Local News

  • Calabash commissioners extend administrator’s probation following investigation

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously voted late Tuesday night to extend town administrator Jeremy Cribb’s probationary period another 90 days without a pay increase.

    Per a state statute and town attorney Mark Lewis’ advice, they also voted to release as public information Cribb’s personnel folder to “maintain public confidence” in administrative and town services.

    The action followed an hour-and-a-half-long closed commissioners’ session to discuss personnel that was attended by Cribb and Lewis.

  • Coastal Horizons Brunswick center set to open by Sept. 1

    The Coastal Horizons Brunswick center, under construction on property by behind Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 in Shallotte, is set to open by Sept. 1.

    The agency will provide services such as individual and group therapy for adults and children, DWI assessments and treatment, a substance abuse intensive outpatient program (SAIOP), community support services to help clients successfully integrate back into the community, free testing for HIV and other STDs, psychiatric evaluations and other services.

  • Latest candidate filings for municipal elections

    Filing for the Nov. 3, 2009, municipal election opened at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, and continued until noon this Friday, July 17, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia. The 2009 elections are for municipalities, sanitary districts and Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees.

    The following seats are up for election. Information provided below is an update of candidate filings after filing closing time at 1 p.m. Friday, July 17.

  • New information: Discrepancies disclosed in Calabash administrator's resumes

    CALABASH—Town administrator Jeremy Cribb submitted false information in a resume when he applied for the job last year.

    As a result, the Calabash Board of Commissioners this week required Cribb to submit a “true and accurate resume,” commissioner Cecelia Herman said.

    Herman said the request followed a recent board investigation into Cribb’s background.

  • Traffic alert: Northbound lanes closed on U.S. 17

    A wreck on northbound U.S. 17 near Walmart in Leland has closed northbound lanes, according to Brunswick County Emergency Services.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports the wreck includes two vehicles with injuries.

    Alternate routes should be used for northbound travel.

    Suggested routes include: Lanvale Road to N.C. 74/76; and Maco Road to N.C. 74/76

  • Shallotte town administrator to leave in August for Roanoke Rapids job

    Shallotte town administrator Paul Sabiston has accepted a job as the city manager in Roanoke Rapids, a city of about 16,500 people, after nearly five years on the job.

    His last day in Shallotte is Aug. 14.

    Sabiston earns an annual salary of slightly more than $82,000. The starting salary for his new position is $95,000, according to a report from the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald.

    “Nothing’s forcing me to leave. … It’s just a good opportunity. I think I’ll be more comfortable in a larger town,” Sabiston said Thursday.

  • Nudist resort to bare all for shot at skinny-dipping record

    Whispering Pines Nudist Resort in the Grissettown area of Brunswick County is among nudist colonies throughout the country staging a shot at the World Record Skinny-Dip at 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Nudists and would-be nudists have been invited to take part in the simultaneous skinny-dip for an attempted listing in Guinness World Records.

    The American Association for Nude Recreation is organizing the event at 102 legally sanctioned nudist resorts throughout the U.S. and nine in Canada.

    Rules require all counted participants to be completely nude during the skinny-dip.

  • Officials say more than 10,000 attend Calabash fireworks display

    CALABASH—As the Seafood Capital’s first Fourth of July fireworks show erupted over the Calabash River on Friday night, a crowd of thousands turned out to view it.

    “We lost count at 10,000,” Calabash Town Administrator Jeremy Cribb said.

    People were everywhere, he said.

    “When I stood on that stage and I looked around and asked everybody to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, I was amazed,” Cribb said of the turnout.

  • Sheriff's deputy charged in alcohol-related boating wreck, suspended pending investigation

    A deputy from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been charged in connection with an alcohol-related boating collision during the holiday weekend. The sheriff’s office has suspended him from his duties while the investigation continues.

    Charles Lee Murray, 37, of 599 Trellis Court, Bolivia, was charged with careless and negligent operation of a motorboat and operating a boat while impaired, according to Lt. Matthew Long of the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission.

  • TB outbreak in jail: 31 inmates, two sheriff’s deputies' skin tests positive

    A tuberculosis outbreak in the Brunswick County Detention Center has been traced back to a contagious inmate who was transferred from the detention center Monday, June 29.

    Since then, county health officials have tested 465 people for TB. From those initial skin tests, preliminary results showed 31 inmates and two sheriff’s office staff members had reactive skin tests, Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said.

    Two active TB cases have been identified.