Today's News

  • Last Sunset Beach concert benefits Paws-Ability

    As summer winds down, so does the Sunset Beach Concert Series.

    The last concert of the series, featuring Jaded Mayberry, is 6:30-8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Village Park at Seaside Village in Sunset Beach.

    Since June, each weekly concert has featured a different band and local charity.

    Paws-Ability, a local nonprofit that raises money and awareness and provides support for animal issues in Brunswick County, will be the recipient of funds at the season’s final concert.

  • Sunset Beach police report

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests:

    •Larceny and injury to personal property were reported Aug. 16 at a residential unit on Resort Circle.

    •Matthew Stephen Porcelli, 27, of 17995 Possum Point Road, Dumfries, Va., was charged Aug. 15 with driving while impaired.

  • How some cross-country travelers spent their summer vacations

    If you want to know how Tom Hunter, Carmen Albertolli Daughtry and David Byron Keener Sr. spent their summer vacations, just ask them.

    Then allot some extra time to take in all the details. That’s how it is when you travel cross-country.

  • Consultant reviews final assessment report with school board

    SOUTHPORT—A consultant whose quality assurance review team assessed Brunswick County Schools says it’s normal to find areas where improvement is needed.

    “This is voluntary—we don’t come here to brow-beat you,” Joe Delaney of AdvancED said at the Brunswick County Board of Education retreat Aug. 15, when the final report was reviewed.

    “We come here to tell you, take a look at what you do, make clear delineation between those functions, stay with it,” he said, citing board and administrative responsibilities.

  • Calabash hashes out tax collector position

    CALABASH—Following much debate, the town board has decided to retain its longtime tax collector.

    The decision came at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting Aug. 14.

    Town tax collector Carolyn Silvers said she would go ahead and retire after town commissioners Jody Nance and Charles “Buddy” Walton said there are problems with two people working in the town hall office.

    Silvers said she had requested not to return until after the new year in 2013.


    VARNAMTOWN—At 95, Weston Varnam has finally retired from building boats.

    But it wasn’t that long ago the former Varnamtown-area shrimp boat captain was building boats large and small.

    “His daddy [Johnnie Varnam] was a boat builder,” Mary Varnam, Varnam’s wife of 65 years, said as the two relaxed in the carport at their home on Stone Chimney Road near Varnamtown.

    “My daddy was a boat builder, my uncle was a boat builder,” Varnam said, relaying the skill runs in the family.

  • Most Brunswick County students return to school Monday

    Set your alarm clocks. It’s back-to-school time for Brunswick County Schools.

    While teachers reported back to school this week, students in Brunswick County Schools will officially return to classes next Monday, Aug. 27.

    To kick off the 2012-13 school year and help parents and students acclimate, Brunswick County Schools will have an open houses Thursday, Aug. 23.

    They will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. for elementary schools, 5-7 p.m. for middle schools and 5:30-7:30 p.m. for high schools.

  • Brunswick County School Board launches into new year

    Brunswick County Schools has had increases in state and local funding.

    The school system will also have more teachers in the next school year, including a reading specialist.

    The state budget includes a 1.2 percent pay increase for state employees and five bonus, non-recurring annual leave days.

    It was also reiterated there are five new principals this year as schools finance officer Freyja Cahill reviewed the budget with the school board at its Aug. 15 retreat in Southport.

  • Ministry event Saturday celebrates, helps kids going back to school

    Celebrate back to school with Breath of Life Ministries and Building Hope Ministries.

    On Saturday, Aug. 25, the ministries are partnering to help get parents and children ready for the new school year.

    The ministries have been working together to “stuff the bus” with school supplies. Throughout the event, supplies, clothing and food will be distributed.

  • Shallotte left in the dark Sunday afternoon

    SHALLOTTE—Nearly 8,000 Brunswick County residents were without power on Sunday afternoon.

    According to Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation, lightning is to blame for the power outage.

    “A lightning strike around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, damaged a piece of equipment at the Hudson Ridge transmission switching station,” BEMC spokeswoman Linda Thomas said.