Local News

  • Budgetary first reading passes muster in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Carolina Shores town board of commissioners has approved first reading of the town’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.

    The vote for the projected $1,080,467 budget came at the board’s monthly meeting last Thursday, May 9.

    Town commissioners will work on any budgetary refinements at their next monthly workshop June 3, followed by final adoption at their monthly meeting June 6.

  • Coastal Harmonizers showcase barbershop singing

    By day, they’re ordinary men going about their business in non-matching shirts.

    On Thursday rehearsal nights and beyond, they and their colleagues spiff up as The Coastal Harmonizers, a group of melodic men with a common interest in barbershop-quartet singing.

    There’s nothing common about these guys, though. They’re invested in promoting four-part harmony throughout the world, especially in Brunswick County.

  • Sea Trail event putting food in backpacks

    WINGS Ministry will try to supersize its Backpacks Full of Blessings program with a fundraiser to stomp out hunger Saturday.

    Stomp Out Hunger with the Voices of Destiny is the first event WINGS has organized to combine fundraising and donation collections with performances and activities at the Sea Trail Convention Center on Saturday, May 18, from 4-7 p.m.

  • Community rallies around firefighters who lost home in blaze

    A May 7 fire destroyed a family’s home in the Ash community, but the community is pulling the family from the ashes.

    The Waccamaw Fire Department received an alarm at 8:59 p.m. for the fire at 2358 Butler Circle.

    The fire was in the home of two of the department’s firefighters, Jeffrey and Janice Milligan, Waccamaw assistant fire chief Jason Coveyou said.

  • Commissioners resolve to recognize Gore as state’s top clerk

    As clerk to Brunswick County’s board of commissioners, Debby Gore typically doesn’t let anything get by her before, during or after a meeting.

    Recording the minutes is part of her job, after all.

    But the board members and administrative staff conspired to slip a special resolution into the May 6 agenda.

    Chairman Phil Norris presented Gore with a plaque recognizing her selection as Clerk of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Clerks, and the board voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

  • Former ADA pleads down to misdemeanor

    Former Assistant District Attorney Elaine Kelley has agreed to a plea arrangement to avoid felony charges.

    Kelley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misprision of felony in Brunswick County Superior Court May 9. Misprision of a felony is failing to report knowledge of a felony to the appropriate authorities.

    She was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 20, 2012, with former District Attorney Rex Gore.

    The Attorney General’s office handled the prosecution of Gore and Kelley.

  • OIB board scales back on portable restrooms

    Ocean Isle Beach bathrooms should come and go in the summer like the tourists, according to residents.

    At the OIB town meeting Tuesday morning, smaller and temporary facilities were preferred to larger and permanent toilets.

    Town administrator Daisy Ivey said town staff looked at plans for either a stick-built facility or a portable trailer-type restroom, similar to the facility on Sunset Beach.

    Commissioner D.B. Grantham asked how many bathrooms Sunset Beach’s restroom trailer included.

  • Lakewood breaking-and-entering suspect arrested

    Jacob Tyler Cortes, 17, of Styron’s Landing Road, Supply, who was wanted by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators, was arrested May 8.

    BCSO officers were searching for Cortes in connection with several breaking-and-enterings and larcenies that took place April 23 in Shallotte off Green Heron Drive in the Lakewood area.

    Cortes was charged with two felony counts of breaking-and-entering a motor vehicle, one felony count of breaking-and-entering and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

  • Arrest in Shallotte leads to cocaine trafficking conviction

    A Myrtle Beach man arrested last year in Shallotte was convicted of cocaine trafficking May 8.

    Tristan Jaymar McNeil, 27 of Halyard Way, Myrtle Beach, S.C., was convicted in Brunswick County Superior Court for trafficking in cocaine.

    McNeil was arrested Feb. 4, 2012, at a motor-vehicle violation checking station conducted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Traffic Unit in Shallotte. 

  • Search suspended for suspected drowning victim

    A 21-year old vacationer from Ohio is suspected to have drowned in Lockwood Folly Inlet off Holden Beach Tuesday night.

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said the victim was with a church group from the Columbus area that brought more than 300 visitors to the island this week.

    “It’s not the way we wanted to start the season,” he said.

    Layne informed town officials during Tuesday night’s town meeting emergency services began searching for the swimmer around 5:30 p.m.