Local News

  • Doctors search for ways to treat patients’ pain

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s prescription painkiller problem emerged before community leaders welcomed Fred Brason, a Wilkes County native, to discuss Project Lazarus in late June.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Teen firefighter dies in boating accident

     A teenage volunteer firefighter with the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department died in a boating accident last weekend.

    Daniel Gralak Jr., 17, was on a boat with a friend near Sunset Harbor when the boat hit a wooden structure in the water on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9.

    Both Gralak and his friend were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Spay-neuter program under way

    Cat traps related to a local spay-neuter program have arrived and are now available for checkout at Shallotte Town Hall.

    The program is connected to the efforts of Brunswick County nonprofit Paws-Ability in conjunction with PetSmart Charities, which recently awarded a $45,000 grant to assist with cat spaying and neutering in the Shallotte, Supply and Holden Beach areas. It’s the largest spay-neuter grant Paws-Ability has ever received, according to Paws-Ability founder and president Janie Withers.

  • Calabash FD sparks renewed effort for Fourth of July fireworks in 2015

     The Calabash Fire Department has taken on fundraising to bring Fourth of July fireworks back to Calabash.

    Lt. Chris Hearn, firefighter and EMT-1 with the department, said members will not be using any money from the Calabash Fire Department.

    “Everything that we use will be donated,” said Hearn, speaking at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 7.

    Hearn cited fundraisers and other means the department will take on in the coming year to raise money for the celebratory fireworks show in 2015.

  • Carolina Shores recycling employee moved to custodial job

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners has voted to move town recycle center employee Jerry Franklin to a custodial position.

    The unanimous vote came following closed sessions Aug. 7 with the town’s human resources committee and town attorney Jim Eldridge.

  • Oceanfront swimming pools endorsed for Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town leaders are pushing for a change to allow swimming pools on the Sunset Beach oceanfront.

    The proposal is on a list of proposed UDO amendments reviewed by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at its Aug. 7 meeting.

    Board chairman Carol Santavicca said since there are no longer septic tanks on the island, the time has come to allow oceanfront swimming pools.

    Santavicca said the lots have land and space to accommodate swimming pools.

  • Man arrested, charged in Leland attack

    A Wilmington man is accused of assaulting another man with a knife in Leland, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Dustin Brandon Taylor, 21, of Middlesound Loop Road, was arrested Wednesday night, Aug. 6, and faces a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, according to the release.

    Taylor attacked a man with a brown and silver curved blade knife on Leland School Road about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Southport man charged in robberies

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a man they said robbed two Southport businesses.

    Robert Anthony Nichols, 51, of Nichols Avenue, was charged with two counts of common law robbery.

    The first robbery happened Wednesday at the Murphy Gas Station. The second occurred Thursday at the Tobacco Road Outlet on Long Beach Road.

    Nichols is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under $30,000 bail.

  • Brunswick County unemployment increases slightly in June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.9 percent in June.

    The increase is only one-tenth of a point above May 2014’s 6.8 percent rate, but it is the second consecutive month the numbers have gone up.

    The unemployment rate hit a two-year low in April 2014 at 6.3 percent.

    Throughout early 2014, Brunswick County’s unemployment numbers fell significantly.

  • Law change could aid Brunswick development

    A change to economic development funding Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law July 30 could offer Brunswick County another incentive for drawing industry.