Local News

  • Board of education prepares to compensate for estimated $3.3 million shortfall

    After calculating preliminary budget numbers, Brunswick County Schools faces a net funding shortfall of $5.8 million. School officials estimate having to use $2.5 million of fund balance and having to make more than $3.3 million in reductions.

    Transferring the Pre-K spots to private sectors and applying for a grant to operate the Transition Academy are among ideas to help offset the deficit.

  • Shallotte approves permit for second Harley Davidson rally

    Beach House Harley Davidson on U.S. 17 is planning its second spring bike rally for May 7-16 on the field adjacent to the store.

    At last week’s town board meeting, Shallotte aldermen approved a temporary use permit for the festival. Beach House owner Rick Noyes requested the permit and proclaimed attendance at last year’s event better than he expected.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Commissioners consider budget requests for 2011 fiscal year

    BOLIVIA—“Better service with less government,” is one of the goals county commissioners set at their annual budget retreat Tuesday.
    Commissioners met all day Tuesday for the annual retreat, which they were scheduled to continue at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the second-floor conference room in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • County plans to implement water irrigation conservation rate

    Some county water customers could see an increase in their water bills if the county adopts the proposed water irrigation conservation rates.
    But Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said 95 percent of the county’s water customers wouldn’t be affected by the proposed sliding scale, which increases rates based on customers’ water consumption.
    “We’ve talked about a conservation rate for a long time,” Pierce told county commissioners during the first of their annual two-day budget retreat.

  • Fishing co-op established, seeking county's help to establish nonprofit

    In an effort to establish a commercial fishing resource area for county fishermen, local fishermen have created a co-op at the direction of county commissioners.
    Bill Hickman of the Brunswick County Marine Advisory Committee told commissioners Monday they recently met to organize a co-op with a chairman, secretary, treasurer and three board members.
    “We’re ready to proceed with land acquisition under your direction; plan the next step toward land acquisition and getting funds for the project,” Hickman said.