Local News

  • Holden Beach seeks big grant for large boat dock on ICW

    HOLDEN BEACH—Kayak and small boat launches on the Intracoastal Waterway are part of a park Holden Beach will build on Brunswick Avenue—but bigger plans are in store for the stretch of land if the town can nab a BIG grant.

    A boardwalk connected to two piers that will reach the water at the planned park under the water tower was part of an overall park proposal approved unanimously April 9 by Holden Beach officials.

  • Motorcyclist in serious condition after collision with 18-wheeler

    A Boiling Spring Lakes woman is in serious condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after surviving a head-on collision on a motorcycle Thursday morning.

    Boiling Spring Lakes police reported the crash occurred at 7:40 a.m. April 18, just inside the city limits on N.C. 87, also known as the George Highway II.

    Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley reported Thursday officers were dispatched to a crash involving a motorcycle and tractor-trailer.

  • Inspiration in a small package: one boy's journey

    SHALLOTTE—He may be 9 years old, but he’s endured more than most people will in a lifetime.

    Christian Huffman is a walking miracle—and his family knows it.

    The third-grade Union Elementary School student has a rare medical history. At just 22 months of age, he was bit by a copperhead snake.

    The youngest of Craig and Judith Huffman’s three sons, Christian was treated locally with anti-venom and airlifted to a hospital in Chapel Hill for treatment.

  • 'Save A Seat For Me' at Odell Williamson on Saturday

    Gospel-flavored humor and drama will fill the rarefied air when “Save A Seat For Me” plays at Odell Williamson Auditorium this coming Saturday night, April 27.

    The production by native North Carolinian and writer-director Spencer E. Jenkins centers around a woman’s struggle to find salvation for her stepson as he falls into the throes of a gang lifestyle. She saves him a seat at church, but he says he isn’t going.

  • Calabash agrees to aid road woes

    CALABASH—The Calabash town board of commissioners has agreed to assist with road issues on the northern end of Carter Drive.

    The board’s decision came at its monthly meeting April 9 after Calabash Mayor Mary Knight read a letter signed by owners of property on the north end of Carter Drive.

  • Bookworm in Holden Beach nears final chapter

    After a quarter-century in business, longtime Bookworm bookstore owner Barbara Lowell says it’s time to go out of business.

    “This Memorial Day weekend will be our 25th anniversary,” said Lowell, who opened the shop with her late husband of 40 years, former Holden Beach Mayor Jim Lowell, in May 1988.

    She plans to keep the shop on Holden Beach Road open for one more summer season before closing on Labor Day.

    Lowell’s reason for shutting down shop is simple.

  • Volunteers awarded at ceremony

    Five awards have been bestowed community volunteers who put in long hours and lots of heart to make Brunswick County a better place.

    Recognition came at a volunteer fair and ceremony orchestrated by the Volunteer Center of Brunswick County last Wednesday, April 17, at Brunswick Community College.

    “You folks do valuable things—you really do,” Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke said at the start of the ceremony honoring five recipients of the North Carolina Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

  • Strawberry fields forever lure pickers

    As long as the weather cooperates, strawberries and pickers will be as prominent as flowers and showers in April.

    Strawberry season has begun, kicking off with a bang last week at Holden Brothers Farm Produce in Shallotte.

    Shallotte resident Gay Stanley and her daughter, Larissa Green, were among residents who rode the strawberry cart to get to the fields last Thursday, April 18, which was a beautiful, sunny spring day. They deemed this year’s picking excellent.

  • SK5K Race of Hope to remember former Brunswick nurse Sandra Kelly

    She’s a former Brunswick County nurse who is being remembered by her family.

    Sandra Kelly once was a registered nurse at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, lived in Calabash and was a member of Calabash Presbyterian Church. Kelly’s aunt, Eileen Heichert, still lives in Calabash, said Kelly’s daughter, Jennifer Johnson of West Virginia.

    Five years ago, on March 24, 2008, Kelly died at age 61 after battling Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a degenerative neurological disorder or brain disease.

  • Brunswick agencies assist with search

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Sunset Beach Fire Department are providing mutual aid this week in the search for a South Carolina man who died Sunday after being struck by a boat near Bird Island.

    The 26-year-old Murrells Inlet, S.C., man died after being struck by the propellers of a passing boat while he was trying to retrieve his own boat that had drifted offshore. The victim’s name is not being released until his identity can be confirmed.