Local News

  • Deputies search for missing Shallotte man

     Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a missing Shallotte man, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    James Lee Williams, 40, of Evans Circle, has not been seen or heard from in several months, according to his family. Williams contacted them via a Facebook post May 22 and made another post June 2. Those were the last dates members of his family heard from Williams, according to the release.

  • Three arrested on heroin-related charges

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force arrested three people on various drug charges Friday, Nov. 15.

    Glenn Harry Bowen, 22, of Vernon Road in Leland, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, sell and deliver heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia after agents found 18 bags of heroin in his possession, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Calabash couple accused in restaurant break-in

    A Calabash couple is accused of breaking into the Seafood Hut restaurant Nov. 8.

    Tina Louise Watts, 35, and James Alan Howarth, 36, both of Cherry Lane, were arrested Thursday, Nov. 14, and charged with felony conspiracy, injury to personal property, breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering.

    Arrest warrants show Watts and Howarth stole $1,400 from the Calabash eatery and caused $200 in damage to a metal desk.

  • BFA seeks help with Tree of Hope Christmas wish-list program

    It may just be mid-November, but the staff at Brunswick Family Assistance is already focused on Christmas.

    They have to be, if they’re to meet this year’s stringent demand and deadlines for BFA’s annual holiday Tree of Hope Christmas wish-list program.

    Trying to fill all the need and wishes is always a challenge, BFA program director Lora Moree says.

    Last Friday, it got even more challenging when the wish-lists of one senior and 60 children came over the BFA transom at its Shallotte office.

  • Jaguar's Lair developer responds


     Coastal Companies, the developer of Jaguar’s Lair, issued the following statement Nov. 5 in response to property owners’ concerns about the unfinished development.

  • Gathering garners concerns at Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH — Property owners say they are still concerned about stalled development and infrastructure work at Jaguar’s Lair. A small group of them, several from out of town, gathered Nov. 2 on a vacant lot at the unfinished development on the former Angels Trace Golf Course where infrastructure work has been stop-and-start since the recession.

  • Election heralds political change in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Political change is in the ocean air following the Nov. 5 municipal elections, and Sunset Beach’s newly elected mayor is gearing up for the transition.

    Former town councilman and local businessman Ron Watts, elected last week in an unopposed bid for mayor, is hopeful the election will help put the town on a more even keel following last week’s hotly contested races for three town council seats.

  • Mad about Mad Inlet?

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of people brought questions to a Nov. 6 public hearing about a proposal to remove an inlet hazard designation from a Sunset Beach island site previously occupied by Mad Inlet.

    Mike Lopazanski, policy and planning section chief for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, said his division is in the process of gathering public input and will be taking public comment until Dec. 12.

  • Carolina Shores approves Marlowtown Road rezoning

    CAROLINA SHORES — The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning measure that will allow more than one dwelling per lot in a section of the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 7, to adopt amendments to the town’s Unified Development Ordinance text and zoning map. Specifically, the change is to rezone the Marlowtown Road area from residential (R8) to manufactured home (MFHII) to allow for mobile homes.

  • Nov. 5 elections include tight races, add new people to boards

     Below are capsules of Nov. 5 election results that were not available in time for the Nov. 7 edition. Highlighted are races that were contested or where someone new was elected.



    Voters in the Belville commissioners’ race kept the status quo, or at least the status of the past two months, by re-electing Donna Schardien and voting in recently appointed commissioner Noreen Slattery.

    The race only had two candidates on the ballot as Schardien and Tony Huskey filed to run during the filing period.