Local News

  • NAACP head claims Brunswick County violates federal law with discriminatory practices

    BOLIVIA—The accusations were lengthy and harsh. But is it all bark and no bite?

    At a press conference at the county complex in Bolivia last week, William Barber, president of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), outlined numerous claims of racially motivated bias and discrimination by Brunswick County officials.

  • Destroyed but not out of business

    SHALLOTTE—Saturday morning’s fire at Long’s Garage didn’t only destroy the automotive business but also Hewett Glass.

    Hewett Glass and Long’s Garage shared a building at 250 Holden Beach Road. A fire broke out on Saturday morning inside Long’s Garage. The fire spread through the walls and also devastated Bryan Hewett’s longtime business.

    “What is not burnt is totally black,” Hewett said. “My life’s business was shut down in one day.”

  • Family moves into county's first Women Build house

    It only took a few months, a little know-how and a lot of women to build a brand-new house for a Shallotte family.

    Last week, Brunswick County’s first Women Build / Habitat for Humanity house officially became home for Dana Gause and her family.

    It’s the area’s first Habitat home built through the labor of dedicated teams of women, who started working on the house on Evans Circle last October. In a week’s time, the teams had the main frame of the three-bedroom house erected, from foundation to roof.

  • Sunset Beach opposes terminal groins

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted Monday night to oppose terminal groins following discussion at its monthly meeting and pre-agenda workshop.

    “I’m still convinced that terminal groins in Ocean Isle Beach will adversely impact Sunset Beach,” councilwoman Carol Scott said during the workshop. “I would like us to take a position against terminal groins.”

    Councilman Lou De Vita said he thought the board had already submitted a position.

  • Stewart bestowed Calabash's first stewardship award

    CALABASH—Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart was recipient Tuesday night of the town’s first Stewardship Award.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said the award is going to a “very special person in recognition and appreciation for many continuous contributions and services to the town of Calabash. Over the years, this person has been involved at the grassroots level, providing services and promoting the spirit of Calabash.”

    The 2011 recipient, Clemmons said, is always upbeat and ready to lend a helping hand.

  • Family of four dies in head-on collision with school bus

    A family of four is dead after being involved in a head-on wreck with a Brunswick County School bus Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Sgt. T.T. Daniels of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Joshua Steed Williams, 31, of Ash, was driving his passenger vehicle west on Camp Branch Road near Makotoka Road and N.C. 211 when he crossed the center line. His vehicle collided with a school bus driven by Connie Russ, 61, of Ash, just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Economic Development Commission announces two industry expansions in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Late last week, the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) announced two industry expansions in the county.

    Glycotech, a biotech company, and CATTS, an electronics recycling business, confirmed plans to expand in Brunswick County in 2011.

  • Honoring a leader

    Last week the town received news no one wanted to hear—Mayor Buddy Kelly passed away.

    “It is with deep sadness that the town has lost our Mayor Donald C. ‘Buddy’ Kelly.” “Mayor Kelly died on March 2, 2011,” town officials wrote in a press release Thursday. “He was well respected in the community and well thought of by the board and staff. He was not only our mayor, but our friend.”

  • Sunset Beach streetscape committee meeting Friday

    Sunset Beach Town Council has called a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday, March 11, at town hall council chambers to review the streetscape committee report and discuss other areas within town limits requiring landscaping.

    Town council may take action during this special meeting.

  • Carolina Shores retreat set for March 21

    CAROLINA SHORES—New town administrator Mike Hargett got acclimated to his first town commissioners workshop Monday by announcing an upcoming retreat.

    Hargett said Chris May, executive director with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, has agreed to facilitate the retreat tentatively proposed for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 21. The location has not yet been determined.

    Hargett said the board will discuss roles and responsibilities and can submit ideas on “what you see the town of Carolina Shores being in the present and future.”