Local News

  • Flood watch in effect through late Thursday night

    The National Weather Service in wilmington has issued a flood watch for Brunswick County from from 1 a.m. Wednesday through late Thursday night.

    The following is a statement from the National Weather Service:

    The remnants of Hurricane Ida will bring heavy rainfall to the area into Thursday. The heaviest rain is expected to occur Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.

    At this time flooding issues are most likely to occur. By the time the rain tapers off early Friday morning most areas will have accumulated a general 4 to 6 inches.

  • Town seeks retribution for accusation against officer

    Saying they needed to show support for employees, Shallotte aldermen voted last week to send a letter to District Attorney Rex Gore asking him to pursue charges against the person who accused police officer Kyle Jones of assault last month.

    Gore said this week charges will not be filed against Jones, but he cannot make a decision about charges against the accuser until he receives the written SBI report.

  • Defense attorney shares real life situations with students

    Defense attorney Jason Disbrow said although some of his clients are minors, they are often sentenced as adults.

    “I represent a lot of 15-, 16-, 17-year-old folks that are in big boy court,” he told Brunswick County Academy and Transition Academy students last week. “Nine times out of 10, you’ll be treated as an adult. You do an adult crime, you’ll be treated as an adult.”

  • Fourth annual Senior Follies to light up stage this weekend

    Golden-age talent will take center stage as the fourth annual Senior Follies, a fundraiser for Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, unfolds this Saturday and Sunday at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.

    A lineup of 80 performers and 22 different acts involving singing, dancing and other talent by the county’s 55-plus set will highlight the show in two separate performances.


    CAROLINA SHORES—Newcomers Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough pulled off big election wins Tuesday, overwhelmingly defeating incumbent Gere Dale and taking two available seats in the town commissioners’ race.

    Unofficial election tallies show Dunn with 1,076 or more than 45 percent of votes cast and Goodenough with 1,007 or more than 42 percent of the votes, compared to 267 or 11 percent of votes for Dale.

    “We are so excited,” Dunn said Tuesday night during a victory party at a local resident’s house.

  • Carolina Shores commissioner to pursue lawsuit for political cartoon

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner Gere Dale plans to pursue the possibility of a lawsuit at this Thursday’s town board meeting after a political cartoon was distributed around town last week, days before the Nov. 3 election.

    Dale, speaking at commissioners’ monthly pre-agenda meeting Monday, said he will pursue a defamation lawsuit for the unattributed caricature depicting the town board that was circulated around town as a flier.

  • Klein holds on to third term as Sunset Beach Mayor

    With a swing of a little more than 100 votes, Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein was able to hold off challenger Richard Cerrato to secure his third term as mayor.

    While Cerrato wasn’t able to unseat Klein, two new faces will be on town council come December: Carol Scott and Karen Joseph.

    Scott and Joseph join incumbent Lou DeVita, who was elected to his second term, while incumbent Len Steiner was not re-elected.

    The mayor’s race saw Klein finish with 877 votes, or 53 percent, and Cerrato came in with 767 votes, or 46 percent.

  • 2009 municipal election results

    Unofficial 2009 municipal election results

    Below are unofficial election results.

    Sunset Beach

    Unofficial results have Ronald Klein winning over mayor challenger Rich Cerrato in Sunset Beach race. Carol Scott, Karen Joseph and Lou DeVita selected for town council seats.


  • Board members table SRO contract discussion

    BOLIVIA—More than two months into the 2009-2010 school year, Brunswick County Board of Education members and Brunswick County commissioners have yet to agree on a contract for services of school resource officers (SROs).

    A proposed contract previously accepted by the board of education agreed to pay 10 SROs, who are employees of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, up to $653,000 in salaries, benefits and overtime pay. The contract also expected the county to cover any overtime occurred over the budgeted amount.

  • Carolina Shores voters approve mayor-council referendum

    CAROLINA SHORES—Voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to return the town to a mayor-council form of government.

    Unofficial results Tuesday show 1,058 voters or 84.57 percent voted “yes” in response to the referendum question asking should the town “return to a Mayor-Council Form of Government, as opposed to remaining in its current Council-Manager Form of Government?”

    That compares to 193 voters or 15.43 percent who voted “no” in the referendum.