Local News

  • Leakage spurs closure of Shallotte welcome center

    SHALLOTTE — Faulty pipes have led to lengthy closure of the Southeastern Welcome Center on the U.S. 17 Bypass on Shallotte.

    Jimmy Parrish, rest area section supervisor for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said the problem has to do with pinholes in copper pipes inside the building that have resulted in extensive leakage.

    “We actually had to cut in the walls and replace all of the supply-line piping, which has been a pretty major job,” Parrish said last week. “That’s what we’re doing.”

  • Time capsule sculpture to be unveiled March 26 in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — The party’s almost over.

    One year after launching its 50th anniversary celebration, the town of Sunset Beach is wrapping things up with a concluding ceremony.

    It’ll be done in style, too, with the unveiling of a time capsule sculpture during a brief ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the town council chamber at town hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

  • Couple hopes to launch new chamber of commerce

    A Brunswick County couple says they are trying to start a new chamber of commerce that could become the fifth one for the region.

    Matthew and Tiffany Wright are pursuing efforts to start the South Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, which is described in promotional material as a “hybrid, not-for-profit, membership-driven organization that provides 21st century support services for membership businesses.”

  • Calabash seeking attorney after resignation

    CALABASH — The town is seeking a new attorney following last week’s resignation of town attorney Mac Tyson.

    Tyson’s resignation was accepted by town commissioners at their monthly meeting March 11.

    Prior to that, town commissioner Jody Nance requested an agenda item and motion to activate a no-cause section of the attorney contract that allows either party to terminate the agreement at any time, for any reason, with a 30-day notice. Nance’s request was a motion to give Tyson a 30-day notice to terminate his contract with the town.

  • Five face drug charges after agents find meth lab

    Five people face drug charges after the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit found a methamphetamine lab in Leland.

    The agents received information Sunday, March 16, that 30-year-old James Davis Downer, of Black Berry Court in Leland, and others were actively cooking meth at 8987 Black Chestnut Drive, according to a sheriff’s office news release.  

  • Bolivia man arrested on weapon, drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested a Bolivia man on weapon and drug charges.

    Jeffrey Brian Sullivan, 26, was wanted on felony possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of firearm by felon and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Agents searched Sullivan’s 656 Canterbury St. residence Friday afternoon, March 14, and found heroin, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm, the release said, but Sullivan was not in the home at the time.

  • Three teens charged in school vandalism

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested three teens Friday night in a case of vandalism at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland early Friday morning.

  • Deputies seek woman in Calabash larceny case

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are looking for a woman wanted for questioning in a recent theft from a Calabash business.

    Bonnie Jean Anderson, a blonde white woman who is about 5-foot-6, is being sought in the March 4 larceny from Callahan’s Nautical Gifts in Calabash, according to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page. It is unclear what items or how many were taken.

    Anderson was the passenger in a red Ford SUV with Pennsylvania license plate seen leaving the business about 5:30 p.m.

  • Holden Beach Parrott shell explodes after 150 years, salvaged

    A century and a half after a Civil War cannon fired on Holden Beach, the shell that landed in the sand exploded.

    The shell didn’t go off on the beach, but exploded when members of a Marine Corps explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team attempted to remove the gunpowder inside to make it inert.

    On April 8, 2013, Gerald Workman unearthed the Civil War era Parrott shell — a 19-inch-long, 6-inch diameter shell named after a type of rifled cannon — in the sand halfway down the beach at the Boyd Street access.

  • New boat builder moving into industrial park in Navassa

    A new business, and a potential for 50 new jobs, are coming to Navassa.

    Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw announced the company, 33rd Strike Group, intends to move into northern Brunswick County in May.

    The catamaran manufacturer will locate in a 35,000-square-foot building in the Brunswick Industrial Warehouse complex near Navassa.

    Paul Miller, a representative of 33rd Strike Group, announced they were making the move to Brunswick County official at the Joint Economic Development Boards’ annual meeting March 5.