Local News

  • Leland woman died from smoke inhalation, investigators still seeking information

    Investigators have confirmed 49-year old Valerie Burns was the woman whose body was found in a burning vehicle early Wednesday morning.

    Burns died from smoke inhalation, chief deputy Charlie Miller said Friday. But investigators are still asking for the community’s help.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said they’re seeking information about Burns’ whereabouts—who she was last with, where she was last seen, where her 1994 Buick Regal was heading—before they discovered her body.

    “We suspect foul play,” Ingram said.

  • Teen treatment facility to open in October

    LELAND—A 74-bed teen treatment center slated to open its doors in October will the first of its kind in Brunswick County.

    Strategic Behavioral Center, under construction in Leland Industrial Park, will begin accepting patients in October, company president Jim Shaheen said.

    In August, staff members will begin receiving referrals with mid-October targeted for the facility’s opening.

    Referrals will be accepted through Southeastern Center, private providers, parents and the department of juvenile justice.

  • Unemployment inches up again; retraining options available

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in June from 5.8 in May. Employment officials say the weakening economy is having an effect on typically thriving industries like retail.

    Brunswick County ESC Manager Eli Smith said recently the local unemployment office in Shallotte has seen a big increase in traffic since the economy began slowing down.

    He said the office averages 160 claims per month, and clients are also filing claims using the Internet.

  • Access Family Services targets kids, families

    WILMINGTON—Access Family Services, a behavioral healthcare center in Wilmington, focuses its efforts around the entire family.

    From children dealing with mental illness or behavioral issues to therapeutic foster care, Access Family Services targets the entire family to help a child recover.

    Children and adolescents suffering from behavioral disorders, trauma, anxiety, grief and loss issues and depression as well as children with a dual diagnosis of mental health issues and survivors of sexual and physical abuse can be treated at Access Family Services.

  • Access Family Services seeks foster families

    Access Family Services is seeking foster parents and therapeutic foster parents.

    Children are placed in foster care when their families are unable to provide basic safety and protection they require. In many cases, foster care provides a temporary safe place while issues within the child’s family are resolved.

  • Calabash commissioners approve sewer grant application

    CALABASH—After some tweaking, commissioners approved a letter of support for a $500,000 Brunswick County Rural Center Grant application.

    After grant consultant Skip Vereen answered questions at the special July 24 meeting, commissioners also approved a supplemental program authorizing a resolution for the Rural Center Grant application for Calabash’s wastewater collection expansion project.

  • Kitten gets new home at Calabash maintenance building

    CALABASH—Bill Danford thought it was just a routine animal-on-the-loose call.

    As Calabash’s town service coordinator, he often handles animal-control issues in addition to many other sundry duties in the seafood capital.

    But this critter call about three weeks ago on Meares Street was a little different, involving a tiny black kitten that had strayed into Calabash Acres.

  • Carolina Shores P&Z approves consultant recommendation

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board on Monday approved recommending Penny Tysinger as consultant for the town’s codes book update.

    Tysinger, director of planning and development services for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, will be recommended to town commissioners at their upcoming workshop next Monday, Aug. 4.

    Planning and zoning board chairman Jim Hartnett said the board reviewed three people who applied for the consultant’s job.

    He tallied paper votes at the afternoon meeting Monday to determine Tysinger as the choice.

  • Some Holden Beach residents upset about canal project

    Woes continue for dredging canals in Holden Beach Harbor.

    More than a year after dredging began, property owners and town officials are dissatisfied with the removal of sand and mud from canals in that subdivision.

    The dredging project for the town’s canals was bid in December 2005. The first check was issued to Kevin Alderman from Alderman Brothers Construction in April 2006. The total payment made to the company was $242,326, current Holden Beach town manager David Hewett said.

    The contract with Alderman was to dredge 37,000 yards.

  • Holden Beach welcomes two-headed loggerhead sea turtle

    Glenn Gillette, an assistant director of the Holden Beach Turtle Watch, was at home last Tuesday morning when he got a call from a vacationer saying there was a little, scaly-green flipper poking out of the sand.

    Gillette hurried to the beach. It was 9 a.m. and the seagulls were out, making their rounds, yapping and scavenging the shore for scraps. Gillette and others who had come up to the dunes stood around and waited.