Local News

  • Waccamaw School remembers Ash family of four killed in wreck

    ASH—The Waccamaw School community sent dozens of paper angels tied to balloons into the sky last Friday morning in memory of the Ash family of four that was killed in a head-on wreck that involved a Brunswick County school bus.

    According to Sgt. T.T. Daniels of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Joshua Steed Williams, 31, of Ash, was driving his passenger vehicle west on Camp Branch Road near Makotoka Road and N.C. 211 when he crossed the centerline and collided with a school bus just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.

  • Holden Beach commissioners to buy 18 second-row lots

    HOLDEN BEACH—Commissioners approved buying 18 second-row lots from Holden Beach Enterprises for $76,000, during their regularly scheduled meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

    Town manager David Hewett said in an interview before the meeting that a CAMA survey will be needed to find out if any of the lots are “buildable.”

    The current tax value on the property is $104,000 per lot or $1.976 million for the total, he said. However, recently a comparable lot appraised for $7,000.

  • Censure hearing set for commissioner for ethics violation

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have set a censure hearing for one of their own.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners voted 4-1 to set a censure hearing  Monday, April 4, at their regular meeting in commissioners’ chambers.

    The hearing is to determine whether commissioner Charles Warren, who refuses to step down as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, is in violation of the county’s code of ethics.

  • Commissioners mull financial guarantees criteria

    BOLIVIA—A committee made up of several county departments has begun to look at the county’s financial guarantee requirements for developers.

    Brunswick County Planning and Community Development Director Leslie Bell said the committee was mulling the requirements in the county’s Unified Development Ordinance “to protect Brunswick County, its property values and the public from losses that arise from incomplete subdivision activity.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Feb. 28-March 6, K-9 deputies issued 12 citations and made 10 arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Hale Swamp Road and Ash-Little River Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Timothy Wayne Ezzell, 43, of 106 Waynes Way, Whiteville, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • NAACP head claims Brunswick County violates federal law with discriminatory practices

    BOLIVIA—The accusations were lengthy and harsh. But is it all bark and no bite?

    At a press conference at the county complex in Bolivia last week, William Barber, president of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), outlined numerous claims of racially motivated bias and discrimination by Brunswick County officials.

  • Destroyed but not out of business

    SHALLOTTE—Saturday morning’s fire at Long’s Garage didn’t only destroy the automotive business but also Hewett Glass.

    Hewett Glass and Long’s Garage shared a building at 250 Holden Beach Road. A fire broke out on Saturday morning inside Long’s Garage. The fire spread through the walls and also devastated Bryan Hewett’s longtime business.

    “What is not burnt is totally black,” Hewett said. “My life’s business was shut down in one day.”

  • Family moves into county's first Women Build house

    It only took a few months, a little know-how and a lot of women to build a brand-new house for a Shallotte family.

    Last week, Brunswick County’s first Women Build / Habitat for Humanity house officially became home for Dana Gause and her family.

    It’s the area’s first Habitat home built through the labor of dedicated teams of women, who started working on the house on Evans Circle last October. In a week’s time, the teams had the main frame of the three-bedroom house erected, from foundation to roof.

  • Sunset Beach opposes terminal groins

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted Monday night to oppose terminal groins following discussion at its monthly meeting and pre-agenda workshop.

    “I’m still convinced that terminal groins in Ocean Isle Beach will adversely impact Sunset Beach,” councilwoman Carol Scott said during the workshop. “I would like us to take a position against terminal groins.”

    Councilman Lou De Vita said he thought the board had already submitted a position.

  • Stewart bestowed Calabash's first stewardship award

    CALABASH—Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart was recipient Tuesday night of the town’s first Stewardship Award.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said the award is going to a “very special person in recognition and appreciation for many continuous contributions and services to the town of Calabash. Over the years, this person has been involved at the grassroots level, providing services and promoting the spirit of Calabash.”

    The 2011 recipient, Clemmons said, is always upbeat and ready to lend a helping hand.