Local News

  • Reward for information about missing sea turtle babies valid until Aug. 8

    Reward money for anyone with information about the sea turtle babies that were stolen from their nest last August on Ocean Isle Beach is set to expire, and officials are still seeking for answers and additional information about the crime.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol, said there have been no calls, tips or information about last summer’s incident. Members of the Turtle Patrol noticed a nest at West First Street had been disturbed during a daily check at about 7 a.m.

  • Lightning strike results in disruption of ‘Lost’ finale on ATMC

    Sunday night’s final episode of the series “Lost” was one of those TV milestones destined to go down in history—a finale that attempted to tie up all the mysterious show’s loose ends.

    Michele Johnson of Sunset Beach began watching the popular show the first season, and although she stopped keeping up a couple of seasons ago, she looked forward to the finale to find out how it was going to end.

  • Tourism industry prepares for summer onslaught; rental companies optimistic

    HOLDEN BEACH—When renters re-arrange furniture in beach houses, move couches onto the strand or even change a car engine underneath a rental house, Debbie Dallas, maintenance and housekeeping supervisor for Alan Holden Vacations, takes it in stride.

    After 10 years of taking charge of 300 beach houses on the island, she’s seen it all—from renters so concerned about returning the following year they send back forks taken by mistake to visitors who take the rental home’s mattresses and replace them with their old ones.

  • Meet Anthony Marzano, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is a far cry from the fast-paced world of the Chicago suburbs from where Anthony Marzano hails.

    That was part of the appeal in Marzano’s decision to join Brunswick County as its emergency management director.

    A certified emergency management director, Marzano joined Brunswick County Emergency Services on Monday, May 17, to replace longtime director Randy Thompson, who retired from the emergency services department in December.

  • McIntyre: ‘We’re still holding the VA’s feet to the fire’

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., said, when it comes to bringing a Veterans Affairs facility to Brunswick County, “We’re still holding the VA’s feet to the fire.”

    McIntyre said he is keeping pressure on Veterans Affairs officials to bring a previously promised VA facility to Brunswick County—with an emphasis on converting the soon-to-be-vacated Brunswick Community Hospital as a possible site.

  • Weekend Swampfest to benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

    Swampfest 2010 is a star-spangled, family-friendly Memorial Day Weekend festival set for Saturday and Sunday in Holden Beach to benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.
    Swampfest kicks off at noon both days at Cedar Landing Marina.
    Hosted by North Carolina’s SwampDaWamp, Swampfest will consist of vendors, bands, barbecue, beverages and children’s activities.
    Organizers say Memorial Day Weekend, when people are out having a good time, is an appropriate time to remember those who serve our country, putting their lives in harm’s way.

  • World War II vets set for takeoff on second regional Honor Flight

    Twenty-five World War II veterans from Brunswick County are scheduled to take the next regional Honor Flight to see their memorial in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 26.
    The veterans are among about 100 from the region booked to take the second trip along with their appointed guardians, said Jason McLeod, president of Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina.

  • Three Memorial Day ceremonies Monday in Calabash

    CALABASH—Locals and visitors alike have a choice of three Memorial Day services to observe Monday, May 31, in the Seafood Capital.

    But since each ceremony is slated for 11 a.m., citizens will need to decide which one to attend.

  • Dangerous rip currents, strong swells Tuesday

    A low pressure system in Atlantic Ocean is combining with the full moon to bring large southeast swells and strong rip currents to Brunswick County beaches Tuesday.

    Rough surf and threatening rip currents may be experienced throughout the coast today, with the most dangerous rip currents occurring in a two-hour window around noon, which will be at low tide.

    The National Weather Service is encouraging anyone venturing out to the beach during this time to stay out of the water. There will be a high chance of rip currents all day Tuesday.

  • Memorial Day ceremonies set for Shallotte, Holden Beach

    Memorial Day is a time for solemn remembrance to honor of U.S. soldiers killed in battle while fighting for their country.

    The town of Shallotte has scheduled its annual Memorial Day observance for 6 p.m. May 30 at Rourk Gardens.

    Musician Craig Woolard will play patriotic music as the names of local men and women who lost their lives in battle are read. Participants will then release red, white and blue balloons with the names on them.