Today's News

  • Commissioners OK school funding agreement for next two fiscal years

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved an agreement to continue funding Brunswick County Schools for the next two fiscal years.

    The new agreement for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 provides schools with 36.5 percent of property tax proceeds collected after the county subtracts all general fund debt services.

  • It's Christmastime–Let's eat cake!

    It’s Christmastime!

    December is by far my favorite month of the entire year. The only thing that could possibly make it better is if the weather were warm enough to sit on the beach and swim in the ocean.

    During the month of December, I have one excuse after another to indulge in everything from shopping and sugar cookies to decadent birthday cake and Christmas music. The entire month always passes in a whirlwind of activity.

  • Commissioners schedule public hearing for reimbursement ordinance

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for a proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

    Commissioners first addressed the proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick County Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.

  • Businessman donates bus to ministries

    Patricia Bell and Rhonda Varnam believe in the power of prayer.

    As overseers of their respective ministries, Lamb of God (Bell) and Called and Anointed (Varnam), it’s only natural.

    But when Bell started praying for wheels to replace vehicles that are barely getting by, she got more than she bargained for. She got a bus.

  • Supply woman shot to death

    A Supply woman was found shot to death in her home Monday morning.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a house at 1650 Cattail Way in Supply, where deputies found Tammy Lamonds, 42, shot to death, around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley wouldn’t say how many times Lamonds was shot or where. She said an autopsy was completed Tuesday, but “we haven’t gotten the autopsy back yet.”

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny of a lawnmower from 809 Kimberly Ann Lane; a push mower loaned to a tenant was removed from the property when the residence was vacated.

    •Lost wallet from the Walmart parking lot; victim may have dropped his wallet while pulling his keys out of his pocket in the parking lot.

  • Eighteen teachers receive national board certification

    Brunswick County Schools can add another 18 nationally board-certified teachers to its count.

    According to a press release from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), 18 teachers from schools across the county have earned their 2010 National Board Certification.

  • Jesse Mae families receive ‘buckets of love’

    ASH—This holiday season, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School decided to look after its own.

    Students in the Girls on the Run program helped facilitate a school-wide food drive that was later distributed to families of the school.

    Lauren Halberstadt, school counselor, said many families had asked the school for help, so rather than look for an outside organization to help this season, they decided to focus on need within the school community.

  • 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.

    •Two instances of breaking and entering and damage to property on East Second Street; suspect gained entry to houses and caused damages to the wooden door frame.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on East Second Street; unknown suspect forced back door open to gain entry and caused damage to the door frame and door.

  • S.C. man arrested for vehicle theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police have arrested a Myrtle Beach, S.C., man and charged him in connection with the November theft of a motor vehicle from Sunset Beach.

    Scenca Devon Benning, 32, was being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center after Sunset Beach police picked him up Friday in Newberry, S.C.

    Benning is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.