Local News

  • Former Carolina Shores Mayor Dan Mann dies

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners paid tribute to former Mayor Dan Mann last week after current Mayor Joyce Dunn announced at the March 8 board meeting she had just received word Mann had died.

    Mann, 76, served as mayor from 2003 to 2007. He was also an active member of the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association.

    Dunn said Mann was one of the first people she met after moving to Carolina Shores and they became friends. She said he served as POA president 15 years ago when she served on the board.

  • Cabana rental ban kicks up Sunset Beach sand

    SUNSET BEACH —A backlash has arisen after Sunset Beach Town Council voted to ban commercial cabanas on the beach at the March 5 board meeting.

    Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton made a motion that the town prohibit retail “sale and assembly” of cabanas on the beach by any commercial company, which was seconded by councilwoman Jan Harris.

    Benton, Harris and councilman Richard Cerrato voted in favor to councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern’s dissenting votes.

  • Sunset Beach appoints interim administrator

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach planning director Hiram Marziano was appointed interim town administrator at a special called town council meeting Tuesday, March 13.

    Marziano’s appointment by council comes following the March 5 firing on a 3-2 vote of former Town Administrator Susan Parker.

  • Supply man sentenced on cocaine charge as habitual felon

    A Supply man has been sentenced as a habitual felon to spend at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Bolivia man accused of strangling woman

    A Bolivia man is accused of strangling a woman earlier this month.

    Sean Michael Lent, 24, of Summerlea Circle was arrested March 6 and charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female.

    Warrants show Lent wrapped his hands around the woman’s neck, attempting to choke her, and struck her in the face and neck.

    The woman’s condition was not available.

    Lent remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • Ash man dies in single-vehicle crash

    An Ash man died in single-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning.

    Casimiro Barron, 50, was driving a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder east on N.C. 904 near S.R. 1300 shortly before 1 a.m. when he lost control of it after leaving a curve in the road, North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew W. King said in a news release.

    The SUV ran off the right side of the road before flipping, hitting a tree and stopping in a yard off N.C. 904, King said.

  • Three charged with heroin trafficking held on $1 million bail

    Three Camden, N.J., residents charged with heroin trafficking are each being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

    Sheriff’s deputies and Sunset Beach police arrested 29-year-old Jerry Hakeem Colvin, 36-year-old Cherelle Hills and 35-year-old Kenneth Bernard Norman on March 10.

    Each is charged with trafficking heroin, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

  • ‘Dangerous’ dog shot by off-duty deputy in Shallotte

    An off-duty deputy shot and killed a “dangerous” pet dog March 8 in Shallotte, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    According to the release, an email was sent at 10:20 a.m. Thursday to River Hills subdivision residents regarding a possible wild animal roaming near Pine Hill Drive. Residents reported seeing an animal described as a wolf or coyote with another unidentified animal in its mouth and blood on its face.

  • School board, teacher of the year talk school safety

    BOLIVIA — School safety dominated the discussion at March 6’s regular county school board meeting.

    During her Teachers’ Voice presentation, Brunswick County Teacher of the Year and Leland Middle School art teacher Carolynn Phillips shared her thoughts and those of Teacher Advisory Council members.

    Phillips said an anonymous elementary school teacher and some of her colleagues said their main concern was students coming to them with issues that “go beyond that of the typical disruptive student.”

  • OIB couple makes rare find on Sunset Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — What first caught the eye of Ocean Isle Beach couple Pam Parisian and Paul Howes about the object was that it looked like a rock in a place where rocks just aren’t.

    The couple was walking along on the far east end of Sunset Beach on Feb. 6 when they came up on the object that seemed out of the ordinary.