Local News

  • Missing woman sought

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are asking for the community's assistance in locating a woman missing from Calabash.

  • New Calabash EMS Thrift Store site breaks sales records

    Calabash EMS Thrift Store has a new location.

    The store, which provides funding for Calabash EMS, is now in a former restaurant building at 10001 Beach Drive.

    A grand re-opening and ribbon cutting for the new store took place last Saturday, Nov. 29, drawing a record crowd in the process.

    “We broke all one-day sales records in the entire history of our organization,” Calabash EMS board president Troy Thorup said of the post-Thanksgiving weekend event.

  • Shallotte sign-maker breathing easier after double-lung transplant

    For Buddy Norris, it was the most thankful of Thanksgivings.

    After years of waiting and praying, the Shallotte sign maker was rushed to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta last week to get a new set of lungs.

    Norris, 52, had been awaiting a double-lung transplant after struggling with the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive illness for which there is no cure and little treatment.

    On Nov. 24, three days before Thanksgiving, the prayers of Norris, his family and hundreds of well-wishers were finally answered.

  • Sunset Beach gets an 'above average' audit

    SUNSET BEACH — The town has passed muster with a Wilmington auditor who gave a presentation at town council’s monthly meeting Monday night, Dec. 1.

    Auditor Greg Adams of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co. said there were no significant deficiencies and the town was “above state average” in collections.

    The biggest financial losses, he said, were transfers to park and streetscape funds in the past 2013-2014 fiscal year ending this past June 30.

  • New hours at Carolina Shores Recycle Center

    CAROLINA SHORES — New extended hours have launched at the town’s solid waste convenience facility.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday morning, Dec. 1, said the new hours took effect that day.

    According to a sign posted next door to town hall at the facility, which is now being operated by Waste Industries, it will be open 7 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The center will be closed Sundays and Fridays.

  • State nonprofits take a big hit in 2013-14

    North Carolinians cut back even more on charitable giving for the second year in a row, according to new statistics from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office.

    The just released 2013-14 North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division Annual Report shows charities licensed by the state collected $21,437,796.33 during the 12-month period recorded.

    That amount is lower than in 2012-13 when North Carolinians gave more than $32 million. It is also the lowest annual amount collected in the past four years.

  • NCDOT plans bridge work throughout county

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be working on three different bridges in Brunswick County beginning Monday, Dec. 15.

    Crews will implement intermittent north- and southbound lane closures on Sunset Boulevard South over the Intracoastal Waterway to inspect Mannon C. Gore Bridge, which links inland Sunset Beach with Sunset Beach island.

    They will do the same on Midway Road Southeast over the Intracoastal Waterway to inspect Swain’s Cut Bridge, which links Bolivia to Oak Island.

  • Autopsy report confirms former sheriff’s cause of death

     An autopsy report released Tuesday, Dec. 2, by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirms former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died of a heart condition inside the New Hanover County jail in July.

    Hewett, 51, had been awaiting a hearing on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge July 12 after an altercation with New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies inside the jail.

    The report confirms Hewett did not die as a result of the Taser deployment used to subdue him during the altercation.

  • Deputy injured in traffic collision

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy was injured Tuesday, Nov. 25, after his cruiser collided with a heavy-duty truck near the county government complex in Bolivia.
    It happened about 6:30 p.m. on Old Ocean Highway, south of the complex, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.
    The deputy, Cpl. Donald Baldry, was conscious when emergency personnel responded and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Flax said. He was driving a four-door Dodge Charger.

  • Leland parks and rec pleased with public input on plans

    LELAND — Leland has a good idea where the future of its parks and recreation services will go in the next five years. It will continue adding pedestrian and biking trails, but could also establish a community recreation center.

    Leland Parks and Recreation Director Niel Brooks said those ideas came straight from the residents through three public meetings held to discuss the future of parks and recreation offerings.

    The meetings were held Oct. 22, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 as part of the town’s update of its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.