Local News

  • New store owner hopes to restore surf culture at Holden Beach

     HOLDEN BEACH — Tony Dillard wants to bring the surf culture back to Holden Beach.

    He thinks just the way to do it is through his not-so-new surf shop at the busiest intersection near Holden Beach.

    Holden Beach Surf and Skate has been an entity near the quaint island for last 20 years as previous owner Don Wheeler built the surf shop into one of the locals’ favorite shopping spots.

    On New Year’s Day, Wheeler turned the reins over to young, enthusiastic 27-year-old Tony Dillard.

    Dillard has big plans for the store.

  • Dedicated surfers ride the wave into 2015

      OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A dedicated group of surfers rode the wave right into 2015.

    Six years ago, a group of surfers decided they’d create a tradition to surf the last waves of the year and ring in the New Year by surfing the first waves of the following year.

    This year was no different, as seven surfers who you can frequently find on Ocean Isle Beach met at the Monroe Street beach access near the OIB Community Center to take part in this year’s surfing event.

  • New district judge sworn in at each of three-county district locations

     BOLIVIA — It’s rare for a public servant to serve the people in three different counties.

    It’s even more rare for that same person to have direct ties to all three counties.

    That’s the case with new District Court Judge, Willie Fred Gore.

    In the last two weeks, Gore has been sworn in as District Court Judge at all three locations in which he serves: Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

  • Former deputy convicted of sex crimes now charged with harassing juror

     A former Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy who was recently convicted of sex crimes was arrested again in late December for harassing a juror from an earlier trial.

    Caulder was charged Dec. 28 in New Hanover County with juror harassment, jail records show.

    Caulder is accused of harassing a 34-year-old female juror from Leland on Christmas Eve in Wilmington. Caulder allegedly located one of the jurors in his October jury appeals trial at her workplace and harassed her about his conviction, warrants show.

  • Ash man faces sex crimes with children charges

     An Ash man faces charges of sex crimes with children after his arrest on New Year’s Day.

    Investigators charged 59-year-old Harry Linwood Floyd of Newman Smith Road with two counts of indecent liberties with a child and first-degree sex offense with a child, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Floyd engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 13, warrants show.

    He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $250,000 bail.

  • Calabash man charged in Ash shooting

     A Calabash man faces a slew of charges after being arrested New Year’s Day in a shooting-related incident in Ash.

    Investigators arrested 38-year-old Terrance Antwan Williams on Jan. 1 and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, discharging a weapon into an occupied property, and injury to personal property after a shooting incident in the early morning hours on New Year’s Day, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Man accused of robbing Calabash bank charged in Shallotte bank robbery

    A South Carolina man accused of robbing a Calabash bank Jan. 5 has been charged in the robbery of a Shallotte bank Sept. 17.

    Grover Marcell Springs, 37, of 191 Deer Run Ave. in Georgetown, S.C., was arrested at his residence Jan. 6, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    On Thursday, Jan. 8, Springs was charged with common-law robbery in the Shallotte case.

  • Iler outlines educational goals, opportunities for 2015 legislative session

    BOLIVIA — Teacher compensation, scholarships and adopt-a-school “fun days” are on state Rep. Frank Iler’s priority list for the 2015 state legislative session.

    Iler outlined his list of educational goals and opportunities at the Jan. 6 meeting of the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    Since 2013, Iler said he has visited all local schools and sat in classrooms.

  • Jaguar's Lair negotiations at impasse in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — After years of negotiating, the town of Sunset Beach and developer of Jaguar’s Lair are at an impasse, and the town has requested mediation.

    Announcement of the deadlock over completion of infrastructure work in the unfinished subdivision was made during Sunset Beach Town Council’s first monthly meeting of the new year Monday, Jan. 5.

  • Burned Calabash eateries rise from ashes

    CALABASH — It was a family-owned business steeped in family memories, some but not all now up in smoke.

    As Crystal Coleman Nixon sifted through the charred remains of Coleman’s Original Calabash Seafood Restaurant, she managed a smile and even gratitude following an Aug. 16 blaze that burned the riverfront building and temporarily put Coleman’s out of business.