Local News

  • Shattered justice: Did the system fail Amy Frink?

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

    Amy Frink was born premature—so small, her mother says, her father could carry her in one hand.

  • Re-enactment shows realities of drunk driving to Brunswick County Academy students

    Barbara Musgrave stood quietly between Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and John Ponds of Andrews Mortuary Service.

    Surrounded by the sparking lights of a police car, an ambulance and fire trucks, she waited to get closer to her daughter, 17-year-old Academy student Marissa Beckman.

    As part of a drunk driving fatality re-enactment through the Keys to Life program, Musgrave knew what was waiting for her.

    She expected to see torn wreckage of damaged vehicles. She knew there would be lights and sirens.

  • Shallotte may abandon per-seat restaurant fees, switch to per-square-foot

    When James Lane, owner of Angelo’s Pizza and Bistro, had to fork over $17,000 in sewer capital reserve fees to the town of Shallotte before his restaurant opened, it wasn’t something he had planned.

    “That was a whole lot of money, and it was not originally in the budget,” Lane said recently. “We had to have that many seats to make the restaurant profitable, so we went ahead and paid it. There was no way around it.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: BFA charity fashion show


    A crowd of 110 turned out for a fashion show and luncheon Monday to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The first fundraiser took place at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash and brought in $6,270 to help BFA.

    “It gets the community to realize how many people in the community have a need,” BFA board chairman Wayne Hellmann said. “And it gets our name out in front of the community, which is fantastic. We need all the publicity we can get.”

  • VIDEOS INCLUDED: Breazeale, Pantano battle for GOP nomination for Congress to represent Brunswick County

    Two men—both Iraq War veterans and both seeking the GOP nomination for Congress—squared off last week at the GOP’s 7th Congressional District Candidates’ Forum at the Brunswick County Republican Party’s headquarters in Supply.

    Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in 2008, but lost to incumbent Democrat Mike McIntyre, was joined by Ilario Pantano, a newcomer to the national political scene.

    Both candidates talked about their respective military experience, healthcare reform and national security.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies in helicopter rescue two lost women

    Two women lost in the woods last week were rescued by sheriff’s deputies after being spotted by the sheriff’s office helicopter.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley said two women, 76-year-old Nora Milligan and 55-year-old Kathy Fairchild, were walking their dogs on the dirt roads off Benton Road in Supply when they became lost in woods around 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.

  • Two people killed after collision on Old Georgetown Road

    A head-on collision killed two Brunswick County men Thursday on Old Georgetown Road.

    William Stanley, 85, of 1084 High Point Ave., Calabash, was traveling north on Old Georgetown when he ran off the road, swerved back onto the road, crossed the center line and struck the vehicle drive by Robert Gurganus, 77, of 556 Lizmore Place, Ocean Isle Beach, according to Trooper M.R. Strangman of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Stanley was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:25 a.m.

  • CRC finds terminal groins feasible

    SUNSET BEACH—According to members of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC), terminal groins are feasible and have been proven to be effective as erosion control measures.

    Members voted 8-5 Thursday during a meeting at Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach to submit a recommendation to the N.C. General Assembly that terminal groins, if used in conjunction with beach nourishment, can be feasible. But because of the individuality of inlets, terminal groins require site-specific analysis.

  • Sharon UMC’s new building to open Easter Sunday

    What started out as an unheated log cabin schoolhouse serving as a church in 1825 has transformed into Sharon United Methodist Church on Holden Beach Road.

    The church has seen its share of buildings over the years, and now, on Easter Sunday, if all goes according to plan, the church’s members will have their first services in a new, larger building. It has been made possible by the generosity of the congregation and years of planning.

  • County, town governments can't call bonds on stalled projects until 2011

    Shallotte officials say they want to help owners of land that is now unusable because developers haven’t completed the infrastructure. A state law, however, has placed a hold on calling bonds to allow the projects to be completed.

    That’s not good news for the 60-plus property owners in uncompleted phases of Rivers Edge in Shallotte, several of whom recently asked the town board for assistance. The group learned at a board meeting the state law had tied the town’s hands.