Local News

  • Calabash gets park grant, mulls animated signs

    CALABASH—The town has been awarded a $56,700 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to build its first park.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons made the announcement at Tuesday night’s monthly town commissioners meeting.

    The park site is a vacant 1-acre, town-owned lot across from Calabash Town Hall at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

  • Animal services cuts advisory meetings to quarterly

    Brunswick County Animal Services advisory meetings will now be scheduled quarterly instead of monthly.

    The reason for the meeting cutbacks, according to county environmental services director David Stanley, is to have time to implement new ideas.

    “We decided to back off the meetings a little bit,” Stanley said. “There are a lot of things we’re starting to do, plans and ideas to try.”

    Additional time is needed to implement them, he said.

  • Board votes to close eighth-grade Transition Academy due to budget shortfall

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to close the eighth-grade Transition Academy at the end of the year due to an anticipated $5.8 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Interim superintendent Les Tubb and executive financial officer Freyja Cahill recommended the board close the academy due to the shortfall. It costs $450,000 to operate the school.

  • Board votes to keep Pre-K classes only in northern end of county

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to transfer all but 54 available slots for Pre-K enrollment to private sectors, keeping only spots in the northern end of the county.

    School officials previously recommended the board transfer all Pre-K slots to private sectors to compensate for the estimated $5.8 million budget shortfall.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police assistant chief to take reins by June 1

    John Goodwin, assistant police chief of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, will begin as the new police chief on June 1.

    He will replace Curtiss Pritchard, who is retiring after 22 years with the department.

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners selected Goodwin as Pritchard’s replacement during the executive session of Tuesday morning’s town meeting. Mayor Debbie Smith said the board has decided to promote from within, because they believed Goodwin was the best choice for the position.

  • Concerts, movies provide free weekly entertainment throughout Brunswick County

    Do you like to sit under the stars and hear the waves of the ocean mix with waves of music from your favorite band? Or do you prefer to watch a movie outdoors under the stars? There’s something for everyone this year, as free entertainment is provided weekly across Brunswick County beginning Memorial Day weekend.


  • Sunset Beach to consider terminal groins resolution Thursday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will consider a resolution on terminal groins at a budget workshop at 9 a.m. this Thursday, May 13.

    At council’s May 3 meeting, council voted to send a letter to the state legislature stating if terminal groins are approved that eight conditions of the Coastal Resources Commission be inserted into the law.

  • Sunset Beach planning board OKs gaming machines for pier

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved an application for a special use permit to operate four electronic gaming machines at the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    Applicant MarBec Inc. (pier operators Marc and Becky Kaplan) seeks to operate four Pot of Gold Machines at the pier at 101 W. Main St.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners OK paving change without rebidding

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a paving project in the Village at Calabash even though work stipulations changed after the project was bid.

    The board voted March 4 to award a $68,000 contract to Hardee & Prince Contractors of Loris, S.C., for paving at Oakbark Court, Gate 3 and in the Village at Calabash.

  • Homeless man remembered following death in South Carolina

    He was just a homeless man, someone who once had a job and a family and a good income driving a truck.

    On a cold December day last year, Phillip Riley showed up for free homemade soup served by a church at Shallotte Riverside Park.

    He’d been living in the woods, he said, after his luck and the economy took a downturn and he lost his job. He said he could lead a reporter to other homeless people for a future story, but then he disappeared.