Today's News

  • Wartime memories: Veteran recalls surviving Pearl Harbor seven decades ago

    CAROLINA SHORES—Relaxing on the sun porch of his home overlooking the golf course, Hal Todd can still recall the attack that launched World War II for the U.S. on Dec. 7, 1941, nearly 70 years ago.

    He remembers, because he was there.

    “You want to talk about Pearl Harbor?” says the jovial 90-year-old.

    “Well, I could make up a lot of lies about that one,” he adds, chuckling. “Because nobody can check it out.”

  • Special meeting called in Calabash

    CALABASH—A special meeting for the Calabash Board of Commissioners has been called for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at town hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is:

    •To review a proposed draft of the 2011-2012 fiscal budget and set a proposed tax rate.

    •To schedule a public hearing for proposed draft of the budget, to be considered at commissioners’ next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. June 14.

  • Devaun Park developers embroiled in legal clash

    CALABASH—Devaun Park was launched as a pristine, serene neighborhood with tree-lined streets and comfortable, upscale homes with wide front porches in a natural setting overlooking the Calabash River.

    But things aren’t so peaceful these days between Devaun Park’s developers, Vaughn Stanaland and Scott Stewart, who are involved in a legal battle involving money and management woes.

  • Bluegrass festival picking and singing Saturday in Holden Beach

    Four renowned North Carolina bluegrass groups are headlining this weekend’s seventh annual Mostly Bluegrass Spring Festival 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at the Holden Beach Pavilion.

    The lineup includes A Deeper Shade of Blue of Monroe, The Huckleberry Brothers of eastern North Carolina, The Far City Boys of western North Carolina and Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys of Smithfield.

  • DA re-opens Bald Head officer death case

    District Attorney Jon David is re-examining evidence and information surrounding the October 1999 death of Bald Head Island police officer Davina Jones.

    Jones died Oct. 22, 1999, from a single gunshot to the back of her head while on duty. Her body was found late that night near Old Baldy Lighthouse.

    By the following day, Jones’ body had been removed from the island, the shooting scene cleaned up to make way for a wedding, and her death deemed a suicide.

  • Services highlight Memorial Day weekend

    Several ceremonies are planned in the area this week in observance of Memorial Day.


    Memorial Day ceremonies include two in Calabash, both starting at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30.

    One ceremony will be at the Calabash Fire Department on Persimmon Road and N.C. 179.

    The program, co-sponsored by the fire department and Calabash American Legion Post 503, will honor military from all branches and eras, especially those who gave their lives in service to our country.

  • Heated exchange over fire proceeds in Calabash

    CALABASH— Clashes have erupted in Calabash over ABC proceeds for the local fire department and hurricane readiness.

    At a fire department board meeting last week, department officials said proceeds from the town’s ABC store are down nearly 60 percent from last year.

    “We don’t know why, but that’s what they say,” said board president Jennings Edge.

  • McCumbee third in ARCA road race in New Jersey

     Chad McCumbee finished third in the ARCA racing series’ ModSpace 150 Sunday in Millville, N.J.

    McCumbee, driving the No. 1 ModSpace Ford, started fifth on the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway at New Jersey Motorsports Park and moved into second on the first lap. He ran in the top five all day and finished third after making a pass on the final lap of the event sponsored by his car sponsor.

    This was McCumbee’s third straight top-10 finish and his first top-five in his second stint with Andy Belmont Racing, which began last April.

  • Batts wins silver in triple jump; Fisher gets bronze in long jump

    GREENSBORO—North Brunswick High School senior Jamelle Batts finished second in the long jump at the NCHSAA Class 2A state track and field meet Saturday at North Carolina A&T State University.

    Batts jumped 44 feet, 9 inches. The winning mark at 45-10.

    “I was winning the whole time,” Batts said, “and the guy who got first place had never jumped 44 feet in his life—and he popped a 45-10.”

  • North Brunswick reaches fourth round in baseball playoffs

    LELAND—Seniors Chris Hamilton and Tylan Kelly each hit a home run and pitchers David Zacek and Tim Walsh struck out 12 batters as North Brunswick beat East Duplin 2-1 in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A state baseball playoffs Friday night.

    The Scorpions (15-9) play a sectional game Tuesday at South Lenoir (22-4). East Duplin finishes 19-7. The sectional winner advances to the best-of-three regional series, which begins May 26. The regional winner qualifies for the state championship series.