Local News

  • Calabash swears in three newly elected commissioners, gets down to business

    CALABASH—After three newly elected town commissioners were sworn in Tuesday night, the board got down to business, re-electing Forrest King mayor pro tem and hearing additional appointments by Mayor Anthony Clemmons.

    Incumbent Bill Dixon, former commissioner Jody Nance and write-in candidate Mary Knight were administered the oath of office by town clerk Kelley Southward at the last town commission meeting of the year.

    Clemmons also recognized outgoing commissioners Cecelia Herman and Emily DiStasio with plaques and for their contributions during their board terms.

  • Golf course rezoning draws protests in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposal to rezone golf course open areas from mainland residential to an “open space” district drew opposition from residents at Monday night’s town council meeting.

    Consideration of the rezoning was suspended until council’s next monthly meeting Jan. 11.

    Jay Eriquez said the zoning proposal is confusing and conflicting since it’s “part single-family homes and recreational facilities.”

  • Resolution requesting senior center on Carolina Shores agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners on Thursday will consider a resolution requesting their area be considered as a site for a future senior center.

    If approved the resolution, on the agenda of the board’s monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, will ask the county to locate a senior center in the Carolina Shores or Calabash area.

    Brunswick County is planning three sites for a senior center in the Leland, Shallotte and Calabash areas, town administrator Linda Herncane noted in her monthly report.

  • Carolina Shores mayor says e-mail account 'compromised'

    Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said his e-mail at town hall had recently been “compromised.”

    During the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, Selby said from Oct. 19-Nov. 23, he did not receive e-mails sent to his town hall address.

    All of his e-mail was forwarded to a now defunct address, to “Mica Richards” at yahoo.com.

    Yahoo, he said, is investigating who might have done it and possibly tracing it to the computer that was used.

  • Thirteen charged in Southport drug investigation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have charged 13 people following a four-day drug blitz.

    Sgt. Steve Lanier said 13 people were charged with 22 felony and misdemeanor drug charges after the four-day investigation, which included surveillance, vehicle stops and search warrants in the Southport area.

    Drug agents executed a search warrant Friday at 203 West 9th St., which Lanier described as the “hub” of the drug operations.

  • Informational meeting set for new Brunswick County MADD chapter

    After working as a reporter and news editor for about eight years, Stacey Manning had gotten used to interacting with police officers, firefighters, EMTs, attorneys and judges.

    But she never imagined a single call on Feb. 17, 2006, would suddenly thrust her from behind the scenes directly into a news story.

  • Attorneys’ opinions differ on charging for public records

    Some members of the Brunswick County Board of Education think the district should charge for public records requests that consume staff hours and resources to furnish, but the board has yet to set any costs.

    The board tabled the discussion earlier this month and decided to have Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, call other school districts and ask how much they charge for excessive requests.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said the board began discussing a charge when a request for six months of information was made.

  • Holden Beach Tree Lighting

    The Holden Beach Choir sings at the second annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Holden Beach on Thursday night. The evening included the annual tree lighting by Mayor Alan Holden, singing by the choir and visits with Santa for the children who attended.

  • Fresh trees for Christmas decorating: Fraser fir most popular choice

    Looking for a “real” Christmas tree to liven up the holiday season?

    Fraser firs, many of which are grown in western North Carolina, seem to be the most popular, according to experts.

    At Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot in Shallotte, managers say 5-6-feet-tall Fraser firs are far and away the most sought-after type of Christmas tree. Home Depot also has Douglas firs. Many other local businesses, including several roadside stands, have live Christmas trees for sale in Brunswick County.

  • Bankrupt developers ask to be relieved from driveway construction

    The real estate development company responsible for construction of The Landing, a 65,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of N.C. 179 and Ocean Isle Beach Road, has declared bankruptcy. Representatives have asked Ocean Isle Beach commissioners to release them from one of the six original driveways that was included in the original bond.