Today's News

  • When others destroy our sense of personal safety, what to do?

    What defines safety for you? Is it cuddling up closely to the person you love? Is it snuggling down in your own bed at home? Is it going back to your childhood house, enjoying breakfast talks with mom and dad?

    Many of us have definitions of the things that make us feel safe. Many of those are closely associated with our homes.

  • Shelter could benefit from nonprofit group

    From the information we’ve reviewed so far, it seems there could be some good cost savings for Brunswick County taxpayers if the county were to allow a nonprofit group to run the county’s animal shelter.

    Last week, Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), made a pitch to the Brunswick County Health Board to take over shelter operations. 

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey has said he thinks the concept is a good plan, one that could ultimately save the county money.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 10, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Thursday, Feb. 10, DWI Court

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Gina Essey and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

  • Ash teenager dies from single gunshot wound

    An Ash teenager died Tuesday from a single gunshot wound.

    According to information provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call at about 3:47 p.m. and found David Purifoy, 14, of Ash, had been shot in a wooded area near Inman Road in Ash.

    Purifoy was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives are assisting North Carolina Wildlife in an investigation, but the shooting appears to be accidental, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Shallotte presents first landscape award

    SHALLOTTE–The Shallotte Appearance Committee decided several months ago to recognize area businesses that go above and beyond to beautify the community.

    They formulated the Landscape Recognition award. On Monday  town officials presented the first framed certificate and placed a sign in the ground to recognize the recipient, Autumn Care of Shallotte on Mulberry Street.

    Autumn Care, a nursing and rehab facility, was recognized for its recent work to landscape and beautify its property.

  • 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.

    •Jesse Lamar Hill, 26, of 7300 River Road Lot 32, Southport, was arrested for felony vandalism, misdemeanor vandalism and assault on a female after police were called to a domestic situation at Highlands Glen. The subject had two outstanding warrants. Hill was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $1,500 bond.

  • Hundreds gather from around country to pay tribute to former clogging instructor

    More than 300 cloggers gathered on Feb. 12 at Cape Fear Middle School in Rocky Point to pay tribute to their clogging instructor, Jimmy Watson.

    Leland resident Jimmy Watson was the owner and director of many clogging studios throughout the East Coast. For more than 20 years, he shared his love of clogging with thousands of dancers.

    Along with his wife, Sue, Jimmy Watson began shagging and square dancing, but decided those types of dances didn’t offer enough involvement for children. He began a career in clogging at the age of 40.

  • Board of Education recognizes couple for donations to Waccamaw School

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education recognized Richard and Susan Petch for their multiple donations to Waccamaw School at its February board meeting.

    During the past two years, Richard and Susan Petch have donated more than $20,000 to the school, which has mainly been used towards updating existing technology and purchasing new equipment.

    Waccamaw principal Beverly Marlowe said the Petch’s donation last year helped the school purchase 28 computers to replace outdated models.

  • Governor’s proposed budget included fewer education reductions than expected

    The 2011-2013 proposed state budget released by Gov. Bev Perdue on Feb. 17 calls for fewer reductions for public school than local officials originally expected.

    According to information on Perdue’s website, public schools can expect a net reduction of 3.9 percent if the budget proposal is approved. Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer for Brunswick County Schools, said local officials had been expecting a 5-10 percent reduction.

    “It paints a little rosier picture than what we had been expecting,” she said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on East Second Street.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East Second Street; subject entered house and took two flat-screen TVs.

    •Antwan Mikel Mitchell, 29, of Shallotte; charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.