Local News

  • 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.

  • Curbside recycling is focus of special Carolina Shores meeting March 10

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town residents will have an opportunity next week to learn more about possible changes to Brunswick County’s recycling program.

    A town meeting on the possibility is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Calabash Fire Department.

    The event is part of the county’s process of meeting with municipalities to see whether they wish to participate in a curbside recycling program, Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby is quoted in a press release.

  • Carolina Shores workshop Monday, meeting March 10

    CAROLINA SHORES—New town administrator Mike Hargett will take part in his first monthly workshop with the town board of commissioners at 10 a.m. next Monday, March 7.

    The workshop will be followed by commissioners’ monthly meeting, scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, March 10.



  • First stewardship award set for March 8 in Calabash

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons is poised to bestow the town’s first stewardship award next week.

    Clemmons said the new award, designed to recognize someone who has gone above and beyond in contributing to the community, will be given at the town board of commissioners’ upcoming monthly meeting Tuesday, March 8.

    The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Sanborn Hall at Calabash Town Hall, 882 Persimmon Road.

  • Board settles lawsuit with former employee who claimed racism

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education decided to settle a lawsuit filed against them by a former employee who claimed racism was a factor in her termination.

    Board chairperson Shirley Babson announced the board decided to settle a lawsuit filed by Anna Stanley, former Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School teacher assistant and bus driver, for $26,000.

  • Don’t let tax season be a burden

    Tax season can be overwhelming.

    This year it doesn’t have to be. The AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax preparation to elderly and low-income clients throughout the county.

    Brunswick County locations are set up in Shallotte, Calabash, Leland, Oak Island, Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes. In Shallotte, taxes are being prepared at Rourk Library 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays.

    The program is volunteer-run and offers free tax assistance. Volunteers began filing taxes on Feb. 1 and will continue until April 18.

  • Black History Month program honors Abraham Galloway

    SOUTHPORT—On Feb. 13, 1837, Abraham H. Galloway was born into slavery in Smithville (known today as Southport).

    Galloway’s mother was a 17-year-old slave. His father was a white son of a wealthy Brunswick County planter. Galloway was trained as a brick mason and allowed to work independently as long as he paid his owner $15 a month.

    In June 1857 Galloway escaped North Carolina on a ship headed for Canada where he became a spokesman for abolition. As the Civil War began, Galloway became an intelligence agent for Union officers.

  • Relay for Life

    The 2011 Relay for Life of Brunswick County event is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 13 until 11 a.m. May 14 at West Brunswick High School.

    “We expect over a thousand participants based on our numbers in the past,” said Alicia Sides, Relay for Life committee member.

    Relay for Life is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, with funds supporting ongoing research programs and supporting local outreach programs.

  • Brunswick County ripe for new industries

    BOLIVIA—The potential for economic growth in Brunswick County in 2011 is promising, according to a recent report by the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC).

    The EDC reported an increase in prospect inquiries and visits in 2010 as well as an increase in industrial leads.