Local News

  • Reserve officers to be considered for beach patrol in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will consider a proposal to use reserve police officers for beach patrol at its upcoming monthly meeting next Monday night, Aug. 1.

    A 6:45 p.m. work session will precede the regular called meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall.

    At their monthly workshop July 19, council members mulled a proposal to start using reserve officers to serve in a beach patrol capacity, in lieu of current code enforcement officers currently on duty.

  • Calabash gets 'sneak peek' at new town administrator

    CALABASH—A crowd that converged for Town Hall Day last week got a chance to meet new town administrator Chuck Nance, who officially starts his new duties next Monday, Aug. 1.

    Nance, transferring to Calabash from his work as a senior planner for the past 10-and-a-half years with Isothermal Planning & Development Commission of western North Carolina, told citizens he is looking forward to his new job and move to the Seafood Capital.

  • Calabash special meeting set for Monday

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons has called a special meeting of the Calabash Board of Commissioners for 10 a.m. next Monday, Aug. 1.

    The purpose of the meeting is to relieve Kelley Southward from her appointment as interim town administrator and to appoint Charles “Chuck” Nance to his new position as town administrator.

    Clemmons will administer the oath of office to Nance.

    The board of commissioners will also have a closed session to discuss personnel matters regarding employee performance and to take action as necessary.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Seashore Road SW in Supply; suspect entered victim’s residence.

    •Larceny on Stanley Road in Supply; suspect entered victim’s shed and stole an 800-watt generator, 5 gallons of diesel fuel and a 5-gallon canister.

    •Larceny on Gordon Road in Supply; suspect stole car battery from victim’s vehicle.

  • New Congressional maps draw ire

    RALEIGH— Mike McIntyre and Ilario Pantano, foes in the 2010 race for the 7th Congressional District, agree on at least one thing—they do not like the proposed maps for the 7th District.

    In fact, since the proposed maps were released last Tuesday, July 19, most people have fired off against the maps. Carla Farmer, legislative assistant for state Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, said the office phones have been ringing off the hook.

  • Future of Brunswick Community Hospital still unclear

    SUPPLY—When the new state-of-the-art Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens its doors to the public this Sunday, ownership of the soon-to-be-vacated-hospital facility will revert back to the county.

    So, what exactly does one do with a 74,000-square foot facility where a hospital once stood?

    “We’re just trying to find the highest and best use for the lowest cost,” commissioner Scott Phillips said about the hospital’s future.

  • Leland man arrested for insurance fraud

    RALEIGH—A Leland man has been arrested for insurance fraud.

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrest of Joshua Rex Walston last week for insurance-related charges.

    Walston, 26, of 1567 Lanvale Road, Leland, has been charged with one count of insurance fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretences, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance press release.

  • UPDATE: Brunswick VA clinic opening pushed back

    UPDATE: Anita Hartsell, Brunswick County’s Veterans Services Director, announced Monday “unforeseen delays” have caused the clinic’s opening to be pushed back.

    Originally scheduled to open Monday, Hartsell said VA officials were still “getting the new facility prepared for the opening.”

    An opening date has not been announced.

  • Shallotte police officer, girlfriend arrested for insurance fraud

    A Shallotte Police officer and his girlfriend have been arrested on insurance fraud charges.

    Shallotte Police Detective Sgt. Eric King, 35, and his girlfriend Leah Rasa Cunningham, 41, both of 1450 Grace Road, Southport, were arrested following a multi-agency insurance fraud investigation.

    They were each charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretences, according to N.C. Department of Insurance officials.

    Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said King was on paid administrative leave from the department.

  • Lightning-sparked fire heavily damages home near Holden Beach

    A fire sparked by lightning heavily damaged a three-story house near Holden Beach late Monday night.

    The house, at 3802 Somerton St. in the Seascape community at Holden Plantation, sustained major fire damage on the roof and third floor, said Tri-Beach Fire Chief Doug Todd.

    The first and second floors of the house have some water damage from the fire reported at 12:17 a.m. Tuesday.

    Todd said the owners of the house were able to safely evacuate, and there were no injuries.