Local News

  • Drug agents bust meth lab in Calabash

    CALABASH—Drug agents have busted a meth lab in Calabash, the county’s first meth lab bust since 2006.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 13, drug agents arrested Robert Lee Moss II when he was outside his home.

    Though they had a superior court judge-issued search and destruction order, it was important agents separated Moss from the potentially volatile situation inside the Wilson Avenue home he was renting, because they believed a meth lab was inside, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Agent Jeff Beck said.

  • Night of Notables gives interactive history lesson at Bolivia Elementary

    Look to your left and you'll see George Washington. Turn the corner and you'll run into Albert Einstein. Notable people in history lined the hallways at Bolivia Elementary School during the annual Night of Notables.

    For more than 10 years, the fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Bolivia Elementary School have presented the Night of Notables, where students dress up as historical figures from history and share facts about what they learned.

  • Towns seek annexation truce; St. James mayor says town doesn't want Midway properties

    Oak Island and St. James officials are talking about putting an end to the legal battle over annexing property along Midway Road, with St. James possibly dropping its bid to take in parcels.

    Property owners say they are remaining “guardedly optimistic” until a proposed agreement is approved.

    The towns are now in a court battle over who has authority to annex 38 parcels along N.C. 211 near the intersection of Midway Road and the corridor for the future second bridge to Oak Island.

  • New theater faces zoning problems; resident performance group delays season

    Less than a week after a well-attended open house celebrating the opening of Playhouse 211, a new community theater venue on N.C. 211 near St. James, the theater’s owners learned the structure is not in compliance with county zoning. It has been forced to shut down.

    The action came a week before Playhouse 211’s resident theater company, Cape Fear Repertory Theatre, had planned to debut its first show of the year, “The Sensuous Senator,” at its new home.

  • Sheriff's office searching for breaking-and-entering suspect

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a man wanted for breaking into several Supply-area homes from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marty Folding said Kenneth Alvin Hargrove, 31, of 227 Lennon Dale Blvd., Elizabeth City, is wanted for multiple breaking-and-entering charges for allegedly breaking into several homes on White and Kelford streets in Supply.

    Hargrove is wanted for nine counts of breaking and entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering and one count of failure to return rental property.

  • Tracking candidates: Rabon to run for state senate; Hankins to run for clerk of court

    The first Brunswick County resident has thrown his hat in the ring for the state senate seat longtime Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., D-Columbus, announced he would not defend in 2010.

    On Tuesday, Bill Rabon announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the District 8 state senate seat to serve Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

    Rabon, 58, a veterinarian and civic leader, “promised to run a clean campaign that is well-organized, well-funded and focused on meeting the challenges facing southeastern North Carolina,” he said in a press release.

  • State Farm drops 1,650 policies from North Carolina's barrier islands

    It’s another blow to North Carolina’s barrier islands.

    State Farm insurance announced last week it will cease coverage of all North Carolina’s barrier islands, about 1,650 insurance policies.

    Expected to take effect May 1, State Farm will no longer continue to write or renew homeowners’ insurance policies for any barrier islands along North Carolina’s 18 coastal counties, North Carolina Department of Insurance spokesperson Kristin Milam said.

  • Mississippi man arrested for trafficking cocaine

    A Mississippi man was arrested last week for several drug charges after a traffic stop on U.S. 74-76 near Leland.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said sheriff’s office K-9 deputy Brian Carlisle stopped a 1999 Ford Taurus on U.S. 74-76 around 4 p.m. Jan. 14 for suspicious behavior.

    When the vehicle was searched, deputies found 52.7 grams of cocaine, which has a street value of about $12,000, Lanier said.

  • November home sales up in Brunswick

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County increased in November 2009 compared to the previous month and the previous year, according to the latest information from the N.C. Association of Realtors (NCAR).

    In November of 2009, Realtors in Brunswick County sold 181 units, up 65 percent from 110 units in November 2008. That also represents a 3 percent increase over October 2009, when 176 houses were sold.

    The average cost of a house also increased between November 2008 and 2009, from $232,147 to $248,291.

  • Future sewer costs still a concern in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town still needs to come to the aid of its citizens to help offset future sewer expenses, a resident told town commissioners at a recent meeting.

    “I feel some responsibility is here to provide some kind of help for citizens, whether budgeting some tax money or whatever,” said Calabash Acres resident Mack Sanders, speaking at commissioners’ Jan. 12 meeting.

    “I think the money should come from the town to help pay for this,” Sanders said.