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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Artist gets second chance at life, repays those who saved him with artwork

    BOLIVIA—Just like he had nearly every day for the past year, Ronald Williams spent the morning of Jan. 25 on the indoor track at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College. He intended to walk three miles.

    Just before he finished his last few laps, Williams, 64, collapsed and fell to the ground in cardiac arrest.

    Williams had just passed two women who were also walking on the track.

    “I probably never should have passed them,” Williams said with a laugh.

  • Middle school students avidly preparing for high school, college

    SHALLOTTE—For the past two years, students at Shallotte Middle School have been seeking Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID).

    The AVID program is open to all students who have been referred by a teacher or who express interest in learning additional organizational skills in preparation for high school, college and further education.

  • A Pilot's Perspective

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Local residents and beach visitors have probably been introduced to Thomas Woodson.

    Until recently, the 90-year-old Ocean Isle Beach resident worked as a cashier at IGA Ocean Aire Market on Causeway Drive.

    Although many people have passed through his checkout line, many don’t know the heroic missions Woodson was a part of more than half a century ago.

  • Board to vote on policy limiting drug testing

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will discuss a proposed policy change, which would no longer require pre-employment drug testing for all employees. The will take the matter up at the next board meeting on Tuesday, April 13.

    The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is recommending board members change the policy to require only those applying for “safety sensitive positions” to be drug tested, Deanne Meadows, personnel director, explained at a policy/curriculum committee meeting last month.

  • Conversations with the Congressman

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C, says he will stay as long as it takes to speak to everyone who shows up to Conversations with the Congressman.

    McIntyre was in Ocean Isle Beach Tuesday for another round of conversations, something he said he does as often as he can in each of the counties he represents.

    Brunswick County residents had the chance to meet privately with McIntyre Tuesday.

    “I always want to have an opportunity for any citizen to come in and talk about any issue, concern or question they may have,” he said.

  • Superintendent candidate interviews complete

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have completed interviews with the three final superintendent candidates, and Brunswick County can expect a new superintendent to be announced in about a week.

    Final interviews were during a specially called meeting Tuesday at the Progress Energy Visitors Center in Southport.

    Of the 34 applications board members received, 10 were interviewed in March. Each board member was then told to select their top three choices, and board members were unanimous in their decisions.

  • Brunswick County, South Carolina and ATF agents seize money, cocaine

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County (S.C.) Drug Enforcement Unit and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant March 25 at a Loris, S.C., home where they seized two kilos of cocaine, a “stockpile” of weapons and $180,000 in cash.
    Five suspects were arrested and taken into custody as a result of the search warrant.
    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said the estimated street value of the more than 2,000 grams of cocaine seized was “well over $200,000.”