Local News

  • Holden Beach commissioners award Central Reach Project bid

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town commissioners at their Sept. 20 meeting approved four items related to Holden Beach’s Central Reach Project, including the awarding of the project to the lowest bidder.

    The beach project would place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, stretching from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

    The bid was awarded to Weeks Marine, which is a marine construction and dredging contractor based in Cranford, N.J., in the amount of $14,551,110.

  • Lamb resigns as Communities In Schools executive director

    Nancy Lamb has resigned as executive director of Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

    Todd Beane, CIS communications and thrift shop operations coordinator, said in a Wednesday, Sept. 21, news release Lamb left the organization to pursue other professional opportunities. Her resignation was accepted Sept. 16.

  • Detectives seek info on liquor theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking information about the person who stole three to four liquor bottles at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, from the ABC Store at 44 River Road in Belville.

    No description of the thief was available, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Charles Liles at 880-5756.     

  • Leland woman helps older foster children ‘find their wings’

    WINNABOW—Tangela Day, a Leland mother of two, was looking into the possibility of adopting an older child in Brunswick County after learning most who explore adoption are looking for babies and toddlers to fit into their family. 

  • EPA still testing Navassa Superfund site before cleanup

    One year into the Navassa Superfund clean-up project, the Environmental Protection Agency continues testing the site to determine a plan of action.

    LaTonya Spencer, an EPA community involvement coordinator, said her agency is still in the remedial investigation phase of the project, which has involved sampling the soil throughout the creosote plant site. She said sampling will continue through the fall.

  • Ocean Isle Beach waiting on November decision for terminal groin permit

    Ocean Isle Beach officials are awaiting a pair of decisions from state and federal authorities that will determine if plans for a terminal groin will proceed.

    The town submitted a Final Environmental Impact Statement to the Army Corps of Engineers to install a terminal groin structure on the east side of the island in April.

    Ocean Isle Beach also submitted an application for a major permit in an Area of Environmental Concern to the Department of Environmental Quality under the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) on June 10.

  • Mother whose son died of drug overdose warns other parents

    Sometimes things happen so frequently to people they eventually become accustomed to them.

    Some parents habitually post bail to get their children out of jail, while others have taken their child to and from rehab facilities so many times they’ve lost count.

    Despite her best efforts, Pam Williams of Shallotte was forced to say goodbye to her son for the final time almost two years ago.

    Colby John Williams died Dec. 2, 2014, at 25 of an overdose of heroin and Xanax.

    His mother wishes she had one more chance to help him.

  • Norris gets fit with new lungs

    BOLIVIA — Most days, Buddy Norris laces up his workout shoes and heads to the gym. He also goes for daily walks.

    Since receiving new lungs from an unknown donor nearly two years ago at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the Shallotte resident doesn’t take fitness — or breathing — for granted.

  • Public comments help shape transportation priority list

    The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization will finalize the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) division needs priority list update in October and is seeking public comments for current and future transportation plans.

    “There is never a public comment that’s not welcome or useful,” Allen Serkin, director of local government services
for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said. “Hearing from the public is always critical.”

  • Calabash special meeting rescheduled


    A special meeting in Calabash to discuss proposed plan changes in Devaun Park has been rescheduled from Sept. 29.

    The meeting will now take place at 6 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 6 in Sanborn Hall at Town Hall, 882 Persimmon Road.

    The rescheduling has been requested to allow additional time to notify members of the Calabas Planning & Zoning Board that this will be a joint workshop. Stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to attend.