Local News

  • Calabash rejects requiring Knox-Box emergency access

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have just said no to requiring use of Knox-Box emergency access systems.

    The board at its Oct. 11 meeting voted against a suggestion by town commissioner Cecelia Herman to develop an ordinance requiring the rapid-entry devices, which are used to hold and provide entry keys of businesses and residences to authorized personnel in the event of an emergency.

    Herman said insurance companies are “moving in that direction.”

  • Leland man arrested on child rape charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of raping a child.

    Michael Patrick Mazza, 19, of National Avenue, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 13, and charged with six counts of felony crimes against nature, four counts of felony statutory rape and four felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show Mazza raped a child younger than 13 between June 1 and Sept. 30.

  • Brunswick residents required to cut water usage due to break

    Residents in all areas of Brunswick County are required to take steps to decrease water usage, effective immediately, following damage to a water line.

  • Locals rally to help flood victims

    In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which spurred flooding in other parts of the state, generosity flows in Shallotte and beyond.

    Shallotte Electric at 4900 Main St. has become station central for a relief effort and collection of items to be taken to flood victims in Lumberton.

    Since announcing the effort last week, officials at the longtime Shallotte business have been inundated with items being contributed by generous-hearted residents.

    “Food, water, diapers, canned goods,” business owner Jamie Milliken said Thursday.

  • Rescue group rushes to aid puppy mill canines

    SHALLOTTE — Volunteers and foster parents with Rescue Animals Community Effort did what they do best as they mobilized to aid 10 puppy-mill dogs brought to Brunswick County last week.

    The R.A.C.E. team was on hand to place the dogs into foster care until good, permanent homes can be found for them.

    The dogs were among 130 animals rescued Sept. 26 from a puppy mill bust outside Charlotte by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of the United States.

  • Infrastructure work finished in Rivers Edge

    Infrastructure work in Rivers Edge Golf Club and Plantation has been completed, according to a news release issued last week by the town of Shallotte.

    “The town of Shallotte is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of its four-year effort,” Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard said.

    Eccard noted the effort began under the leadership of former Mayor Sara McCullough, with the town working with Coastal Companies to ensure completion of promised infrastructure in Rivers Edge.

    As a result, he said, 56 sites are now available for construction.

  • Calabash OKs new Devaun Park plans as residents question amenities

    CALABASH — The town board of commissioners approved modified plans and a preliminary plat for Devaun Park at a special called meeting and workshop Oct. 6 after residents in the upscale community expressed concerns about a lack of promised amenities by its founder.

    Founder and developer Vaughn Stanaland outlined a revised master plan for Devaun Park’s Phase 6B. Modified plans call for lower-density construction of 40 single-family units instead of the previous 103 single- and multi-family units outlined in original plans.

  • County transportation projects make divisional priority list

    LELAND — In October, “Wait till next year” is the rallying cry for baseball fans and Brunswick County transportation projects.

    The Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) approved a priority list for funding division projects in the next State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) update with few high priority Brunswick County projects.

  • Stone Chimney Place back in discussion for senior center site

    A room full of seniors citizens who spoke up during the Sept. 6 Brunswick County Board of Commissioners meeting to request commissioners consider 101 Stone Chimney Place as a new senior center got what they wanted in less than a month.

  • OIB to shop for fire truck after grant application fails

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — After three tries at a fire truck grant failed, Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed at Tuesday morning’s meeting to look at funding a new truck.

    Fire Chief Robert Yoho told commissioners an application for a grant to purchase a new ladder truck was denied in September. Previous attempts to secure grant funding in 2014 and 2015 were also unsuccessful.

    Yoho asked the board to approve considering cost and financing options to proceed with a truck purchase.