Local News

  • Holden Beach police chief readies for busy season

    HOLDEN BEACH—The change of seasons is beginning in Holden Beach, not just winter to spring but snowbirds to tourists.

    Police Chief Wally Layne said at the March 12 town meeting the spring break college students have begun to arrive.

    It’s also the start of the busy season for Layne’s department.

    “Once the season begins, the call volume changes, traffic increases, more folks are on the beach—all the things associated with a tourist town,” Layne said.

  • Holden Beach fire chief suspicious of switch from fire fees

    HOLDEN BEACH—Tri Beach Fire Chief Doug Todd voiced his concerns to Holden Beach commissioners at their March 12 meeting over a county plan to end fire fees.

    Brunswick County is one of only two North Carolina counties to collect fire fees to fund local fire departments.

    Fire fees are based on square footage of structures in the area. Revenue is generated for each fire department from fees collected within a six-mile radius of each department.

  • Sunset Beach residents only favor putting dogs on shorter leashes

    SUNSET BEACH—It was sardine-room-only as residents packed a town meeting room Tuesday to address agenda issues at a town council workshop.

    Foremost were proposed changes to the pets-on-strand ordinance.

    A half-dozen residents urged council to leave the ordinance as is, except for shortening dogs’ leashes on the beach to 10 feet. The proposal will be brought to the next council meeting April 1.

    Island resident Richard Hilderman said the only problem he sees are too-long leashes of 20 to 30 feet.

  • Sunset Beach sewer meeting set for April 8 at BCC

    Information about Sunset Beach sewer assessments will be provided at a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott, who serves as board liaison for sewer updates in the town, said the session is routine for the county.

    “They always have a public hearing after they’ve determined and  decided on the method of assessment,” Scott said.

  • Vet students sterilize homeless cats

    A mobile van unit from North Carolina State University is in Brunswick County this week providing free spay and neuter surgery for homeless cats.

    Organizers have booked the van full each day, with a waiting list of more than 80 Brunswick County citizens in the reservations-only program.

  • Calabash commissioners OK new town vanity plates

    CALABASH—After 13 years, the town has finally sold out of vanity plates and is looking to buy more.

    At their March 12 meeting, town board members approved ordering 100 new town of Calabash vanity plates. The updated plates will feature the town logo, town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    The town can purchase plates for $3.71 apiece to sell for $5 each to the general public.

    The last time the town ordered plates was in 1999, when about 100 were purchased. The last of those plates sold out last October, Southward said.

  • Wind farming draws questions

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A seminar about wind farms drew a small crowd of people to Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday.

    Brant McMullan of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center introduced speaker Jen Banks, wind project coordinator with the North Carolina Solar Center.

    “Brunswick County is ground zero regarding wind fields right off our coast,” McMullan said.

    Banks spoke about the potential and possibilities of establishing a wind farm off the North Carolina coast.

  • Suspect sought on robbery charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to re-arrest a suspect wanted in connection with a sweepstakes robbery last year in Carolina Shores.

    The suspect, Xavier Aturo Jenrette, 22, of 3032 Bird Drive, Shallotte, is sought on charges related to the Nov. 29 robbery of Winner’s World Sweepstakes, 10200 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said a grand jury recently issued a true bill of indictment.

  • Cause of Calabash fire sparks investigation

    CALABASH—The cause of an early-morning fire that destroyed a strip mall Monday on Carter Drive is still under investigation.

    The fire, reported after midnight Monday, gutted an eatery and three adjacent businesses.

    Calabash firefighters were called to the scene at 12:20 a.m.

  • Fire guts Calabash strip mall

    A small strip mall on Carter Drive in the heart of Calabash was gutted by quickly spreading flames early Monday.

    Firefighters were alerted to the fire at 12:20 a.m. and arrived on the scene in minutes.

    Flames were already shooting through the roof of 947 Bistro & Pub (formerly known as Nesbitt’s Bar and Grill) and spread quickly to other adjoining businesses including Head Hunter Barber Shop, Calabash Florist, and Reflections Stained Glass.