Local News

  • Businesses hopeful bridge rerouting won't hurt them

    SUNSET BEACH—Sure, the new $32 million, 65-foot-tall bridge is going to reroute traffic, but business managers near the old bridge are hopeful it won’t affect their foot traffic.

    Once the new span connecting the mainland and island is complete, projected to be by the end of 2010, there will still be business, said Christy Scott at The Bridge Grill and Par Harbor Mini Golf.

  • Hard work enables Cox to fulfill dream

    Pitchers often are evaluated by numbers: by their earned-run average or by the speed of their fastball or by their ratio of strikeouts to walks.

    But those decimals and ratios fail to measure something just as important: the sweat, how hard a pitcher will work to have the best ERA or the best control.

    Such hard work is what enabled Ethan Cox to be an all-conference pitcher last season for West Brunswick High School, and that hard work will allow him to continue his baseball career at Appalachian State University.

  • Trojans split first two games in Eastern qualifier

    CARY—The Southwest Trojans began the Eastern qualifier for the Junior American Legion state championship series with two games Saturday morning. The Trojans lost 6-5 to Rocky Mount but beat Wayne County South 5-4 in a loser-out game Saturday afternoon.

    Below are summaries of the games:



    The Southwest Trojans scored three runs with two outs in the seventh but fell one run short of Rocky Mount in a 6-5 loss in the first game of the Eastern qualifier Saturday.

  • UPDATEWeekend weather watch

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Department has released the following weather statement: The position of Tropical Depression #3 was adjusted to the east at the 11am

    advisory. This correction to the position has shifted the projected track of the

    storm further to the east which lessens the threats to Brunswick County. Discussion

    with staff at the National Weather Service has identified the following potential

    threats for our area: gusty winds when showers come through, rain (estimates are

  • Salmonella reported in Brunswick

    One case of the salmonella strain found across the country in tainted tomatoes has been reported in Brunswick County.

    Assistant health director Fred Michael said this week a doctor recently reported a case of Salmonella Saint Paul, which has been linked to infected tomatoes in other states.

    Nationwide, 1,065 cases have been reported, resulting in 205 people hospitalized and one death. Fourteen cases have been reported in North Carolina.

  • It's a lackluster season for shrimping

    VARNAMTOWN—Rain drizzled down Friday afternoon, underscoring the mood of men lolling around picnic tables at Garland’s Fresh Seafood.

    It wasn’t the summer downpour they were lamenting but the economy, highlighted by idle shrimp boats lined up along the Lockwood Folly River behind them.

    “They’re not even working,” Jackie Varnam, who runs the longtime seafood market with her husband, Nicky, said of the shrimpers or former shrimpers killing time on Garland’s patio overlooking the scenic river.

  • Widow sues murder suspects

    Shannon Bradshaw, the widow of slain Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has filed a lawsuit against two suspects charged with her husband’s murder.

    In the lawsuit filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 19, Shannon Bradshaw claims murder suspects Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie, both 46, forged Adam Bradshaw’s signature on a fraudulent quitclaim deed.

    The quitclaim deed reverted property Adam Bradshaw purchased from Bryant in December 2007 back to Bryant, dated Jan. 31, 2008.

  • Emergency rooms feel brunt of mental health deficiencies

    On a recent Monday, Dr. William Sherrod’s 12-bed emergency department had three beds, or 25 percent of its capacity, occupied with mental illness or detox patients.

    As the hours passed, waiting for their referrals or for a bed to open at a treatment facility, two sheriff’s deputies waited with the patients, as they’re required to do by law.

  • Law enforcement officers get training to learn to deal with mental health issues

    The call comes over the radio—10-73.

    A sheriff’s deputy responds.

    But is the average law enforcement officer’s eight to 12 hours of mental health training enough to properly assess the crisis to which they are responding?

    When someone calls 911 with a suicidal patient or similar crisis, sheriff’s deputies or municipal police officers are the first responders.

    Efforts are under way at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to increase each deputy’s training so they are properly equipped to assess and handle a mental subject.

  • New community mobile crisis unit up and running, assisting seven counties 24 hours a day

    WILMINGTON—Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the mobile crisis management team at Evergreen Behavioral Management is ready to respond to a crisis—immediately.

    Covering seven counties in southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick County, they’ll respond within two hours, face-to-face, to provide immediate support, services and treatment; crisis response, stabilization and intervention; and crisis prevention.