Local News

  • Calabash fire chief resigns after serving nearly a year

    CALABASH—Calabash Fire Chief Carl Naecker has resigned.

    Naecker’s resignation officially took effect last Friday, July 24.

    Naecker, 58, was appointed interim chief to fill the department’s leadership vacancy last Aug. 1 after longtime department Chief Karl Bennett announced retirement plans. Naecker officially became chief of the department in December.

    Fire department board chairman Jennings Edge said he didn’t know Naecker’s reasons for resigning.

  • San Rio property owners prepare for lawsuit

    About 20 people who bought property at the now-defunct San Rio Ocean and River Club subdivision off Gray Bridge Road are preparing to file a lawsuit in Brunswick County Court.

    They hope to receive the money they invested in property that has not been developed and appears to have been abandoned.

    George Dedrick of Gibsonville said this week he and fellow San Rio property owner Kevin Brown began working with their banks to get their mortgages adjusted so they did not have to make balloon payments on a property without infrastructure that could not be developed.

  • Hung jury results in mistrial for West Virginia rape suspect

    A Brunswick County jury couldn’t come to a decision on whether to convict or acquit an 18-year-old West Virginia man accused of raping a girl in Brunswick County.

    The suspect is now free on bond, and another trial is not likely until next year, according to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, who prosecutes sex offenses and child abuse cases.

  • AirLink responds to beach rescue

    Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services and Tri-Beach Fire Department responded to a call about 12:12 p.m. Thursday of a man body surfing on Holden Beach who was driven into the sand by a wave, according to Brian Watts, director of Brunswick County EMS. The man complained of back and neck pain, and EMS decided to call the AirLink helicopter to take him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center ‘instead of taking a chance’ and transporting him via ambulance. The man’s name and condition have not been released.

  • Annexation bill passes House, moves to Senate

    The N.C. House of Representatives has approved the third reading of a bill that would allow property owners to force a referendum for pending involuntary annexations.

    The bill now goes to the Senate, but at least one representative says it’s going to be a hard fight there.

    House Bill 524 passed its third and final vote last Thursday and includes a provision for town residents or residents of the area to be annexed to petition for a referendum as well as a requirement for the town to provide services to the annexed area.

  • Distemper halts dog adoptions at Brunswick County shelter

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Animal Services is continuing to suspend dog adoptions after more cases of distemper were confirmed earlier this month.

    Two weeks ago, two dogs at the shelter developed a respiratory illness. Laboratory results confirmed the cause of the illness to be distemper.

    Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores.

  • Carolina Shores board votes 3-2 to censure mayor

    CAROLINA SHORES—After appointing former Mayor Dan Mann to fill a vacant seat and serve as mayor pro tem, town commissioners voted 3-2 Friday to censure current Mayor Stephen Selby for “inconsistent” behavior.

    The board censored the public by refusing to allow comments at the specially called meeting. An agenda stated no public comment would be allowed and cited a state statute that has no such provision.

    Mann and commissioners Gere Dale and Tom Puls voted for the resolution to censure Selby; commissioners Joseph Przywara and John Russo voted against it.

  • Remains positively identified as Alice Donovan's

    Remains recovered in January off a rural road in Horry County, S.C., have been positively identified as those of a woman who was abducted and brought to Brunswick County in November 2002 by two Kentucky prison escapees.

    The remains—bone fragments and a human skull—have been positively identified as those of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler said Tuesday.

    Those findings were released last Friday following DNA testing at the University of North Texas, Kegler said.

  • Terminal groin bill stalled in committee

    Ocean Isle Beach—Senate Bill 832 is stalled in the N.C. House committee, and Debbie Smith, Ocean Isle Beach mayor, went to Raleigh earlier this month to find out why.

    Smith, along with several other local mayors and area representatives, met with Joe Hackney, speaker of the house, hoping to find out why Senate Bill 832, which would make terminal groins legal in North Carolina, has been stalled in the committee on environment and natural resources since May.

  • Woman bitten by shark at Holden Beach

    A woman was bitten by a shark while in the water at Holden Beach on July 22, according to Holden Beach Police.

    Police said a shark bit a 26-year-old woman around 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. Witnesses said Julia Anne Mittelberg of Morton, Ill., was in about 3-4 feet of water in the 400 block of Ocean Boulevard West. She reportedly felt something on her left foot in the water. After making her way to shore, she discovered a bite wound on her left foot.