Today's News

  • School board discusses cost saving measures to save employees

    BOLIVIA—Because of projected state budget cuts, Brunswick County Schools may have to eliminate 45 third-grade teacher assistant positions if they don’t come up with cost-saving measures.

    Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer for Brunswick County Schools, said last week the yet to be finalized state budget includes about a 10 percent reduction—twice what was originally estimated.

  • Peer Court program in need of volunteers, mentors

    Although the county has only had a Peer Court program since 2007, 100 percent of parents of student offenders say it has “had a positive impact on their child,” according to an end-of-the-year survey.

    Peer Court, a diversion and intervention program, provides student offenders opportunities to improve behavior and amend actions by working with counselors, attending tutoring sessions and learning life skills.

  • Sheriff's detectives search for stabbing suspect while victim remains in hospital

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a suspect they said stabbed a fellow partygoer at a weekend party in Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Steve Mason said Edward Brock, 28, allegedly stabbed William Bradley Faulk of Whiteville after an altercation at a party on Hewett Road in Supply on Saturday night.

    Brock has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault on a female, stemming from the altercation.

    Mason said Brock allegedly knocked down a woman at the party.

  • Christmas in July to benefit troops

    The Ocean Isle Beach Light to Light Merchants Association is sponsoring a Christmas in July drive to collect food, toiletries and other supplies for soldiers overseas.

    During July, association members, businesses on Beach Drive (N.C. 179) between N.C. 904 and Ocean Isle Beach Road, will place American flags outside their businesses to note they are participating in the drive and will have drop boxes inside.

  • Iler sworn in, appointed to Stiller's committees

    Frank Iler of Oak Island has been sworn into office as the newest member of the N.C. House of Representatives. He has begun his first full week in former Rep. Bonner Stiller’s District 17 seat.

    Last Tuesday, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee selected Iler to fill out Stiller’s unexpired term. The following day, he was expected to be sworn in, but the ceremony was delayed until Thursday due to clerical issues.

  • Volunteer project wins national award

    What began as an idea less than three years ago has evolved into an award-winning program that has given computers to about 400 students in Brunswick County.

    In the fall of 2006, Brunswick County Volunteer Center Director Jayne Mathews approached county commissioners about an idea for a program to give rehabilitated computers to students at Brunswick County’s middle and high schools.

  • Rescue squads respond to water rescue

    Around 1 p.m. Sunday, June 21, rescue workers with the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department rescued a 49-year-old woman swimming off the east end of Holden Beach.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said Tri-Beach, Coastline Rescue Squad and Brunswick County EMS responded.

    When Brunswick EMS crews arrived, Tri-Beach rescue workers already had the woman out of the water and were performing CPR, before Brunswick County EMS crews took her to Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • Oak Island couple arrested for arson, insurance fraud

    An Oak Island couple’s plan to burn their home for insurance money has gone up in flames after they were arrested and charged with fraud and arson.

    Dewey William Propst, 38, and his wife Amanda Fawn Propst, 27, both of 335 NE 51st St., Oak Island, were arrested last week on several felony charges, including arson, insurance fraud and conspiracy.

  • Summer tourist season slow but improving; TDA approves new budget

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has approved its $1.02 million budget for 2009-2010 and plans to OK additional funds to print more visitors’ guides within the next few months to keep up with demand.

    Calls to the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority seeking visitors’ guides have increased over the past couple of months, TDA Executive Director Mitzi York told authority members Tuesday after they approved the budget.

  • Calabash OKs letter of intent for land exchange agreement with fire department

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have unanimously approved a letter of intent for a property exchange agreement with the Calabash Fire Department.

    The agreement hinges on whether a federal stimulus grant is awarded to build a new central fire station.

    The vote came at a specially called meeting Monday.

    Fire department board chairman Jennings Edge and former fire chief Karl Bennett outlined conceptual drawings for a new station planned for location on town-owned property on Persimmon Road next to the town maintenance building.