Local News

  • 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.

  • System pressure advisory lifted in Sunset Beach

    The system pressure advisory issued Tuesday by Brunswick County Public Utilities has been lifted, according to a Sunset Beach town press release issued Thursday morning, Sept. 29.

    BCPU had experienced a 12-inch water main failure at the intersection of Park Road and Sunset Boulevard North in Sunset Beach.

    Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 27, BCPU was in the process of shutting off the water supply from N.C.179/904 and Seaside Road intersection to Clubhouse Road at Sea Trail, according to a town press release.

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting teen

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to nearly five years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen during a graduation party in 2015.

    As part of a plea agreement, 23-year-old Michael David Rivenbark pleaded guilty Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, to solicitation to commit statutory rape, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.

    Warrants showed Rivenbark engaged in intercourse with a 14-year-old girl June 28, 2015.

  • Man to serve at least seven years for crash that killed two people in Ash

    A Southport man will spend at least seven years in prison for a May 2015 crash in Ash that killed two people and injured three others.

    Forty-six-year-old Charles Harvey Lee, of River Road, was sentenced to serve between 110 months and 144 months (12 years), with credit for time served since his May 27, 2015, arrest, in the North Carolina Department of Correction after the plea hearing, District Attorney Jon David said in a news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 27.