Today's News

  • Holden Beach to file amicus brief in beach access court case

    HOLDEN BEACH — The public has the right to freely use the space between wet and dry sand portions of beaches.

    This is the position Holden Beach commissioners took at their July 19 meeting when they approved the filing of a joint amicus brief in the case of Nies v. Emerald Isle.

  • Calabash approves designated park smoking areas

    Smoking is now designated in Calabash Community Park.

    At their July 12 meeting, Calabash commissioners approved directing concert event organizers to establish designated smoking areas in the outer perimeters of the two-year-old park at 868 Persimmon Road.

    A town ordinance regulates smoking in town buildings or structures but does not address smoking in open areas of the park.

    Following discussion, the board was in consensus the areas be established for people wishing to smoke and that guests be made aware of the areas for their convenience.

  • Auditor: Clerk of court’s office lags in estate filing inventory

    North Carolina’s state auditor’s office found the Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court’s office lags in requiring estate inventory filings.

    A report released July 15 by State Auditor Beth Wood said the audit found Clerk of Superior Court Jim MacCallum’s office did not compel timely filing of estate inventories or collect estate fees in accordance with state law, which has resulted in a delay and potential loss in the collection of court costs and fees.

  • Residents file suit against Devaun Park Community Association

    Two residents of Devaun Park in Calabash have filed a civil summons against the Devaun Park Community Association, charging it has failed to provide requested financial records and other documents.

    Patrick and Karlie Munro filed the action Thursday, June 21, in Brunswick County Superior Court against the Devaun Park Community Association and Community Association Services Inc.

  • Waterford home, two dogs lost in fire caused by lightning strike

    A Leland home was destroyed July 19 by a fire caused by a lightning strike during an afternoon thunderstorm.

    The owner wasn’t at home at the time of the fire and no one was injured, but two dogs in the home died, Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Chief John Grimes said.

    Grimes said the wood framed, single-family home on Nightingale Court in the Waterford Neighborhood caught fire during a storm that dumped three and a half inches of rain in 45 minutes and included winds of 40 to 50 mph.

  • BCS students ‘read to achieve’ during summer camps

    This summer, Brunswick County Schools students had the opportunity to ignite their love of reading at five campuses across the county.

    Summer reading camps kicked off Monday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Thursday, July 28, at host schools Jessie Mae Monroe, Lincoln, Southport, Supply and Town Creek elementary schools. Each school chose a different theme to engage their rising second-, third- and fourth-grade attendees. Students from other area schools were also in attendance at the participating school closest to their campus.


  • Camp Invention lets kids be the creators

    ASH—“Go. Create.”

    That’s exactly what the children participating in Communities In Schools’ Camp Invention did during their three-week program at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    The free camp allows for students entering third and fourth grade to learn as creative problem solvers with material based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday starting July 11.

  • A camp all their own

    BOLIVIA — For the first time, nearly 20 children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Brunswick County have been able to attend a summer camp just for them.

  • Woman reflects on 82 years of visiting Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — In 1934, Holden Beach had one road leading from the ferry dock to the “Old Hotel,” built by John Holden in 1925. It was this one road Catherine Thompson and her family traveled when she was but a few months old.

    Now, 82 years later, she and her family are still returning to the beach they fell in love decades ago.

    Catherine Thompso, of Greenville, was born March 10, 1934 in what is now Town Creek to David and Elizabeth Traynham, where her father served as a Methodist preacher at Zion Methodist Church.

  • Carolina Shores launches economic development board

    A new Economic Development Commission is on the job in Carolina Shores.

    The town’s new EDC board, consisting of town commissioners and Mayor Joyce Dunn, had an inaugural meeting July 14.

    The new board is already looking at future growth, convening in closed session at that meeting to hear two proposals, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said.

    “One is preliminary and one is further along,” he said, describing the two as prospective industrial entities looking to locate in the town’s corporate limits.