Today's News

  • Child Nutrition to end year more than $8,000 in the black

    Despite a tough financial year, Child Nutrition Services of Brunswick County Schools finished the year with more than an $8,000 profit.

    Director Tina Ward estimated earlier this year the department would most likely end the year with a $20,925 deficit, after operating with more than a $100,000 deficit during the 2008-2009 school year. She announced during the board of education’s operations committee meeting Monday the department ended the year with an $8,892 profit.

  • Brunswick County hosts third annual Hurricane Forum

    Say hello to Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika and Fred. Be prepared to possibly meet Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate and Larry, Mindy and Nicholas, too.

    All are hurricane names for this season, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we can expect between nine and 14 named storms this year. NOAA also predicts between four and seven hurricanes this year, with one to three being “major.”

  • Shallotte approves $7.41 million budget, keeps same tax rate

    Shallotte has approved a $7.41 million budget for 2009-2010 with no increases in the tax rate or fees. The budget is an 11 percent decrease over the current year’s budget, town officials said.

    The board of aldermen met Tuesday night for a public hearing on the spending plan, but no citizens were on hand for the hearing. After closing the public hearing portion, aldermen voted unanimously to approve the budget.

  • House recommends $5 million cut to Smart Start, future consolidation of services

    The N.C. House of Representatives’ budget for 2009-2010 includes a $5 million cut in Smart Start funds, less than the $15 million cut proposed by the N.C. Senate. It also includes a provision to study consolidating all programs related to young children within a year.

    “It was a little more positive,” Smart Start of Brunswick County Director Linda Gironda said this week. “We hope that is the case as it goes over to the Senate.”

  • Family is the focus of Jolly Mon King Classic

    Prize money will attract many competitors to the Yellowfin/OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic tournament, but organizer Brant McMullan hopes the fishing tournament attracts competitors for another reason: its reputation as an event for families.

  • Jolly Mon King Classic this weekend

    This weekend the annual Yellowfin/OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic fishing tournament will be hosted from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at Ocean Isle Beach. The Jolly Mon tournament has been in the Ocean Isle area since 1992 and has grown to host more than 300 fishing teams from throughout the Southeast.

    The winner last year was Keith Logan of Holden Beach aboard the Logan’s Love. Keith and crew boated a 36-pound king to take home first place and more than $20,000 in prize money.

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  • Child hit by car in Ocean Isle Beach

    A 10-year-old boy was struck by a car in Ocean Isle Beach last Thursday.

    According to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, the driver of a 2005 Honda was traveling west on East Second Street when the boy ran out in front of the car and was struck.

    The boy sustained injuries, and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center by Brunswick County EMS, according to the traffic report.

    Police say neither speed nor alcohol was involved in the accident, and the driver was not at fault. No charges are pending.

  • NCDPI awards grant to local CIS program

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) in Raleigh recently awarded a grant to continue the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at Belville and Lincoln elementary schools throughout the summer.

    This partnership program between Brunswick County Schools and Communities in Schools of Brunswick Inc. (CIS) is now in its fifth year.

  • High school graduates: Your life journey is just about to begin

    Last weekend, Brunswick County and other area high school students closed one chapter of their lives and began preparation to start another.

    This time of year, lots of people are going to offer you advice as you head out on your latest journey. Many of us, who’ve already been there and done that, may have good thoughts to offer, but really, what happens next is all up to you.

    Sure, the last 18 or so years of your life have been interesting, but what’s around the corner may just blow your mind.