Local News

  • Six-foot bridge fence challenged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A resident is protesting plans to place a 6-foot-tall chain-link fence around the base of the new high-rise bridge.
    Sunset Beach resident Karen Dombrowski read a prepared statement at Sunset Beach Town Council’s June 28 meeting. She opposes plans by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to erect the fence under the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge on the Sunset Beach mainland.
    Dombrowski said she has heard several conflicting stories regarding the reason for the fence.

  • Stars shine bright--and it's cool--at Ingram Planetarium

    Beat the heat this summer and find respite—and a few cool shows—at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.
    The planetarium, at 7625 High Market St. in The Village at Sunset Beach, is on its summer schedule now and opens at noon Tuesdays through Saturdays.
    Ingram Planetarium offers an array of astronomy and science programs.
    Displays abound in the planetarium’s Paul Dennis Science Hall, and free family activities are offered at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 19.

  • Road paving on Carolina Shores agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are debating the best ways to pave deteriorating roads in the Village at Calabash.
    “We want to make sure that we get this right,” town commissioner Walter Goodenough said at a monthly board workshop Tuesday.
    The issue is also on the board’s agenda for its meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. this Thursday, July 8, at town hall.

  • Mayor cites 'signs' Calabash is looking better

    CALABASH—The town has come a long way cleaning up its sign issues, Mayor Anthony Clemmons said at a June 28 meeting.

    The session, a continuation of the board’s recessed June 14 meeting, covered signs and several other issues on which the board acted. Clemmons said A-frame signs are out of the right-of-way, and he hadn’t recently seen any signs on fences, either.

    “I encourage [businesses] to continue to work with the town on this very delicate and challenging issue,” Clemmons said.

  • No sign of missing Ocean Isle Beach man whose boat ran ashore in Myrtle Beach

    After an exhaustive two-day search failed to locate him, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an Ocean Isle Beach man whose boat washed up onshore in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week.

    The U.S. Coast Guard, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division last Thursday night began searching for Thomas “Andy” Richmond of Ocean Isle Beach after his unmanned 28-foot boat Heads or Tails was found on the beach with its engines running at about 11:20 p.m.

  • Man with local roots returning from prosecuting terrorists in Iraq

    With two hardworking parents—both born and raised in Brunswick County—praying for him and telling him to do the best he could, Sam Galloway had a foundation for success.

    But John and Betty Galloway had no idea how far their son would go or how hard he would work to get there.

    Supply native Betty Galloway moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., for work after high school, and at a birthday party there, met John Galloway, who was born and raised in Bolivia.

  • Search suspended for missing fisherman

    The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for an Ocean Isle Beach fisherman whose boat was found late Thursday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Thomas “Andy” Richmond of Ocean Isle Beach has been missing since he left to go fishing on the morning of July 1. His wife summoned authorities that evening after Richmond didn’t return as scheduled.

  • Pruden ‘humbled’ to fill superintendent position

    BOLIVIA—Amid the half unpacked boxes sits piles of paperwork already waiting for Dr. Edward Pruden’s attention.

    Pruden officially took over as superintendent of Brunswick County Schools Thursday. A 40-year educator, Pruden comes to Brunswick County from Virginia, where he last served as assistant superintendent for instructional administration of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

  • Brunswick County Schools to receive $1.9 million in federal grant funding

    Brunswick County Schools has been awarded $1.9 million in federal School Improvement Grant funding to be used during the next three school years.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) announced Thursday Brunswick County is receiving part of the $65.4 million fund, which will be distributed to Title I or Title I-eligible schools and alternative schools statewide.

  • Sunset Beach attorney says town doesn’t owe profits from ABC

    SUNSET BEACH—Town attorney Michael Isenberg said Monday the town has no financial responsibility to Calabash Volunteer EMS for ABC profits.

    Isenberg, speaking at a town council workshop, said there’s been confusion about the procedure required for the town to divert Alcoholic Beverage Control profits.

    Last week, Troy Thorup, board secretary and spokesman for Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, said Sunset Beach ABC profits may have been improperly diverted from Calabash EMS to the Sunset Beach Fire Department years ago.