Local News

  • Eight-year-old bitten by shark off Bald Head Island

    An 8-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Sunday after reportedly being bitten by a shark off the coast of Bald Head Island.

    Chris McCall, manager for the Village of Bald Head Island, confirmed the incident happened at about 4 p.m. June 16 along Bald Head's South Beach when a young boy was reported to have been bitten by what is believed to be a shark because of the type of wounds he received. An assessment by first responders called to the scene indicated that as well.

  • NCLM ‘toolbox’ to help towns cope with opioid crisis

    Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.

  • Supply couple relishes chance to age in place

    For the Young family, aging in place was the best option.
    David Young, 83, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in recent years, which made it difficult for he and his wife, Monica, to reside at their two-storied home on the Lockwood Folly River in Supply near Holden Beach.
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.”

  • Brunswick commissioners pave way for Supply VFD to buy property for new site

    Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to send a letter of no objection providing the Supply Volunteer Fire Department the go-ahead to pursue financing for the purchase of property for a new department site.
    Commissioner Pat Sykes cast the only dissenting vote.

  • Sunset Beach mayor breaks tie for 1-cent tax increase

    SUNSET BEACH — Newly seated Mayor Paul VanWormer broke a split 2-2 tie vote to approve a 1-cent ad valorem tax rate increase at the June 3 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    VanWormer voted with town councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern to approve the hike from 15 cents to 16 cents per $100 of valuation for the town’s proposed $6,872,060 budget for fiscal 2019-2020 that takes effect July 1.

  • Carolina Shores grants final budget approval

    The Carolina Shores board of commissioners gave final approval a $2.274 million budget for fiscal 2019-2020 at their monthly meeting last Thursday, June 6.

    The budget includes maintaining the current ad valorem tax rate of .1016 cents per $100 of valuation, which Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall notes in his introduction marks the seventh straight year since 2012 without a tax increase for the town.

  • My cat’s eyes are red and runny: feline herpes conjunctivitis

    I recently ran into a previous client. Rather, she ran into me at full sprint after spotting me at a local concert.

    “Dr. Ward! I’m so glad to see you. My cat’s eyes are red and runny and driving her crazy! What is it?”

    While I couldn’t diagnose her cat with beach music blaring, I did offer her the following information. I began by discussing one of the more common reasons for red, runny eye in cats: feline herpes conjunctivitis.

    What is feline herpesviral conjunctivitis?

  • Shark bite reported in Ocean Isle Beach

    A 19-year-old surfer was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after he apparently was bitten by a shark in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Austin Reed of Ocean Isle Beach was taken by ambulance to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after the incident that occurred around 1:45 p.m., bystanders said.

    Reed’s brothers, Gavin and Ethan, said he was seated and paddling on his surfboard with a friend about 50 feet offshore near Beaufort Street when he felt something bite his foot.

  • Second suspect captured with aid of drones

    A suspect with active felony warrants has been taken into custody with the help of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drone Team.

    Jacob Tyler Cortes, 23, of White Street, Shallotte, was seen in the area of U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 in Supply at around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. A tip was called into Brunswick County 911 Communications Center advising of his location and deputies were dispatched to the area.

  • BCC YES camps offer more fun summer explorations for children

     Say yes to summer fun.

    YES (Youth Explorations for Summer) Camps offer youngsters an opportunity to ditch the video game remote as they discover new interests and make new friends.


    YES summer camps, sponsored by Brunswick Community College, promise to help children develop valuable life skills and explore potential careers. In fact, the college “guarantees (children) will have a blast this summer!” according to the BCC website.