Local News

  • Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donors

    The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors while facing its second summer in a row of lower than usual donations.

    Donations through the Red Cross were down about 10 percent in June for United States, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected.

  • Two Brunswick County residents win $10,000 each in state lottery

    Two Brunswick County residents are among people who have reaped winnings in recent weeks in the N.C. Education Lottery.

    Abraham Scott of Southport won $10,000 in the July 11 Carolina Cash 5 drawing. Scott purchased his winning ticket at the E-Z Way Grocery at 921 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Dawn Herzberg of Leland also won $10,000 in the $5,000 a Week for Life! instant scratch-off ticket game.

  • Hefner announces he'll run against Rabon again

    An Ocean Isle Beach man has announced he will once again be challenging North Carolina Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport in the 2014 election.

    Last Saturday, Democrat Danny Hefner issued a news release saying he is seeking election next year to the N.C. State Senate District 8 seat occupied by Rabon, a Southport veterinarian and Republican who is serving his second term in the senate.

    Hefner said he is seeking office again because power entrusted to the GOP-led state legislature has been “wielded against the citizens of this great state.”

  • Calabash Town Hall Day set for July 26

    The town of Calabash will observe its annual Town Hall Day with festivities planned for Friday, July 26.

    The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road at Traders Lane (across from town hall).

    Festivities will include games, door prizes and free hot dogs and hamburgers.

    Citizens are also invited to come and meet local service providers and learn what is available.

  • Ideal cleaner needs to sweep sand in Calabash

    CALABASH — A street cleaner that won’t vacuum sand isn’t worth buying in the Seafood Capital.

    That’s the conclusion reached by the Calabash Board of Commissioners at their monthly meeting Tuesday, July 9.

    For the past couple of meetings, the board has mulled the possibility of buying an electric street vacuum for a cost of about $1,600. If the board was interested, it was to direct town administrator Chuck Nance to obtain three estimates and conduct a purchase.

  • BCSO arrests man, charges him with sex crimes

    Deputies have arrested a Shallotte man accused of sex crimes involving children.

    Christopher Lewis Green, 29, of Shallotte Point Loop, is charged with three counts of crimes against nature, three counts of second-degree sexual offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. 

    The incidents occurred between Oct. 17, 2011, and June 17, 2012. Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Green on Sunday night.

    Green is being held in the Brunswick County Jail on a $300,000 secured bond.



  • Police arrest Leland man after struggle

    By Jackie Torok

    Managing Editor


    A 41-year-old Leland man is accused of assaulting two Leland police officers during a struggle Thursday night.

    Joseph Allan Lambert, of 1335 Randal Floyd Drive, is charged with assault on a government official, felony assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, resisting a public officer and driving while impaired, Leland Police Lt. Joseph R. Pierce said in a news release.

  • Bridge repairs cause detours in Town Creek, Leland

    The N.C. Department of Transportation planned to close two bridges in Brunswick County beginning this week, requiring months-long detours.

    NCDOT will close the Galloway Road bridge over Pinch Gut Creek for bridge preservation work. The work was scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Thursday, July 11, but has been delayed because of utility work. It is not yet clear when the work will begin.

    The existing bridge, which was built in 1966, was identified by NCDOT as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.

  • Committee formed to review sales tax distribution to towns

    Commissioners have created a committee to review sales tax distribution to the towns.

    Brunswick County distributes sales tax to the municipalities based on population. Bald Head Island representatives have proposed the county consider changing to ad valorem method or a hybrid of the two.

    County Manager Ann Hardy recommended putting together a committee to review the distribution of sales tax and present any problems that exist.

    The proposed committee would consist of:

  • Local officials discuss rip current safety measures in wake of drownings

    The rip currents that caused four deaths on Brunswick County beaches last week have local officials taking another at preventative measures to keep beachgoers safe.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Rick Cerrato began contacting officials from Brunswick County and the beach communities to organize a larger discussion of what should be done.

    Cerrato said that conversation could take place at the next Brunswick Beaches Consortium meeting, set for Aug. 16 at N.C. Baptist Assembly in Fort Caswell.