Local News

  • Every 60 seconds a woman dies: are you next?

    A woman dies every minute in the United States from heart disease and every 90 seconds from a heart attack.
    These are the statistics Pamela Federline recites as she addresses audiences as a Women Heart champion.
    Federline, an institutional effectiveness coordinator at Brunswick Community College, is dedicated to educating women everywhere about their risk of heart disease and the warning signs of heart attacks.
    “I really didn’t get it,” Federline said. “I didn’t understand the genetic risk factors. One in 30 women die of breast cancer but one in four die of heart disease.”

  • Six months to a new career

    Following a clear path toward a career has become easier in the last few years at Brunswick Community College.
    Officials have been working to streamline the process for students and the community.
    Students can start classes today and be a nationally certified and skilled member of the workforce in six months.
    BCC began the Career Pathways Institute in the spring of 2012. The program is a spin-off of the Jobs Now Initiative issued by Gov. Bev Perdue. That federally funded program ended in 2011. For educators at BCC, the question became how to keep the initiative going without Jobs Now.

  • Roofers go out on a limb to save baby owl

  • N.C. Business Court judge denies Bank of America’s motion against Coastal Companies

    RALEIGH—A North Carolina Business Court Judge has denied Bank of America’s motion for a receiver in its ongoing lawsuit against local developer Mark Saunders and his company, The Coastal Companies.

    In an order filed March 9, Chief Special Superior Court Judge John Jolly ordered the parties establish a mechanism by which Saunders provide Bank of America “additional ongoing current and accurate information with regard to the financial operations and conditions of defendants.”

  • Election 2012: McCrory seeks second bid for governor

    SHALLOTTE—Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory learned some valuable lessons on the 2008 campaign trail he plans to use to his advantage running for governor again.

    McCrory won the 2008 Republican nomination for N.C. Governor, but went on to lose to N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, in the General Election.

    McCrory is one of 12 candidates who would like to occupy the governor’s mansion next year.

  • County seeks dismissal in commissioner’s lawsuit

    Though a court decision allowed Brunswick County commissioners to proceed with a hearing to remove county commissioner Charles Warren from the county’s DSS board, the matter is still pending in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall has filed a motion to dismiss the case, as well as asking for $217 in costs associated with a temporary restraining order Warren received to halt the original hearing.

  • Belville commissioner charged with threatening, cyber-stalking mayor

    Belville town commissioner Joseph August Breault has been charged with communicating threats and cyber-stalking 

    Breault, 68, of 10076 North Old Towne Wynd, Leland, was charged on Monday, March 19, and released on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

    According to the arrest warrants, Breault is accused of threatening Belville Mayor William Batson on several occasions between Feb. 10 and Feb. 20, and again on March 13.

    The arrest report states Breault threatened Batson by telling him “he would kick his ass if he didn’t watch his mouth.”

  • Lighting, UDO get a going-over in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Lighting standards and landscaping are issues as the town nears completion of its Unified Development Ordinance update.
    The town planning board and now town council are reviewing the update led by consultant Landin Holland with Holland Consulting Planners in Wilmington.
    Update of the UDO, which consolidates land-use ordinances, launched a year ago with a town-appointed committee.

  • Carolina Shores celebrates Arbor Day

    CAROLINA SHORES—A crowd of residents and second-graders turned out to celebrate trees last Friday morning.
    It was the town of Carolina Shores’ fourth annual Arbor Day celebration.
    Mayor Walter Goodenough, standing at a podium amid trees at town hall’s front entrance, said the first Arbor Day tree-planting holiday took place nearly 140 years ago, on April 10, 1872. That’s when a million trees were planted in Nebraska.
    Trees help in many ways, said Goodenough, speaking to second-graders in attendance from teacher Jennifer Parton’s class at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

  • Fire Department debated in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved a revised contract with the Calabash Fire Department for city fire service.
    Approval came on a 4-1 vote at town commissioners’ last monthly meeting last Tuesday, March 13, with town commissioner Jody Nance casting a dissenting vote.
    Town commissioner Charles “Buddy” Walton said the fire department needs the contract or it will not get paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
    “They also have a list of all the equipment and the utensils and tools and everything that can be charged by FEMA,” Walton said.