Today's News

  • Animal services cuts advisory meetings to quarterly

    Brunswick County Animal Services advisory meetings will now be scheduled quarterly instead of monthly.

    The reason for the meeting cutbacks, according to county environmental services director David Stanley, is to have time to implement new ideas.

    “We decided to back off the meetings a little bit,” Stanley said. “There are a lot of things we’re starting to do, plans and ideas to try.”

    Additional time is needed to implement them, he said.

  • Board votes to close eighth-grade Transition Academy due to budget shortfall

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to close the eighth-grade Transition Academy at the end of the year due to an anticipated $5.8 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Interim superintendent Les Tubb and executive financial officer Freyja Cahill recommended the board close the academy due to the shortfall. It costs $450,000 to operate the school.

  • Board votes to keep Pre-K classes only in northern end of county

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to transfer all but 54 available slots for Pre-K enrollment to private sectors, keeping only spots in the northern end of the county.

    School officials previously recommended the board transfer all Pre-K slots to private sectors to compensate for the estimated $5.8 million budget shortfall.

  • Students honored for commitment to character with Polaris Awards

    It’s not an award for students with the highest grade-point averages or an honor for perfect attendance.

    It doesn’t recognize athletic ability or special talent.

    The Polaris Award recognizes students from all walks of life who display outstanding character in everyday life and in ordinary situations.

    Twenty-one students were recognized Friday night at the 2009-2010 Polaris Award reception at Surfers Restaurant in Southport. Sponsored by the Parent Advisory Council, the Polaris Award recognizes students’ commitment to character.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police assistant chief to take reins by June 1

    John Goodwin, assistant police chief of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, will begin as the new police chief on June 1.

    He will replace Curtiss Pritchard, who is retiring after 22 years with the department.

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners selected Goodwin as Pritchard’s replacement during the executive session of Tuesday morning’s town meeting. Mayor Debbie Smith said the board has decided to promote from within, because they believed Goodwin was the best choice for the position.

  • 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.

    •Sandra Hood, 42, of King; charged with driving while impaired, parked vehicle in roadway and failed to burn headlights, tail lamps.

    •Larceny on East First Street.

    •Property damage at East Second Street.

    •Steven Balsavich, 29, of Supply; charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Early College students participate in hands-on learning aboard the DESTINY bus

    Early College High School students stepped onto the DESTINY bus and into a world of science last week at Brunswick Community College.

    An initiative of UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program offers hands-on activities based on standards and curriculum along with training for educators. It also provides students learning opportunities that show what it might be like to work in science and health-related fields.

  • Concerts, movies provide free weekly entertainment throughout Brunswick County

    Do you like to sit under the stars and hear the waves of the ocean mix with waves of music from your favorite band? Or do you prefer to watch a movie outdoors under the stars? There’s something for everyone this year, as free entertainment is provided weekly across Brunswick County beginning Memorial Day weekend.


  • Soccer playoffs begin May 12

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team begins the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A state playoffs 6 p.m. May 12 at home against Triton. West is 10-6-2. Triton is 4-8.

  • Concealed carry permit for firearms prompts questions

    A change in federal law that allows firearms in many national parks does not include state parks and forests or other state recreational areas, including game lands.
    According to the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of Interior, people who can legally possess firearms under federal and state law can now possess those firearms in the national parks in that state. This pertains to anyone with a concealed carry permit.