Today's News

  • 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.

  • NBHS JROTC Military Ball ‘mandatory fun’

    SUNSET BEACH—“Mandatory fun, that’s what we call it,” retired Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Washington said of the North Brunswick High School JROTC Military Ball.

    Students attended the annual Military Ball Saturday night at the Sea Trail Convention Center. The annual event is part of the JROTC curriculum and encourages students to use what they learned in the etiquette chapter and act appropriately in a social setting.

  • The touching job of telling people's stories after they're gone

    Every single week while proofreading obituaries before the page goes to press, someone in the newsroom always says the same thing—I wish I would have gotten to know this person before he/she passed away.

  • West Brunswick staff remembers former student as ‘the best of West’

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School teachers and school administrators remember former student Billy Ray Stone for having the biggest and brightest smile.

    “He had nothing but smiles,” assistant principal Mike Stanley said.

    They remember how caring and thoughtful he was.

    “I didn’t even teach him but he came by to see me every day,” teacher Connie Love said.

     And they remembered his big dreams and determination.

  • Hundreds of acres burned in weekend brush fires

    A local burning ban has been issued after weekend brush fires torched hundreds of acres throughout the county.

    “This burning ban restricts all burning in and around 100 feet of all structures located within the county,” Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner wrote in a press release.

    Garner said the local burning ban was implemented Saturday afternoon after the county experienced red-flag conditions.

  • Calabash approves ads, higher pay range for future administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have agreed to begin advertising for their vacant town administrator position.

    The decision came at a specially called meeting Feb. 16.

    The board also approved increasing the annual salary range of the position to $52,000-$68,000, from a previous, lower range of $47,389-$62,179.

  • Calabash Community Park on 'fast track' for summer

    CALABASH—The town long-range planning committee is trying to come up with a basic layout for the town’s future community park.

    It is also seeking contractors to get prices for a building and types of playground equipment. Plans call for a pavilion with stage and picnic area with grills and picnic tables, lawn sports, restrooms, parking and a walking trail. Last spring, the town was awarded a $56,700 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to build its first park.

    The committee has been looking at different styles of buildings.

  • 'Creative' signage could become law in Calabash

    CALABASH—A proposed text amendment allowing for “creative” signs in the commercial area will soon get closer review by the town planning and zoning board.

    The decision came following a two-and-a-half-hour-long joint workshop Monday attended by town commissioners and the planning and zoning board.

    Town commissioner Forrest King proposed “creative signs” text that he said could be implemented as an exception to the town ordinance prohibiting animated signs.

  • Calabash sewer assessment meeting set for March 28

    Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building in Bolivia to certify the Calabash wastewater collection system assessment.

    The $3.9 million cost would assess each of the 756 parcels $5,265 apiece, Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy said at Monday night’s county commissioners meeting.

    Property owners who paid the full assessment within 30 days of notification would receive a 5 percent discount and pay $4,993, Hardy said.