Local News

  • Calabash commissioner (incumbent) Cecelia Herman

     Name:            Cecelia Herman


    Office sought:            Calabash commissioner (incumbent)


    Party affiliation: Unaffiliated


    Age: 68


    Town of residence: Calabash           


    Education: Some college, paralegal certificate from Brunswick Community College


  • Last old Sunset Beach bridge tender Theimer dies at 80

     The Old Bridge Preservation Society has a Junior Bridge Tenders Program that allows youth up to age 12 to learn about the history of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge and keep “the memories of the bridge alive for the next youngest generation,” said Karen Dombrowski, the society’s vice president.

    Upon completion of the program, each child received a Junior Bridge Tenders Program certificate personally signed by Al Theimer Sr.

  • 35th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival contest winners

     These are the winners of the 35th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival contests held Oct. 17-18 in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Oyster stew cook-off, sponsored by Ocean Isle Fishing Company and Wing and Fish Company: Yum’s the Word doing business as The Filling Station, first place; Wing and Fish Company, second place; The Isles Restaurant, third place

  • Housing market shows positive signs in September

     Compared with real estate statistics from 2014, the housing market in Brunswick County continues to trend in a positive direction, according to data released last week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate sales “increased solidly over the same time period in 2014,” Brunswick County Association of Realtors CEO Cynthia Cumbie said in an Oct. 22 news release.

    The statistics show an increase in overall sales during the month of September and the third quarter of 2015.

  • Waccamaw students fill their bellies on Hungry Tummy Café

     ASH — Waccamaw students enjoyed a “yummy” lunch last week. 

    The Hungry Tummy Café, and its mascot, Yummy, became part of Brunswick County Schools’ summer food service initiative last year.

    For the first time since the mobile café’s inception, its services were offered during the school day Waccamaw students had lunch on the bus from Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23.

  • Longtime Head Start center manager preps for block party

     LONGWOOD — Sixty-three-year-old Willie Stanley has worked at the Longwood Head Start center for almost half of her life.

    But for the first time during her 31-year career at the child care facility, she’s hosting a Community Block Party there.

    The party is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29, at Longwood Head Start, which is at 7360 Mount Zion Church Road.

    While staff members at the Longwood center are planning the event, Stanley is encouraging people from across Brunswick County to attend.

  • Silver lining: Widow, widower celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss

     LOCKWOOD FOLLY — George Salchert was alone. His wife of 32 years had died only weeks ago after succumbing to breast cancer.

    Marilyn Salchert was enduring the most difficult time of her life, mourning her husband of 26 years.

    George and Marilyn both lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., but didn’t know each other.

    Then, as fate would have it, they both attended a support group for widows and widowers.

  • School board approves budget for 2015-16 year

     At the end of August, when school district staff were still waiting on the state legislature to approve a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, superintendent Less Tubb assured the public Brunswick County Schools would not endure a reduction in force.

    As promised, the Brunswick County Board of Education approved a budget Oct. 20 that allows the school system to “maintain current levels of teacher assistants and instructional and support programs,” district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • Operation You’re Next targets heroin dealers

     BOLIVIA — If you’re dealing heroin in Brunswick County, you’re next.

    That’s the message Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram conveyed at a Friday, Oct. 23 news conference inside the sheriff’s office headquarters in Bolivia

    Ingram joined Lt. Steve Lanier, the sheriff’s office Drug Enforcement Unit supervisor, during the conference to discuss on ongoing operation called Operation You’re Next, which targets heroin dealers in Brunswick County.

  • Former Shallotte patrol officer indicted on rape charges

     A former Shallotte police patrol officer was arrested Monday, Oct. 26, after being indicted on sex crime charges.

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted Braxton Rushawn Strickland on Monday, Oct. 26, on three counts each of statutory rape, statutory sex offenses and indecent liberties with a child, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage said. 

    “There was an investigation conducted by the (North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation) and charges were submitted to the grand jury (Monday),” she said.