Today's News

  • Couple says aging trees a danger for their home

    CALABASH—For the past two years, Randy and Anne Spooner have tried to contact an adjacent property owner about his towering longleaf pine trees they say are posing a hazard to their home.

    The retired couple said property owner J.W. Brown, who chairs the town’s planning and zoning board, has never responded to their phone calls and messages, and their certified letters have been returned.

  • County OKs Calabash inspections changes

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved requested changes to a building inspections agreement with the town of Calabash.

    The first change stipulates the agreement will be in the form of a letter from Calabash’s town administrator, formally requesting the county to conduct building inspections for specifically identified buildings under construction.

    The town also will request the county’s services prior to the town beginning any inspections for the buildings.

  • Calabash makes plea for county fire assistance

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons has written a letter requesting Brunswick County’s direct involvement in discussions about the future of the Calabash Fire Department.

    In the letter dated Aug. 13 to Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue, Clemmons cites only three of six options he would like for the county to actively explore.

  • Future of U.S. 17 at stake in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—What does the future hold for U.S. 17?

    It’s an ongoing topic of discussion in Carolina Shores that continues this week.

    The town’s planning and zoning board will meet Wednesday with transportation planner Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Council of Governments. They will resume discussion about the 3-mile stretch of U.S. 17 corridor that is under Carolina Shores’ municipal domain.

    The Aug. 20 workshop is at 3 p.m. in the meeting room at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

  • Carolina Shores 10th anniversary party Sept. 18

    The town of Carolina Shores will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, with festivities at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights will include tours of the new town hall addition, the newly carpeted commissioners’ chambers and the Calabash Fire Department’s new burn trailer.

    Brunswick County Commissioner Phil Norris’ bluegrass band and a barbershop quartet will entertain. Refreshments will be served from 3-5 p.m. There also will be door prizes.

  • Watch out! Here come the brides

    On the morning of her 28th birthday, Jaime Atwell and her maid of honor, Shannon Hughes, dipped out of the line outside Filene’s Basement in Washington D.C., which curled around two Washington D.C. city blocks, and staggered groggy-eyed to a nearby Starbucks.

    They had not eaten in hours. They had arrived at the Savoy Hotel on Wisconsin Avenue at 2:30 that morning, after a flat tire extended their road trip to eight hours, and awoke before dawn to get in line.

  • Grant allows commission to protect parking at public boating site

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased property adjacent to its Sunset Harbor Boating Access Area to improve parking in the area.

    The purchase—the first from the N.C. Waterfront Access and Marine Industry (WAMI) Fund—will also enable the commission to focus its resources on much needed renovations to the existing boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway. The WAMI funds will also provide funding to develop a small public fishing pier, said Gordon Myers, deputy director.

  • Stout pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

    An early-morning altercation on Westbrook Avenue in Seaside just shy of one year ago left one man dead.

    Just before 3 a.m. Aug. 25, 2007, police responded to a home at 7232 Westbrook Ave., where they found 20-year-old Dean Alan Malott, of 1707 Bay St., dead after he was stabbed once in the chest.

    Nineteen-year-old Raymond Stout was charged with Malott’s murder.

    On Monday, Stout pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Roberto G. Willarroel, 37, of Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, with no operator’s license at the Southeastern Welcome Center as the result of a checkpoint. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $500 secured bond.

    •Police charged Jefferson Exantus, 35, of Shallotte Avenue, with assault on a female. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on no bond.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and issued the following citations. All information is taken directly from police logs and citations.

    •Larceny and burglary on Lions Paw Street; suspect stole three pairs of earrings, two bracelets and purse from victim.

    •Larceny on Tarpon Street; suspect stole a bottle of liquor, Rockband, a Wii and a TV.

    •Larceny and burglary on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole a portable handheld radio from the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, which was later recovered.