Local News

  • ECHS student to help lead March For Our Lives

    SOUTHPORT — Brunswick Early College High School sophomore Nick Berry said he wasn’t very involved in politics before the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that killed 17 people.

    But the tragedy served as a catalyst for Berry, who decided he had to create change somehow.

    This Saturday, the 16-year-old will serve as one of the leaders of March For Our Lives - Wilmington NC.

  • Woman gets surprise 98th birthday party

    SHALLOTTE — Vivian Haswell’s aunt Beulah lived to be 101, and she is hoping to outlive her.

    She marked her 98th birthday with a surprise This is Your Life celebration by Lower Cape Fear Hospice at Autumn Care of Shallotte on Friday afternoon.

    Two of her children, Tacey Hoover and Donna Haswell, both of Holden Beach, hospice staff, Autumn Care employees and other residents showered her with cake and gifts, a quilt and framed poetry.

  • Sunset Beach bans cabana beach vendors, again

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council cast a repeat 3-2 vote at a town workshop Tuesday to ban commercial vendors from conducting cabana rental business on the beach.

    The vote came after several residents again voiced opposition to the measure.

    Council took another vote at the March 20 workshop after voting the same way at a special called meeting March 13.

  • Bridge condition draws concern in Calabash

    CALABASH — Ongoing concern about the safety of the Calabash River bridge on N.C. 179 was raised at the March 13 town board of commissioners meeting.

    Mayor Mary Knight outlined details, documented with photographs posted on a white board during the monthly meeting.

    She said the span was recently scrutinized by town services supervisor Pete Brokus, who took the detailed photos.

    Knight noted the town sent a letter to the North Carolina Department of Transportation in November 2016 emphasizing problems with the height of the bridge.

  • ONDBEAT: Changes occur when town leaders change (cabana) seats

    It wasn’t that long ago the town of Carolina Shores pondered banning billboards.

    Just nine years ago, in fact, in February 2009, as the town planning and zoning board was adopting a U.S. 17 corridor plan, members agreed billboards had no place along their pristine three-mile stretch of highway under town jurisdiction.

    It was also agreed the town didn’t want unsightly signs too close to the roadway or in the right-of-way. They also didn’t like roof signs. Well, who does?

  • Brunswick County moves up in state health ranking

    Brunswick County has moved up in statewide county health rankings, though there’s still room for improvement.

    Brunswick County now ranks 40th in health outcomes, 28th in health factors and 10th in health behaviors among North Carolina’s 100 counties in the annual rating released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

  • Oak Island seeks town volunteers

    The town of Oak Island police volunteers to help enforce parking regulations and firefighters to drive a truck in parades or work community events.

    The town also needs Beach Ambassadors — citizens who will help explain beach rules to visitors.

    Those interested in helping out in one of these areas or in some other way are asked to fill out a volunteer application.

  • VA Whole Health Workshop set for March 29

    Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s Wilmington Health Care Center (WHCC) is inviting coastal area transitioning military, veterans and VA employees to a two-hour introduction to VA Whole Health Workshop.

    The workshop is set for Thursday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wilmington HCC at 1705 Gardner Road. Reservations are required. Veterans are welcome to invite their spouse or significant other to this training. RSVP to William Lowry Jr., WHCC peer support specialist, at (910) 343-5300, ext. 3585 or (910) 813-5448.

  • Stand Down event for veterans March 22-24 in Wilmington

    District 9 of the American Legion, the New Hanover Veterans Council, partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and in cooperation with Congressman David Rouzer, will sponsor a Veteran Benefit Experience Center (VBEC) and Stand Down event March 22-24 at the Wilmington Elks Club at 5102 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.

    American Legion District 9 encompasses multiple Legion Post’s in the Cape Fear region, including Brunswick, Pender and Johnson counties in addition to New Hanover County. All veterans in the surrounding community are encouraged to attend.

  • Workshops for Carolina Shores homeowners in flood-prone areas

    The town of Carolina Shores is conducting a public input forum related to properties that are subject to flooding or have been previously flooded. Taking place at various locations throughout Carolina Shores on Wednesday, April 4, these workshops are primarily geared to residents who live in low-lying and flood prone areas that have experienced flooding in recent storm events (e.g., October 2016).