Local News

  • MS Bike Ride in Holden Beach

     Holden Beach’s third annual Multiple Sclerosis Ride will take place Saturday, May 7. Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the ride begins at 8 a.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

    Cyclists have a choice of the two rides—either 35 miles or 55 miles, said Amanda Rose, Holden Beach parks and recreation programs coordinator.

    “Both rides will start at the Holden Beach Pavilion, go over the bridge and off the island,” she said.

  • Day at the Docks

    Annual Day at the Docks festival returns to Holden Beach this weekend.

    Activities will fill the day underneath the Holden Beach bridge from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 7. The festival features more than 30 vendors including about a dozen food vendors.

    Highlights of the festival include live music, a king mackerel fishing tournament and the popular bopple race. There will also be a free children’s area with face painting and games. Some of the children’s rides will charge a fee.

    Live Music

  • Pro takes boat to view goats

    How valuable are those goats that roam three spoil islands near Ocean Isle Beach?

    Jeannette Beranger, manager of research and technical programs for The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, took a boat trip out to the islands Monday to investigate.

    “We had a great day on the waterway,” said Beranger, who hitched a boat ride with Capt. Jeff Williamson of Get Busy Fishing Charters at Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

    They saw a few goats, but need to see others, she said.

  • Public records policy nixed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed public records policy was defeated 3-2 by a split town council Monday night.

    The vote followed debate among council members, including a statement by town councilwoman Karen Joseph disputing “misinformation” she says is circulating about why the policy was proposed.

  • Carolina Shores confers with personnel attorney

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board has once again consulted with a personnel attorney following an incident between the town administrator and deputy town clerk.

    During town commissioners’ workshop Monday, the board went into closed session to meet with Wilmington attorney Melody Jolly, who specializes in defending “employers in federal and state litigation against claims for wrongful termination, retaliation and alleged violations of Title VII and ADA.”

    The board took no action following the nearly two-hour closed session.

  • 'Good riddance': Veterans thankful for Navy SEALs, bin Laden death

    CALABASH—It was the talk of the nation, world and Seafood Capital as soon as news tweeted out Sunday night about the death of terrorist ringleader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

    That included Calabash VFW Post 7288 and American Legion Post 503, where veterans said they were glad the day had finally come nearly 10 years after 9/11.

    “Everybody’s been talking about it all day,” VFW past commander Jack Goin said.

    VFW auxiliary member Patty Burton said she’s glad bin Laden is gone.

  • Group holds rally for DA at courthouse

    BOLIVIA—It is a courthouse divided.

    Law enforcement officers are in District Attorney Jon David’s corner, while the Bar Association recently threw its support behind Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    On Friday, April 15, Jolly issued a scathing administrative order, accusing David of financially benefiting a campaign contributor in a pilot traffic court program Jolly called a “scheme.”

    Since that time, the dispute has become a public and decisive issue at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

  • County manager to unveil proposed county budget May 16

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing will unveil his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year to county commissioners at their May 16 meeting.

    Though county commissioners first charged Lawing with creating a budget using a less than revenue-neutral tax rate, they changed their mind at a recent budget workshop and asked him to use a revenue-neutral tax rate when crafting the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget.

  • Human services consolidation bill passes third reading in state Senate

    RALEIGH—A bill to consolidate local heath and human services boards passed its third reading in the state Senate last week.

    Senate bill 433, the local human services administration bill, passed its third reading in the Senate 40 votes to 9 votes last Thursday, April 28.

    After a first reading in the House, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Human Services, assistant county administrator Steve Stone said.

  • Fallen officer memorial scheduled for May 9

    SHALLOTTE—The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office Annual Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony will be in Brunswick County for the first time next week.

    Larry Prince, father of slain Boiling Spring Lakes police officer Mitch Prince, said he expects more than 1,000 people at the annual event.

    “The state has a memorial service every year, usually right around this time. It moves around the state. Last year, they asked me where I would like it to be, and I said Brunswick County,” Prince said.