Local News

  • Holden Beach presents FEMA flood map review

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach officials provided direction for property owners to search for changes to their flood designation at the Oct. 14 town board meeting.

    New preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) have been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    The FIRM map shows special flood hazard areas and the risk premium zones that provide a basis for establishing flood insurance coverage premium rates.

  • County OKs Oak Island dredging assistance

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners gave Oak Island representatives their word the county would help fund its beach renourishment project, but they need more time to figure out how to give it to them.

    “I think we have an agreement to do something, but we need to see how to get there. I feel we can come up with something by next month,” Commissioner Scott Phillips said during the board’s meeting Monday night, Oct. 20, while asking Oak Island to wait a little longer for a decision.

  • Detectives seek man who robbed OIB business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Detectives are looking for the man who robbed an Ocean Isle Beach business Oct. 21.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call at 10:55 p.m. about an armed robbery at the Exxon/Kangaroo at 927 Seaside Road SW, at Old Georgetown Road SW, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    The robber stole an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the store before deputies arrived, Flax said. Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach police, along with N.C. Highway Patrol troopers, also responded.

  • Parks and recreation director steps down

     Brunswick County is searching for a new parks and recreation director after Jim Pryor announced his resignation, effective Oct. 8.

    Pryor submitted his resignation letter Sept. 17 to County Manager Ann Hardy. He accepted a job as the director of parks and recreation in Forsyth County, Ga.

    “With a lot of projects in queue, I will work diligently to keep those efforts moving forward and in good working order,” he wrote in the letter.

    Pryor was hired in August 2008 as the county’s director of parks and recreation.

  • Grissettown annual haunted trail a scary good time

     GRISSETTOWN — This isn’t your normal haunted trail. This is the real deal.

    For the last six years, the Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue team has welcomed — and scared — the community in its renowned haunted trail on N.C. 904 less than two miles off U.S. 17.

    Richard Teague, the assistant chief of the department, said its members and many volunteers have tweaked the trail and made additions each and every year.

  • No decision yet on proposed homeowners’ insurance rate increase

     It’s still unclear whether Brunswick County residents will see a dramatic increase in homeowner’s insurance rates following a hearing Monday, Oct. 20, in Raleigh.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a homeowners’ insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau in January, and a public hearing — originally scheduled in August but postponed until Monday— was held in Raleigh.

  • Warriors showered with patriotism in ride through Calabash, county

     CALABASH — Many times, the smallest gestures have the largest impact.

    As disabled veterans rode through Brunswick County communities on Friday, Oct. 17, they appreciated supporters waving American flags and shouting thanks as they lined the streets welcoming riders participating in the Fifth Annual Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride.

    Ronald Mayfield, who served in the Navy, said the public doesn’t realize how much its support means to the riders.

  • Campbell students promote good health at Waccamaw

     ASH — Seventeen years ago, Kate Gore roamed the halls of Waccamaw School in Ash as a fifth-grade student. Now a 28-year-old assistant clinical coordinator at Campbell University, Gore was able to give back to current fifth-graders.

    Gore brought four graduate students from Campbell University’s physical therapy department to Waccamaw on Friday, Oct. 17, to teach students about the importance of healthy habits.

  • Calabash unveils new quick response vehicle

    CALABASH — To add to its pink breast-cancer awareness ambulance, Calabash Volunteer EMS now has a newly transformed quick response vehicle (QRV) in its fleet.

    The department took possession of the vehicle Oct. 13 in the North Carolina town of Falkland, where it was customized by Select Custom Apparatus Inc., the same company that has built Calabash EMS ambulances.

    The QRV is a 2014 Dodge Durango already in the EMS fleet. It was modified by the company to meet department specifications, at a cost of just under $30,000.

  • Calabash settles sweepstakes suit for $44,700

    CALABASH — The town of Calabash has settled a sweepstakes lawsuit for $44,700.

    Unanimous approval of the settlement came following a closed session of the Calabash town board of commissioners at the board’s monthly meeting Oct. 14.

    Town commissioner Jody Nance made a motion to authorize the settlement, which was seconded by newly appointed town commissioner Cecelia Herman.

    The vote included a stipulation for a written settlement agreement to be signed by both parties provided both sides agree to specific terms.