297 in cash, a wedding set valued a $56.21, wedding bands valued at $56.21 and two ladies’ rings valued at $37.47 each.

    •Vandalism, breaking and entering a coin-operated machine and larceny at Mark Saunders Construction; suspect pried open a drink machine, stealing $100 and causing $750 in damage to the machine and $200 damage to the door frame.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated an attempted breaking and entering and damage to the coin machine at the Ocean Aire Market on Causeway Drive. An unknown suspect attempted to pry open a drink machine, causing $200 worth of damage.

  • Board debates Transition Academy, may close due to budget reduction

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education has yet to make a decision regarding the Transition Academy, a first-year program for at-risk eighth-graders, in jeopardy due to the mandatory state budget reduction.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said Brunswick County Schools is estimating a 5 percent budget reduction and has begun planning next year’s budget with the reduction included.

    The Transition Academy, which is at Brunswick County Academy, has a staff of seven and costs about $650,000 in operating expenses and personnel costs, she said.

  • Waccamaw students inadvertently affected by redistricting

    BOLIVIA—When approving redistricting lines for the Brunswick County School district in March, the board of education did not realize a small portion of students currently attending Waccamaw School would be affected.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said during the fourth revision, lines for Waccamaw middle school students were changed to line up with the elementary district. Miley said about 25-30 students were affected by the change.

  • 'Ecosystems Exploits' provides students with lessons in environmentalism

    Because Brunswick County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, increasing development creates a greater need to develop environmentally friendly procedures and practices.

    Educating upcoming generations on the importance of caring for the world is one way to address this issue and plan for future success.

  • May best month yet for catching chopper bluefish

    This has been the best May I can remember for big chopper bluefish. They have been coming up on the decks of the piers and out of the whitewater of the surf. Of course, many smaller blues have been caught as well.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Thomasboro Road in Calabash; suspect pried open a drink machine, damaging it.

    •Larceny and property damage on River Road in Southport; suspect took motor off victim’s boat and stole the boat propeller.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach; suspect pried into victim’s drink machine.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From May 5-17, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 26 calls, made three drug arrests and wrote 12 uniform citations, including driving while license revoked, expired registration, open container of alcohol and no operator’s license.