Local News

  • Calabash Mayor-elect Mary Knight already getting to work

    CALABASH—Just a week after being elected mayor, Mary Knight is wasting no time.

    After being elected unopposed in Calabash’s Nov. 8 municipal races, at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, Knight was scheduled to meet with town staff about proposed plans to install new walkways in Calabash’s downtown business district.

    Town administrator Chuck Nance, town clerk Kelley Southward and Knight “have been working very, very hard on this,” Knight said.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until December

    BOLIVIA—A special exception hearing for proposed expansion to the county’s construction and demolition landfill has been continued until next month.

    At their meeting Monday Nov. 14, members of the Brunswick County Planning Board voted to continue a quasi-judicial hearing for a special exception permit to expand the county’s construction and demolition landfill until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

  • Man killed in Leland house fire

    A Leland man was killed in a house fire Sunday night.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said Garrett Winkler Jr., 51, died of smoke inhalation after his home caught fire Sunday, Nov. 13.

    Around 7:40 p.m. Nov. 13, one of Winkler’s neighbors called 911 to report a structure fire at Winkler’s home at 8060 Rachel Wynd, off U.S. 17 near Leland, Garner said.

    When firefighters from Winnabow, Leland, Northwest and Boiling Spring Lakes arrived it was fully engulfed. Brunswick County EMS also responded.

  • Ash man killed in early morning wreck

    An Ash man was killed early Tuesday morning in a fatal single-vehicle wreck on Big Neck Road in Ash.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper J.M. King said Gary Dewayne White, 44, of 3710 Big Beck Road, Ash, was killed just after midnight Tuesday, Nov. 14.

    King said White was driving his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck north on Big Neck Road in Ash, about 2.9 miles west of Shallotte, around 12:08 am. Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  • Justice for Citizens plans 16th annual candlelight vigil

    LELAND—One hundred eighteen names will be read aloud this Friday night.

    One hundred eighteen people who were lost to violent crimes—murder, domestic violence or drunk driving—will be remembered as part of the 16th annual Justice for Citizens Candlelight Vigil.

    The event is open to the public, and is slated for 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 18, at First Baptist Church of Leland, 517 Village Road in Leland.

    Birdie Frink, event organizer and co-founder of Justice for Citizens, encourages everyone in the community to attend.

  • Shallotte woman to be on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire"

    SHALLOTTE—A Shallotte resident is a contestant this week on the hit game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

    Heather Menzel, a U.S. history teacher at South Brunswick High School and the wife of Joe Menzel, a English teacher at West Brunswick High School, taped an episode of the game show with Emmy-award winning Meredith Vieira.

    The episode is set to air Wednesday, Nov.16. “Millionaire” can be seen on WMBF (NBC), weekdays at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunnyside: Remembering the early days

    SHALLOTTE—When William and Dorothy Sellers retired to Shallotte it was a homecoming of sorts for one of the historic Sunnyside School’s former teachers.

    Dorothy will turn 90 in April 2012 and has lived in Shallotte for the last 29 years, but it is not her first time.

    Dorothy was born in Goldsboro where her mother was a teacher at the Goldsboro Academy.

    “My father moved us to Wilmington during the Depression years,” she said.

  • Ocean Isle officials select engineer for terminal groin project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The field has been narrowed and the town has selected their top engineer to pursue a feasibility study for a terminal groin.

    At commissioners’ November meeting Tuesday morning, they voted to pursue the feasibility study with Coastal Planning and Engineering at the helm of the feasibility study. The board selected their top candidate; however, at this time no further action has been taken.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny of a purse from the Food Lion grocery store.

    •Vandalism by suspect keying the victim’s vehicle in Walmart parking lot.

    •Larceny of jewelry at Birch Pond Drive; suspect took jewelry from the victim’s residence.

  • One newcomer joins Ocean Isle Beach board

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—One newcomer will be on the next town council in Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to unofficial results at press time Tuesday night, Betty Williamson and Dean Walters, the two incumbent candidates, and newcomer Bob Williams will fill the three commissioner seats. Each commissioner’s term is four years.

    Williams will replace current board member Suzie Wooten who did not seek re-election.