Local News

  • Wishes come true through Wishing Well Foundation

    HOLDEN BEACH—Six-year-old Dakota Thomas has been to the beach before but has only seen it from one spot.

    Because of his spastic cerebral palsy, he must either walk with the help of a walker or be pushed in a wheelchair—neither of which work well in the sand.

  • A new bridge is dedicated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—On a balmy, sun-bathed afternoon, a large crowd turned out at the base of the state’s newest Intracoastal Waterway bridge for its official dedication.

    Though the new $32 million Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge isn’t quite ready to open to traffic, it got a proper christening and welcome, with state and local dignitaries in attendance at the Oct. 1 ceremony.

  • Holden Beach bulkheads damaged by flooding

    After four and a half days of relentless rain, Pete Schwaiger walked down the steps of his beach house Friday morning, looked at the canal and wondered why his fence was bent over the water.

    He immediately found out why. His was one of 20 bulkheads (sea walls) on Holden Beach that buckled during last week’s monsoon.

    Two low-pressure systems chased by Tropical Storm Nicole roared from the Caribbean up the East Coast and dumped 17 to 22 inches of rain across the island, said town building inspector Tim Evans.

  • Groundbreaking for Brunswick County Hospice Care Center next week

    The groundbreaking for the Brunswick County Hospice Care Center will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the 900 block of Old Ocean Highway near the Canine Academy in Bolivia.

    Local businessman Louie Louis donated 7.35 acres of land for the site of the future hospice facility.

    “I’ve been blessed, and it is nice to share our blessings with others. Lower Cape Fear Hospice has been great to the community, and this brings me great joy to be able to do this,” Lewis said.

  • Board approves five-year plan for roof improvements

    BOLIVIA—Repairs to roofs covering nine Brunswick County Schools will take place during the next five years.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education adopted a five-year roofing capital improvement plan Tuesday night, which outlines when each school’s roof will be repaired, what kind of material will be used and how much repairs are estimated to cost.

    According to information presented to board members Tuesday night by Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning, the last major roof repairs were completed in 1998.

  • State official labels local juvenile services department ‘model judicial district’

    The deputy secretary for court services with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was in town Tuesday as part of a district-wide review of the juvenile court counselors.

    “The impetus for it was that we needed a mechanism to help court counselors recognize the good work that they’re doing and also make sure they’re meeting all the required standards on a regular basis,” deputy secretary Michael Rieder said.

  • Sugar Confections Bakery

    SHALLOTTE—“This is what this area needed,” local resident Mary Couvillon said while purchasing baked goods last week at Sugar Confections Bakery.

    Employee Denise Ward said eight out of 10 customers say the same thing.

    Sugar Confections Bakery opened its Main Street location on Sept. 2, but the baking has been going on much longer. Owner Monique Holenko began her business four years ago, as she turned a hobby into a home business.

  • ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ spells a fun time for all

    If you’re looking for a night of frolicking fun, let Brunswick Little Theatre spell it out for you.

    “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, and run for two consecutive weekends at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    The Tony Award-winning musical follows a group of six students as they compete for the title of county spelling bee champion. The comedic show is suggested for adult audiences only, as some mature situations are addressed.

  • Ocean Isle Beach founder leaves behind legacy

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—His name can be seen on buildings and landmarks across the county. His contributions will benefit generations to come. His legacy will live on indefinitely.

    Odell Williamson, founder of Ocean Isle Beach, died Sunday, Oct. 3. He was 90 years old.

    “It’s certainly a sad day for Ocean Isle,” Mayor Debbie Smith said. “He’s made many contributions to Ocean Isle as well as this end of Brunswick County.”

  • McIntyre looking for eighth congressional bid to strengthen district’s economic climate

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., said he knows what’s on the minds of people in the 7th Congressional District.

    When voters go to the polls Nov. 2, he said they would have the economy and jobs on their minds—jobs lost as well as jobs that need to be created.

    “Jobs and economic development are the main issue in this race and that’s a clear commitment that I have had, and continue to work on,” the seven-term Lumberton congressman said last week from Washington, D.C.