Local News

  • Carolina Shores pursues post-flood priorities

    CAROLINA SHORES — In the wake of last October’s flooding, the town is pursuing a priority list outlining where stormwater work is most needed.

    Following lengthy debate about vulnerable areas at their first workshop of the New Year on Monday morning, Jan. 4, town commissioners authorized Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall to come up with an updated “strategic drainage” list encompassing areas where residences were most affected during the Oct. 2-5 storms.

  • Calabash man faces drug trafficking charges

     A Calabash man faces several felony drug charges after his Saturday, Jan. 2, arrest.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 22-year-old Michael Montray Frink during a traffic checkpoint Saturday night at Carolina Farms Boulevard and Thomasboro Road in Calabash.

    Frink tried to avoid the checkpoint by turning his car around but deputies eventually pulled him over, warrants show.

  • Free short-term radon test kits available

    Brunswick County Environmental Health Service is partnering with the N.C. Radon Program to provide free short-term radon test kits in recognition of National Radon Action Month in January.

    Radon is a natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S., claiming about 20,000 lives annually, or slightly more than two every hour. The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test.

  • Holden Beach seeks board volunteers

    The town of Holden Beach is in need of volunteers to serve on its planning and zoning board, board of adjustment and parks and recreation advisory board.

    Those willing to serve on one of these boards are asked to fill out a résumé form as soon as possible. The form can be turned in at Holden Beach Town Hall or emailed to heather@hbtownhall.com.

  • Leland seeks board, committee volunteers

    The town of Leland is looking for volunteers to serve on its boards/committees.
    Applications are sought for the parks and recreation board (two members) to fill unexpired terms that end June 30, 2016, and June 30, 2017.
    The pedestrian plan steering committee seeks one community member.

  • Calabash New Year's bonfire rescheduled for Saturday night, Jan. 2

    New Year’s celebrating continues into the first weekend of 2016, and the public is invited.

    Rainy weather spurred postponement of the town of Calabash’s fifth annual New Year’s Eve bonfire from Thursday night, Dec. 31, 2015, to Saturday night, Jan. 2, 2016.

    Festivities featuring the Mister Fifties Show are scheduled to launch at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Calabash Fishing Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

  • N.C. 133 diverging diamond delayed until 2016

    The future won’t come to northern Brunswick County until 2016.

    The novel new diverging diamond interchange (DDI) at N.C. 133 and U.S. 17/74/76 won’t be complete until mid- to late-January at the earliest.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation intended to close the intersection Dec. 4-7 to complete the final work on the DDI. But the NCDOT called a rain delay with a week to go before the intersection was to close.

  • Restaurants bring new look to Main Street


    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    SHALLOTTE — Dining options in downtown Shallotte saw some changes at the end of 2015, with a new restaurant opening and a familiar favorite receiving a facelift.

    The Grillin’ Crab opened Nov. 17 to offer seafood, steaks and other favorites in an atmosphere where you don’t have to change out of your flip flops for lunch or dinner.

    It is the first restaurant opened by Keith Pyle after working in the restaurant business for 37 years.

  • Walking photographer aims for perfect scenes

    SUNSET BEACH — He’s a familiar sight in and around Calabash and Sunset Beach.

    Mark D. Head started shooting photographs while pursuing better health in scenic, photogenic southwestern Brunswick County.

    Three-and-a-half years ago, the former Rochester, N.Y., resident started walking on a daily basis to offset high blood pressure problems after undergoing neck surgery.

    His doctor advised him to walk even more in addition to changing his diet.

  • Grower loves to cultivate but not consume collards

    SUPPLY — Levi Grissett doesn’t like to eat his collards, but that hasn’t stopped him from growing them.

    Growing up on his family farm on Empire Road in the Cedar Grove community, Grissett developed a lifelong knack and penchant for cultivating heirloom fruits and vegetables.

    “I’ve been growing collards my entire life,” said Grissett, leading an impromptu tour of his backyard garden where his prized cultivars didn’t fare as well this season because of storms and flooding in October.