Local News

  • Tee-off at The First Tee

    Sunday was a great day for golf in more ways than one.

    Not only was the spring weather (finally) lovely, it was also ribbon-cutting and tee-off day for The First Tee’s new Carolinas Life Skills and Leadership Academy (CLSLA).

    The First Tee’s new state-of-the-art $1.5 million, 11,000-square-foot academy, tucked at the end of a winding dirt road in The Golf Park at Cinghiale Creek off Royal Oak Boulevard in Shallotte, is where founders Rusty and Carol Petrea and others gathered under blue skies to celebrate its completion.

  • Beck's of Calabash nears reopening after fire

    CALABASH—Beck’s Restaurant is just about ready to reopen.

    The historic Calabash eatery, destroyed in a fire last Oct. 22, has been rebuilt and will be ready to reopen as soon as new booths and tables and chairs are delivered.

    Kurt Hardee, who co-owns the restaurant with his sisters Shaun Bellamy and Sara Frelich, said the dining room furniture is on back-order. He estimated the restaurant will be ready to reopen and launch into a new season within the next couple of weeks.

  • McIntyre makes stop in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach officials and several representatives from neighboring towns came to hear U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre give an update on sand.

    McIntyre and his family have made an Easter weekend trip to the Brunswick County coast an annual event.

    On Thursday, March 28, his visit included lunch at Pogies Waterfront Bar and Grill to speak to three dozen attendees from towns including Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Calabash and Sunset Beach, as well as a few officials from New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Leland commissioners go extra mile to support Gateway project

    LELAND—Leland commissioners went the extra mile to show they support their Gateway project despite voting against implementing it in February.

    At the March 21 town meeting, the town board voted in support of the Gateway three times and will hear the rezoning proposal again at the April 18 meeting.

    The Gateway project is based on rezoning Leland’s downtown gateway district from the U.S. 17 exit along Village Road and into the surrounding area using Flexcode zoning.

  • Leland recognizes police officers’ emergency service

    LELAND—Sometimes serve and protect also includes resuscitate.

    At Leland’s March 21 town meeting, Mayor Brenda Bozeman and Police Chief Mike James presented Sgt. Keel and Cpl. Christopher Winder with awards to recognize their efforts to keep a resident alive.

    At the town meeting James said an elderly woman was in need of assistance.

    “Keel and Winder performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation ) for 37 minutes, after which the victim had a strong pulse,” James said.

  • Holden Beach parks and rec maps out $138K park plan

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members know what they want in the Brunswick Avenue park, but to get it will cost $138,000.

    The board met March 21 and 28 to determine the layout of the park across the street from town hall, and prioritize its construction based on costs.

  • County board positions finance director for interim manager role

    Brunswick County commissioners gave finance director Ann Hardy double duty by appointing her special assistant to the county manager until county manager Marty Lawing departs for Guilford County.

    Lawing accepted an offer March 22 to take the manager’s role with Guilford County.

    Commissioners voted for the special designation at their agenda meeting March 27.

    The board decided it wanted Hardy in place to step in as interim manager, but will hold off on that transition until after Lawing has moved on.

  • Brunswick natives give back through golf

    SUPPLY—Many people spent Easter weekend visiting friends in their old hometown.

    Emerson Fullwood and Ken Johnson came back to Brunswick County to play a round of golf with friends and fund scholarships for college-bound students.

    “We do all this for the local kids,” Fullwood said to the players while thanking them for participating in the Fullwood-Johnson Golf Classic.

    “They want to be like you guys and ladies.”

  • Commissioners choose architect to build new 911 center

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners selected a contractor to build a new 911 center.

    The board also approved a $200,000 fee for the company—Stewart Cooper Newell Architects—to begin work on the building design.

    Emergency Services director Anthony Marzano said when the county consolidated services with Oak Island’s 911 center last year, it had the opportunity to apply for a consolidation assistance grant through the NC 911 board.

  • Two fires claim two lives in three days

    Two people are dead after two separate house fires in three days.

    The fires are the first two fatal fires in the county in 2013. According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, both fires are thought to have originated in the kitchen areas of the homes. No foul play is suspected in either fire.