Local News

  • Woman rescued next to burning house in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES —Firefighters rescued a disabled woman during an Easter weekend blaze that broke out and destroyed the house next door to her.

    Neighbors alerted firefighters to a woman living next door to the burning, unoccupied house, during the incident reported at 7:31 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at 5 Court 11 Northwest Drive.

    Calabash firefighters with the first engine at the scene forced entry into the adjacent house after neighbors reported hearing screams.

  • Sheriff's office seeks two missing teens

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two missing teens in separate cases reported over the weekend.

    Diamond Shorter, 16, was last seen Saturday morning around 8:30 at her home on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    She is described as a black female, 5-foot-9 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with green eyes and black hair in braids. The top of her hair is tinted red.

  • BSL police arrest three Venus Flytrap trappers

    Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley reported three Brunswick County residents have been charged with stealing Venus Flytraps.

    According to Shirley, at approximately 6 p.m. on April 15, Boiling Spring Lakes police officers were dispatched to the area of Barclay Road after a witness who was walking their dog observed the three subjects acting suspiciously.

    As the witness approached the individuals discarded a bag that contained several Venus Flytraps in the edge of the woods, Shirley said.

  • Sunset, Ocean Isle Beach reps hold neighborly meeting

    SUNSET BEACH – Officials from Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach sat down to discuss areas of interest between the neighboring towns Tuesday.

    One of the topics they discussed was finding areas where the two towns could share one service.

    “Are there services we each provide that we could share that could save each of us some money?” Sunset Beach Commissioner Carol Scott asked.

    “My bet is there are a number of areas, if we did work together we could save some dollars.”

  • Shallotte motorcycle builder won big at Daytona Bike Week

    Custom motorcycle builder Rodney Smith won two bike shows during Bike Week in Daytona Beach last month.

    The Shallotte resident won the bagger show – a contest for big touring bikes with saddlebags – at Boot Hill Saloon, sponsored by American Bagger magazine March 11.

    Smith designed a radical bagger, meaning a hand built bike, with a dragon theme which he named Draco.

    “It was built from scratch from a 1990 Harley Davidson Sportster, built from the frame up,” Smith said.

  • Man drowns in pond behind Little River, S.C., restaurant

     A 63-year-old Canadian man drowned in a pond behind a Little River, S.C., bar and restaurant during the weekend.

    Horry County Coroner Robert Edge identified the man as Michel Melanson, who was visiting the area on a golf outing.

    Horry County Fire Rescue personnel responded to a report of a body found behind Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Restaurant Saturday, April 12, just before 9:30 a.m. The restaurant is located just off U.S. 17.

    It is not clear how Melanson wound up in the pond, but investigators said no foul play is suspected.

  • Fire destroys two Leland homes

     A burn pit that wasn’t extinguished properly caused a fire that destroyed two homes in Leland’s Windsor Park neighborhood Sunday, April 17.

    No residents were injured.

    The fire, which started in a rolling cart between 1190 and 1188 Amber Pines Drive, was reported at 3:20 p.m.

    A resident said he watered down materials he had put in the cart from a burn pit before going to bed the night before, about five hours before emergency personnel responded.

  • Ash man dies in ATV accident

     An Ash man died Friday night, April 11, in an ATV accident.

    Anthony Haynes, 49, was riding the ATV with his friend, William Cribb, who lost control of the ATV and flipped into a pond, pinning Haynes below the water just after 6:20 p.m.

    Haynes drowned and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Haynes’ death was ruled accidental and no charges will be filed, the highway patrol said.

  • County proposes water rate increases

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy said county water rates require adjustment as the utility department faces $10 million in infrastructure needs in the next 10 years.

    That is why Hardy recommends a retail customer rate increase by $1 a month.

    During an April 9 budget workshop, Hardy noted the retail rate has not increased since 1999 and block rates have stayed the same amount since 2002.

    She also recommended increasing irrigation rates for usage tiers greater than 6,000 gallons per month

  • Commissioners explore BCC funding options

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College could see a different funding method than in past years when the county board of commissioners decides on a new budget.

    After Brunswick County resident James Moore questioned whether the county is putting too much taxpayer money into the community college last fall, the administration reviewed the funding method for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year.

    Moore said the county’s funding formula, based on the county’s tax base and debt obligations, became over-generous because of a miscalculation.