Local News

  • 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.

  • New bloodhounds fitting in nicely at sheriff’s office

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Powell recently returned from a weeklong seminar in York County, S.C., in which he and his bloodhound K-9 partner, Star, received training.

    The trip to York County, near the border of the two Carolinas, was a homecoming of sorts for Star, who was donated by the York County Sheriff’s Office to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in May.

    Star and her fellow bloodhound K-9, Missy, are now permanent members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.

  • Falcone’s owners move south, bring their restaurant along

    LELAND — Plenty of current Brunswick County residents made the move to North Carolina from “up north.”

    When Orazio Falcone and Dianeth Kingsbury made that move they brought a slice of home with them by opening Falcone’s Italian Restaurant.

    Falcone is originally from Sicily, where he was born and raised. He first moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1971 and came to the United States for good in 1980.

    “That’s when I set the goal to be in the restaurant business,” Falcone said.

  • Lottery winner's boyfriend released after posting $12M bail

    The boyfriend of Powerball lottery winner Fontella Marie Holmes was released from jail Sunday morning after posting $12 million bail.

    Thirty-one-year-old Lamarr Andre McDow was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility early Saturday morning, Jan. 2, more than four days after he was arrested on a charge of violating the terms of his pretrial release, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Southport man charged with felony larceny

     A Southport man accused of stealing a golf cart last week faces a felony charge in Brunswick County.

    Michael Dwayne Holland was arrested Dec. 23 and charged with felony larceny, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Holland, 30, of River Road in Southport, is accused of stealing a $1,100 EZ-GO golf cart from someone else’s property Dec. 9, a warrant shows.

    He was incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released after posting $10,000 bail, Flax said. 

  • Felony sex crimes charges against Shallotte man dismissed in court

    Multiple felony sex crimes charges against a Shallotte man were dismissed in Brunswick County Superior Court two weeks ago.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Thomas Nicholas Tribble of Salem Lane on Aug. 1.

    They charged him with 22 counts of second-degree sexual offense.

    Those charges were dismissed Dec. 14, according to Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s Office records.

  • Historic church celebrates 81 years

    There was plenty of singing, celebrating and congregating as members observed the 81st anniversary of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Sunday night, Dec. 20.

    That’s a long time, church deacons Vonnie Gause, Wallace Berkley and John Marlow observed at the start of the two-hour-long celebration, but they knew the Lord could handle that. After all, they said, he’d handled it “from there till now.”

    The church’s current congregation is coming behind the ones who made it happen, not without struggle and effort.