Local News

  • Fire closed portions of 179 Wednesday afternoon

    A house fire at 1123 Brick Landing Road (N.C. 179) closed a portion of the road for several hours Wednesday afternoon.

    According to witnesses on the scene a passing motorist first noticed the fire. Neighbor Ricky Babson said a woman stopped her car in his driveway and ran frantically towards his residence. She told him the house two doors down was on fire.

    “We have four or five fire extinguishers from our boats and we grabbed those and started to put the fire out,” Babson said.

  • Pedestrian hit in Coastal Drug parking lot listed in fair condition

    A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the Coastal Drug parking lot on Main Street in Shallotte on Wednesday morning.

    A 2004 Ford struck Supply resident Margie Kenney Mooney, 78, a few minutes after 10 a.m.

    According to the accident report filed by the Shallotte Police Department, Mooney was attempting to park her vehicle in the Coastal Drug parking lot when the accident occurred.

  • County considers radio system overhaul

    BOLIVIA—Commissioners have given Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano the green light to move forward with a plan to overhaul the county’s radio system.

    Marzano has come under fire and received pressure to overhaul the system from local fire officials to change the county’s SmartLink radio system and what many people consider its impediments.

  • Motion to keep the hardship financing program narrowly fails

    A motion to extend the county’s water and sewer hardship financing program for low-income customers failed at the Brunswick County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

    During commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 18, a motion to extend the program failed with just two of the five commissioners voting for the proposal, which means the county’s program is not in compliance with state statute.

  • Commissioners OK reimbursement agreement with limitations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a reimbursement agreement ordinance to allow the county to enter into reimbursement agreements with specific limitations.

    Commissioners first addressed the ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.

  • Community meeting set to discuss construction and demolition landfill expansion

    A community meeting has been scheduled to discuss the proposed construction and demolition landfill expansion project.

    The meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, will be at the Brunswick County Utility Operations Center on Greywater Road, behind Lockwood Folly Park.

    The public is invited to attend.

    Commissioners first tabled the construction and demolition landfill expansion project in November 2010, after a public hearing drew considerable opposition.

  • Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Main Street in Shallotte

    A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle around the 4900 block of Main Street in Shallotte Wednesday morning.

    The call came in around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Brunswick County Emergency Services Deputy Director Scott Garner, who said he had no more details about the incident.

    Check back for more on this developing story.

  • When they come for you, you’re going to jail

    What is the Brunswick County South End Task Force, and what do they do?

    “A lot of people see us on the streets with our task force jackets and want to know what it is,” said Detective Mark Jarman of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    “If you see us coming, you are going to jail,” said Detective Woody Dunn of the Sunset Beach Police Department.

  • Father and son perform together in a trio sharing God’s message

    Sharing a talent and a message with others, a Southern gospel trio includes a local father and son duo. By day the trio assumes the roles of banker, town administrator and college student. By night they are The Altarmen & Julie.

    For the past 17 years, Julie Owens and Albert Hughes have shared the stage singing together. Two years ago, depending on whom you ask, Keith Hughes joined the group during his senior year of high school.

    The father and son debate the length of time.

  • Shallotte Police Officer of the Year

    First Sgt. Chip McKeithan of the Shallotte Police Department won the officer of the year award for 2010. The recipient was selected by his fellow officers.

    “Every year, all of the officers vote on the officer of the year at the end of the year,” said Chief Rodney Gause. “I think they voted for him because of the way he has stepped to the plate.”

    McKeithan, born and raised in Ash, has been employed with the Shallotte Police Department for 11 years and five months.