Local News

  • West Brunswick student builds playground shelter as Eagle Scout service project

    Seventeen-year-old Daniel Hagan has completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout and gave back to his childhood school in the process.

    For his service project, Hagan decided to build a shelter area at Waccamaw School's playground. A former Waccamaw student, Hagan said the school is his "favorite place on Earth," and wanted to do give back to the place he received so much.

    "It has been a pleasure and an honor planning and constructing this shelter for the past year," he said during a dedication ceremony Wednesday evening.

  • Suspect fires shot at sheriff’s deputies; deputy fires back

    SHALLOTTE—An undercover drug buy went awry when a man from whom drug agents were attempting to purchase drugs shot at a van carrying three sheriff’s deputies.

    Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, drug agents arrived at the intersection of Tryon Road and McMilly Road in Shallotte, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. When an undercover drug agent attempted to make a controlled narcotics buy, sheriff’s office officials say Demontray Hill allegedly pulled out a shotgun and fired one shot at the sheriff’s office van.

  • Coast Guard sets hearing on Ocean Isle parasail accident

    The U.S. Coast Guard has scheduled a formal hearing for Sept. 23-25 to receive testimonies about the fatal parasailing accident Aug. 28 on Ocean Isle Beach, which resulted in the deaths of two vacationing women.

    The hearing is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at the New Hanover County Courthouse, courtroom 402.

  • Teams get ready to S-P-E-L-L in literacy council bee Thursday

    Spelling teams will once again compete Thursday night in Brunswick County Literacy Council’s 20th annual spelling bee, set for 7 p.m. at Brunswick Community College.

    As of press deadline Tuesday, 13 teams had signed on for this year’s spelling contest. For the first time it will be in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium. More teams may be added this week for the annual “contest against the dictionary,” spelling bee chairman Matt Ernst said.

  • Technology, changing habits, economy mean changes for tourism promotion

    Summer tourist season in Brunswick County used to be easy to predict: Families from other parts of the state loaded up their station wagons beginning in June and drove a few hours to spend a week on the beach.

    With the development boom came more opportunities for tourism, and in 1996, the state legislature approved an occupancy tax to be used specifically for tourism promotion. Brunswick County formed the Tourism Development Authority to plan how to use the money.

  • Calabash narrows down administrative candidates to six interviews this week

    CALABASH—Town commissioners were slated to interview six people this week for Calabash’s vacant town administrator position.

    An “emergency” four-hour meeting was called Monday afternoon so the board could go into closed session to interview three candidates.

    The meeting was called on an emergency basis. Because of “human error,” proper 48-hour notice wasn’t given, town administrator Kelley Southward and Mayor Anthony Clemmons noted in e-mailed memos sent out Monday morning.

  • State announces new landfill ban; local officials say enforcement will be difficult

    BOLIVIA—Recent legislation, which takes effect Oct. 1, prohibits plastic bottles, oil filters and wooden pallets in the state’s solid waste landfills.

    But, according to Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis, enforcement of the new ban could be difficult.

  • Impaired driver strikes, kills pedestrian

    An Ash man police say was impaired at the time struck and killed an Ocean Isle Beach man who was walking alongside Green Bay Road south of Shallotte on Monday, Sept. 14.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. C. K. Parks, Joshua Wilson, 24, of Big Neck Road, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck west on Green Bay Road 5.5 miles south of Shallotte around 10:30 p.m. when he struck Fortunato Castillo, 45, of Green Bay Road in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Newest law enforcement apparatus touches down in Brunswick County

    The newest law enforcement apparatus has landed in Brunswick County, and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said the best thing about the helicopter is taxpayers aren’t footing the bill.

    Miller said the sheriff’s office received the Bell OH-58 helicopter from the federal agency Law Enforcement Support Services, or LESS, at no cost. So far, the sheriff’s office spent $32,000 in drug seizure money to outfit the helicopter with radios, GPS and intercom systems.

  • Commissioners table developer's request for pump station deferment to build spec house

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday tabled a developer’s request to defer construction of a sewer pump station in Ocean Isle Palms to build a spec house.

    County manager Marty Lawing said officials with The Coastal Companies, owned by Mark Saunders, requested a deferment to complete the development’s sewer pump station—instead requesting a building permit to build a spec house, which would operate on a grinder pump until Ocean Isle Palm’s pump station is constructed.