Local News

  • FBI, sheriff’s office search for teen missing since 2011

     The FBI and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are looking for new information that could help them find a Holden Beach teen who has been missing since 2011.

    Rachel Natacha Owens, 18, was last seen the morning of May 5, 2011, at South Brunswick High School, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Memorial honors victims of violent crimes

     BOLIVIA — Garrietta Proutey remembers her brother-in-law Josh vividly.

    “He lit up a room,” Proutey said. “When he’s not there, the room almost feels empty.”

    Josh Proutey was shot and killed in Wilmington in 2012.

    His sister-in-law shared an emotional message with a crowd that gathered Friday, Nov. 22, during a candlelight memorial service for families of victims of violent crimes at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Live burn held in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE — Firefighters from several local departments received invaluable training at a live burn during a Brunswick Community College Fire-Rescue Training Division exercise in Shallotte on Thursday, Nov. 21.

    The training exercise, in which a donated structure at 271 Smith Ave. was burned to its foundation, involved several fire departments within southern Brunswick County.

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said the planning for the live burn took about three months.

  • A Dickens of a time

    Southport’s second annual Charles Dickens Christmas Festival kicks off 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, rain or shine.

    Last year’s first festival paid tribute to Charles Dickens on the 200th anniversary of his birth, and a tradition was born.

    Organizers will once again transform the streets of Southport into everything Dickens. Highlights include singing groups, exhibitors and performing artists, a gingerbread village, a Christmas tree and costume contest, food and froth.

  • Brunswick County emergency director resigns

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano has resigned.

    Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy announced Marzano’s resignation at a local emergency planning committee Thursday. Marzano has been out on vacation.

    His last day with the county is Dec. 6.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone will serve as acting EMS director. Stone said he doesn’t plan on changing anything in the interim until a new director is hired.

    “These guys and gals know how to do their job,” he said.

  • Wilmington men arrested in Leland on heroin charges

    Two Wilmington men were arrested on heroin-related charges Tuesday during a traffic stop on Village Road in Leland

    Deputies arrested Wagus Moore, 27, of Harbor Drive, and Jimmy Levon Underwood, 26, of South 11th Street after seizing 20 bags of heroin and 18 grams of marijuana from their vehicle, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. 

  • Skywarn training Friday in Calabash

    The town of Calabash will host public Skywarn weather training for weather spotters at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road in Calabash.

    Training is completely open to the public not only to attend but to participate in order to learn how to call in local weather circumstances to the National Weather Service.

    The training will be conducted by a representative of the National Weather Service.

    For more information, call town hall at (910) 579-6747.

  • Sunset Beach opposes lifting Mad Inlet hazard

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved a resolution that opposes lifting an inlet hazard restriction for the Mad Inlet area.

    Approval came following lengthy discussion and comments at council’s monthly work session Thursday, Nov. 14.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said she attended the Nov. 6 hearing about the proposal. She believes there’s been a push for the change to develop land in that area and is concerned it will affect insurance.

  • Trees draw close scrutiny in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — When it comes to monitoring residential yards in town, George Mulcahy and John Russo can see the forest and the trees.

    It’s their job, after all, as town tree volunteers, who meet every Wednesday and take field trips to monitor trees needing attention in the town.

    Riding in a town car last week, the two turned off Carolina Shores Parkway and onto residential streets in the leafy community that has been bestowed the Tree City U.S.A. award.

  • Messages in bottles: Calabash missive floats to France

    CALABASH — It’s taken 22 months and more than 4,000 miles for a message in a bottle launched from Calabash to land in France.

    The bottle was launched from the Seafood Capital on New Year’s Day, 2012, as part of holiday festivities in the town, which had celebrated with a bonfire the night before on New Year’s Eve.

    The next morning, Capt. William “Sharky” Stocks with the Calabash Fishing Fleet went out and released the bottle into the Gulf Stream.