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Today's News

  • Local grants good news for area agencies


    Two area agencies have recently received grants that are sure to benefit Brunswick County and all its residents.
    The first grant—which affects everyone who lives in or visits Brunswick County—is a $2.1 million grant from the N.C. 911 Board for the county’s emergency services department to consolidate two different 911 call centers.
    Currently, depending on from where you call 911, your call may be answered in either Bolivia or Oak Island. The grant will fund the consolidation of the two call centers into one 911 center in Bolivia.

  • Stalking Bruce: one Holden Beach couple’s vacation this year is rocking out to Bruce

    HOLDEN BEACH— “You can’t start a fire without a spark.”

    The famous Bruce Springsteen lyrics resonate well with one Holden Beach couple. Ken and Peggi Papaj decided to go on tour with “The Boss” this year for his “Wrecking Ball” tour. The album, Springsteen’s 17th studio album, was released March 5, and the tour began on March 18 in Atlanta. The Papajs were there.

  • Practical nursing students carry on a 100 percent testing record for fifth year in a row

    The 2012 graduating practical nursing class at Brunswick Community College has a lot to celebrate.

    The class was the 30th class to graduate this past May from the program at BCC, and for the fifth year in a row all graduates passed their state board exam on the first try.

    “We had a 100 percent pass the board of nursing,” said Tanya Mace, nursing director. “All 20 graduates passed the boards on their first time. We have a 100 percent test-taker pass rate.”

  • BCC recipient of New Generations grant

    Youth in Brunswick County are often raised with goals of attending college after high school and establishing themselves as a successful businessperson. Many youth dream of remaining in Brunswick County as adults and raising families of their own.

    But too often, these youth can’t find suitable work in the county to sustain their dreams. The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center recognized the issue and is working to put a stop to this phenomenon throughout the state. The goal is to involve youth and young adults in economic and civic life.

  • Hot weather creates issues for county’s homeless population

    Homelessness isn’t a part-time problem.

    Last winter area civic and religious groups united to work on finding a solution to providing temporary shelter to the homeless population in Brunswick County. They created a system of rotating shelter during the cold winter months.

    But with temperatures reaching the 100s this summer, the issue of homelessness hasn’t gone away. If anything, the need for a year-round shelter in the county has come to the forefront again as dangerous heat enveloped the county in late June and early July.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering, misdemeanor larceny and underage drinking on Causeway Drive; subject was in possession of a stolen motor vehicle (a golf cart). The golf cart was recovered in the possession of a minor. The case is listed as under further investigation.

  • 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.

    The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • Fro-yo back at the forefront of frozen treats

    LELAND—Frozen yogurt is back at the forefront of frozen treats.

    After a surge to the top of the dessert business in the 1990s, frozen yogurt shops, like most non-necessity business ventures, were scaled back during the economic downturn. But these days it seems you can find a frozen yogurt shop on nearly every corner or shopping center.

  • County receives $2.1 million in 911 center consolidation grant

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Emergency Services Department has received a $2.1 million grant.

    The grant, awarded through the N.C. 911 Board, is for consolidation of the county’s emergency communications, including merging the county’s central communications and the Oak Island Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

    “We are consolidating the Oak Island 911 PSAP into Brunswick County central communications PSAP,” Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

  • County adopts $25 reservation fee for picnic shelters

    BOLIVIA—Beginning Aug. 1, residents will have to pay a reservation fee to use picnic pavilions at five of the county’s parks.

    Brunswick County commissioners approved the fee—$25 for four-hour increments—at their last meeting Monday, July 2. Parks and recreation director Jim Pryor said he hopes to have the program up and running by Aug. 1.