Local News

  • Brunswick rescue groups assist with puppy-mill rescue

    Members of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) of Brunswick County are assisting with rescued puppy-mill dogs from South Carolina.

    RACE founder/president Cheri McLain said 21 dogs were brought to Shallotte on Monday to be checked in and provided with foster care by RACE volunteers.

    McLain said the rescue was the result of a puppy-mill raid more than two weeks ago in Edgefield County, S.C., about 70 miles southwest of Columbia.

  • Mount Pisgah Baptist church celebrating 250th anniversary

    SUPPLY—It’s the oldest Missionary Baptist church in Brunswick County and it’s believed to be one of the three oldest Baptist churches in North Carolina.

    In fact, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church on Mount Pisgah Road is celebrating its 250th anniversary this coming Sunday, Oct. 7.

    The Rev. Tim Lynch said the congregation will celebrate with a special service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The service will include membership recognition, special singing by Sammy and Helen Thomas, a 250-year tribute video and a special sermon from Lynch.

  • Utilities work outlined in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Residents interested in connecting to county water will pay an $1,800 tap fee.

    Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce, speaking at a Carolina Shores town commissioners workshop Monday, said the county has no mandatory connection requirement except for new construction, and availability fees no longer exist.

    “As long as you have a properly functioning well, you do not have to [connect],” said Pierce, who presented an update on a sewer improvements project and water-service extensions.

  • Calabash EMS 'godmother' still busy at thrift shop

    CALABASH—Edith Correll has been a fixture at the Calabash EMS Thrift Shop for close to a quarter of a century.

    “She’s the longest-serving volunteer,” part-time shop employee Loretta Todd said as Correll showed Todd another needlepoint she’d recently made, this one for a granddaughter who’s getting married this month.

    Todd said she’d only been working at the shop for seven years.

    “She’s catching up to me,” Correll said, chuckling.

  • ABCPOA Meet the Candidates Night is Oct. 17 at BCC

    Get ready to hear what the candidates have to say.

    Oct. 17 is Meet the Candidates Night in Brunswick County.

    That’s when the ABCPOA—Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association—is offering voters a chance to tune in to candidates’ responses to questions on the issues less than a month before the Nov. 6 General Election.

    The forum starts at 6 p.m. in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. Jon Evans from WECT/Fox News will be moderator of this year’s forum.

  • Missing teen

    A Winnabow teen disappeared in Wilmington on Sunday afternoon.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing 15-year-old boy. Herbert Bradley was last seen at the Warner Temple Church at 620 Nixon Church Road in Wilmington at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday.

    According to the BCSO, Bradley was with his parents when he got up and walked away from the church in an unknown direction.

  • Two more Brunswick Countians win in lottery

    Another $40,000 has been won by Brunswick Countians playing the North Carolina Education Lottery.

    Ronald Gore of Longwood won $30,000 in the Sept. 25 Mega Millions drawing. He bought the winning ticket at Inman’s Country Store in Longwood.

    Betty Barnhill of Ash scored $10,000 playing the Sept. 26 Powerball game.

    The latest big Powerball jackpot grew to $202 million Powerball. It ended with the winning ticket sold in Iowa. 

  • State unemployment rate at 9.7 percent for August

    North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.1 percent in August to 9.7 percent. That’s 1 percent lower than a year ago.

    For August, the national rate declined 0.2 percent to 8.1 percent.

  • Board considers county vocational school

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s vocational future is a key consideration of the school system’s 2012 facilities master plan, school officials informally agreed Monday.

    “This is a four-phase process, and we’re in the initiation phase and the launching phase,” said consultant Bill Klein of KBR Building Group at the start of a school board workshop. “This is where we’re going to make sure that we have our goals and our mission clearly defined.”

  • Jaguar's Lair work debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph says progress is being made with work at the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development.

    Property owner Cas Kacala complains road work isn’t being done fast enough and accuses council of spinning stories about it.

    Last week, Joseph responded via email on behalf of the town board to Kacala’s email recently sent to owners of 119 lots in Jaguar’s Lair.