Local News

  • Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club celebrates 40 years

     SHALLOTTE — The Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club helped launch Rourk Library, so it was fitting when the organization held its 40th anniversary celebration there.

    On Saturday, June 7, past and current members of the woman’s club gathered at the library on Main Street in Shallotte to remember 40 years of existence.

    Katie Mae Garner, vice president of the club, said it was a perfect hosting place for the celebration.

    “We were intricate in founding the library, so it works,” she said.

  • Board rescinds May vote, returns schools to staggered schedule

    BOLIVIA — Less than a month after voting to return to a traditional calendar, the Brunswick County Board of Education rescinded the vote at a Tuesday, June 10, budget workshop and elected to keep the staggered bell schedule, with a slight change.

    Charlie Miller, who initially voted to return to a traditional school schedule at a May 14 meeting, made a motion to rescind the vote at Tuesday’s meeting.

    “I do not see how we can go to a traditional schedule, maintain our rating and not affect many employees’ livelihoods,” he said.

  • Detectives seek Supply larceny suspect

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a man suspected of larceny.

    The man is believed to have stolen various items from the Minute Man Food Mart at 106 Southport-Supply Road in Supply about 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jason Fennell at 880-4895 or the sheriff’s office at 253-2777.

  • Ocean Isle Beach woman charged with assault with a deadly weapon

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman has been hospitalized and another woman charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an altercation reported late Sunday night.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit charged Elizabeth Michelle Grig, 24, of Erin Place in Ocean Isle Beach early Monday morning with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury as well as kidnapping.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received the call around 11:52 Sunday night.

  • Jet Ski accident sends five to hospital

    Five people were taken to nearby medical facilities after several Jet Skis collided Thursday afternoon with the jetties at Little River, S.C., Inlet.

    Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin said two people suffered intermediate injuries, three people suffered minor injuries and another person was treated at the site.

    The incident involved six people on Jet Skis at the jetties near the west end of Sunset Beach, Anglin said.

  • Bridge maintenance work begins Friday, June 6, near Leland


  • Civil War Parrott shell found on Holden Beach now displayed in town hall

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Civil War era bombshell found on Holden Beach in April 2013 is on display in the entrance to town hall.

    Gerald Workman, who discovered the Parrott shell while combing the beach with his metal detector, cleaned and repaired the shell remains and put it in a display case to show off the little piece of history.

    On April 8, 2013, Workman unearthed the Civil War era Parrott shell — a 19-inch-long, 6-inch diameter shell named after a type of rifled cannon — in the sand halfway down the beach at the Boyd Street access.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate below 7 percent in April

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent for April 2014.

    It is the third straight month of significant rate decreases for Brunswick County. From January to February the rate dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.0 percent. From February to March the rate fell from 8.0 percent to 7.3 percent. And the March to April rate dropped a full one percent.

  • Holden Beach VFW waits for traditional Memorial Day for service

    HOLDEN BEACH — For VFW Post 8866, Memorial Day means honoring veterans May 30.

    While the week began with the national Memorial Day observance May 26, many local events took place throughout the May 24-26 weekend.

    But the Holden Beach veterans group prefers the traditional observance date and met Friday to remember the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines they served with who gave their lives for their country.

  • Business takes referral complaint to state Real Estate Commission

    A local businessman has taken his issue with the OIB Welcome Center to the state level.

    Kevin Godwin, owner of Sandlappers Beach Supplies in Ocean Isle Beach, had paid for the advertizing the center offers since 2010, but said he had a falling out with the center’s manager, Stuart Cooke, in 2013 over a question of business referrals.

    “They have a short list when people call in to ask (about businesses, and) he refers them to the preferred list,” Godwin said.