Local News

  • Holden Beach to increase recycling fee

    HOLDEN BEACH — At her last town meeting as a board member Nov. 10, commissioner Sheila Young took one last shot at making recycling mandatory in Holden Beach.

    The town board considered a budget increase to meet the cost increase for curbside recycling provided by Waste Industries.

    Town Manager David Hewett explained when the program began in 2012 that the curbside recycling cost was $43.20.

    The town added a handling fee of $6.20 to the cost to pay for emptying recycling bins.

  • Lawyer: Developer’s Sunset Beach West ownership in doubt

    A developer proposing to build on oceanfront land west of the Sunset Beach island hasn’t proven he owns the land, according to a lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

    SELC senior attorney Geoffrey Gisler has determined the developer of the proposed Sunset Beach West development “has not demonstrated necessary property rights” and the deed included in the application is a general warranty deed, dated April 9, 2014, “prepared without opinion of title.”

  • County to build playground at park

    A new playground at Smithville District Park in Southport will be built in the coming year, thanks to a grant from Trillium Health Resources. The town received $350,000 after applying for the agency’s Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds.

  • Four face felony charges in Winnabow break-ins

     Four people accused of breaking into a pair of Winnabow convenience stores face a slew of felony charges following their arrests last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 25-year-old Tell Tenant Curry, 24-year-old Crystal Darcy, 49-year-old Tama Jene Edwards and 35-year-old Jackie Glenn Naylor, all of Winnabow, on Nov. 9.

  • Longtime Oak Island police chief to retire

     Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger has held “about every position you can have” in police work.

    He recently decided it was time to make another change as he announced his retirement effective March 1, 2016.

    Eddinger said he accrued one-and-a-half years of sick time throughout his tenure in Oak Island, which allows him to retire then.

  • Middle school student goes the distance

     WINNABOW — Christian Huffman has defied odds since he was a toddler and he isn’t stopping now.

    A 12-year-old middle-school student at The Academy of Coastal Carolina, Huffman suffered from meningioangiomatosis, a “rare, benign, focal lesion of the leptomeninges and underlying cerebral cortex characterized by leptomeningeal and meningovascular proliferation” — a complication in the brain that causes frequent seizures, Huffman’s mother Judith Allen said.

  • District staff presents new bond plan to board members

     Brunswick County Schools staff and board of education members discussed options Tuesday, Nov. 17, that would trim almost $30 million off a $175 million bond referendum the board is asking county commissioners include on the November 2016 general election ballot.

  • Six men indicted on sex crimes charges

     A grand jury indicted six Brunswick County men, including three former public safety officers, during sessions Oct. 26 and Nov. 3 in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Former Shallotte police officer Braxton Rushawn Strickland, former Leland firefighter Brian David Saltsgaver and former Sunset Beach police officer Jamie Lynn Clemmons were among those indicted.

    The grand jury also returned true bills of indictments for Lavonshea Fletcher, Richard James Patterson Jr. and Michael David Rivenbark, court records show.

  • Supply man arrested, charged with selling food stamps

     A Supply man accused of selling food stamps through a Facebook page was arrested last week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 25-year-old Justin Trey Varnum and charged him with three counts of buying, selling or distributing food stamps, a felony.

    Warrants show Varnum sold “electronic food and nutrition benefits” through the Facebook page, Brunswick Bargains, for cash that was less than the value of the benefits card.

  • Calabash VFW members school elementary students on flag history

     SHALLOTTE — Calabash VFW Post Commander Rick Arvonio can always count on a rejuvenation during “Flag Day” at one of the county’s local elementary schools.

    He and seven other Calabash VFW members — Bill Hertline, Ray Ketcham, Dan Kossler, McCormack, Tony Nye, Willy Richardson and Bob Stocklin — visited Union Elementary School on Tuesday to teach students about the American flag, its symbolism, its history and how “young Americans should respect it,” he said.