Local News

  • Veteran Voyage 360: Man paddleboards to promote veteran’s mental health

    HOLDEN BEACH — The warm sun beat down on the rocking dock as Josh Collins tied his paddleboard before joining his friends, Tony and Joanne Chavonne, on land for a couple of hours to regale them and other friends with the tales of his journey so far.

    Collins, an Army veteran, has been paddleboarding from Corpus Christi, Texas since March 5 on a four month-long journey to the Statue of Liberty as part of Veteran Voyage 360, his effort to raise awareness and funding to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury among veterans.

  • Winnabow plane crash kills Florida man

    A Florida man died after his aircraft crashed in Winnabow on Friday, June 10.

    Daniel Simard, 57, of New Smyrna Beach took off in an M18 single-occupant fertilizer plane from the Bear Pen landing strip in the Green Swamp area at 8:50 a.m. with roughly 45 minutes of fuel after takeoff, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mose Highsmith said.

    Simard was a contractor for a landowner in the area, Highsmith said.

  • Marshals arrest man wanted on attempted murder charge

    The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man wanted in Louisiana on an attempted murder charge was arrested in Shallotte on Thursday, June 9.

    Marshals found 26-year-old Nashon Ismael Brooks at a home on Country Club Road while serving an arrest warrant on 25-year-old Jaquin Kymane Bethea Jr., who was wanted on a probation violation.

  • Ash man accused of killing ex-girlfriend to see judge June 30 on unrelated charge

    BOLIVIA — An Ash man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend did not appear in front of a Brunswick County judge Friday, June 10, as originally scheduled.

    Chris Kalb, 24, of Ash-Little River Road is charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Shannon DiTillio. His original extradition hearing was set for Thursday, May 12, but was moved to June 10 after his lawyer, Mike Ramos, had to be in Sampson County and asked bailiffs not to bring Kalb to court, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Brunswick Catch bids farewell to co-chairwoman Varnam

    HOLDEN BEACH — In late 2008 a group of people passionate about the preservation and promotion of Brunswick County’s local fishing industry came together to form Brunswick Catch.

    On June 8, Brunswick Catch members came together at Main Street Grill in Holden Beach for their annual meeting and to bid farewell to Jackie Varnam, who stepped down as their co-chairwoman.

  • Detectives to host scam awareness meeting June 20

    With communication as fast as our fingertips and satellites, the danger of scams remains a constant and Brunswick County is not immune.

    Leland Police Department detectives will host an educational program to help senior citizens be in the know should they be approached by scam artists. In particular, detectives will expose current schemes, including scammers posing as the IRS over the phone and demanding money, for example, and teach residents how to deal with someone who is trying to gather their personal information.

  • Shallotte woman sheds light on 100 years of life

    SHALLOTTE — The Great Depression. Two World Wars. Astronauts landing on the moon. A marriage. Children. Grandchildren.

    These are but some of the events witnessed by Josephine Chebat of Shallotte, who celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday, June 14.

    Chebat was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and raised in Queens by a Russian father, Joseph Roubo, and a Lithuanian mother, Antonia Roubo, meaning initially English wasn’t her first language.

  • Shallotte streamlines conditional use process

     SHALLOTTE — The Shallotte Board of Aldermen voted June 7 to remove the planning board from the town’s conditional use process.

    Town planning director Robert Lewis said this will streamline the process for applicants and developers.

    Aldermen will approve or deny all conditional use applications and stipulate conditions on any approved permit.

  • New budget adopted in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have adopted on second reading a $2,343,950 budget for the town for fiscal year 2016-17.

    The general fund budget that takes effect July 1, approved at the June 9 town board meeting, calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at 10 cents per $100 of valuation.

  • Sunset Beach battles bill to de-annex island ends

    While Senate Bill 875 stalls in a state House committee, Sunset Beach residents are continuing to question and take action against Sen. Bill Rabon’s controversial measure to de-annex either end of the town island.

    Island resident Jan Harris planned to turn over to the town Wednesday more than 4,200 petition signatures opposing the bill Rabon filed May 11 in Raleigh to de-annex three portions of the town, including its island ends and a mainland site where a senior apartment complex is under construction.