Today's News

  • Local shucker one of country’s best

     Lisa Bellamy is an oyster-shucking legend.

    She’s dominated the N.C. Oyster Festival professional shucking competition so many times, she can’t remember how many times she’s been crowned top shucker.

    “I lost count awhile back,” Bellamy said. “It’s been fun.”

  • Candidates meet the voters

    Several hundred Brunswick County voters got to hear for themselves the opinions of candidates seeking office in the Nov. 4 general election during the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates night Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Odell Williams Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Keep it civil

    BCPOA President Bill Bittenbender reminded the audience at the top of the evening not to cheer, jeer or snicker at candidate responses, “So everyone can hear the candidates.”

    Brunswick County commission

  • Walk in the park: Developer announces plans for swamp adventure facility

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Rube McMullan is embarrassed to admit he bought a piece of property a stone’s throw from Ocean Isle Beach before he even knew what it was.

    But after a kayaking trip with his son, Barrett, down the Shallotte River between U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach off what locals have come to know as “Four Mile Road,” Rube knows exactly what he wants to do with his land.

  • What's in your trunk? Carolina Shores man alerts Consumer Reports about no spare tire

    CAROLINA SHORES — When Bob Kronberg bought a pre-owned Kia last fall, he got a surprise after driving it home.

    Upon closer inspection inside the trunk of his newly purchased 2012 Optima, he learned that instead of a spare tire, the vehicle was equipped with a tire repair kit that included a small air compressor and can of flat-tire sealant.

  • County OKs Oak Island dredging assistance

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners gave Oak Island representatives their word the county would help fund its beach renourishment project, but they need more time to figure out how to give it to them.

    “I think we have an agreement to do something, but we need to see how to get there. I feel we can come up with something by next month,” Commissioner Scott Phillips said during the board’s meeting Monday night, Oct. 20, while asking Oak Island to wait a little longer for a decision.

  • Woman accused of stealing shark tooth from museum

     A Chapel Hill woman is accused of stealing a prehistoric shark’s tooth from the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport.

    Alison Ailene Erca, 62, of Brights Way was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 14, and charged with felony larceny, Southport Police Sgt. Mike Williams said.

    A woman removed the C. Megalodon shark’s tooth from its glass enclosure and left the museum with another woman just after 2 p.m., Oct. 9 museum curator and manager Mary Strickland said. Museum employees noticed the tooth was missing late that afternoon and nothing else was stolen.

  • Leland pays $25,500 to settle Internet café lawsuit

    LELAND — Leland commissioners unanimously approved a lawsuit settlement that will pay $25,500 to Internet Café and Sweepstakes of Leland.

    The business sued Leland, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David in 2013 saying it leased retail space at 112-V Village Road beginning in February 2009 and was forced out of business.

  • Leland native’s Johnny Cash tribute band swinging through Brunswick County Oct. 26

    The music of The Man in Black comes around to the Amuzu Theater in Southport Oct. 26 as performed by the North Brunswick native who fronts the Johnny Cash tribute band, Johnny Folsom 4.

    The Johnny Folsom 4 will play a matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the theater at 11 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    For lead singer David Burney the show is somewhat of a homecoming as he grew up in North Brunswick County.

    He was from Leland before Leland was a town.

    Leland was great. A small place where everyone knew everyone,” Burney said.

  • Calabash settles sweepstakes suit for $44,700

    CALABASH — The town of Calabash has settled a sweepstakes lawsuit for $44,700.

    Unanimous approval of the settlement came following a closed session of the Calabash town board of commissioners at the board’s monthly meeting Oct. 14.

    Town commissioner Jody Nance made a motion to authorize the settlement, which was seconded by newly appointed town commissioner Cecelia Herman.

    The vote included a stipulation for a written settlement agreement to be signed by both parties provided both sides agree to specific terms.

  • Calabash unveils new quick response vehicle

    CALABASH — To add to its pink breast-cancer awareness ambulance, Calabash Volunteer EMS now has a newly transformed quick response vehicle (QRV) in its fleet.

    The department took possession of the vehicle Oct. 13 in the North Carolina town of Falkland, where it was customized by Select Custom Apparatus Inc., the same company that has built Calabash EMS ambulances.

    The QRV is a 2014 Dodge Durango already in the EMS fleet. It was modified by the company to meet department specifications, at a cost of just under $30,000.