Local News

  • WBHS alumna returns as principal

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    SHALLOTTE — In 1987, Rhonda Benton, then Rhonda Evans, graduated from West Brunswick High School.

    On the start of the first day of classes Aug. 28, she will officially return to her alma mater as its principal.

    Benton said she learned of the opportunity to take the position in June, when Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb approached her it.

    She met her husband Joey when they were in high school together and her daughter is a 2016 graduate.

  • Man faces murder charge in crash that killed race car driver

    A Brunswick County Grand Jury indicted a Shallotte man on a murder charge in a traffic collision that killed a local race car driver at Hickmans Crossroads last month.

    Twenty-five-year-old Cody Austin Kohler, 25, of Pigott Road SW, is accused of killing 36-year-old Terry Ivan Evans Jr. of Supply.

    Evans succumbed Aug. 2 to injuries he suffered in the two-vehicle crash at Hickman and Calabash roads.

  • Clear the Shelters unites homeless pets with new owners

    SUPPLY — On a sweltering Saturday morning, a crowd gathered outside the Brunswick County Animal Shelter on Green Swamp Road waiting to adopt new pets.

    It was the nationwide Clear the Shelters event, held locally by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services, when adoption fees were waived for the day Aug. 19 for its array of homeless dogs and cats.

    So many people showed up before the 10 a.m. event began, the shelter had to have a lottery to determine who the new owners for all available pets would be.

  • Calabash buys riverfront parcel

    CALABASH — Calabash commissioners have unanimously approved purchase of a 1.42-acre parcel overlooking the Calabash River for $288,616.71.

    The action to buy the property at 1358 Beach Drive, on the southwest side of the river bridge off N.C. 179 at a site where people frequently fish, came at a specially called meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Calabash Town Hall.

  • Student bakes up fundraiser for Cookies with Care school backpacks

    SHALLOTTE — With the start of most Brunswick County schools just a week away, 18-year-old Lian Farruggio sat the ready last Saturday with her filled backpacks to distribute locally in Shallotte.

    At the start of the weekly South Brunswick Interchurch Council food pantry Aug. 19 at Camp United Methodist Church, Farruggio, 18, who’s in her last year at Brunswick Early College High School, and her friend Parker Wingerd waited at a table with 24 backpacks to distribute to schoolchildren.

  • Over the moon for solar eclipse: Community observes historic celestial phenomenon

    Depending on the weather and one’s strategic vantage point, Monday’s cross-country viewing of the total solar eclipse brought joy to many and disappointment for others.

    Locally, the unique viewing opportunity promised people who were stationed in Brunswick County a chance to see about 98 percent coverage of the moon’s shadow over the sun, with peak time at 2:48 p.m. for the Aug. 21 event.

    Brunswick County Early College High School students dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday in anticipation of the afternoon solar eclipse.

  • Man injured in single-vehicle crash Tuesday

    A man suffered serious injuries following a single-vehicle crash in Supply on Tuesday morning.

    The man’s injuries are not life-threatening, said Capt. Dave Robinson of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.

    The accident occurred just before 10:40 a.m. Tuesday when an SUV traveling east on Boones Neck Road in Supply clipped a utility pole in half and overturned.

    The man, whose name and age have not been released, was the only person in the car, and was extricated using the Jaws of Life, Robinson said.

  • Museum, planetarium receive grant award

    In January, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium together were one of 54 science centers across the state to receive a grant award as part of the second year of the $2.39 million North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program.

    “These funds are critical to our museum and planetarium operations in providing STEM education to our patrons and students,” executive director Terry Bryant said in a news release. “We are very appreciative of these state funds.”

    Bald Head Island Conservancy also received grant funding.

  • Medicare town hall planned Sept. 26

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) have announced a series of free town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries on how to get the most from their Medicare benefits.

  • Coyote conflict management workshop Sept. 19

    A joint program on coyote conflict management will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. at Brunswick Cooperative Extension Service Office, 25 Referendum Drive in Bolivia.

    The workshop agenda includes introductions and coyote biology, coyote non-lethal management techniques, rules and regulations, trapping basics and a coyote trapping technique demonstration.

    This workshops is free, but space is limited. Call the Extension office at 253-2610 to sign up.