Local News

  • Jaguar's Lair negotiations at impasse in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — After years of negotiating, the town of Sunset Beach and developer of Jaguar’s Lair are at an impasse, and the town has requested mediation.

    Announcement of the deadlock over completion of infrastructure work in the unfinished subdivision was made during Sunset Beach Town Council’s first monthly meeting of the new year Monday, Jan. 5.

  • Burned Calabash eateries rise from ashes

    CALABASH — It was a family-owned business steeped in family memories, some but not all now up in smoke.

    As Crystal Coleman Nixon sifted through the charred remains of Coleman’s Original Calabash Seafood Restaurant, she managed a smile and even gratitude following an Aug. 16 blaze that burned the riverfront building and temporarily put Coleman’s out of business.

  • Roadwork under scrutiny in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are taking a closer look at roadwork under way in the Village at Calabash.

    Last October, town commissioners approved awarding a $475,000 paving and reconstruction project of Clubview Lane in the Village at Calabash to lone bidder Palmetto Corp. paving company of Conway, S.C.

    At commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, Jan. 5, town administrator Jon Mendenhall cited a change order submitted by the company.

  • UPDATE: Man arrested in Calabash bank robbery

    A South Carolina man has been arrested in an armed robbery that occurred Monday at a Calabash bank.

    Grover Marcell Springs, 37, of Deer Run Avenue in Georgetown, S.C., was arrested at his residence early Tuesday morning, according to a news release from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

  • Calabash bank robbed; suspect sought

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a suspect in connection with an armed robbery of a Calabash bank Monday afternoon.

    The Jan. 5 robbery occurred at approximately 5 p.m. at PNC Bank on Beach Drive.

    The suspect fled on foot toward Calabash with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a striped tan beanie, light colored sweater with dress shirt and tie and dark pants.

  • Police seek man who tried to rob Shallotte business

    SHALLOTTE — Police are looking for the man who tried to rob the Dollar Tree at Shallotte Crossing about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3.

    No one was seriously injured and nothing was taken, Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said.

    A description of the would-be robber is not yet available, but investigators believe he could be the same man who robbed the Dollar General on Dec. 16, Gause said.

  • EDC retail study also looked at area consumer habits

    A Brunswick County Retail Study sponsored by the Economic Development Commission and released in November pointed to the best locations in the county to emphasize retail development.

    The retail analysis reviewed four areas of focus in Brunswick County based on high traffic volume and existing national retail development – in Leland at U.S. 17 and Village Road, the U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 intersection in Supply, Shallotte’s Main Street at Holden Beach Road and N.C. 17 and Long Beach Road in Southport.

  • Leland creates ordinance to cap streetlight costs without limits on light sources

    Leland officials have approved a streetlight ordinance change to keep town costs down while developers dress up their subdivisions.

    Town staff members have worked on the issue for the better part of the last year as the town’s previous standards were no longer seen as useful the town or developers.

    Leland pays for streetlight service on public maintained roads — a major expense for the town, costing almost $500,000 a year.

  • FOCUS group examines county health and wellness

    A regional community group has focused on finding ways to improve the health of Brunswick County residents.

  • Maritime Museum at Southport plans expansion

    The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will expand its current building in the new year.

    Southport’s museum, one of three North Carolina Maritime Museums, opened on the site of Fort Johnston along the Cape Fear River at East Moore and South Davis streets July 4, 2011.

    James Crum, campaign treasurer for the Friends of the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, said the current building was designed from two barracks for enlisted men at Fort Johnston. The renovated building provides 5,800 square feet, with 2,800 square feet dedicated to exhibits.