Local News

  • New chief chosen for Calabash EMS

     CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services has a new chief.

    William “Buzz” McManus was recently elected by the EMS board and has been on the job for about three weeks.

    McManus, 63, previously worked for about 35 years in telecommunications in the foreign services with the U.S. State Department, which involved extensive travel overseas.

  • Calabash Elks Lodge kicks indoor smoking habit

    CALABASH—It was no April Fool’s joke when Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679 officially gave up smoking April 1.

    That was the date the lodge’s new rule prohibiting smoking inside its building on Carter Drive took effect.

  • Judge sues campaign worker for ‘libelous’ Facebook, blog postings

    BOLIVIA—Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has sued a campaign worker from state Senate candidate Bettie Fennell’s campaign.

    Fennell is running to represent District 8 in the state Senate—the seat currently held by R.C. Soles Jr., who is not seeking re-election. She is being challenged in the Republican primary election by Bill Rabon, a Southport veterinarian.

  • Assistant district attorney and near victim warns about e-mail scam

    As an assistant district attorney, Brooke Smith prosecutes people for scams. She also educates the public on what to look for and how not to become victims of a scams.

    But last week, Smith almost fell victim to an e-mail scam when she received a startling e-mail from her lifelong friend in England—only she wasn’t in England, and it wasn’t her friend.

    The e-mail came from her friend’s personal e-mail account around 7 a.m. Thursday, April 15, with “My Horrible Experience!!!” in the subject line.

  • Authority moves toward returning hospital to county commissioners

    SUPPLY—Members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority have voted to begin the process of returning the hospital, its property and money in its coffers to Brunswick County Commissioners when Novant Health vacates the hospital in summer 2011.

  • Shattered justice: A look at the North Carolina Parole Commission

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice for her youngest daughter almost 16 years later. 

    Birdie Frink, mother of slain Shallotte teenager Amy Frink, has a very clear goal: To repeal the legislation that has allowed two of her daughter’s murderers to be freed after serving just a fraction of their 30-year sentences.

  • Virginia assistant superintendent to be next Brunswick County Schools superintendent

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools has a new superintendent.

    In a 4-1 vote during a meeting Thursday evening, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education chose to hire Dr. Edward Pruden Jr. as the next superintendent of Brunswick County Schools.

    “I’m delighted that we’ve chosen Dr. Pruden to join our team and work with the board in a cohesive manner and bring unity back to the school system,” board member Catherine Cooke said.

  • Board to eliminate suspicionless drug testing

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education amended a policy regarding drug and alcohol testing of employees, eliminating suspicionless drug testing of all employees.

    While all potential employees will be still be subject to preemployment screening, only those employees in safety sensitive positions will be subject to random drug screenings.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners deny employee’s grievance appeal

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners went into closed session last week to discuss an “employee grievance appeal.”

    When they reconvened in open session following the April 7 meeting, the board voted 4-1 to “deny the grievance,” deputy town clerk Lisa Anglin said.

    Commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote.

  • Fugitive hides 'in plain sight'

     WILMINGTON—Nearly 27 years ago, Charles Lee Sparks drove away from car-wash duties at a Florida prison and never looked back.

    He adopted a new identity of a deceased Virginia man named Bill Garrett.

    And he eventually settled in Brunswick County, where he made friends, launched a business and earned the trust of property owners who gave him the keys to their vacation houses in Ocean Isle Beach.