Local News

  • Unemployment woes continue for Brunswick County

    Every weekday morning, Alice Schofield of Longwood travels to the Employment Security Commission office in Shallotte, where she scans Internet job boards, fills out applications employers have sent to the office and sends resumes to jobs that sound promising.

    It’s a routine Schofield has followed since moving to Brunswick County from Massachusetts in July.

    Schofield is a Raleigh native whose family moved north when she was a teenager. She owned a retail store in Massachusetts and has worked numerous jobs over the years to support her daughter.

  • Second bridge to Oak Island set to be completed in late September 2010

    The long wait for Oak Island’s second bridge is almost over.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation officials say that despite delays, they expect to complete Oak Island’s second bridge in late September 2010.

    Oak Island’s new bridge will be a post tension, pre-cast concrete girder structure. The post-tension construction is highly specialized work requiring crews to run cables through the girders. The cables are then pulled tight, drawing the girders together.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Jayne Mathews: Leading the charge for volunteerism

    Many things about volunteerism have changed since Jayne Mathews took over as the director of the county’s volunteer center five and a half years ago.

    The volunteer center is now under the department of emergency services—putting Mathews in charge of resource and volunteer management in the event of a disaster.

    The needs have changed, too.

    In a turbulent economy with double-digit unemployment, Mathews said many local nonprofits and even government agencies need volunteers “just to stop the bleeding in this county.”

  • MISSING PERSON: Nellie Johnson

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing woman.

    Nellie Doaloras Johnson, 34, of 4551 Sweet Bay Drive, Southport, left home between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Jan. 22. She could possibly be around Shallotte or in the Longwood area.

    Anyone with information about Johnson or her whereabouts is asked to contact detective Jayne Todd at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, 253-2777.

  • Mother of inmate who died in jail sues sheriff's office, Ingram

    The mother of the inmate who died while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for the wrongful death of her son.

    Beverly Vaught, the mother of Senaca Marrell Vaught, who was 32 when he died at the detention center Jan. 23, 2008, sued the sheriff’s office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, detention officers Dustin Riddle, Karl Scoggins and Steven Gerstenmier, Brunswick County, Western Surety Co., Southern Health Partners and Arlene Stanley, according to the lawsuit.

  • Oak Island man killed in single vehicle crash

    An Oak Island man was killed early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle wreck when his car ran off the road and flipped several times.

    Travis Derrick Modlin, 25, of 219 N.E. 50th St., Oak Island, was traveling south on N.C. 133 in a 1994 Honda passenger car, according to First Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol. He ran off the road to the left. The car overturned several times, Morris said, before landing on its top.

    Modlin was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he died.

    No other vehicles were involved, and no passengers were in the car.

  • Proposed park plans presented in Calabash

    CALABASH—Detailed drawings for a proposed town park drew mixed comments at a long-range planning committee meeting Jan. 21.

    Devaun Park developer and landscape designer Scott Stewart did the initial renderings as a contribution to the town.

    Proposed plans for the 1-acre site call for a park pavilion, stage and amphitheater area where concerts could be presented, picnic site, restrooms, outdoor grills, play and lawn sports areas, sidewalks, walking trail and gravel parking lot for 18 cars.

  • Main Street changes continue; two new businesses to open soon

    Main Street Shallotte has seen a lot of changes over the years, and it’s now in the middle of another facelift, thanks to various new businesses, additions and renovations taking place.

    A new drive-through coffee shop, East Coast Copper Cup, is now under construction beside McDonald’s and is expected to open at the end of February or first of March.

  • Sunset Beach assistant administrator set to retire on 62nd birthday



    SUNSET BEACH—Larry Crim has seen lots of changes in his quarter-century working for the town of Sunset Beach.

    As the sun sets on his 25-year career in Sunset, the town’s longtime assistant administrator is being feted with a retirement party on his 62nd birthday this Friday.

    He’ll also be celebrating his launch into retirement, which includes remaining in the scenic coastal town he watched and helped grow.

    Now, Crim will finally find time to enjoy its many amenities.

  • Student's class ring, once lost, now found thanks to metal detective



    Amanda Bennett remembers the day she lost her class ring.

    It happened two summers ago, when the then 11-year-old Waccamaw School sixth-grader was babysitting with a friend at Sunset Beach.

    “Me and my best friend Morgan, we were on the beach with three little kids, and before I knew it one of them grabbed my ring and tore it off,” she recalled. “And before I knew it, it was gone.”

    The ring stayed gone.