Local News

  • Carolina Shores nearing budget adoption

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are poised to adopt a new fiscal budget for 2011-2012.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday, said the board would take an initial vote on the ordinance of the recommended $1.4 million balanced budget, then follow up with identification of any modifications it would like to make.

  • Calabash commissioner resigns from fire board

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Jody Nance has resigned from the Calabash Fire Department board of directors.

    Nance tendered his resignation by way of a letter dated June 3 and addressed to board chairman Jennings Edge.

    The letter was copied to board members, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Calabash commissioners, The Brunswick Beacon and the town of Calabash.

    Nance’s letter stated his resignation is effective immediately.

    “I wish you all the very best in your department,” Nance wrote.

  • Smoke but no fires

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner issued the following press release today to advise the public of the smoke conditions in the area:
    Brunswick County as well as the entire Southeast North Carolina Region is experiencing a heavy smoke condition this morning. At this time there are no known wildfires or controlled burns in our county or region that this can be attributed to and it is thought to be drift smoke from the Pain's Bay fire in Dare County which has burned approximately 45,0000 acres.

  • Lawsuit against county claims ‘racially discriminatory pattern’



    BOLIVIA—A concerned citizens group recently filed suit against Brunswick County claiming racial discrimination, and one local minority leader said it wouldn’t be the last.

    Last Friday, June 3, members of the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA) filed a discrimination lawsuit against Brunswick County in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Sheriff’s office investigates a shooting

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Sgt. April Stanley confirmed on Friday that the sheriff’s office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Thursday, June 2 at approximately 1 p.m.

    The sheriff’s office responded to 758 Longwood Road in reference to a victim stating he had been shot.

    The call was reported as a walk-in to the Grissettown Longwood Volunteer Fire Department. Civietown fire chief Mark Hewett and another Civietown volunteer fireman were on duty at the fire department when the victim arrived.

  • Motorcycle wreck seriously injures two area residents

    On Tuesday, May 31 around 8:39 p.m. a motorcycle wreck on Main Street in Shallotte left two area residents seriously injured.

    Shallotte resident Amber Kennedy was a passenger on the back of a motorcycle driven by Robin Taylor of Winnabow.

    According to NC Highway Patrol Sergeant Daniels, a 2009 Honda Accord attempted to make a left turn in front of the motorcycle driven by Taylor. The Accord hit the motorcycle in front of Don’s Automotive at 5450 Main Street.

    “The vehicle turned in front of the motorcycle,” Daniels said.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 1, 2011
  • Ash break-in

    Office are seeking the community’s help. They are searching for a suspect or suspects involved in a residential breaking and entering that occurred Tuesday in the Ash community.

    On May 31 between approximately 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., a residence was broken into on Waccamaw School Road. The subject(s) forced entry into the residence and removed numerous items including jewelry and various household goods.

    Suspect descriptions are not available at this time.

  • DA steering traffic court case to Supreme Court

    District Attorney Jon David said Wednesday he plans to petition the North Carolina Supreme Court after the N.C. Court of Appeals dismissed his efforts late Tuesday to reinstate traffic court in the 13th Judicial District.

  • Unemployment dips in 73 counties in April

    RALEIGH—Unemployment rates are down across North Carolina in 73 of the state’s 100 counties.

    According to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, unemployment rates increased in 10 counties and stayed the same in 17 during the month of April.

    Statewide, North Carolina’s April unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.

    Brunswick County’s April unemployment rate was 10.3 percent, down from 10.9 percent in March. 

    Brunswick’s unemployment rate in April 2010 was 10.8 percent.