Local News

  • Beach renourishment big project for 2010 in Ocean Isle Beach

    Ocean Isle Beach will see more than 500,000 cubic yards of sand on the strand during 2010.

    The town is scheduled for another beach renourishment, which Mayor Debbie Smith said should be the largest project of the year.

    “That’s always a welcome addition to the storm protection strand out there,” she said.

  • The people behind Drug Treatment Court

    On a balmy July evening 18 months ago, Drug Treatment Court debuted in Brunswick County—the first in the state at the superior court level.

    The brainchild of Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, Drug Treatment Court has now hit its stride. Seven people have successfully completed and graduated from the program, with another 30 actively participating.

    Drug Treatment Court coordinator Vicki Prince said, so far, the program has a zero-percent recidivism rate for drug offenses.

  • Devaun Park developer unveils ideas for future Calabash park

    CALABASH—A town park and amphitheater could be in Calabash’s future if developer Scott Stewart’s preliminary ideas for a 1-acre plot come to fruition.

    Stewart, developer and landscape designer for Devaun Park, last week presented rough sketches of his initial ideas for the undeveloped town-owned site across Traders Lane next to Calabash Town Hall.

    Stewart has volunteered to help with design of a future town park on the property purchased by the town in February. He previously assisted with the town’s streetscape project on River Road.

  • Hospitals clinical staff gets first look inside the walls of the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center

    SUPPLY—Battling the cold early-morning temperatures, clinical staff with Brunswick Community Hospital bundled up and donned their hardhats for a sneak preview of the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center last week.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Brunswick Community Hospital clinical staff, which includes physicians, nurses, radiology technicians and physical therapists, toured the future 74-bed, $107 million hospital, set to open for patients in summer 2011.

  • Sheriff's office still searching for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a runaway juvenile.

    Tiffany Skyler Jackson, 16, was last seen at her home on Dec. 12, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jackson is a white female. She is 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. Jackson has green eyes and brown hair.

    Anyone with information about Jackson or her whereabouts is asked to contact detective Tina Edwards at the sheriff’s office at 253-2777.

  • DA will not file charges against Shallotte detective's accuser

    Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore has decided not to file any charges against the woman who accused Shallotte Police Officer Kyle Jones of assault during an arrest at a local business in October.

    Gore said Tuesday he and an assistant district attorney looked over the case, and they both determined that Jones acted in a reasonable manner, but the victim’s accusation did not meet the standard for filing a false police report.

    To meet the standard, a report must “disrupt government function,” Gore explained.

  • Brunswick County beginning to get MADD

    SUPPLY—Craig Lloyd has never been to a drunk driving accident in his four years as executive director for North Carolina’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Not one.

    “In four years, I’ve never been to a drunk driving accident,” Lloyd said. “I’ve been to a lot of drunk driving crashes, but never to an accident. Somebody decided to get behind the wheel when they had too much to drink; that’s no accident.”

  • BCEM director retires; inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    SUPPLY—Randy Thompson thought he was going to see a play with his family at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Monday night.

    Joined by his wife Sharon, their two children Mandi and Andy, and his daughter-in-law Crystal, Sharon Thompson told Randy Thompson they had to stop by the Virginia Williamson Events Center to speak to someone briefly, which he said was not uncommon for the busy power couple.

  • Operation Seasons Greetings nets 31 drug arrests; 19 suspects remain at large

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram kicked off the holiday season last week with Operations Seasons Greetings.

    Launched around dawn Wednesday, Dec. 16, drug agents, sheriff’s deputies and local police officers split into teams and took to the streets, charged with rounding up suspects wanted in the large-scale drug investigation.

    By that evening, 28 people had been arrested, charged with 68 drug charges, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said.

  • Students help with BFA Christmas distribution

    Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) in Shallotte handed out more than 480 Christmas baskets to families in need last week.

    Students from Brunswick County Academy’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) were on site last Thursday to help carry food bags and turkeys to people’s cars.

    OCS instructor Karen Babson said her students need work and community service hours to earn diplomas. Helping at BFA went toward the requirements and gave students a chance to see how they could make a positive impact in the community.