Today's News

  • Town officials disprove of idea for bandstand in right of way

    The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association (OIPOA) wants the town of Ocean Isle Beach to have its own bandstand, but town officials will not support the suggested placement.

    Don Kauffman approached the board of commissioners Tuesday on behalf of the OIPOA and requested support for a feasibility study, which would look at putting a permanent, covered bandstand structure on Third Street behind the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

  • Calabash man faces 19 drug charges after six-month drug investigation

    A Calabash man has been arrested twice in as many weeks, charged with 19 drug charges.

    Jimmy Franklin McCumbee, 41, of Highpoint Avenue in Calabash, was arrested Dec. 31, 2009, and charged with two drug charges.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 12, he was arrested again, this time for 17 drug charges, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier.

    Lanier said drug agents conducted a six-month investigation into McCumbee, who drug agents say was supplying cocaine from Shallotte to Calabash.

  • Bolivia woman, son arrested for drug possession

    A Bolivia woman and her son have been arrested on drug charges.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Louise May Maloney, 48, of 1360 Green Lewis Road, Bolivia, and her son, Franco Maloney, 28, also of 1360 Green Lewis Road, after executing a search warrant at the home on Friday, Jan. 8.

    Drug agents believed Maloney’s home was the “hub for a large-scale prescription pill ring in the Bolivia area,” according to a news release.

  • Work on Ocean Isle Beach Park stalls when contractor stops operations

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Work has stalled on the new Ocean Isle Beach Park off Old Georgetown Road, but the county parks and recreation director is still hoping for a spring opening.

    The park’s contractor, Weaver Construction Co. of Conway, S.C., ceased operations Dec. 4, 2009, leaving park construction in limbo, parks and recreation director Jim Pryor said.

    “They moved off-site and disappeared,” Pryor said.

    The last bill the county received for the $2 million park project was in October.

  • Sen. Burr calls for transparency in healthcare negotiations

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is urging President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open healthcare negotiations to the public.

  • Shallotte Planning Board OKs plat, amendments

    The Shallotte Planning Board has approved expansion of an existing business and moved the process forward for the opening of two new businesses.

    At its Tuesday night meeting, the board approved a site plan amendment for Timbercraft Construction, a cabinetry business on Whiteville Road, to allow the company to add a 1,380 square-foot attached storage building.

    According to town planner Allen Serkin, the amendment is a minor one. The owner has also agreed to add stripes to the parking lot.

  • Shallotte pastor travels to Zanzibar to spread message of Christianity

    Imagine attending church service outside in 95-degree temperatures, surrounded by soldiers armed with machine guns.

    For many Christians on the island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania, Africa, this is a reality.

    Todd Underwood, pastor at the Shallotte Church of God, witnessed the scenario firsthand when he visited the island last November.

    Accompanying him were Doug Seaman, a pastor from Washington, D.C., and his wife, Pam.

    Underwood and the Seamans made the trip to be part of an eight-day crusade to bring Christianity to residents of Zanzibar.

  • Reward offered in pelican cruelty case

    The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for breaking the wings of 10 brown pelicans in Brunswick County.

    Between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31, 2009, 10 pelicans were found washed ashore on Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Holden Beach and Caswell Beach. The birds were suffering from broken wings. Some of the birds had drowned, and the rest had to be euthanized as a result of their injuries.

  • Time Warner Cable official promises better service to Holden Beach residents

    The new director of government relations for Time Warner Cable’s Wilmington area promised the company would do a better job serving Holden Beach after hearing a boatload of complaints from Holden Beach commissioners and homeowners during the town’s regular board meeting Tuesday night.

    Eric Collins heard complaints about repaired lines being left above ground for as long as six months, shoddy picture quality and price, among other things.

  • Mystery still surrounds Bolivia plane crash more than 50 years later

    Brunswick County native Ouida Hewett was 26 years old when Brunswick County gained national attention.

    Hewett, who was living on Civietown Road in Supply on Jan. 6, 1960, was standing at the backdoor of her home, feeding her youngest son a baby bottle.

    She had just warmed the milk, added syrup and was shaking it up, when all of a sudden she heard a plane overhead.

    She opened the backdoor just in time to see an explosion that looked as if it were somewhere over Bolivia, or just south of it.