Local News

  • Oil spill spurs higher prices for some local shrimpers

    VARNAMTOWN—The bad news is there’s a horrendous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The good news is it’s spurring higher prices for some East Coast shrimpers.

    “The prices have gone real high,” said Nicky Varnam, owner of Garland’s Fresh Seafood, standing in the midday humidity as a shrimpboat unloaded Friday at his business overlooking the Lockwood Folly River.

  • SBI launches investigation into former Bald Head Island mayor obtaining tax information

    BALD HEAD ISLAND—Former Bald Head Island Mayor Larry Lammert was out of town when he learned State Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at Bald Head Island Village Hall and said he was the subject of an SBI investigation.

    Lammert learned about the investigation June 4, when he received call from the village attorney saying SBI agents were at village hall and advising him to retain a criminal attorney.

  • Homes sought for dogs after owner dies

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Wanted: a good home for three dogs left homeless after their owner recently died.

    It’s a message Peter MacQueen, president of the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, has posted for Missy and her grown pups, Missy Jr. and Pretty Girl, three shepherd-husky mixes.

    Their owner, Bobby Harrison, died a few weeks ago of cancer, MacQueen said.

    One of Harrison’s last wishes was to find good homes for them. MacQueen is still trying to do that.

  • Oppressive heat causes concern for elderly, needy

    SUNSET HARBOR—To beat the heat, Walter “Dutch” Spencer spends lunchtime at the Sunset Harbor Senior Center, visits his neighbors and family members and spends time at various places in Southport where he can relax and enjoy the air-conditioned comfort.

    This week, the 83-year-old, who has lived in his home on N.C. 211 since 1965, learned from senior center director Harriett Benton that, since his house is without air conditioning, he can receive a free box fan from Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • Calabash OKs reduced apartment fees with note

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved allowing a developer to pay a reduced amount for apartment building fees, along with a note agreeing to pay the difference in subsequent months.

    Jim Myers of Calabash Town Center was to write a check Tuesday for $160,000 to cover for building permit fees for 168 apartments he plans to build on a site off Old Georgetown Road instead of $210,121.06.

  • Lightning ignites house fire in Carolina Shores


    Lightning ignited a house fire at 3 Sunrise Court in Carolina Shores at the height of a storm around 10 p.m. Sunday.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork said lightning struck a tree then hit the occupied single-family ranch home, which was about 50 percent destroyed.

  • Carolina Shores board approves budget, other items on consent agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners adopted the town’s $1,448,515 budget for 2010-2011 at their monthly meeting June 10.

    Estimated revenues available in the general fund and Powell Fund for the fiscal year beginning July 1 include 2009 property taxes, $334,000; motor vehicle taxes, $18,000; local option sales tax, $500,000; franchise taxes, $80,000; privilege license, $20,000; permits, $60,000; other revenues, $436,515.

  • More fines delay mom's Canadian hearing

    Just when Ash mom Amy Smith thought she was going to get her day in court, a Canadian judge has imposed additional fines that have delayed her custody case.

    For weeks, Smith had been raising funds in anticipation of a return trip to Ontario to have a case about her two young sons heard under the Hague Convention, an international child-abduction treaty.

  • New task force created for veterans discuss hospital, cemetery

    SOUTHPORT—Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has assembled a group of community members, many of whom are veterans, to serve on the Community Veterans Task Force of Brunswick County to address the needs of the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans.

    The fledgling group met last Wednesday at PJ’s Restaurant in Southport, where they appointed officers, set a meeting schedule and reviewed a letter sent to task force members from Daniel Hoffmann, director of the Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Network.

  • Concern arises after board transfers Jessie Mae Monroe principal to central office

    Parents and members of the Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School community want to know the reason principal Patricia Rourk has been transferred to a position at the central office effective July 1.

    Rourk has been transferred to the central office and will serve as the director of instruction and accountability services.

    Her transfer was included in a seven-page personnel list approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education Friday afternoon.