Local News

  • HB police: Resident detained burglar in home

    Holden Beach police said they arrested a Greensboro man who was detained by the resident of the home he broke into Tuesday, Aug. 16.

    Police charged 22-year-old Nicholas Charles Scerbo, of West Cornwallis Drive, with first-degree burglary.

    Police said a resident in the 200 block of West Brunswick Street woke up about 1 a.m. to find Scerbo in his home, confronted him and detained him until officers arrived.

  • Supply man faces multiple obscenity, battery charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of forcing sexual contact on a victim and sending him multiple pornographic photos of women engaged in sexually explicit acts.

    Alvin Eugene Eddy Jr., 46, was arrested Friday, Aug. 12 and charged with nine counts of felony dissemination of obscenity and two counts of sexual battery.

    Warrants show the crimes took place between June 23 and July 6 at Eddy’s home.

  • Supply centenarian lives stone’s throw from birthplace

    SUPPLY — On Aug. 13, 1916, Sheula “Big Momma” Lott was born in the woods of Supply to Raleigh T. Lewis and Bessie Bellamy Lewis, courtesy of the local midwife, Miss Ellie Gray, right along the Shallotte River. She would eventually be the second oldest of 14 children by her father, Bessie, and his second wife, Celeste Lewis, whom he married after Bessie died.

    Today, Sheula lives with her own daughter, Shirley Lott, in a home not more than a few hundred yards from where she first entered the world 100 years ago on what is now aptly named Lott Street.

  • Leland EDC continues business survey

    LELAND — Leland’s Economic Development Committee saw the first wave of business surveys arrive soon after they were sent out.

    Now it is encouraging anyone who received it and put it on the backburner not to let it slip behind the oven, as committee chairman David Sink said at the Aug. 11 meeting.

    The LEDC sent out the business survey to 352 businesses in July to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced and opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow.

  • Liberty Commons nursing facility plans detailed at hearing

    BOLIVIA — Liberty Commons, the nursing facility planned to replace Dosher Nursing Center, could be approved to move forward by November.

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section received an application to develop the combination nursing facility/adult care home in July and set a public hearing for Aug. 10 at Brunswick Community College’s Virginia Williamson Event Center.

  • Aquifer storage plan proceeds to install one well

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved installing one Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well to provide underground water storage, although the original plan called for two wells.

    Jerry Pierce, the county’s director of public utilities, recommended the board proceed with the ASR project in one well in the Lower Pee Dee Aquifer. Test results from a second well, in the Black Creek Aquifer, were disappointing, he said.

  • Main Street widening nears completion in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A Main Street shoulder paving and widening project is nearing completion.

    The milling and resurfacing project launched in April at the west end of the island and extended to Canal Drive on the east end, according to information provided by the town.

    Finishing touches of the project partnered by the town with the North Carolina Department of Transportation include installation of “bike-friendly” grates, minor sidewalk repairs and valve replacement, town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

  • Challenge filed against Sunset Beach West permit

    The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a challenge to a state permit that would enable a developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along Sunset Beach’s west-end oceanfront.

    The SELC filed the challenge Aug. 11 in the state Office of Administrative Hearings on behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

  • Calabash gears up for Beach Drive roadwork in November

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have agreed to milling and paving work on Beach Drive scheduled to take place the week of Thanksgiving.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance told commissioners at their Aug. 9 meeting work is from the South Carolina line up to the Calabash NAPA store.

    Nance said officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation think they can do the work in two weeks, which means it shouldn’t interfere with the Calabash Christmas parade typically scheduled the first Friday night in December.

  • Brunswick resident donates kidney to lifelong friend

    WILMINGTON — It was a true test of faith, and Joel Johnson wasn’t sure he was up for it.

    So it came as a bit of a surprise when the Brunswick County resident’s longtime friend, Bryan Bernard, called last year from his home in Wilmington to tell Johnson about his failing health and ask if Johnson could help raise funds.

    Then Bernard asked if Johnson could donate a kidney.

    “I said I’m going to help you raise this money,” Johnson recalled. “I got off the phone. I wasn’t down for a kidney.”