Local News

  • Pre-teen popcorn entrepreneur distributes Christmas presents

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    LONGWOOD — He’s a 12-year-old entrepreneur, widely known for his flavored popcorn he sells around the community, then uses the proceeds to help others.

    Last week, Mason Marshall was once again on hand to give out Christmas toys, gifts, breakfast food and other items to people in the community.

  • Local pharmacist concocts Carolina Crud Crusher

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    Shallotte pharmacist Brad Carter likes to listen to his customers’ needs. He also likes to invent things.

    Combine those two ingredients, and you get Carolina Crud Crusher.

    That’s the popular cough syrup Carter concocted a few years ago, and it’s been selling like seasonal miracle medicine ever since.

  • County addresses K-3 class size reduction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners want to know if cutting school class sizes in grades K-3 has taken a toll on other school operations.

    County Manager Ann Hardy brought the county board members Dec. 18 a Durham County commissioners’ resolution on House Bill 13 that requires class sizes of no more than 20 students for kindergarten through third grade by 2018-19.

  • H2GO board officially seats other members

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    LELAND — The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer District H2GO board’s new members who had not already been sworn in officially took their seats at the Dec. 19 meeting.

    The meeting was held at the Leland Middle School again because the expected attendance. More than 100 people filled the school cafeteria for the meeting.

  • New board, new development approved

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    LELAND — Leland officials wrapped up the last town meeting of 2017 by swearing in board members and approving new development for 2018.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman and council members Pat Batleman and Bob Corriston, all incumbents who won their seats back in the November election, took their oath of office as administered by deputy town clerk Nancy Sims to open Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Carolina Shores eyes two communities for possible annexation

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    The town of Carolina Shores is exploring the possibility of voluntarily annexing two adjacent residential communities, Carolina Shores North and Ocean Forest at Calabash.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall confirmed last week the town is participating in a preliminary “exploratory partnership” with the two POA subdivisions, both located in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) next to its corporate limits, about “unification through annexation.”

  • Holden Beach man’s collection builds from love of automobiles

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Some folks just know what’s waiting for them under the tree on Christmas Day.

    Neil Clarke of Holden Beach is one of them.

    He got a toy car or two to add to the collection he’s amassed over the past 25 years.

    Clarke caught the collecting bug when his daughter, Sherrie Carlisle, was in sixth grade.

    A friend of hers, Johnathon McCloud, gave Clarke his “collection” of nine to 10 cars.

  • Duke Energy to test Brunswick Nuclear Plant sirens Jan. 10

    The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, Jan. 10, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. No public action is required.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at low volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Two men face felony assault charges

    Two men are accused of choking two women in separate Brunswick County cases.

    Eric Lynn Garner, 22, of Black Chestnut Drive in Leland was arrested Dec. 17 and charged with felony assault by strangulation.

    Warrants show Garner scratched and bruised a woman and choked her for 30 seconds Dec. 16.

    Garner remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility without bail.

    In an unrelated case, 21-year-old Aaron Tyler Benton, of Page Meadow Lane in Riegelwood, was arrested Dec. 17 and charged with felony assault by strangulation.

  • Leland police seek identity of Wal-Mart thief