Today's News

  • Free, free, free

    Have you ever been to a yard sale where everything is free?

    That’s right, free. The First Baptist Church of Shallotte is holding its second annual “Great New Year Giveaway.”

    The concept is simple: It’s a yard sale where everything is free.

    “We emphasize there are no strings attached,” said Pastor Robert Weathers. “The only requirement is you show up and take what you need.”

  • Monday, Tuesday designated make-up days for Brunswick County Schools

    Brunswick County Schools students will make-up missed school days due to weather on Monday, Jan. 24 and Tuesday, Jan. 25 

    Superintendent Edward Pruden made a Connect-Ed call Monday evening and said students will report to school all week next week, with Monday and Tuesday being designated make-up days.

    A non-required teacher workday is scheduled for Jan. 22.

  • Eyes on Brunswick County

    Alarming, absolutely 100 percent alarming. I am referring to Brunswick County’s “Teen Mom,” Jenelle Evans. As America watches her life unravel, her angry tirades, her violence toward her mother and her neglect of her child on television, I can think only one thing—who is reaching out to help this troubled young woman?

    At the age of 19, she is merely a child herself. Instead of gawking at her life, those who know her should be reaching out. The fact that she needs help is glaringly obvious.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Christina Nicole Ward, 18, of 2528 Shell Point Road S.W., was charged with two counts of felony financial credit-card fraud and two counts of misdemeanor larceny of a purse. She was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $4,000 bond.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny on Richmond Street; subject removed generator and downrigger and mount from garage.

    •Robert Lee Vaughan, 25, of Shallotte; subject was wanted by state officials.

  • McIntyre announces federal funding for fire departments

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced more than $125,000 in federal funding will help two local fire departments purchase equipment for operations and safety improvements.

    According to a press release, the Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department will receive $84,778. Firefighter Chris Grace said the funding will allow the department to purchase about 15 self-contained breathing apparatuses, which will replace older ones. Grace said replacing older units is vital.

  • Two arrested, one sought after search warrants lead authorities to more than $15,000 of stolen property

    Two people have been arrested and one remains wanted after the Brunswick County South End Task Force recovered more than $15,000 in stolen property.

    According to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Deborah Istvan, 39, of 559 Hughes Trail, Shallotte, has been charged with five counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny, four counts of financial transaction card and four counts of financial identity.

  • Nineteen students inducted into National Elementary Honor Society at Supply Elementary

    SUPPLY—The Supply Elementary School chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) grew a little larger at last Thursday’s induction ceremony.

    “We have 19 students who have distinguished themselves not just as scholars but as young men and women of high character,” Dwight Willis, Supply Elementary School principal, said of the inductees.

    According to the NEHS website, the organization was created in 2008 to recognize students’ academic achievements and character.

  • BCC awarded $200,000 grant for study of women in STEM disciplines

    LELAND—A near $200,000 grant has been awarded to Brunswick Community College officials who will use the money to study women in the community college system.

    The National Science Foundation (NFS-ADVANCE program) has awarded a $199,928 grant for a “comprehensive study of the status of community college women faculty in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics discipline,” according to a press release.

  • Up in the air

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—For many 16-year-olds, the perfect birthday present is a driver’s license that would allow them to freely cruise the open roads. Sixteen-year-old Drew Holden prefers the open sky.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School student and aspiring pilot took his first solo flight Saturday at the Ocean Isle Beach Municipal Airport.