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Today's News

  • Two men were visionaries, built foundation for Brunswick County

    Odell Williamson and Mannon C. Gore were visionaries who could see the future for Brunswick County in ways others couldn’t even dream.

    In the 1950s, the two men made lifetime-worthy investments. The former business partners purchased land that would become Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    Last week on Friday, Gore was honored for his forward thinking and planning with the naming of the new high-rise bridge in Sunset Beach in his honor. The high-rise span stretching to Ocean Isle Beach has previously been named in Williamson’s honor.

  • Groundbreaking for Brunswick County Hospice Care Center next week

    The groundbreaking for the Brunswick County Hospice Care Center will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the 900 block of Old Ocean Highway near the Canine Academy in Bolivia.

    Local businessman Louie Louis donated 7.35 acres of land for the site of the future hospice facility.

    “I’ve been blessed, and it is nice to share our blessings with others. Lower Cape Fear Hospice has been great to the community, and this brings me great joy to be able to do this,” Lewis said.

  • Board approves five-year plan for roof improvements

    BOLIVIA—Repairs to roofs covering nine Brunswick County Schools will take place during the next five years.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education adopted a five-year roofing capital improvement plan Tuesday night, which outlines when each school’s roof will be repaired, what kind of material will be used and how much repairs are estimated to cost.

    According to information presented to board members Tuesday night by Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning, the last major roof repairs were completed in 1998.

  • State official labels local juvenile services department ‘model judicial district’

    The deputy secretary for court services with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was in town Tuesday as part of a district-wide review of the juvenile court counselors.

    “The impetus for it was that we needed a mechanism to help court counselors recognize the good work that they’re doing and also make sure they’re meeting all the required standards on a regular basis,” deputy secretary Michael Rieder said.

  • Sugar Confections Bakery

    SHALLOTTE—“This is what this area needed,” local resident Mary Couvillon said while purchasing baked goods last week at Sugar Confections Bakery.

    Employee Denise Ward said eight out of 10 customers say the same thing.

    Sugar Confections Bakery opened its Main Street location on Sept. 2, but the baking has been going on much longer. Owner Monique Holenko began her business four years ago, as she turned a hobby into a home business.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Pick-pocketing at Walmart; suspect removed $85 from victim’s purse.

    •Larceny on Ritz Circle; suspect took an iPAQ III without permission.

    •Communicating threats at Varnam Family Wellness Center; suspect made statement to employees by phone.

    •Harold Eugene Gaskins, 34, of Shallotte; charged with worthless check.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny on East First Street; suspect removed $3 in change from vehicle.

    •Douglas Aubrey Bartlett, 34, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

    •Steven Michael Mouro, 20, of Cary; charge for consuming alcohol while underage.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny on East First Street; suspect removed $3 in change from vehicle.

    •Douglas Aubrey Bartlett, 34, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

    •Steven Michael Mouro, 20, of Cary; charge for consuming alcohol while underage.

  • ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ spells a fun time for all

    If you’re looking for a night of frolicking fun, let Brunswick Little Theatre spell it out for you.

    “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, and run for two consecutive weekends at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    The Tony Award-winning musical follows a group of six students as they compete for the title of county spelling bee champion. The comedic show is suggested for adult audiences only, as some mature situations are addressed.

  • Newest member of the family will grow into a person all her own

    It’s hard to plan ahead for spontaneous moments.

    It’s even harder when you’re more than 13 hours away from where they happen.

    Since my sister and very best friend in the world announced she was expecting her first child nine months ago, I had mixed emotions of excitement and sadness. Excited for the precious addition that would be joining our family, but sad knowing I would more than likely miss the birth, as it takes more than a quick car ride to get from Shallotte to Indianapolis.