Local News

  • Investigator finds no discrimination against commissioner

    BOLIVIA—Case closed.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Sgt. Mark Francisco has found no evidence of discrimination—internally by sheriff’s deputies or by fellow commissioners—against county commissioner Charles Warren.

    Warren filed a police report last Tuesday, June 7, claiming racial harassment and discrimination by Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies, as well as fellow commissioners Scott Phillips and Bill Sue.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 8, 2011
  • Bank robbery in Holden Beach

    Shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 a suspect robbed the Waccamaw Bank in Holden Beach. Detectives are on the scene. Check back for additional details as they become available. A photo of the suspect is expected to be released shortly.

  • Calabash restaurant readies for re-opening following fire

    CALABASH—Six months after a devastating fire, Capt. John's Seafood House is getting ready to re-open soon.

    The fourth-generation eatery on the Calabash waterfront sustained major damages after a fire attributed to a faulty fish-tank light broke out when the eatery was closed on the night of Nov. 30.

    A team of workers was busy Thursday painting the exterior of the restored eatery and readying the inside, which looks much the same as it did previously, but with new furnishings and light fixtures.

  • Three Confederate graves discovered in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Three brothers, three Confederate soldiers and the first mayor of Shallotte were all laid to rest in a recently rediscovered cemetery in Shallotte.

    The Leonard Cemetery behind Thomas Drugs on Main Street is the final resting place of many influential former Shallotte residents.

    There are 32 marked graves dating from 1872-1953. Some are hard to read as the headstones are broken.

  • Firemen set a Supply house ablaze

    SUPPLY—There was smoke in the air last Friday night, and it was on purpose.

    Area firemen set fire to a home off of Coastal Drive in Supply as a part of a live burn training exercise.

    The house, donated to the county for training purposes, was in the Supply fire district. Prior to burning the house, firefighters extensively prepared the site for the burn. The house had to be stripped and inspected for asbestos, and all items were removed. Hay and wood were used to fuel the fires.

  • Can Southport become the next Fukushima?

    SOUTHPORT—On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami changed the landscape of Japan and the mentality of the nuclear world forever.

    “Fukushima was a watershed for our industry,” said Michael Annacone, site vice president during a recent media tour of the Brunswick Plant.

    The extent of the disaster at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, still isn’t known, but the nuclear world is attempting to learn valuable lessons to increase safety for the future so similar incidents don’t occur.

  • Why isn’t it done yet?


    SHALLOTTE—The long awaited Smith Avenue Project is delayed yet again.

    The original completion date of Oct. 1, 2010, has come and gone. So have the late December, early spring and late May anticipated completion dates. And it appears the July Fourth completion date will also come and go without the disappearance of the orange-and-white traffic barrels lining Main Street and Smith Avenue.

  • Family Tradition at Civietown Fire Department

    CIVIETOWN—It’s a family tradition to be a part of the Civietown Volunteer Fire Department for its new chief.

    The Civietown Volunteer Fire Department has recently undergone a change in command.

    Former Assistant Chief Mark Hewett is now the chief. He takes the place of Chief Bobby Hewett.

    “Bobby retired out as a respected ex-chief,” Hewett said. “He came through the ranks like I did.”

  • Rev your engine for a cause

    SHALLOTTE—It’s time to rev your engine for a good cause.

    For the 19th year in a row, the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts are launching fundraising for their annual Christmas Toy Run.

    At 11 a.m., Saturday, June 11, the streets of Shallotte will be filled with motorcycles and classic cars as participants in a poker run help raise money to make area children’s holiday wishes come true.