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Local News

  • NCDOT revises Southport Ferry toll hearing date and location

    Because of requests from local officials, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has changed the date and location of the ferry toll public hearing in Southport.

    That meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Southport City Hall, 201 E. Moore St.

  • Stewardship Development Awards presentation, luncheon is Feb. 19

    On Wednesday, Feb. 19, four distinguished regional projects will be recognized for their significant achievement and outstanding stewardship at the 2014 annual Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Awards luncheon.

    The Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Award Program honors residential, commercial and public development projects in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties that demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship through protection, conservation, improvement and awareness of our natural resources.

  • Skywarn training Friday in Calabash

    The town of Calabash will host public Skywarn weather training for weather spotters at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road in Calabash.

    Training is completely open to the public not only to attend but to participate in order to learn how to call in local weather circumstances to the National Weather Service.

    The training will be conducted by a representative of the National Weather Service.

    For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Carolina Shores residents speak out for recycling employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Several residents have spoken out on behalf of an employee at the town recycling center.

    At the town board of commissioners meeting Jan. 9, resident Frances Dibono questioned the actions of town maintenance supervisor Tom Donlon. She said residents are also upset about recent treatment of town recycling center employee Jerry Franklin.

  • Carolina Shores mulls offer to replace recycling center employee

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town officials are mulling the possibility of replacing a town recycling center employee.

    Waste Industries, which handles pickup of household garbage, yard debris and recyclables at the town recycling center, has offered to provide one of its own employees at the center upon request by the town.

  • Police find Shallotte meth lab, make arrest

    SHALLOTTE — A Shallotte man is accused of manufacturing meth in a shed beside his residence.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said Dylan Ray Moore, 32, was arrested Wednesday, July 16, about 1 p.m. after authorities searched a shed beside his 4700 Shallotte Ave. home and found chemicals consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Gause and Capt. Scott Branning said information from the community prompted the investigation and led to Moore’s arrest, with assistance from the Special Services Unit of the State Bureau of Investigation.

  • Sunset Beach bridge operator Bill Prince dies

    Bill Prince loved the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, so much so he taught himself how to craft replicas of the old span and even got a job as one of its operators.

    Nearly two decades after learning how to build and operate the old bridge, the Tabor City native has died — succumbing to a sudden illness Aug. 20 at 61.

    Prince was one of six operators who lost their jobs after the old bridge was finally shut down to make way for the new $44 million high-rise bridge towering above it on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010.

  • Deputies arrest Ash man in break-in, theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a man, who is accused of breaking into and stealing a television from a home in Ash, after using a helicopter to track him down Friday night, Jan. 9.

    Shannon Lee Fowler, 26, of Ash Little River Road in Ash, faces felony charges of breaking and entering and felony after breaking and entering, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Fowler is accused of breaking into a neighbor’s residence and stealing a 46-inch flat-screen Vizio TV on Jan. 3, a warrant shows.

  • Habitat volunteer accused of stealing van, money from Leland ReStore

    A Habitat for Humanity volunteer is accused of stealing a van and money from the organization’s new Leland ReStore.

    Leland police arrested 20-year-old Steven Lynn Spell Jr., of Carolina Avenue in Leland, on Tuesday, May 19, and charged him with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle and safecracking, according to a news release.

    Police responded to a break-in reported that day at the store on Village Road, the release said. A van belonging to the organization was stolen, along with $750 from a safe.

  • Two men charged in Calabash gun theft

    Two Tabor City men are accused of breaking into a Calabash business May 10 and stealing eight guns.

    Joseph Bryan Nealey, 37, of Swamp Fox Highway East, and Edward Devon Grainger, 30, of 832 Big Avenue, are each charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm, warrants show. Nealey also is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.