Local News

  • Strong storms knock power out in parts of the county

    A strong storm system moved through Brunswick County Thursday afternoon, producing heavy rain and frequent thunder and lightning.

    Power was knocked out in parts of the county and a number of possible fire calls went out to local emergency personnel. So far, there have been no reports of actual fire damage caused by the storm. The town of Holden Beach reported a possible lightning strike to a power pole.

  • Leland mother dies after crash in Columbus County

    Dawn Baldwin-Ivey of Leland, a former Miss Brunswick County and lifelong county resident, died yesterday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center related to injuries received in a traffic collision on July 23.

    She was the wife of Officer Tillman Ivey of the City of Wilmington Police Department. They have three children Jacob 12, Shelby 9, and Bryanne 5.

    The Whiteville News-Reporter reported Baldwin-Ivey was critically injured at 4:14 p.m. last Friday while driving a 2001 Honda south on N.C. 11 in Columbus County, according to a report by Trooper Scott Floyd.

  • Blessing of new sanctuary at St. Brendan

    More than five years ago, parishioners at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Shallotte began planning to expand their fellowship hall and sanctuary.

    According to St. Brendan’s social ministries coordinator Kathy Doyle, the church began planning the expansion in 2002, but the land for the expansion was not purchased until 2005.

    The Rev. Robert Ippolito and the Rev. Hector LaChapelle have been working with the building committee since their arrival in 2005.

  • More people looking for work in Brunswick County; BCC offers tips for job seekers

    When he leads classes at Brunswick Community College, re-employment services training instructor Richard Gomrick asks students to turn off their cell phones, but last week during a class for job seekers at the Employment Security Commission office in Shallotte, he told participants to keep them on.

    “It might be someone calling for an interview.”

  • Sunset Beach firefighters rescue sea turtle

    Two Sunset Beach firefighters, Scott Bookout and Henry Klutz recued a sea turtle near the Sunset Beach Pier last Friday. The turtle was swimming in the area around the Sunset Beach Pier when it became entangled in fishing line.
    According to Carmel Zetts, coordinator of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch program, someone called her to report a turtle in distress near the pier. She assessed the situation and realized the turtle was caught.

  • Tuition for out-of-district, state students to be determined

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will soon decide how to charge students coming from out of district and out of state, as policy No. 4135 is up for review.

    Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, said at a policy committee meeting Tuesday the district has not imposed fees on students who live in North Carolina but outside the Brunswick County School district.

    According to the board’s current policy, such students are subject to $2,528 in tuition fees, which is equal to the local per pupil allocation.

  • Calabash Originals: Seafood Capital celebrates restaurateurs at third annual Town Hall Day

    It was another day for Calabash to be “done up” proud as the Seafood Capital paid homage to its restaurant pioneers at its third annual Town Hall Day on July 24.

    Among restaurant families who showed up were Virgil “Tinky” Coleman and his sister, Clarice Holden. Their mother, Lucy Coleman, has been recognized as the original “Mrs. Calabash” as dubbed by entertainer Jimmy Durante.

  • Animal shelter issues, future to addressed at Aug. 5 meeting

    A preliminary meeting of the newly formed Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) is set for 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 5, at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, 3 W. Third St.

    Cheri McLain, who is in the process of obtaining nonprofit status for the fledgling animal group, is hoping RACE can work with Brunswick County Animal Services in managing the county animal shelter on Green Swamp Road.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets in three sessions Monday

    Discussions about fire station design, the pontoon bridge-tender house and parking committee membership are on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting next Monday night, Aug. 2.

    Council will also consider a resolution to alter distribution of Alcoholic Beverage Control revenue.

    The 7 p.m. meeting will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. work session to review the draft agenda and for general council discussions.

  • Lot owner objects to Sunset Beach easement claims

    SUNSET BEACH—Margaret McCarrel is trying to fight city hall about property rights.

    McCarrel claims a town road is improperly infringing on a lot she bought five years ago at the corner of Canal Avenue and Shoreline Drive West, and she wants the town to make amends for it.

    “The lot was supposed to be .42 of an acre—18,400 square feet,” said McCarrel, referring to the undeveloped lot.