Local News

  • Honoring a living legend

    BOLIVIA—Master Sgt. Al Banker reported for duty at U.S. Marine Corps base Montford Point on July 24, 1942—one year after African Americans were allowed to serve in the Armed Forces.

    The Louisiana native traveled from his hometown of New Orleans to Wilmington and then to Jacksonville, where he was taken to Montford Point, just outside of town.

    The African-American Marines were segregated from the white Marines and trained at Montford Point rather than Parris Island, S.C., or San Diego, Calif., where white Marines trained.

  • Hospital authority chairman, 'friend of the hospital' dies

    Brunswick County Hospital Authority Chairman H.W. “Pete” Barnette has died.

    Barnette, who has served on the hospital authority since 2001, was a Navy and Air Force veteran and a recipient of the state’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He was 73 years old.

    Last month, Brunswick Community Hospital hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking near the new hospital’s future site, to honor Barnette for his contributions to the hospital and healthcare in Brunswick County.

  • Gravesites remain undisturbed

    BELVILLE—Fifteen gravesites discovered behind Belville Elementary School won’t be moved anytime soon.

    The gravesites were discovered in September when a Wilmington developer began clearing a 166-acre tract near the school and petitioned county commissioners to move the graves to a new location.

    But after residents’ fervent opposition to moving the gravesites, commissioners denied the developer’s petition.

    The developer, Hawkeswater III, petitioned the county to move the gravesites to a different location under N.C. General Statute 65-105.

  • Candidate filings open in Brunswick County

    Candidate filing continues for the November 2008 election. Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 11, and will close at noon Friday, Feb. 29.

    At press time Tuesday, the following candidates filed for office:

    N.C. State Senate

    •R.C. Soles Jr. (incumbent), Democrat, Tabor City

    •Bettie Fennell, Republican, Rocky Point

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 17)

    •Bonner Stiller (incumbent), Republican, Oak Island

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 20)

  • State, local burn bans in effect

    A statewide burn ban and a county burn ban have been re-instated, banning all open burning in Brunswick County.

    The statewide burn ban, issued by the N.C. Division of Forest Resources, prohibits all open burning more than 100 feet from an occupied dwelling.

    The county ban also prohibits open burning within the 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said there has been some confusion about the burn bans, because of the recent rains.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Calabash; suspect stole a newspaper rack from an area business.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Milliken Avenue in Supply; suspect broke victim’s window and stole money and a bottle of wine.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Meadowlark Lane in Supply; suspect broke into victim’s residence and damaged property.

  • Euthanasia changes tentatively approved

    Tentatively approved changes to the state’s animal shelter regulations could require North Carolina animal shelters, including Brunswick County, to follow new guidelines regarding the way dogs and cats are killed.

    Designed to make euthanasia more humane, new rules approved Feb. 13 by the North Carolina Board of Agriculture require staff training, set equipment standards and allow for more state oversight.

  • Commissioners nix public boat ramp in private neighborhood

    BOLIVIA—A request from two property owners to convey their land to the county for a public boat ramp has been denied.

    County commissioners denied the request after hearing from area residents who said they don’t want a public boat ramp in their neighborhood.

    County attorney Huey Marshall told board members if they approved the boat ramp it could only be used for canoes and kayaks, or small johnboats.

  • Sanderson receives award

    For the second consecutive year, Brunswick County builder Jeff Sanderson, founder/owner of Whitney Blair Inc., was presented with a silver Best in American Living Award (BALA) for the best single family detached home (3,001-4,000 square feet) in an award ceremony at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, according to a news release.

    This one of a kind custom home, “The Mathes” is in the Parkside at Mayfaire community in Wilmington.

  • Resident to be honored posthumously in Calabash

    CALABASH—He’d be up before the sun, scanning morning newspapers and brewing coffee at a local restaurant.

    Then, James “Tincy” Marlowe would mosey down River Road to another Calabash eatery, Captain Nance’s, to make more early-morning coffee and tend to whatever needed to be done at the waterfront establishment.

    When the shrimp boats came in, Marlowe was a popular sight with customers who’d line up for pounds of fresh shrimp he could behead and package with a few dexterous flicks of the wrist.