Local News

  • Sunset Beach mayor apologizes for broom-sign issue

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts has apologized on behalf of the town to a resident about an election sign issue last year.

    Watts, speaking at the March 3 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting, cited the incident that had to do with last fall’s town council races.

    Prior to the Nov. 5 election, Sunset Beach island resident Jim Thomas put out political “clean sweep” signs with brooms attached to them with cable ties.

  • Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist celebrates 142nd anniversary

    SUPPLY — It’s one of the oldest churches in the region, and its congregation is celebrating.

    All this week and continuing into next, Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church is observing its 142nd anniversary.

    The church’s official founding date is March 13, 1872.

    The week of rejoicing kicked off at the church’s weekly morning service this past Sunday, March 9.

  • New Carolina Shores administrator to attend town retreat March 14

    CAROLINA SHORES — New town administrator Jon Mendenhall has agreed to attend the town board of commissioners’ annual retreat set for Friday, March 14.

    Officially scheduled not to come on board with the town until April 1, Mendenhall said he would be able to attend, interim town administrator Julie Munday said at town commissioners’ monthly meeting Thursday, March 6.

    Munday said Mendenhall may be able to link his participation at the workshop with one of his visits to the area as he looks into housing.

  • House-moving day at Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It isn’t every day traffic stops to make way for a multi-ton house to cross the Odell Williamson high-rise bridge.

    But that’s what happened last Thursday morning, March 6.

    It was business as usual for Milligan House Movers, which goes by the slogan, “We’re pulling for you.”

  • Crews extinguish Holden Beach house fire

     An electrical fire damaged a house in Holden Beach in the early evening of Tuesday, March 4.

    A passing motorist heard the smoke alarms from inside the house at 651 Ocean Boulevard West, saw water coming from underneath the home and called 911, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Ocean Boulevard was closed for more than two hours while emergency crews worked to put out the fire, which kept several residents away from their homes past the 600 block.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Transportation officials discuss proposed ferry toll increase

     LELAND — The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization has discussed in great detail the impact a ferry toll increase could have on Brunswick County.

    Those talks continued last week in Leland as transportation officials recommended moving forward with discussions concerning the proposed increases.

  • Thomas Drugs to celebrate 50 years in May

     SHALLOTTE —One of the first businesses to line Main Street in Shallotte, Thomas Drugs is still serving its customers a half-century later.

    Edward and Sandra Thomas opened Thomas Drugs in 1964 and in the early 1970s moved in to the home adjacent to the store. Thomas Drugs actually hosted the first South Brunswick Islands Chamber of Commerce meeting in the back of the store.

    And the rest is history.

    Two generations later, Ed Thomas now runs the show.

    “There wasn’t much to Shallotte back then,” Thomas said.

  • Teachers work to prevent sexual abuse in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — Karen Walker’s message to the Brunswick County Board of Education at its March 4 monthly meeting was clear.

    “We must do everything in our power to protect our children,” Walker said repeatedly.

    Walker, Brunswick County’s Teacher of the Year, is taking steps to address one area of safety concerns within the school system as she plans on hosting a sexual abuse awareness training session at the end of March.

  • English convicted of voluntary manslaughter in boyfriend’s death

     A jury convicted a Supply woman of voluntary manslaughter March 4 in Brunswick County Superior Court in the May 2012 death of her longtime boyfriend.

    Julie Ann English, 49, had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend of 11 years, Michael Anthony Pate, at the couple’s Oxpen Road home in Supply.

    Superior Court Judge Claire V. Hill sentenced English to serve 51 to 74 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction.

    With credit for nearly two years in custody, English could be released as early as 2016.

  • House passes flood insurance bill

     The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly March 4 to approve bipartisan legislation that would block dramatic increases in premiums paid by some property owners covered under the National Flood Insurance Program.

    The House bill, called the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which could be voted on by the U.S. Senate this week, rolls back key provisions of a 2012 law that would have eventually removed flood insurance subsidies and caused premiums to rise dramatically on homes in areas more prone to flooding.