Today's News

  • Mayberry comes to Brunswick County

    Mayberry came to Brunswick County last Tuesday as Union Elementary School fourth grade presented the ninth annual production of “An Evening in Mayberry” at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Former Union teacher Ellen Gordon wrote the play, which is based on the fictional town and characters of Mayberry. The plot revolves around a North Carolina state history school project. In turn, it showcases the actual fourth-grade curriculum taught in North Carolina public schools.

  • Schools receive national award

    Three Brunswick County Schools have received a national reading award after raising end-of-grade test scores.

    SRA/McGraw Hill honored Belville, Lincoln and Jessie Mae Monroe elementary schools with a national reading award for their continually improving EOG scores. The award was one of three given nationwide.

  • Board debates new school name

    After the Brunswick County Board of Education committee meetings last month, board members discussed naming the district’s new middle school David R. Sandifer Middle School, after the late county commissioner.

    While all seemed in favor of the name, opinions changed at Tuesday’s monthly board meeting.

    Board member Ray Gilbert said he had received “numerous” calls from members of the Cedar Grove community who think the school should be named after the community. Gilbert said the board should hear more from the community before voting on a name.

  • 'Jerry Jones Day' draws crowds in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Jerry Jones wasn’t able to attend the event in his honor May 2 at the National Guard Armory, but his family was there to receive well-wishers and talk about how important their father has been to them.

    Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long officially proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day,” and Jones’ friends and family organized a benefit barbecue lunch and blood drive at the armory, to assist with Jones’ medical bills.

  • Shallotte board OKs new sewer fee policy

    SHALLOTTE—The town board has approved a new sewer transmission fee policy it says will aid both developers and the town.

    In the newly amended sewer policy, adopted at last Wednesday’s pre-agenda meeting, only 75 percent of a developer’s transmission fees will be available for reimbursement to the developer.

    The town will have 25 percent of all fees for transmission-related expenses, according to town administrator Paul Sabiston.

  • New generators needed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—As town council gets ready for a preliminary budget workshop next Monday, new generators for the town are among big-ticket items under consideration as a possible budget amendment.

    The budget workshop for fiscal year 2008-2009 is set for 1 p.m. May 12 at town hall.

    Town administrator Gary Parker, speaking at the monthly town council meeting Monday night, said council may consider amending the 2007-2008 budget to buy new generators that are needed for the police department at town hall on Sunset Boulevard and the town fire station on Shoreline Drive.

  • Sea Trail community to get new entrance sign

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved a new entrance sign for the Eastwood Landing community at Sea Trail Plantation.

    The proposal is for a free-standing 5-foot-tall by 10-foot-long sign valued at $6,000 in the mainland multi-family residential (MR-3) district at 11 Clubhouse Road.

    Robert Duffy, representing the Eastwood Homeowners Association, said the sign would be surrounded by assorted landscaping, including viburnum, weeping yaupon holly, yeddo hawthorn and plum delight. Duffy said extra landscaping would be placed at the sign’s matching columns.

  • Good to see strong voter turnout Tuesday

    As Americans, we’re accustomed to waiting in lines. We wait in line to eat. We wait in line to shop. We wait in line to catch the bus and to pay our bills. In most cases, waiting in line is an everyday annoyance, something we deal with because we have to.

    But on Tuesday, many Brunswick County residents found a good reason to stand in line—for a chance to vote in this year’s primary election.

  • Stepping into public office and out of the editorial pages

    I guess by now you’ve heard the news: I’ve been appointed as a new county commissioner.

    It’s not until you spend time talking with folks about the issues, research the perspectives, attend meetings, go through the mail or embrace the daunting task of reading 300-600 pages of material each month can one grasp the formidable challenge it takes to be in public office.

  • I used to fear what would happen if I didn't fill up; now I worry I can't

    The light on my car had been flashing for days. I did my best to ignore it, knowing it wouldn’t disappear for good on its own. I hoped, instead, if I parked just right on incline or maybe even an appropriate decline, it would shut off at least for a little while.