Local News

  • Fire departments respond to overturned boat call

    The Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments responded to a report of an overturned boat on the east end of the Sunset Beach at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday night. They later found that the boat’s owner was already safe on shore.

    Two responders from Sunset Beach and one from Ocean Isle were injured during the search for the boater, according to Sunset Beach Assistant Chief Scott Bookout, but have recovered.

  • Shallotte and Supply fires spark investigations

    Two "suspicious fires" are under further investigation, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    A residential fire on Market Street in Wildwood Village in Shallotte is being investigated, after a suspect threw an unknown fuel on the back of the house Friday. According to the incident report, the fire caused $200 worth of damage to the wood siding.

    On Sunday, a suspect set fire to objects in the back of a truck located at a residence on Alvin Street in Supply, causing $500 worth of damage to the 1985 Chevy pick-up.

  • 'The Music Man' to open Aug. 7, run for two weekends

    Directors of Brunswick Little Theatre’s “The Music Man” set three goals for the 67-person musical cast during a recent rehearsal: act with energy, minimize outside conversation and go through every scene without stopping.

    The cast seemed ready to tackle their instructions and launched into a quick run-through of the song “Ya Got Trouble” before starting the scene from the top.

  • 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.