Local News

  • Ash man dies in single-vehicle wreck New Year's Day

    ASH—An Ash man was killed New Year's Day in a single-vehicle wreck on Kingtown Road.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. R.E. King, Michael Douglas Inman, 23, of 4951 Deer Haven Lane in Ash, was killed in a single-vehicle wreck around 2:14 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1.

    King said Inman was driving his Chevrolet pickup truck west on Kingtown Road, when he crossed the center line and ran into a ditch on the left side of the road, where Inman’s truck came to rest.

  • Stories that Shaped 2010: VA officials optimistic about veterans’ services in 2011

    It’s a far cry from what most had originally hoped, but 2011 may shape up to be a good year for Brunswick County veterans.

    With Brunswick Community Hospital vacating in the summer of 2011 when Novant Health opens Brunswick Novant Medical Center, most veterans hoped for—and most local officials endorsed—the idea of converting the hospital to a Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital.

    But despite local, state and federal efforts to make the conversion a reality in 2010, it wasn’t in the cards for Brunswick County.

  • A look back at 20 years in office with outgoing DA Rex Gore

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part feature series with outgoing district attorney Rex Gore.

    BOLIVIA—When the New Year rings in, district attorney Rex Gore will hand over the reins of the district’s prosecutorial office to DA-elect Jon David.

    Gore, who was first elected district attorney in 1990, will leave office just as he entered it—no pomp and circumstance—just business.

  • Stories that Shaped 2010: How the new Republican majority will shape the political landscape

    The Grand Old Party made a roaring comeback this past November.

    If 2008 was the year of the donkey, 2010 was the year of the elephant.

    In 2008, Democrats, fueled by President Barack Obama’s historic candidacy, ran away with the General Election. Though not as overwhelming, the 2010 midterm elections belonged to the Republicans, who made a surging comeback to even the playing field on state and national stages.

  • Calabash VFW blood drive Jan. 6

    The New Year brings a continuing need for donated blood, and Calabash VFW Post 7288 is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to try to satisfy that need.

    The Post is located at 900 Carter Drive, and donors who wish to make an appointment to donate or have other questions may call (910) 579-3577.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosures- Things you may not know about foreclosures

    If you are facing foreclosure, here are a few steps from best-case scenario to worst to save your home:

    1)    Request a loan modification

    2)    Make a whole sale

    3)    Utilize a short sale

    4)    Deed in lieu of foreclosure

    5)    Foreclosure


    Inside information most people don’t know:

    •The 800 number on a past due bill takes the caller to a lender’s collection department

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - The job: No one wants to be the bearer of bad news

    Snakes, poison ivy, tears, cursing, barking dogs, people hiding: It’s all in a day’s work for the bearer of bad news.

    “I have had everything happen from being cussed, yelled and screamed at to people thanking me and others who want to talk,” said Brunswick County Deputy Chris Powell. “You never know what kind of reaction you are going to get.”

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - The future of real estate

    Predicting the future of the real estate industry is a challenge. No one knows when the industry will recover. One thing agreed upon is it will never be the same.

    “The landscape of real estate has changed,” said Realtor Martha Lee. “It took us a long time to get here and it’s going to take a long time to get out. Things need to change for the good of all.”

    2010 was the year of foreclosures in Brunswick County, breaking previous records in the number filed. 2011 is forecast to be much of the same.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - Tips for saving your home from foreclosure

    It was your dream…now it’s your nightmare.

    When you find yourself in the position of losing your home, where do you turn? Who can you trust to give you solid advice?

    The Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court’s office isn’t permitted to give advice; it can only explain the process. Most people are in a financial crisis and can’t afford to spend money to seek advice, so where do you turn?

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - The future may not be bright

    It appears the number of foreclosures in Brunswick County tapered off in the last few months of 2010.

    One hundred eighty four foreclosures in October set the record high for 2010 with numbers dropping to 113 in November, and December closing out with less than 100.

    However, the numbers are misleading and could mean more bad news is in store.