Local News

  • Testimony begins in murder trial of Craig Bryant

    BOLIVIA—Testimony began Wednesday in the murder trial of Craig Bryant.

    Bryant, 50, is accused of killing Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw in 2008.

    Jury selection finished on Wednesday morning in Brunswick County Superior Criminal Court with Thomas H. Lock as the presiding judge.

  • Sunset Beach offers reduced recycling cost

    SUNSET BEACH—The cost of countywide recycling for the town just got a reduction.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Lou DeVita said at a monthly town council workshop Tuesday the town had just gotten word that Waste Industries would offer a cost reduced from the previous $77 to $43.80 “if you could get 100 people to sign up in one fell swoop.”

  • Consultant reviews final assessment report with school board

    SOUTHPORT—A consultant whose quality assurance review team assessed Brunswick County Schools says it’s normal to find areas where improvement is needed.

    “This is voluntary—we don’t come here to brow-beat you,” Joe Delaney of AdvancED said at the Brunswick County Board of Education retreat Aug. 15, when the final report was reviewed.

    “We come here to tell you, take a look at what you do, make clear delineation between those functions, stay with it,” he said, citing board and administrative responsibilities.

  • Calabash hashes out tax collector position

    CALABASH—Following much debate, the town board has decided to retain its longtime tax collector.

    The decision came at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting Aug. 14.

    Town tax collector Carolyn Silvers said she would go ahead and retire after town commissioners Jody Nance and Charles “Buddy” Walton said there are problems with two people working in the town hall office.

    Silvers said she had requested not to return until after the new year in 2013.

  • Most Brunswick County students return to school Monday

    Set your alarm clocks. It’s back-to-school time for Brunswick County Schools.

    While teachers reported back to school this week, students in Brunswick County Schools will officially return to classes next Monday, Aug. 27.

    To kick off the 2012-13 school year and help parents and students acclimate, Brunswick County Schools will have an open houses Thursday, Aug. 23.

    They will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for elementary schools, 5-7 p.m. for middle schools and 5:30-7:30 p.m. for high schools.

  • Brunswick County School Board launches into new year

    Brunswick County Schools has had increases in state and local funding.

    The school system will also have more teachers in the next school year, including a reading specialist.

    The state budget includes a 1.2 percent pay increase for state employees and five bonus, non-recurring annual leave days.

    It was also reiterated there are five new principals this year as schools finance officer Freyja Cahill reviewed the budget with the school board at its Aug. 15 retreat in Southport.

  • Ministry event Saturday celebrates, helps kids going back to school

    Celebrate back to school with Breath of Life Ministries and Building Hope Ministries.

    On Saturday, Aug. 25, the ministries are partnering to help get parents and children ready for the new school year.

    The ministries have been working together to “stuff the bus” with school supplies. Throughout the event, supplies, clothing and food will be distributed.

  • Shallotte left in the dark Sunday afternoon

    SHALLOTTE—Nearly 8,000 Brunswick County residents were without power on Sunday afternoon.

    According to Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation, lightning is to blame for the power outage.

    “A lightning strike around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, damaged a piece of equipment at the Hudson Ridge transmission switching station,” BEMC spokeswoman Linda Thomas said.

  • More traffic reported around Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A tourism survey of Ocean Isle Beach reports traffic on and around the island has increased this year.

    Justin Whiteside, planning director, reported to town commissioners and the mayor at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14. He said the survey shows there were 1,600 cars on N.C. 179 headed toward Sunset Beach. The same stretch of road had 11,000 vehicles last year according to the N.C. Department of Transportation annual average traffic study.

    “The causeway to Second Street increased 1,400 from 2010,” Whiteside said.

  • Flea market plea made before county commissioners

    Signs of tough economic times still confront county commissioners.

    At Monday’s meeting, commissioners heard a plea during public comment from a county resident struggling to make ends meet.

    “In 2008 we got hit pretty hard,” Madge Matteo told commissioners. “We began selling at the Leland Flea Market, and a part of our income became flea marketing.”