Local News

  • Literacy Council opens Touch a Life Learning Center

    “We are here today to celebrate a very special event,” Mari-Lou Wong-Chong told the group gathered at the Brunswick County Literacy Council building Thursday morning.

    The official ribbon cutting marked the opening of the Touch a Life Learning Center, inside the Literacy Center in Supply.

    Wong-Chong, president of the Literacy Council board, said it was “a true labor of love made possible by so many in our community.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department to receive $66,500 in federal funds

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department will receive $66,500 in federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced in a press release last Thursday Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department would receive funds, along with Sloop Point Volunteer Fire Department and Cerro Gordo Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Terminal groin draft report released

    The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) has released a draft report of the terminal groin study that was mandated by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2009.

    The study intended to examine the “feasibility and advisability of the use of terminal groins as erosion control devices,” according to the CRC Web site.

    Contractor Moffatt & Nichol, which conducted the study, examined five terminal groins in North Carolina and Florida, but deemed the effects of terminal groins on natural resources “somewhat subjective.”

  • More dresses, shoes and accessories needed for Wings of Love Prom Closet

    The Wings of Love Prom Closet is still seeking formalwear donations, which will be given to Brunswick County girls in need of dresses, shoes and accessories to wear to prom.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet, a project established by We Have a Mission (WHAM) of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown, will outfit girls in need with all the essentials to go to the prom free of charge.

    Junior and senior girls of Brunswick County high schools can see their counselors and request a referral form for Wings of Love Prom Closet.

  • Soles to appear in Columbus County court Feb. 25

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. will appear in Columbus County court this week.

    Soles, a Tabor City attorney who announced he would not seek re-election to represent District 8 in the state Senate, has a scheduled court hearing Thursday, Feb. 25, where he will face an assault charge for a shooting at his home in August.

    Soles will appear before special Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks Jr. at 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Shallotte Middle School reopened after early morning lockdown

    Classes resumed just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning at Shallotte Middle School after the school was placed in lockdown before the school day began.

    Interim superintendent Les Tubb said a student received a threatening text message, which was reported to school officials at about 7:25 a.m. Thursday. The school was immediately put in lockdown. Students who were arriving by car or bus were asked to wait at West Brunswick High School until the school reopened. Students already in the school were directed to wait in the gym.

  • Charity golf event planned for woman battling cancer for second time

    Update: Due to the overwhelming response, the golf tournament is filled to capacity. The pot luck dinner will be available to players only. Those not playing in the tournament are asked to send donations only to any First Bank location.

    Two years ago, Brunswick County native Ellen Granade found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with triple negative cancer.

    At 31 years old, she was younger than the usual breast cancer patient and had no trace of breast cancer in her family history.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department receives $66,500 in federal funds

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department will receive $66,500 in Federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre announced in a press release Ocean Isle Beach FD will receive funds, along with Sloop Point VFD and Cerro Gordo VFD.

  • Ash man arrested on felony drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested an Ash man Friday, Feb. 12, after executing a search warrant at his Mill Branch Road home.

    Bryan O. Thomas, 23, of 5013 Mill Branch Road, Ash, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office booking report.

  • Shallotte appoints Hughes as new town administrator

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has appointed longtime public works director Albert Hughes as the town’s new full-time administrator.

    Hughes had been serving in the position on an interim basis since former administrator Paul Sabiston resigned last summer.