Local News

  • Sunset Beach gets guidance on town administrator search

    SUNSET BEACH—The town of Sunset Beach has begun the preliminary process of searching for a new town administrator.

    At a town workshop Tuesday morning, officials with the North Carolina League of Municipalities met with town council to provide guidance about the upcoming search.

    Current town administrator Gary Parker plans to retire by the end of next January at the conclusion of his sixth year with the town.

    Hartwell Wright, human resources consultant with the league, offered guidelines.

  • Sunset Beach to talk money with merchants in May

    SUNSET BEACH—The town may provide funding to help launch a merchants association, but will know more during the budgetary process in May.

    That’s what town council members indicated to local merchants at a council workshop Tuesday. Council members also said they’re satisfied using an older, 1987 state statute governing expenditure of occupancy-tax proceeds, rather than reverting to an updated law requiring two-thirds of proceeds to be spent on direct promotions of the town.

  • Help awaits for small businesses from SCORE volunteers

    If you have ever thought of opening a small business or are currently operating a small business and need advice, there is a new Brunswick County connection with more than a combined 11,000 years of business experience—ranging from retired small business owners to corporate executives.

    The Wilmington Chapter of SCORE, a national organization with 374 offices around the country, expanded into Brunswick County in January. SCORE provides free professional counseling to small businesses on a regular basis.

  • Collision indicative of traffic woes at Hickmans Crossroads, resident says

    It wasn’t an atypical wreck, and there were no injuries, but it’s a reflection of traffic issues along Hickman Road, a longtime resident says.

    After a Ford Explorer rear-ended another vehicle that had slowed for traffic behind a tractor Monday morning, longtime Hickmans Crossroads resident Harold Hickman said more needs to be done to make the two-lane road safer.

    “I’ve been trying for years to get some actions on these crossroads,” Hickman, 87, said after disembarking from his own tractor at the wreck scene.

  • Rescued eagle released in South Carolina

    SUNSET BEACH—An eagle rescued near Oyster Bay Golf Links in February has been released in South Carolina.

    The bald eagle was rescued Feb. 16 after being attacked by another eagle near the golf course.

    Residents, including former Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein, rushed to the aid of the eagle, believed to be a female who lost a territorial battle to another female eagle.

    The injured eagle was taken for treatment at The Avian Conservation Center’s Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, S.C.

  • Bucket-list board at BCC: Before I die I want to…

    Have you ever stopped to write your personal bucket list?

    The idea of writing a bucket list inspired a traveling interactive art project that has made its way to Brunswick County.

    “It is a wonderful way to give back to the community,” Cindy Cheatham, of Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, said.

  • Couple converts used computers into company

    CAROLINA SHORES—When it comes to the three R’s of older computers—refurbishing, repairs and recycling—Patty and Bill Germond mean business.

    The couple owns Calabash Wholesale Computers and E-Recycle Now LLC in the Carolinas Business Park.

    Their main business is the recycling company, which accepts old, unwanted computers and equipment, including fax machines, printers and other office apparatus.

    It’s one of the few computer-recycling businesses around.

  • Calabash approves Beach Drive sidewalk

    CALABASH—Town leaders have approved a grant-assisted sidewalk on Beach Drive and will also consider sharing the cost of having a sidewalk installed in front of Beck’s Restaurant on River Road.

    Approval for the sidewalk came at a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

  • Tanker truck collides with SUV on U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 17 are open after a tanker truck collided with a compact SUV at the intersection of Smith Avenue in Shallotte around noon Thursday.

    At 1 p.m., the fire department was waiting for a HAZMAT team to check the tanker as a precaution before the vehicles are towed.

    The right side of the car was smashed in and the left front bumper of the truck was damaged in the collision.

    Both vehicles came to rest in the median of the four-lane highway, causing traffic to slow while emergency workers responded.

  • Brunswick County man gets back to California roots through trip to Tanzania

    A trip to Tanzania strengthened one man’s ties to his old home in California and his new one in Brunswick County.

    Jim Cochran and his family moved from Tracy, Calif., to Brunswick County in 2012.

    Cochran lived in Tracy from 1996-2011 and was a member of the Tracy Community Church.

    In 2008 and again in 2011, Cochran joined a dozen members of the church on missionary trips to Moshi in Tanzania, Africa.