Local News

  • Prayer breakfast, chaplaincy provide support to BCSO employees, families

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosted its third annual Sheriff’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, with more than 50 officers and government officials attending the breakfast at Southport Baptist Church’s Christian Ministry Center.

    Sheriff John Ingram initiated the event three years ago to coincide with the National Day of Prayer.

  • Governor asks for flags to be flown at half-staff today

    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has ordered all state flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 10, in honor of N.C. Senator Calvin Coolidge Murrow. Senator Murrow passed away on April 30. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, May 11, in Southport.

  • Sheriff's office seeks help with vehicle on video

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the vehicle or person in the attached photo.  This is a possible person of interest in the larceny of a tractor trailer that took place within the last two weeks from Wayne's Backhoe in Calabash. Anyone with any information should contact Detective John Holman at the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office 910-253-2777.

  • First Spring Garden Fair celebrates local produce Thursday in Bolivia

    A spring garden fair Thursday in Bolivia is designed to highlight fresh produce and its benefits.

    The Brunswick County Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program and Brunswick County Health Services will feature the fair on the side lawn of the health services building from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the county government complex in Bolivia.

    WIC nutritionist Maureen Hubbard said the goal is to promote eating more fruits and vegetables.

    “We’re trying to get the community eat locally versus [store-bought],” Hubbard said.

  • Sunset Beach police officer fired

    A Sunset Beach police officer has been fired for giving conflicting information in a court case.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey terminated Sunset Beach Police Officer Jamie Clemmons’ employment with the town on May 1.

    Clemmons’ departure had to do with his testimony related to his May 11, 2012, arrest of Patricia Barbour of the Seaside community on driving while impaired charges. After discrepancies in this and four other DWI cases involving Clemmons were discovered, each was dismissed last week by District Attorney Jon David.

  • Unsightly fencing doesn't make good neighbor in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilwoman Karen Joseph has a word for fencing under the high-rise waterway bridge—“awful.”

    Joseph, speaking at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly pre-meeting workshop Monday night, said the chain-link fence plainly looks awful, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation isn’t maintaining them.

  • Native restaurateurs claim rights to Miss, Mrs. Calabash

    CALABASH—When it comes to use of the business names “Miss Calabash” and/or “Mrs. Calabash,” who’s got the right?

    According to two longtime Calabash restaurant owners, nobody has the right but them.

    Cousins Shaun Bellamy and Crystal Coleman-Nixon, respective owners of Ella’s and Beck’s and Coleman’s Original Calabash restaurants, said they recently filed for trademark rights to the names.

    Their action came after learning owners planned to name a new restaurant in town “Miss Calabash.”

  • Carolina Shores recycles ideas

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is recycling ideas to get residents more interested in recycling.

    “Our goal as a group is to get more recycling going on,” town commissioner Joyce Dunn said at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday.

    Increased interest on the part of citizens isn’t going to happen in a “huge chunk,” Dunn said.

    She suggested they focus on doing a couple of a things a year that would make a difference of sparking residents’ interest.

  • Burned building remains in Calabash

    CALABASH—Remains of burned-out businesses on Carter Drive have yet to be removed because of insurance issues.

    Building owner Marylyn Watson said Tuesday she is awaiting word from her insurance company to determine when the charred remains can be removed.

    The 28-year-old building housing the 947 Bistro and Pub and three other businesses was destroyed by a fire that broke out in the early morning hours of March 18. Investigators determined the fire originated at the rear of the restaurant.

  • The Beach Boys coming to Brunswick County on Aug. 29

    The Beach Boys have signed on to play their first Brunswick County coastal gig at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Mike Sapp, manager of the auditorium at Brunswick Community College, said tickets are $69 and will go on sale at 9 a.m. next Monday, May 13, at the auditorium box office or online at www.bccowa.com. There will also be 50 special VIP tickets sold for the first three rows and a meet-and-greet with The Beach Boys’ lead vocalist/songwriter Mike Love for $152. All seats are reserved, Sapp said.