Today's News

  • COAST seeks matching funds for student solar power project

     Brunswick County high school students may be on the cutting edge of clean energy initiatives as they work firsthand creating solar-fueled electricity.

    Brunswick County Schools’ Center of Applied Sciences and Technology (COAST) is one of five North Carolina schools to be awarded a NC GreenPower grant worth up to $10,000.

  • Groups working with Shallotte for park veterans monument

    Veterans Day may be several months away, but the Shallotte Elks are working hand-in-hand with the town to build a memorial park in honor of local veterans.

    During Fourth of July week when patriots celebrate freedoms and independence, Brunswick County forces want to ensure those men and women who fought so bravely are not forgotten.

  • Holden Beach budget includes 2-cent reduction in tax rate

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday, June 18, to approve a $17,268,800 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

  • EMS Director assures residents no interruption in countywide services

     Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Ed Conrow is confident the county can safely handle all calls for emergency assistance in spite of the county commissioners’ termination of franchise agreements with both the Town of Leland Fire/Rescue/EMS and Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad (CVRS).

    CVRS operates out of Supply.

    Effective July 1 at midnight, Brunswick County will provide emergency services to residents living in the Leland and rural areas in the northern end of the county.

  • Teenager charged with felony murder in Cardinal Pointe shooting

    A 16-year-old male has been charged with felony murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Jacary Bethel, a former standout two-sport athlete at West Brunswick High School.

    Colby Neill Pridgen of Shallotte was arrested Monday, June 17, and charged with felony murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed handgun, attempting to sell a controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance and possession of a handgun by a minor, Shallotte Police Det. Sgt. John Holman said Monday night.

  • OIB approves 2019-20 budget with 2-cent rate cut

     The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners approved the 2019-20 budget during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, June 11, following a public hearing in the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall.

    The ad valorem tax rate for the coming year is .1639 per $100 valuation compared to the 2018-19 tax rate of .1875 per $100 valuation. The town’s tax collection rate is 96.21 percent, according to Town Administrator Daisy Ivey.

  • Freeman tabbed to lead Brunswick County Chamber

    SHALLOTTE — Susan Freeman couldn’t be more excited to start her job as the new executive director/president of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.
    Almost exactly a month after a 19-member board fired the chamber’s top two staff members, Freeman has been tabbed as the organization’s new leader.

  • Farm Bureau donates $1,000 to the local Charters of Freedom campaign

    Brunswick County Farm Bureau has presented a gift of $1,000 to the local campaign to bring the Charters of Freedom to Brunswick County.

    Commissioner Pat Sykes has chaired efforts to build a permanent memorial displaying the historical documents outlining the foundations of our country’s democracy – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights – to rest in Bolivia. These three documents are often referred to as the Charters of Freedom.

  • Farmers market vendors conspire to celebrate Ash couple's birthdays

    It was meant to be a birthday surprise for a well-loved couple with two families.

    Their biological family, consisting of a daughter and two grandchildren, and their acquired family, consisting of vendors of the Market on Mulberry (formerly Shallotte Farmers Market), had conspired behind their backs to surprise Barbara and Gerald Muckenfuss with a special birthday celebration Saturday, June 22, at the market.

  • OIB property owners seek canal, Jinks Creek dredging study

    Property owners living on Asheville Street have asked the Ocean Isle Beach town board to assist with dredging. Their petition was presented to the board during its June 11 meeting.


    Ocean Isle Beach property owners seek canal dredging

    By Sharon Chance

    Staff Writer

    On behalf of nine Asheville Street property owners, Mike Allocco asked the Ocean Isle Beach Town Board to “reconsider the dredging project that was deferred/denied in 2007.”