Local News

  • Services highlight Memorial Day weekend

    Several ceremonies are planned in the area this week in observance of Memorial Day.


    Memorial Day ceremonies include two in Calabash, both starting at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30.

    One ceremony will be at the Calabash Fire Department on Persimmon Road and N.C. 179.

    The program, co-sponsored by the fire department and Calabash American Legion Post 503, will honor military from all branches and eras, especially those who gave their lives in service to our country.

  • Heated exchange over fire proceeds in Calabash

    CALABASH— Clashes have erupted in Calabash over ABC proceeds for the local fire department and hurricane readiness.

    At a fire department board meeting last week, department officials said proceeds from the town’s ABC store are down nearly 60 percent from last year.

    “We don’t know why, but that’s what they say,” said board president Jennings Edge.

  • D.A. re-opening Bald Head officer death case

    District Attorney Jon David is re-examining evidence and information surrounding the October 1999 death of Bald Head Island police officer Davina Jones.

    Jones died October 22, 1999, from a single gunshot to the back of her head while on duty.

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore, in conjunction with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation, determined Jones died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Gore subsequently ruled Jones’ death a suicide.

  • Brunswick Beat for May 18, 2011
  • DA David appeals judge’s traffic court order

    RALEIGH—District Attorney Jon David has fired back.

    Thursday morning in Raleigh, David filed a petition in the North Carolina Court of Appeals appealing an April 15 administrative order issued by Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    Dick Ellis, spokesperson for the N.C. Court of Appeals, said the petition appealed Jolly’s administrative order, which, among other things, ordered a stay on a fledging traffic court program started by David.

  • Holden Beach property tax value likely to increase

    To achieve a revenue-neutral budget, Holden Beach officials are looking at a 12.7 or 13 percent tax rate per $100 of property value for the coming budget year.

    The current tax rate is 6.9 percent.

    “The revenue-neutral is less than double the current rate,” Mayor Alan Holden said at a budget workshop in town hall Tuesday afternoon. “We’re by no means through studying this thing.”

    Because of the recession, Holden Beach property values fell 45-47 percent during the 2011 revaluation performed by Brunswick County officials.

  • VA signs lease for Brunswick veterans clinic

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., on Monday announced a lease has been signed for the new Veterans Administration (VA) clinic in Brunswick County.

    The clinic is scheduled to open the first week of August.

    “Today we take a huge step forward to the reality of a new veterans clinic in Brunswick County. This new clinic will provide valuable services to the veterans population and honor their commitment and service to the nation,” McIntyre said.

  • Professional athletes from around country reach out to local boy during his time of loss

    SUPPLY—The last few weeks have been anything but typical for 11-year-old London Chandler Robinson.

    On Wednesday, May 4, he received tragic news that his mother, Heidi Robinson, had fallen 14 stories from a hotel balcony to her death. Two years ago on June 6, London’s father, Mark Walker, passed away from heart complications.

    London lives with longtime family friends Kelley and Tommy Robinson, and they are seeing to it that London keeps a smile on his face.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    •Shaqjitta Shanee Jones, 18, of 302 East Oak Island Drive, was arrested for simple assault in the Shallotte Crossing parking lot. After a wreck in the parking lot, police discovered a fight.

  • Ronald McDonald House fundraiser is Sunday

    SUPPLY—Eight-month-old Jordyn Rylee Quent’s will to survive has surprised even the doctors.

    Diagnosed at birth as having a severe immune system deficiency, doctors ran tests and found that her immunoglobulin levels were undetectable.

    “We were told this meant she had no immune system and the smallest infection could kill her,” Kristina Schaible said. “We thought she was literally going to be a bubble baby.”

    Doctors immediately rushed the family to Chapel Hill for further testing.