Local News

  • Housing help available in economic downturn

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County had between 1,000-2,999 foreclosure starts between January 2007 and January 2008, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

  • Community gathers to watch, celebrate new president’s term

    When Willie Gore was arrested in 1962 following a civil rights sit-in, he never could have imagined he’d be watching an African-American president being sworn into office more than 40 years later.

    In 1960, a group of students at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro began having sit-ins in protest of racial discrimination.

    The Southport resident was a part of CORE—Congress of Racial Equality—in the ’60s, and in 1962, he joined a sit-in at an S&W Cafeteria.

  • Charges against principal, parent dismissed

    All charges against Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Principal Patricia Rourk and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, have been dismissed.

    According to a press release from the district attorney's office, Rourk and Danka have reached a "confidential" agreement. The parties agree to "have no further contact," the release states.

    Danka said Tuesday she is "very satisfied," with the terms of the agreement.

  • Brunswick County under winter weather advisory

    The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory for Brunswick County remains in effect through 10 p.m. this evening.

    Throughout the day, temperatures are expected to continue to drop. By afternoon, temperatures are expected remain near freezing along the coast. Because of this, the National Weather Service predicts roads will become slippery with bridges and overpasses being the most susceptible to icing.

  • Salmonella case confirmed in Brunswick

    Brunswick County has a confirmed case of salmonella, the health department has reported.

    The parents of a local child reported the poisoning in November, but it takes a couple of months for testing to be complete, deputy health director Fred Michael said.

    It’s the only one so far in the county, Michael said, that is the same as the strain reported nationwide. So far, 470 cases have been reported throughout the U.S., four of them in North Carolina.

    Michael said the department is advising people not to eat peanut butter crackers.

  • Brunswick residents celebrate the life of civil right’s leader

    More than 60 people lined the pews at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Monday to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with songs, speeches, sermons and praise.

    It was the fourth such event in the southwestern part of the county, and organizers say they plan to continue the tradition.

    The crowd warmed up by singing inspiring hymns including “We Shall Overcome,” “Have a Little Talk with Jesus” and “Amazing Grace.”

  • Oak Island man sentenced to eight years for child pornography charge

    RALEIGH—An Oak Island man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for a child pornography charge.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 14, U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Keith David Smith, 22, a former Coast Guard seaman, to 97 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    According to a press release, one count of criminal information was filed Aug. 4, 2008, charging Smith with receipt of child pornography.

    Smith pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court in September 2008.

  • Governor anticipates $2 billion shortfall in state budget; announces cuts

    RALEIGH—When N.C. Governor Bev Perdue was sworn in as governor Saturday, Jan. 10, she inherited an anticipated $2 billion budget shortfall for the current fiscal year.

    Perdue traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with members of Congress and President Barack Obama’s transition team to urge the passing of a proposed stimulus package.

    Perdue encouraged the passing of a federal stimulus package “that will rapidly put North Carolinians back to work,” according to Perdue’s press office.

  • Commissioners OK 35-foot height for Calabash Town Center

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved a maximum 35-foot height for multi-family housing in the proposed Calabash Town Center development.

    A conditional-use permit was approved 3-2 last week by commissioners John Melahn, Cecelia Herman and Emily DiStasio, while commissioners Forrest King and Bill Dixon voted against it.

    Plans by Shallotte Partners call for 216 apartments or 18 three-story buildings on a 22.5-acre tract at the corner of Old Georgetown and Clariday roads. Commercial strips fronting both those roads will be developed separately.

  • Sheriff’s deputies make several larceny arrests

    A Supply man has been arrested after allegedly stealing more than $600 worth of cigarettes from a local convenience store.

    James Taylor Beaver, 21, of Supply, was charged with breaking and entering and larceny.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective Tony Caison said Beaver stole 20 cartons of cigarettes from the Citgo on Holden Beach Road.