Local News

  • Community remembers ‘the Tattoo Man,’ longtime Calabash cook

    Henry Keiper, a longtime cook in Calabash, died last week.

    His sister-in-law, Vivian Werner, said he was diagnosed with stomach cancer May 24 and fought a tough battle until he passed away July 4 in the arms of his daughter, Crystal.

    Affectionately known as “Zep” and “the tattoo man,” Keiper served as the pizza maker for Tony’s Pizza for about 12 years and was most recently employed as the cook at George’s Pancake House.

  • Deck collapses on Ocean Isle Beach; 21 people transported to three area hospitals

    The sundeck of a large house collapsed at Ocean Isle Beach the night of Tuesday, July 9, sending 21 people, including a child, to three different hospitals in the area.

    Reports show that a 911 call was made reporting the incident at 8:20 p.m.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said about 25 people were on the second-story deck when the floor gave way and they fell onto a concrete patio on the ground floor.

  • Leland officer involved in DWI checkpoint shooting resigns

    A Leland police officer involved in a shooting at a traffic checkpoint last month has resigned, Leland Town Manager David Hollis said Sunday, July 8.

    Anthony Bernard, along with four Brunswick County sheriff's deputies and three deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, was involved in the shooting.

    Law enforcement officers shot two Leland men as they tried to flee from the checkpoint on U.S. 17 in Leland, which was being conducted under a multi-agency Governors Highway Safety Booze It and Lose It program.

  • Holden Beach visitor died in fourth riptide-related drowning

    A fourth swimmer has drowned this week after getting caught by a rip current on a Brunswick County beach.

    Brunswick County Coroner Greg White identified the drowning victim as Randall Joyce, 57, of Pfafftown, a suburb of Winston-Salem.

    Joyce drowned Thursday while visiting Holden Beach with his wife and two adult children.

  • Brunswick WaterFest promotion pumped up by TDA

    Leland tourism promoters plan to ensure that if you haven’t heard about the Brunswick WaterFest yet, you will soon.

    Barry Eagle, chairman of the Leland Tourism Development Authority, told the town board of commissioners they are about to start ramping up publicity for the new festival.

    Leland will host the first Brunswick WaterFest the weekend of Sept. 20-22.

    Events will be held throughout Leland and Brunswick County, including Brunswick River Park, Town Creek, Sturgeon Creek and Eagle Island.

  • Sunday storms stop for Holden Beach sweep

    Holden Beach —The clouds parted and the sun came out for a couple hours Sunday morning, allowing volunteers to hold their first beach cleanup in Holden Beach.

    Sheila Faye Donahue and Christopher Politis organized the beach sweep to clear away some of the nuisance items that are forgotten or fly away from visitors to the beach.

    And, according to volunteers, most of the trash left in the sand was no bigger than an empty soda bottle.

  • Leland’s Flexcode designates streets for families, vehicles

    Leland continues to recreate its planning structure to recreate its downtown.

    Another piece of the Flexcode zoning in Leland’s Gateway area was approved at the June 20 town meeting.

    “This is another implementation step for the Flexcode,” Leland senior planner Ashli Barefoot said.

    The town approved the use of Flexcode zoning in 2011 to promote mixed-use development officials want to encourage in Leland’s gateway district, which is downtown from the U.S.17 exit along Village Road and into the surrounding area.

  • Hospital demolition talk draws interested business

    Reports that the Brunswick Community Hospital building could be torn down have drawn renewed interest to the building.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said a report about demolishing the old hospital, which has sat idle for the most part for the past two years, came out of recent e-mails updating county commissioners on the building’s status.

    News of the building’s possible demise spurred the interest of four groups, Hardy said. One group took a tour of the closed hospital Friday, while the others asked for information on the building.

  • A patriot and a pioneer

    Rebecca Oyler has never been one to take the easy road.

    “I’ve always liked a challenge,” she said.

    In 1942, the desire for a challenge and a deep love for her country changed the course of her life, leading her to become one of the first recruits to graduate from boot camp at Camp Lejuene in Jacksonville.


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  • Rip currents on OIB, Sunset Beach cause three deaths in one day

    A chief district court judge from Wilkesboro and a woman he tried to help escape a rip current on Sunset Beach died Wednesday.

    Mitchell Lynn McLean, 54, received CPR at the scene and then was transported to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, where he died Wednesday evening, according to Sunset Beach Chief of Police Lisa Massey.

    Mary Anne Galway, 54, also received CPR at the beach. She was taken by ambulance to the Brunswick medical center, and then airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she died in the intensive care unit.