Today's News

  • Carolina Shores focuses on budgetary belt-tightening

    SUPPLY—Carolina Shores may soon be adjusting for some budgetary belt-tightening in the coming fiscal year.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at town commissioners’ annual retreat Monday, said staff has been told to prepare for an estimated 30 percent reduction in revenues.

    Munday presented preliminary overview figures showing if the town leaves the tax rate where it is, a budgetary shortfall of about $339,000 is predicted due to falling property revaluations and other revenues.

  • Arbor Day in Carolina Shores

  • Centenarian celebrates another birthday at Shallotte Assisted Living

    Adelina Filocamo reached another milestone as she turned 102 last week at Shallotte Assisted Living. Family and friends were on hand to wish the centenarian well at the March 18 celebration.

    Filocamo was born in Brazil and grew up in Italy. She also lived in New York and worked as a seamstress. She drove until she was 90, said Matresse McAllister, administrator at Shallotte Assisted Living.

    Filocamo is a familiar sight at the Mulberry Street facility, where she has lived for the past two years with Marco, her prized, purebred Shih Tzu dog.

  • New full-time police officer in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—What do a real estate agent, mother of three and police officer have in common?

    Tammy Monteforte has worn many different hats and now she is pursuing her dreams. Monteforte joined the Shallotte Police Department in August 2010 as a part-time employee. Two weeks ago she received news she had hoped for—she was offered a full-time position as a patrol officer.

    “I was very excited,” Monteforte said. “It was one of my goals and I was able to meet it. I am looking forward to reaching the next goal.”

  • 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.

    •Jessica Lee Barnes, 30, of 2378 Milligan Road, Ash, was arrested for drug paraphernalia; suspect was stopped for not displaying a license plate.

    •Edwardo Santibanes, 31, of 12993 Highway 701, Tabor City, was arrested for larceny from Belk.

    •Maria Osorio-Hernandez, 27, of 5672 Diamond Loop, Ash, was arrested for larceny from Belk.

  • Community failed student for trying to prohibit religious song

    "Christian Songs Get OK'd at Schools' Talent Show."

    Among all the day’s global headlines—the latest from Libya, earthquake relief in Japan and the anticipated premiere of “Dancing With the Stars”—this one caught my attention.

  • Brunswick County Schools plans uses for Race to the Top federal money

    BOLIVIA—Of the $440 million in Race to the Top federal education reform funding allotted to school systems in North Carolina, Brunswick County Schools received $1.6 million to be used during the next four years.

    “It’s a lot of work for a little bit of money, that’s what everybody around the country who won it is saying,” Superintendent Edward Pruden said of securing the federal funds.

    School systems around the country competed to secure Race to the Top funds, which were introduced by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • Board chair voices concerns over charter school bill on House floor

    Brunswick County Board of Education Chairperson Shirley Babson did not want to sign her name to a generic resolution opposing Senate Bill 8, which would lift the cap on charter schools.

    Instead, she went to Raleigh and expressed her concerns in person to members of the house and education committee on the floor of the General Assembly.

    “I wanted them to know how the bill would affect my school system, how much money it was going to take, and my concerns of taking funds out of the current expense,” Babson said.

  • Leland councilman charged with domestic violence

    A Leland councilman has been arrested and charged with domestic violence.

    According to Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne, Herbert Barnes, a Leland councilman, was arrested Saturday, March 19, and charged with assault on a female and domestic violence.

    Jayne said police officers were dispatched to a 911 call for service involving a report of domestic violence last Saturday. After officers spoke with the victim and gathered evidence concerning the alleged assault, police located and arrested Barnes, who was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From March 14-20, K-9 deputies issued 26 citations and made 21 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Midway Road, McLamb Road, Hickman Road, Ash-Little River Road, Shell Point Road and Beach Drive.

    The following suspects were charged: