Local News

  • Morning fire injures one

    One man was transported to the Wilmington Burn Center after a fire erupted at a local business on Saturday morning.

    According to Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell, a call went out for emergency services to respond to a “report of a fire with someone injured” at Long’s Garage at 250 Holden Beach Road around 8:13 a.m.

  • BCC Performing Arts Club takes center stage

    BOLIVIA—When Mike Matthews moved to Brunswick County from upstate New York, he was thrilled to see a state-of-the-art theater at Odell Williamson Auditorium but did not understand why Brunswick Community College students rarely use it.

    After speaking with Mike Sapp, auditorium director, Matthews was encouraged to start the Brunswick Community College Performing Arts Club (BCCPAC) during the fall 2010 semester. He now serves as club president.

  • Fire marshal lifts burn ban Friday morning

    As of 8 a.m. Friday, March 4, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner has lifted the local burning ban.

    The ban was put into effect Feb. 19 due to the extreme fire conditions that recently occurred throughout the region. While weather conditions have improved, an increased level of fire danger remains, Garner said in a press release.

    Residents who wish to burn should take the proper precautions to ensure their fire does not get out of control. According to North Carolina air quality laws, only unprocessed yard debris may be legally burned.

  • Bicyclist killed on U.S. 17

    WINNABOW—A Winnabow man was killed Thursday evening when his bike was struck by several vehicles on U.S. 17.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said 40-year-old Harley Becraft of Winnabow was riding his bike southbound on U.S. 17 near Winnabow Thursday evening.

    Parks said Becraft was riding his bike, which was not illuminated, on the roadway in the southbound lane.

    Just before 7 p.m., a vehicle traveling southbound on U.S. 17 struck Becraft.

  • Calabash VFW Lenten fish fries start March 11

    A sure sign of spring will happen at Calabash VFW Post 7288 from March 11 through April 22 when the post again serves up its famous Friday night fish fry dinners.

    For $9 per person (a bowl of homemade chowder is an extra $1) there’s a huge serving of haddock, french fries and coleslaw.

    The fish fry is served 5-7 p.m. each Friday during Lent.

    Pictured preparing the haddock is kitchen manager Trish McCormick, while the kitchen staff tends to their stations to make sure all is ready when the order comes in.

  • Waccamaw School remembers David Purifoy

    Students and staff of Waccamaw School honored eighth-grade student David Purifoy Friday, Feb. 25, with a flag dedication ceremony.

    Purifoy died Tuesday, Feb. 22, after being shot in what officials called an accidental shooting, according to information provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Board members discuss possible retirement incentives

    BOLIVIA—If the retirement bonuses included in Gov. Bev Perdue’s proposed budget are not passed, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education may consider providing a similar bonus for employees close to retirement.

    Superintendent Edward Pruden explained at Tuesday’s board meeting Perdue is proposing a $20,000 bonus for employees close to 30 years of service and a $20,000 bonus for employees with 30 or more years.

  • Parking regulations on Sunset Beach agenda Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will revisit parking regulations for the island at its upcoming monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7.

    On the agenda are parking regulations previously approved by council at a specially called meeting Feb. 18.

  • Funeral service for late Shallotte mayor Saturday

    SHALLOTTE—Funeral services have been announced for Shallotte Mayor Donald C. "Buddy" Kelly.

    Kelly, 64, passed away Wednesday evening around 5:40 p.m. after battling an illness.

    The funeral is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Sam Murphy and the Rev. Chris Phelps will officiate. Burial is to follow in New Britton Baptist Church Cemetery.

    The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.

  • Rescued pelicans to be released Saturday in Ocean Isle Beach

    Two rescued pelicans injured by frostbite are scheduled to return to the town where they were found this coming Saturday.

    The pelican release is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Sharky’s Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach, according to Janie Withers of Paws-Ability, a nonprofit group that provides financial support for assorted animal causes in Brunswick County.

    The pelicans have been treated and are recuperating at Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter on Oak Island.