Local News

  • Martin Luther King Day celebrations set in Brunswick County

    Several events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are scheduled for Jan. 16-19 in Brunswick County, including an annual march, youth forum and roundtable discussion, as well as a speech from King’s nephew.

    The Brunswick County Chapter of the NAACP has scheduled its annual three-day event beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the ILA Hall in Southport.

    This opening event will be a youth forum to address issues related to young people and includes entertainment and refreshments. The public is invited, and admission is free.

  • Brunswick Search and Rescue seeks donations for drowning recovery equipment

    The Brunswick Search and Rescue team is seeking donations to help purchase equipment for underwater recovery.

    Canine counterparts of the Brunswick Search and Rescue Team recently assisted in the recovery of a drowning victim in the Cape Fear River, and search and rescue team chief Christy Judah said the equipment they plan to purchase would streamline the underwater recovery process.

    Judah said the team’s human remains detection dogs could detect human scents underwater, which enables law enforcement officers and divers to reduce the search area.

  • Construction under way on Brunswick’s future hospital

    First comes the elevator shaft—next is the steel.

    Construction on the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center is under way, and the first upward movement is the construction of an elevator shaft, Brunswick Community Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.

    While construction workers have been busy with underground work since the hospital’s groundbreaking in June, the hospital’s elevator shaft is the first above-ground structure to take shape on the construction site off U.S. 17 in Supply.

  • Charges filed in fatal bridge wreck

    WILMINGTON—The driver who police say caused a fatal wreck on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in November has been charged for his role in the wreck.

    William McMillian II, 55, of Leland, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, according to Wilmington Police Department spokesperson Lucy Crockett.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Myia Lashae Shepard, 29, of Wilmington, died after the car she was traveling in was struck by a flatbed truck driving in the opposite direction.

  • Most interesting: Peggy Allen

    In her previous life, Peggy Allen was a pediatrician. Now, at 90 years old, she’s happily enjoying retirement with her husband of 58 years, Bob, and the newest addition to their Shallotte Point home —8-month-old Shadow.

    With cascading views of Sasspan Creek, the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean from their porches and nearly every room in the home, it’s easy to see why the Allens left behind the hustle and bustle of Glen Cove, N.Y., for a slower pace of life in Brunswick County.

  • Gospel sing set to remember church members

    Carson Varnam and Edsel Norris were longtime members of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown who loved gospel music, particularly bluegrass.

    Both men died this past year, but their inspiration lives on, congregation members say. So Varnam’s family decided to celebrate the men’s love of music and their contributions to the church by organizing a gospel sing on New Year’s Day.

  • Paws-Ability’s 2009 Mardi Gras set for Feb. 24

    The 2009 Mardi Gras for Paws Party, an invitation-only event, will be at Sharky’s in Ocean Isle Beach on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24.

    The 2009 festivity is the second annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for Paws-Ability, a nonprofit organization that raises money to aid animal shelters and animal rescue groups within Brunswick County.

    About two years ago, Paws-Ability got its start as a Christmas party idea and has since grown into a respected and significant contributor to local organizations that help stray, injured, abused and unwanted animals.

  • Brunswick to receive federal emergency funds for food pantries

    Brunswick County is set to receive $70,680 in federal Emergency Food and Shelter funds as part of a $670,820 allocation for southeastern North Carolina.

    The local Emergency Food and Shelter board will be charged with dividing the money among local agencies such as Brunswick Family Assistance, Providence Home and the South Brunswick Interchurch Council.

    Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Percy Woodard, local board chairman, at

    754-8484 for an application.

  • Carolina Shores to have workshop Jan. 5

     Carolina Shores commissioners will meet at their monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5.

    Their monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.


  • SB Town Council meets Jan. 5

    An audit presentation and off-street parking requirements are among agenda items for Sunset Beach Town Council’s regular monthly meeting Monday night, Jan. 5, at town hall.

    A 6:45 p.m. work session will precede the 7 p.m. meeting.