Local News

  • Sewer cost rises in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The cost of sewer service just got a little higher in Sunset Beach.

    Contrary to the $5,303.53 per-parcel assessment set for the town and announced by Brunswick County two months ago, the cost has now been adjusted an extra $50—to $5,353.

    In an April 22 email to Sunset Beach Town Council, county public utilities director Jerry Pierce attributed the $50-per-parcel increase to a reduced number of assessed parcels. Pierce also indicated it’s not unusual for that number to change between preliminary and final assessments.

  • Streetscape hearing on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—A public hearing for the town’s future streetscape project is on the Sunset Beach Town Council agenda for its monthly meeting Monday night, May 6.

    The session starts at 6:45 p.m. with a draft agenda review and general council discussion, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at town hall, 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

  • Brunswick County Relay for Life timeline

    Friday, May 3

    6 p.m. opening ceremony

    6:30 p.m. survivor lap

    6:45 p.m. caregiver lap

    7 p.m. team spirit lap

    7:15 p.m. kids’ walk events

    7:30 p.m. kids’ lap

    8 p.m. dance party

    8:35 p.m. pinwheel lap

    8:45 p.m. survivor speaker Tony Caison

    9 p.m. luminary ceremony

    9:30 p.m. Gloria’s pink celebration parade

    9:45 p.m. cupcake-eating contest

    10 p.m. womanless beauty pageant

  • Relay for Life ready to roll Friday and Saturday at WBHS

    It’s a festive yet bittersweet time as organizers prepare for the 20th annual Relay for Life to benefit cancer research this Friday and Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    As of press deadline Tuesday evening, 68 teams and 725 participants had already raised $105,884.92 for the American Cancer Society, according to the latest tally on the Relay for Life of Brunswick County website.

  • Birthdays rack up food donations for animal shelter

    For her seventh birthday April 5, Natalya Mewborn asked for a kitty-cat-themed party.

    The invited party guests in her age group wore cat-ear headbands, cat noses and painted whiskers on their faces and played kitty-cat games that rainy Friday at a kids’ gym.

    “It was her idea,” said Kevin Mewborn, Natalya’s dad. “That’s what she wanted to do.”

  • Beck's is back in Calabash

    CALABASH—Like a phoenix, a newly rebuilt Calabash eatery has risen from the ashes after burning in a fire last year.

    Beck’s Restaurant at 1014 River Road reopened at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    “We’re excited that Beck’s is back,” chamber president Shannon Viera at the start of Monday’s ceremony.

  • Shallotte restaurant making motion-picture debut

    SHALLOTTE—Sal Rubio and his restaurant, The Grille, are getting ready for their film debut.

    The restaurant at 4635 Main St. caught the eye of location scouts for the film “Tammy,” a comedy written by Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who will also direct.

    McCarthy is the star of CBS’ “Mike and Molly,” but also has had great success recently in movies after receiving an Academy Award nomination for her role in “Bridesmaids.”

  • BCSO searching for Leland armed robbers

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying two individuals who robbed a Leland convenience store.

    At approximately 9:23 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, the two suspects entered the Fairhaven Mini Mart at 9404 Walker Street in Leland. 

    BCSO described the suspects as black males, one approximately  5’7” and possibly in his early 20s, the other about 5’10” and possibly in his late 20s.

  • Farmers market brings spring to Shallotte on Saturday

    SHALLOTTE—Although Mother Nature can’t decide when spring will begin, Shallotte Farmers Market organizers have chosen this Saturday.

    The 2013 season of Buddy Kelly’s Farmers Market, named for the former town mayor, will open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 27, at Riverside Park.

    Despite a forecast of temperatures in the low- to mid-60s during the morning, farmers market officials are announcing spring is here with locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, herbs and crafts.

  • Leland board says yes to rezoning, sign upgrades and incentive plan