Local News

  • Tourism industry prepares for summer onslaught; rental companies optimistic

    HOLDEN BEACH—When renters re-arrange furniture in beach houses, move couches onto the strand or even change a car engine underneath a rental house, Debbie Dallas, maintenance and housekeeping supervisor for Alan Holden Vacations, takes it in stride.

    After 10 years of taking charge of 300 beach houses on the island, she’s seen it all—from renters so concerned about returning the following year they send back forks taken by mistake to visitors who take the rental home’s mattresses and replace them with their old ones.

  • Meet Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is a far cry from the fast-paced world of the Chicago suburbs from where Anthony Marzano hails.

    That was part of the appeal in Marzano’s decision to join Brunswick County as its emergency management director.

    A certified emergency management director, Marzano joined Brunswick County Emergency Services on Monday, May 17, to replace longtime director Randy Thompson, who retired from the emergency services department in December.

  • McIntyre: ‘We’re still holding the VA’s feet to the fire’

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., said, when it comes to bringing a Veterans Affairs facility to Brunswick County, “We’re still holding the VA’s feet to the fire.”

    McIntyre said he is keeping pressure on Veterans Affairs officials to bring a previously promised VA facility to Brunswick County—with an emphasis on converting the soon-to-be-vacated Brunswick Community Hospital as a possible site.

  • Weekend Swampfest to benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

    Swampfest 2010 is a star-spangled, family-friendly Memorial Day Weekend festival set for Saturday and Sunday in Holden Beach to benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.
    Swampfest kicks off at noon both days at Cedar Landing Marina.
    Hosted by North Carolina’s SwampDaWamp, Swampfest will consist of vendors, bands, barbecue, beverages and children’s activities.
    Organizers say Memorial Day Weekend, when people are out having a good time, is an appropriate time to remember those who serve our country, putting their lives in harm’s way.

  • World War II vets set for takeoff on second regional Honor Flight

    Twenty-five World War II veterans from Brunswick County are scheduled to take the next regional Honor Flight to see their memorial in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 26.
    The veterans are among about 100 from the region booked to take the second trip along with their appointed guardians, said Jason McLeod, president of Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina.

  • Three Memorial Day ceremonies Monday in Calabash

    CALABASH—Locals and visitors alike have a choice of three Memorial Day services to observe Monday, May 31, in the Seafood Capital.

    But since each ceremony is slated for 11 a.m., citizens will need to decide which one to attend.

  • Dangerous rip currents, strong swells Tuesday

    A low pressure system in Atlantic Ocean is combining with the full moon to bring large southeast swells and strong rip currents to Brunswick County beaches Tuesday.

    Rough surf and threatening rip currents may be experienced throughout the coast today, with the most dangerous rip currents occurring in a two-hour window around noon, which will be at low tide.

    The National Weather Service is encouraging anyone venturing out to the beach during this time to stay out of the water. There will be a high chance of rip currents all day Tuesday.

  • Memorial Day ceremonies set for Shallotte, Holden Beach

    Memorial Day is a time for solemn remembrance to honor of U.S. soldiers killed in battle while fighting for their country.

    The town of Shallotte has scheduled its annual Memorial Day observance for 6 p.m. May 30 at Rourk Gardens.

    Musician Craig Woolard will play patriotic music as the names of local men and women who lost their lives in battle are read. Participants will then release red, white and blue balloons with the names on them.

  • Trailblazers: Shallotte Elks begin planning for veteran memorial in town

    Many small towns across America have memorials to veterans—those who gave their lives in battle and those who made it home.

    Bob Janovic, exalted ruler of the two-year-old Shallotte Elks Lodge, noticed soon after moving here that, while Shallotte has Memorial Day services and veterans recognition events, there is no physical memorial honoring veterans—something the public can view year-round to pay tribute to local veterans and those killed in action.

  • Helicopter seeks runaway suspect in Shallotte

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office helicopter is searching for Randy Lane Magaraci Jr., 22, of Pilot Mountain after he fled BCSO officers about 1 p.m. Magaraci was wanted for questioning and will be charged with driving while license revoked and fleeing to elude arrest.

    After the suspect was asked to come in for questioning, he fled and ran, according to a spokesperson.