Local News

  • Sunset Beach to consider annexation along N.C. 179

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will meet Dec. 15 to consider a resolution of intent to annex an area west of Sunset Beach along N.C. 179.

    The specially called meeting is set for 7 p.m. at town hall, where council also will set a date for a public informational meeting for the proposed annexation.

    Council is considering a 99-acre area, the bulk of it extending along the east side of N.C. 179 from The Colony at Oyster Bay to the Calabash River, town clerk Kim Cochran said.

  • Calabash development a’comin’ and a’slowin’

     CALABASH—The pastel buildings stand dormant along a partially paved road, the beginning of a much-heralded project that came to an abrupt stop in the wake of an economic slowdown.

  • Former sheriff reports to federal prison

    First published at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday

    Dressed in a suit and tie, his wife by his side, former sheriff Ronald Hewett carefully worked the room as he had done so many times before.

    Monday afternoon he attended the dedication of the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building—shaking hands, giving hugs and exchanging pleasantries with familiar faces.

    Less than 24 hours later Hewett reported to federal prison.

  • N.C. 179 closing Monday at Jennies Branch

    At 9 a.m. Monday, N.C. 179 between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte will be closed to traffic for the next six months as the North Carolina Department Of Transportation begins bridge replacement work at Jennies Branch.

    Traffic will be diverted to a detour on Hale Swamp Road, according to the NCDOT office in Wilmington.

    Signs will be posted to direct motorists to the alternate route.

    Local residents along 179 will have access to their homes but will have to use the detour instead of the bridge.

  • A year long-journey is one of hope for breast cancer survivor

    Sherry Anderson thanks God she is alive today, and she knows all too well just how dangerous breast cancer can be.

    The Boiling Spring Lakes resident lost her sister, Elaine Hammonds, to breast cancer when Elaine was 40. She had been fighting the disease for about three years.

    Anderson’s mom, Delores Barker, 74, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and now is fighting breast and lung cancer.

    Anderson also has an aunt and a great aunt who were diagnosed with the disease.

  • Programs offer medical assistance for those without insurance

    If it hadn’t been for the Brunswick County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP), Sherry Anderson isn’t quite sure how her story would have turned out.

    After having to leave her job in the legal profession because of back problems, coupled with the need to care for her ailing husband, Anderson found herself without medical insurance.

    The expense associated with getting an annual mammogram almost prevented her from continuing her yearly screening—that is, until she found out about BCCCP.

  • Cancer survivors, others urge women to get mammograms

    After spending a year dealing with breast cancer—including having a double mastectomy—Sherry Anderson wants to get the word out about getting annual mammograms.

    Anderson was 49 when a 1-centimeter tumor was discovered in her left breast. It was found during a mammogram done through the Brunswick County Health Department.

    The mass was so small, Anderson’s doctor, Mark Tillotson, said it could not have been felt during a routine exam.

  • Angels on Earth

    ‘Brunswick Pink Angels’

    By Susan Morgan

    An angel is someone who’s filled with love,

    With a heart that’s both joyful and wise.

    This pink bag of gifts that we give,

    Comes from Angels in human disguise.

    As you accept these gifts we give,

    Our wishes are that you will live,

    Through the difficult times ahead,

    You’ll know, not fear, but hope instead.

    Some of us have walked this path you tread,

    Some have helped others through it instead.

  • Holden Beach Causeway beautification survey results

    About twice as many people came to the September meeting about a possible Holden Beach Causeway beautification project.

    Forty-one property owners and patrons came in September, while 23 came in November, said Kirstie Dixon, a planner with the Brunswick County Planning Department.

    Planners came back in November with results of a survey filled out by audience members in September.

    Highlights of those results announced Thursday night were:

    • 81 percent agreed with the planning department’s time frame and priorities.

  • Schools to return $470,000 to state

    BOLIVIA—Because of revenue shortfalls across the state, public school systems will have to revert $117 million to the state budget. Almost half a million dollars of that will come from Brunswick County Schools’ budget.