Today's News

  • Holden Beach police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    Dec. 16

    Breaking and entering, forcible entry and vandalism; suspect entered a house on Lions Paw Drive and caused $500 worth of damage.

    Breaking and entering, forcible entry and vandalism; suspect entered a house on Ocean Boulevard West and caused $300 worth of damage.

  • Brunswick school system intends to keep deputies in elementary schools

    Sheriff’s deputies will remain at local elementary schools through the new year.

    Additional security was added at Brunswick County elementary schools just days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school Dec. 14.

    School officials said then the county’s elementary schools would have a sheriff’s deputy on site until further notice. Area middle and high schools already had school resource officers (SRO) assigned to them.

  • The laws of Traffalysis: The four-way stop is not negotiable

    I believe I’ve mentioned I’m not from here, so I’m still learning about the place.

    Since I moved to the area one thing that is continually reaffirmed is how nice people are here—almost to a fault.

    No, I don’t think people need to get ruder. There’s plenty of places I could move if I wanted to fill that void in my life.

    But I can’t help but notice people are too nice in one particular area—at the four-way stop sign.

  • School board approves new at-risk youth assistance for high schools

    A new organization will begin assisting Brunswick County’s at-risk high school students in the new year.

    Men and Women United for Youth and Families (MWUYF) received approval from the Brunswick County Board of Education Dec. 4 to begin working with the four county high schools to help students receive educational and employment training.

    Randolph Keaton, director of MWUYF, said the nonprofit organization has offered education and employment training to Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick residents out of their office in Delco for the past 10 years.

  • Brunswick County schools hires new human resources director

    Brunswick County Schools’ new executive director of human resources was on his way to the North Carolina coast before he was hired.

    And part of his job once he get here will be enticing new teachers to come to the coast, too.

    Mark Pasier, currently director of human resources for Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia, was selected by Superintendent Edward Pruden’s search committee. The hire was announced during a special-called meeting of the board of education on Dec. 18.

  • Decisions ahead for Brunswick County computer upgrades

    Brunswick County officials are trying to decide if they should hire a consultant to determine if big changes are needed for the county’s computer system or if they should do a do-it-yourself upgrade.

    County manager Marty Lawing told commissioners at the Dec. 17 meeting the staff sent out a request for proposals and received three commissioners could consider.

    But before any contract talks took place, the board discussed merits of doing the technology update in-house.

  • North Brunswick beats West in girls basketball

     North Brunswick beat West Brunswick 48-38 in a conference girls’ basketball game Dec. 2 at West.

    For North, sophomore Nikayla Ramsey scored nine points and these players scored eight points each: junior Annabel Hsia, sophomore Tiffany Keaton and senior Katrina Brown.

    For West (0-2, 2-8), sophomore Yana Bland scored nine points, junior Dazia Gause eight and senior Brie Hill six off two 3-pointers.

    Back-to-back baskets by Ramsey gave the Scorpions a 38-29 lead, but Hill hit her second 3-pointer to cut the lead to 38-32.

  • Canine Angels in Connecticut

    Rick Kaplan and his team of Canine Angels service dogs couldn’t stay away.

    One week after the Dec. 14 shootings by a lone gunman who killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Kaplan and his Carolina service dogs traveled more than 700 miles north to see what they could do to help.

    Kaplan was accompanied by his current team of nine certified service and therapy dogs—Zoe, Bobo, King, Leroy, Ryder, Abbi, Diva, Freddie and Junior.

  • Sunset Beach administrator gets good review, raise

    SUNSET BEACH—On his fifth anniversary with the town, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker has received a favorable review along with a 1 percent merit raise.

    The decision came following a closed session of Sunset Beach Town Council at the end of its Dec. 11 meeting.

    The raise increases Parker’s annual salary to $116,195.04.

  • New year, some new schedules for local meetings

    Calabash Board of Commissioners meetings are at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at town hall on Persimmon Road. The next meeting is next Tuesday, Jan. 7.
    Agenda copies are available on the town website at www.townofcalabash.net.

    Carolina Shores
    With the launch of the New Year, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will meet an hour earlier, at 2 p.m. instead of 3 p.m.
    The board has regular monthly meetings on Thursdays.