Local News

  • Local shrimpers eligible to file claims related to BP oil spill

    East Coast shrimpers are eligible to file claims relating to BP’s oil spill in April off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a memo e-mailed Friday by the Southern Shrimp Alliance.

    “Everyone knows that the BP oil spill has affected shrimping in the Gulf, but it has also affected us on the East Coast,” reads the Nov. 5 e-mail from Nancy Edens and P.D. Mason with SSA-North Carolina. The message was sent to Jackie Varnam, president of Brunswick Catch.

  • Calabash to consider 45-mph speed limit on N.C. 179

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners was poised Tuesday night to consider approving a resolution establishing a 45-mph speed limit on N.C. 179 between Clariday Road and Landing II subdivision.

    The board previously approved the change Jan. 12. The North Carolina Department of Transportation never enacted the change and needs an updated resolution approved by the town to move forward, according to a meeting agenda of the monthly meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at town hall.

  • Overall price for new Sunset Beach high-rise closer to $44.1 million

    SUNSET BEACH—The actual cost to engineer, build and secure a location for the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge, just like the increased height of the new high-rise, has gone up.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, over the previously cited $32 million construction price, the cost to erect the 65-foot-tall span between the Sunset Beach mainland and island is actually closer to $44.1 million when other costs are taken into consideration.

    That’s the amount posted on an NCDOT website outlining the overall cost of the project.

  • Striping holding up Sunset Beach bridge opening

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge is poised to open any day now—just as soon as an out-of-state subcontractor gets here to paint striping on the span’s traffic lanes.

    Mark Hackney, project superintendent with English Construction Co., builder of the new Intracoastal Waterway span connecting the mainland and island, says when that work is done, he’ll be ready to open the bridge.

  • Documents detail Sunset Beach park-site appraisals

    SUNSET BEACH—Two separate appraisals of a 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site the town is eyeing for a future park show the property’s worth ranging from $3.8 million to $4.658 million.

    As the town continues negotiations for possible purchase, Brunswick County tax records give the undeveloped property, owned by Tidal Ventures at 206 Sunset Blvd., a current tax assessment of $2,565,300. With revaluations expected next year, some Sunset Beach council members believe that amount could drop.

  • Those who served to be honored this week in Brunswick County

    For Holden Beach VFW Post 8866, Veterans Day kicked off early.

    Last week, members of the post visited schoolchildren at Supply Elementary School to tell about the upcoming national holiday honoring U.S. veterans and relay their own experiences and memories of military service.

    The kindergartners-through-fifth-graders they visited and had lunch with in the school cafeteria Nov. 3 “reacted real well,” said post commander Jim Bedsole, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam era.

  • Car show revving up Saturday in Calabash

    CALABASH—Cars galore will dominate the Seafood Capital this Saturday as the second annual Calabash Fall Festival and Car Show gets under way.

    Slated for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the corner of Thomasboro Road and N.C. 179, the show is expected to draw dozens of classic and antique vehicles, says Michael Abushakra, chairman of the Calabash Merchants Association, which is sponsoring the event.

    There were 125 vehicles in last year’s show, he said, in addition to more that were brought to the show but not registered for competition.

  • Early College's leader named Principal of the Year

    SOUTHPORT—For Vicky Snyder, being a principal means more than leading a school. It’s a continual learning process where students, staff and administration teach her just as much as she could ever teach them.

    “The school really is a team, and the school really is a family,” the Brunswick County Early College High School principal said.

  • Brunswick Disaster Recovery Center dates, times extended one week

    BOLIVIA—Dates and times at the Disaster Recover Center in Bolivia have been extended an additional week.

    The recovery center was scheduled to close Nov. 6, but Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials have extended the operation until Saturday, Nov. 13.

    FEMA Public Affairs Officer Patricia Whitt said the operation was extended so that any individual in need of FEMA assistance could receive assistance.

  • West Brunswick High School presents ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’

    West Brunswick High School students are taking on the iconic characters of the John Hughes film ‘The Breakfast Club,’ in the upcoming production of ‘Don’t You Forget About Me.’

    The adaptation features a different cast for Act I and Act II, providing a number of students opportunities to act.

    ‘I think technology has really disconnected youth from one another,’ Jen Negron, theatre instructor, said. ‘I wanted to do a play that focuses on seeing others as individuals, rather than stereotypes or groups.’