Local News

  • Calabash issues scam alert

    A scam being perpetrated nationally has been identified in Calabash.

    Residents and property owners receive a letter in the mail stating their water lines are not insured but could be for as little as $5 per month ($60 per year), according to an alert issued this week by Calabash Town Hall.

    The letter instructs recipients to fill out an attached form and mail it along with a check or to include credit card information. Recipients are informed they can elect to pay the entire annual amount or make monthly payments.

  • Volunteers guide stranded turtle back to sea

    Carmel Zetts was patrolling Sunset Beach just before 6 a.m. July 16 when she received a distressing phone call.

    A volunteer with the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program told Zetts a female loggerhead sea turtle had made her way out of the water, onto the beach and over the back side of the sand dunes during the early morning hours, leaving the creature severely dehydrated and exhausted.

  • Leland board approves bonus for town manager’s performance

    Leland town council members awarded town manager David Hollis a one-time $20,000 bonus and upgraded his health-care plan after reviewing his performance Monday, July 15.

    Councilman Jon Tait said Hollis’ review was overdue, especially since the board was unanimous in its opinion of his work.

    “We are all pleased with his performance. He works harder than anyone I know,” Tait said.

    The board didn’t raise Hollis’ salary but provided benefits that Tait said were equivalent to a 7-percent increase.

  • Immigration reformers sit in at McIntyre’s Leland office

    An advocacy group for immigration reform held a sit-in in the Leland office of Congressman Mike McIntyre last week.

    The Latin American Coalition, based in Charlotte, spent the week caravanning around North Carolina on their way to Washington, D.C., and chose to stop at McIntyre’s office at 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 206, on July 18 to protest his vote to defund the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

  • NAACP questions low numbers for black teachers, students in accelerated courses

    The local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants to see a few changes in Brunswick County Schools.

    Dr. Jerry Jackson spoke to members of the board of education July 9 on behalf of the Brunswick County NAACP.

    He said he shared the NAACP’s concerns, which are based on information received through public information access laws, with superintendent Edward Pruden, executive director of human resources Mark Pasier, and some of the board members.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate still above state, national averages

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate continues to remain higher than state and national averages.

    According to the N.C. Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in May 2013.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was .7 percent above the state average of 8.9 percent, while the national unemployment rate number is 7.3 percent.

  • Residents, students work to increase oyster population, improve coastal environment

    Many hands make light work.

    That was the motto in St. James last week as residents, UNC Wilmington students, Oceans 17 campers and children from the Brunswick County Boys and Girls Club came together to add about 125 bushels of oyster shells to Beaver Dam Creek.

    On Thursday, July 18, the group planted Spartina patens grass and added oyster shells to existing reefs along the shores of St. James.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 17

    Breaking and entering (auto), larceny of an iPhone 4S, iPad, ATM card and wallet from an auto, fraud on Laurinburg Street. Unknown suspects broke into vehicle and stole items.

    July 19

    Larceny of bed sheets and a laundry bag on East Second Street. Suspect removed listed property from residence.

  • Filings for municipal elections complete for all races

    The filing period for municipal elections has ended.

    Candidates were able to file for office from noon July 5 until noon last Friday, July 19.

    There were 15 mayoral seats and multiple board seats available in all of Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated towns. Seats were also available in the sanitary districts and on the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees.

    Candidates have filed for all vacant seats. Some of the most contested seats include those for Oak Island mayor, Sunset Beach Town Council and on two sanitary districts.

  • Coast Guard assists sinking vessel

    A crew from Coast Guard Station Oak Island provided assistance to a sinking vessel Friday, July 19.

    U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Lane Munroe said the Sector North Carolina Command Center received a VHF radio mayday call from a vessel, the Designated Diver, about 10 a.m. Two people were on board the vessel when it began taking on water. The crew aboard the distressed boat also activated its Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).