Local News

  • Leland recognizes police officers’ emergency service

    LELAND—Sometimes serve and protect also includes resuscitate.

    At Leland’s March 21 town meeting, Mayor Brenda Bozeman and Police Chief Mike James presented Sgt. Keel and Cpl. Christopher Winder with awards to recognize their efforts to keep a resident alive.

    At the town meeting James said an elderly woman was in need of assistance.

    “Keel and Winder performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation ) for 37 minutes, after which the victim had a strong pulse,” James said.

  • Holden Beach parks and rec maps out $138K park plan

    HOLDEN BEACH—Holden Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members know what they want in the Brunswick Avenue park, but to get it will cost $138,000.

    The board met March 21 and 28 to determine the layout of the park across the street from town hall, and prioritize its construction based on costs.

  • County board positions finance director for interim manager role

    Brunswick County commissioners gave finance director Ann Hardy double duty by appointing her special assistant to the county manager until county manager Marty Lawing departs for Guilford County.

    Lawing accepted an offer March 22 to take the manager’s role with Guilford County.

    Commissioners voted for the special designation at their agenda meeting March 27.

    The board decided it wanted Hardy in place to step in as interim manager, but will hold off on that transition until after Lawing has moved on.

  • Brunswick natives give back through golf

    SUPPLY—Many people spent Easter weekend visiting friends in their old hometown.

    Emerson Fullwood and Ken Johnson came back to Brunswick County to play a round of golf with friends and fund scholarships for college-bound students.

    “We do all this for the local kids,” Fullwood said to the players while thanking them for participating in the Fullwood-Johnson Golf Classic.

    “They want to be like you guys and ladies.”

  • Commissioners choose architect to build new 911 center

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners selected a contractor to build a new 911 center.

    The board also approved a $200,000 fee for the company—Stewart Cooper Newell Architects—to begin work on the building design.

    Emergency Services director Anthony Marzano said when the county consolidated services with Oak Island’s 911 center last year, it had the opportunity to apply for a consolidation assistance grant through the NC 911 board.

  • Two fires claim two lives in three days

    Two people are dead after two separate house fires in three days.

    The fires are the first two fatal fires in the county in 2013. According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, both fires are thought to have originated in the kitchen areas of the homes. No foul play is suspected in either fire.

  • Faith, family, friends and fight keep a local hero in the battle against cancer

    When kryptonite threatened Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective and former West Brunswick High School standout football hero Tony Caison, he used his faith as a weapon.

    The past year has been anything but easy for Caison, who was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer last March.

    “What’s pulled me through this the most is my faith. Nobody beats stage III borderline stage IV pancreatic cancer,” Caison said.

    He did just that. Even the doctors couldn’t explain it.

  • Golf tournament reaps funds to aid ailing employee

    It was the golf tournament to beat all golf tournaments, with one essential winner.

    On March 2, golfers converged at Rivers Edge Golf Club in Shallotte with one common goal—to help a long-time course employee who is recuperating from health issues.

    Terance Bellamy and his twin brother, Timmy, have been employed by the Shallotte golf course as club and cart attendants for the past 12 years, since the day it opened.

    Though they’re twins, they’re not identical, says golfer and resident Alan Hughes of Rivers Edge.

  • Hey, buddy, crave a vape?

    They’re not smoking-cessation devices, Josh Bartlett is quick to say about flavored, battery-powered inhalation atomizers—electronic cigarettes—sold at his Shallotte shop, Tasty Vapers.

    The proprietor of the one-and-a-half-year-old shop on Village Road wouldn’t make such a claim, and the Food and Drug Administration wouldn’t allow it.

    But customers flowing into his shop one recent afternoon said lately they’ve been doing more vaping than cigarette smoking.

  • Sunset Beach OKs veterans memorial idea

    SUNSET BEACH—Following much discussion, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved considering allocating space in the new town park for a veterans memorial.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said at Monday night’s meeting she has concerns about the scope of the project that a committee has been working on.