Local News

  • Sykes challenges Iler for state House District 17 seat

    SOUTHPORT — Less than a week before the 2017 municipal election, the race for the 2018 North Carolina District 17 House seat has already begun.

    On Oct. 30, state Rep. Frank Iler released a statement announcing he will seek re-election in 2018.

    Brunswick County commissioner Pat Sykes announced Nov. 2 her intention to challenge him.

    Both candidates are Republicans and would face off in the primary election Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

    Sykes, of Southport, is serving her second term for county District 3, having won re-election in 2016.

  • Wanted Bolivia man arrested after standoff

    Horry County, S.C., police arrested a Bolivia man wanted on a felony drug warrant after a standoff in Little River, S.C., on Nov. 1.

    Christopher John Clarida, 27, is charged with resisting arrest and being a fugitive, Horry County Government spokeswoman Krystal Dotson said.

    Someone called police to Lincoln Heights Drive where Clarida was believed to be at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday, Dotson said.

    “After many unsuccessful attempts to have Clarida exit the home,” members of the Horry County police SWAT went inside and apprehended him, Dotson said.

  • Coastal Ambassador training session on marine debris Nov. 15

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Coastal Ambassador training session in November will focus on the federation’s work to reduce marine debris on the coast. The evening training will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center. For newcomers, there will be a required orientation session starting at 5 p.m.

  • State reports
 two flu-related deaths

    The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced the state’s first flu-related deaths of the 2017-18 season after two adults died of complications from influenza infection from mid-to-late October.

    One of the deaths occurred in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and the other occurred in the eastern region of the state. To protect the privacy of the families, neither person’s hometown, county, age or gender will be released.

  • Brunswick County residents receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

    Dozens turned out Oct. 31 to celebrate four Brunswick County individuals and groups that received recognition from the governor’s office for their volunteer efforts.

    William “Buzz” McManus; 4-H volunteers Benje Jones, Amanda Barnhill, Agnes Taylor and Dawn Britt; and the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitor’s Center volunteers all received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The members of Mike’s Garage Band received the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

  • State’s 2017 ozone season ends with fewest unhealthy days

    Statewide monitoring shows North Carolina continued to be in full compliance with national air quality standards as the 2017 ozone season ended.

    Since March 1, the state recorded just four unhealthy ozone days with concentrations higher than the 70 parts per billion (ppb) ozone standard set by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. It’s the best outcome since the previous record low of five unhealthy ozone days in 2013.

  • New NHRMC evening visitor policy in effect

    Effective Nov. 1, visitors to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center main campus are required to check in, provide identification and receive a visitor access sticker between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to promote a safe environment for patients, families, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers

    Visitor stickers will be available at the three entrances open 24 hours: the main entrance, Emergency Department and the entrance to the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

  • Officials respond to whale beached near Oak Island

    Officials including biologists from UNC-Wilmington respond to what appeared to be a beached young sperm whale by Ocean Crest Pier by Oak Island on Thursday.

    Staff Writer Lindsay Kriz, who took these photos, was told the prognosis was grim for the creature that was discovered along the strand about 9:45 a.m. and had to be euthanized.

  • Police: Impaired driver crashes into Shallotte storefront

    Shallotte police said a woman was driving while impaired when she crashed her Dodge Durango into a Main Street storefront Wednesday morning.

    No one was injured, including the driver, 44-year-old Laura Marie Whitesides, of Carolina Shores and her passenger, whose name has not been released.  

    Whitesides drove the SUV into the front of Bargain Basement Resale & Consignment in the 5300 block of Main Street at 8:45 a.m., Shallotte police Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

  • Developer to break ground on new shopping strip in Leland

    More retail businesses are planning to add locations along the U.S. 17 strip through Leland.

    A new strip of shops including Hibachi Bistro, Dunkin Donuts and Bridgewater Wines will be built between Ploof Road and Ocean Gate Plaza off U.S. 17.

    Ocean Gate Plaza shopping center was announced Oct. 26 in a news release by Debbie Elliott, spokeswoman for developer Hibachi Bistro LLC, managed by Yu Hang Wang.