Local News

  • Shallotte: Cat city or breeding ground?

    SHALLOTTE—During August, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen has met twice to discuss town changes and both times talk turned to feral cats.

    At the Aug. 7 regular board meeting, aldermen heard from Paws-Ablity. The group asked the town to participate in a pilot spay/neuter program.

  • DSS director fired effective immediately

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services Director was fired Tuesday afternoon.

    Patty Connelly was hired as DSS director by the board on April 11, 2011. She was fired on Aug. 28 and escorted from the building.

    The board has been meeting in several recent closed sessions, which it did again on Tuesday. After returning to open session, board member Bernest Hewett made the motion to terminate Connelly.

    “I move to end Ms. Connelly’s employment,” Hewett said.

  • Calabash veteran recalls meeting Neil Armstrong on Xmas Day 1969

    On Christmas Day 1969, around the world families gathered to exchange gifts and to remember the gift of the Christ Child.

    In one little spot on this large planet, though, the atmosphere was far from family life, although the Christ Child was a comfort for many who found themselves in Vietnam.

    For years, the Christmas gift-giver for American troops was Bob Hope.

    He would gather the stars of the day and fly with them to remote lands where American troops were serving. This time it was another trip to Vietnam.

  • Labor Day delays local meetings

    Because of the Labor Day holiday, the schedule for local meetings has changed.

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have its monthly workshop at 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 4, instead of Monday. The board will have its usual monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly meeting the night of Sept. 10 instead of Sept. 3. The 7 p.m. meeting at town hall will be preceded by a pre-meeting workshop at 6:45 p.m.

  • Holden Beach pursues cat rescue program for island

    HOLDEN BEACH—The town of Holden Beach has opted to launch a community-supported feline management and rescue program, with assistance from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services.

    Town manager David Hewett said the program consists of placing several small colonies of feral cats on private property on the island.

    “The town’s position is this is a rescue-animal outreach,” Hewett said Monday.

    Hewett said it has nothing to do with residents’ prior complaints about rats on the island.

  • New management brings welcome changes at animal shelter

    SUPPLY—Peggy Burns and Pamela Socha were busy clipping puppy nails, while Jill Baxter walked—or tried to walk—Lyla, a medium-sized Basenji mix dog outside the fenced canine play yard.

    Having volunteers help with homeless, adoptable animals is just one of the changes that have occurred since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office took over management of the county animal shelter in July.

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  • Winning dance 'star' charged with sex offense with a child

    The owner of a Leland dance studio is out on bond after being charged with a first-degree statutory sex offense with a child.

    On Aug. 17 Leland police charged Jamie Kyle Watson, 36, of 115 Holly St., Leland, with two counts of sexual offense with a child younger than 13.

    A man complained to the police department alleging Watson, owner of Revolutionz Dance Studio, had committed a sex offense involving the man’s child.

  • Testimony continues in Bryant murder trial

    Day two of testimony in the Craig Bryant murder trial began with accusations by the defense of a discovery violation by the prosecution.

    Mike Willis, Bryant’s defense attorney, started the morning by telling Thomas H. Lock, superior court judge, that he felt there was a discovery violation because the prosecution’s witness Robert Schomp testified he had spoken with between five and seven police officers and he only had one report from a drug agent and two letters.

    “The court could even dismiss the case,” Willis said.

  • Fourth rabies case reported in Brunswick County

    Another wild animal in the Oak Island area has tested positive for rabies. This time it was a bobcat on the mainland on Long Beach Road.

    On Aug. 17, a man saw a bobcat chasing his dog. The bobcat took one swipe at the dog and then ran into the woods. The dog lay down.

    The man knew about rabies and did not to handle the dog right away but waited for any saliva to dry. The dog was current on its rabies shots so it only needed a booster shot. The man did not come in contact with the bobcat.