Local News

  • It's best to avoid any and all germ vectors like the plague

    As I sat Tuesday at another fabulous annual retreat of Sunset Beach Town Council, I pondered how much things have changed in just a year’s time.

    This time last year, I was posted next to a box of free-flowing Kleenex, having been finally taken down by some kind of terrible February bug after six years of relative virus- and bacteria-free health.

    I was really ticked, because this thing seemed to have come from nowhere—some unknown, invisible place (isn’t that where colds usually originate?)—and it had messed up my health record.

  • Calabash mayor apologizes for flooring process

    CALABASH—Mayor Mary Knight has apologized to the town board for not having a purchase order for her recent acquisition of new flooring.

    “I honestly meant absolutely no harm,” said Knight, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 12.

    Knight said she “never gave a second thought this board would have a problem with” her spending $1,152 late last year for new laminate floor and carpet for her office at town hall. It was to replace flooring that she said had mold issues.

  • Sign the truss to leave a mark on Leland’s new town hall

    LELAND—Make your mark on Leland’s new town hall.

    The steel frame of the new two-story town hall and police department at the corner of Town Hall Drive and Old Fayetteville Road is almost complete.

    Construction is currently underway on the building’s roof trusses.

    But before they are all installed, town staff had one truss set out in Leland Municipal Park for residents to sign, so a little piece of the townspeople goes into the new building.

  • Light snow accumulation possible Saturday night

    A mix of snow and rain began falling around 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Shallotte area.

    Brunswick County is under a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday. The advisory does not include the Brunswick coast or area beaches.

    Throughout Saturday night temperatures are expected to drop to the mid-to-upper 20s. Minor inland snow accumulation, likely less than an inch, could appear on grassy areas in the county. Temperatures are expected to climb back to the low 40s during the day Sunday.

  • ‘Revolution,’ ‘Safe Haven’ star talks about filming in Brunswick

    Australian born actor David Lyons is taking in the beauty of Brunswick County as recent film and television productions have brought him here to the North Carolina coast.

    While some may recognize him as the resident bad guy Sebastian Monroe on NBC’s current hit drama “Revolution,” Lyons will light up the big screen this week with the premiere of locally filmed “Safe Haven.”

  • Golf tournament to benefit Sonburst Ministries

    Sonburst Ministries is planning a golf tournament to help raise funds for its youth programs.

    Its first fundraising golf tournament is set for Saturday, March 23, at Brick Landing Plantation Golf Club.

    Organizers are seeking prize donations for the tournament as well as monetary donations for the ministry and sponsorships.

    Sonburst Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to developing events and programs to ensure local youth have outlets for entertainment and education centered around a Christian-based faith.

  • Shallotte: Bow hunting now legal within town limits

    SHALLOTTE—Bow hunting is now permitted within town limits.

    At the Tuesday, Feb. 5, regular board of aldermen meeting, aldermen unanimously passed a bow-hunting ordinance.

    Before the vote, a public hearing was conducted. No one spoke.

    The ordinance was passed with little discussion. It had been discussed in detail in previous meetings.

  • OIB residents voice concern to commissioners

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach residents want to know more about future plans for town-owned property.

    They brought up concerns about the property and other issues during an open forum Monday evening at town hall.

    The meeting was one of four open forums town commissioners host each year so residents can voice concerns about town issues.

    The meetings are in the evening to allow residents who can’t make the monthly 9 a.m. Tuesday board meetings an opportunity to attend.

  • ATMC to offer cable, Internet, phone service to island

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Residents on the island of Ocean Isle Beach will soon have an option for cable services.

    Allen Russ, ATMC CEO/general manager, spoke to the board of commissioners Tuesday morning about ATMC’s progress in bringing cable, Internet and telephone services to the island area.

    “There has been some talk. We wanted to provide video services to Ocean Isle Beach for a long time,” Russ said.

  • Dare to Care thanks pharmacists for help with affordable medicine

    Skip Wittkofsky started a nonprofit to help children with medical issues, and all he asks for in return is a thank you.

    Since he doesn’t do it alone, he also likes to thank those who help him.

    On Jan. 31, Wittkofsky presented pharmacists at WinterPark Discount Drug in Wilmington with an award to thank them for the assistance they have provided.

    “They’ve been so good to me I wanted to say thanks for everything they’ve done,” he said.