Local News

  • Pantano on primary victory, looking ahead to General Election

    Ilario Pantano, the GOP nominee for U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, isn’t taking much time to celebrate his primary victory.

    Instead, he is looking forward to the future, specifically November’s General Election.

    Pantano, a former Marine, combat veteran and relative political newcomer on the national scene, secured the GOP nomination May 4 with 17,177 votes. Pantano defeated Will Breazeale, 11,629 votes, and Randy Crow, 4,862 votes.

  • Iler co-sponsors bill to prohibit felons from running for sheriff

    Should convicted felons be prohibited from running for sheriff in North Carolina?

    If a recently introduced bill passes in the N.C. State General Assembly, that question could be left up to voters in November’s General Election.

    N.C. State Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, was a co-sponsor of House Bill 1959, No Felon as Sheriff, introduced May 25.

  • Rare nesting leatherback turtle visits Holden Beach

    Four college students on a midnight walk on Holden Beach Tuesday almost literally stumbled on a rare find—a nesting leatherback turtle.

    The leatherback is the largest sea turtle in the world, with Holden Beach Turtle Patrol officials estimating this one was 6 feet long and weighed 850 pounds. Officials believe this is the first live leatherback ever to nest on Holden Beach.

    Leatherbacks are on the critically endangered species list. They have been on the endangered species list since 1970.

  • Sloane Realty, Debbie Smith reprimanded for six-year-old incident

    The North Carolina Real Estate Commission recently reprimanded Sloane Realty and Debbie Smith, broker-in-charge, for incidents that occurred nearly six years ago.

    Consent orders were issued against Sloane Realty and Smith, who serves as the mayor of Ocean Isle Beach, during December 2009.

  • Memorial service Sunday for victim of fatal crash

    There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holden Beach for the victim of Thursday's fatal wreck on N.C. 211.

    The memorial service will be at the corner of Ferry Street and Ocean Boulevard East.

    Stephanie Heath, a 23-year-old Brunswick Community College student was killed Thursday afternoon after another car crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle head-on, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. The driver of the other vehicle is suspected to have been using drugs.

  • Supply woman killed in N.C. 211 wreck; charges pending

    A 23-year-old Brunswick Community College student died in a car crash on N.C. 211 Thursday afternoon after another car crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle head-on, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Possible drug charges are pending against the driver of the car that struck her vehicle.

    Stephanie Fay Heath, 23, of Supply, died at the scene, according to N.C. State Highway Patrol First Sgt. A.E. Morris.

  • First Early College High School class graduates

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Early High School class of 2010 has left its legacy.

    Members of the school’s first graduating class, known as the “legacy class,” accepted their diplomas during a commencement ceremony Thursday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Of the 21 graduates, nine graduated with associate degrees from Brunswick Community College. Kiley Brandt, Heather Carlyle and Adela Hernandez each graduated with two associate degrees.

  • County Democrats resolve to oppose Soles' bills

    The executive committee of the Brunswick County Democratic Party has unanimously adopted a resolution opposing a bill Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus,  introduced in the General Assembly's short session splitting the 13th prosecutorial district in two—separating Brunswick from Columbus and Bladen counties.

  • Family Fun Day set for Sunday

    Highest Praise Worship Center and Southeaster Christian Academy will host Family Fun Day starting at noon Sunday, May 30, in Shallotte Park.

    Activities will include a softball tournament, inflatable rides, water rides, a lunch buffet and more.

    Everyone is invited to attend and are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.

    The event is free and is open to people of all ages.

    For more information, call 754-4809 or visit www.hpwc.org.

  • Proposed Holden Beach budget has no tax or fee increases

    Holden Beach commissioners seemed pleased town manager David Hewett’s proposed $11.9 million budget for the next fiscal year has no tax increases and no fee increases.

    But they spent the most time at Tuesday’s budget workshop arguing whether the town should add a full-time recreation director.

    Commissioners Don Glander, Sandy Miller and Sheila Young voiced opposition to adding a position, citing it’s a bad time because of the economy.