Local News

  • Paying it forward

    SHALLOTTE—Joyce Davis has had a painful year, yet she is smiling.

    Last August, Davis was diagnosed with inoperable stage III lung cancer. She had 14 radiation treatments that ended in November.

    During treatments she suffered a stroke. She is on oxygen to help with her breathing.

    Through all of the pain caused by the cancer and treatments, another pain—possibly a side effect—popped up in November—a toothache.

  • Sunset Beach: Town council gives approval to park-plan documentation

    SUNSET BEACH—With a Jan. 31 deadline looming for PARTF grant submission, a majority of town council has approved documentation for proposed master park plans.

    Prior to the vote at council’s Jan. 7 meeting, which town councilwoman Carol Scott said she could not approve, residents expressed concerns about park details.

    North Shore Drive resident Nina Marable said the proposal offered by Withers & Ravenel, the Cary-based engineering and landscape architecture firm hired to design the park, has “many questionable sections.”

  • Upcoming event celebrates the princess inside every young girl

    The Little Princess Ball is more than just a dance for attendees and volunteers.

    It’s a day of developing stronger relationships, building self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.

    “This is truly a special program that really touches the hearts of all involved,” said Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Marketing and Community Events Coordinator Melinda Johnson.

  • Where to watch the Super Bowl?

    Super Bowl XLVII


    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 on CBS

    Where: Superdome in New Orleans

    Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers



    Locally there are a variety of places to watch the Super Bowl and celebrate with friends. Call your favorite restaurant and/or sports bar and see what they have planned. Here are a few Super Bowl Sunday activities in the area:


  • Sunset Beach: Mayor accuses board, staff of 'backroom games'

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato is accusing the town board and staff of “backroom games” after a council member was appointed to serve on a regional transportation group.

    At its Jan. 7 meeting, council unanimously approved appointing Mike Williams, rather than the mayor, to serve as the town’s sole representative on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) technical advisory committee.

  • Calabash: Town partnership could build Spay-A-Stray program

    CALABASH—Paws-Ability has invited the town of Calabash to become a grant partner in its community Spay-A-Stray or Fix-A-Friend program.

    At its last monthly meeting Jan. 8, the Calabash Board of Commissioners considered the request initially proposed in November by Janie Withers, founder and president of Paws-Ability. Paws-Ability is a Brunswick County nonprofit that provides financial support for animal issues in the county.

  • Brunswick businessman Kemp Causey remembered

    Kemp Millard Causey came from humble beginnings in Horry County, S.C.

    He went on to become a successful Charlotte banker and bank president, founder of a Chapel Hill-based insurance company, developer, and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce president.

    The 81-year-old Brunswick County businessman, who died Jan. 20, was one of a kind.

    Several who spoke Sunday at his funeral at his church, Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, could vouch for him, including Causey’s four adoring grandchildren.

  • County creates voice for small business with new commission

    BOLIVIA—Commissioner Frank Williams campaigned for a more business-friendly Brunswick County and put that promise into practice by creating a small business advisory commission.

    “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we created this commission to ensure that Brunswick County’s small business community has a strong voice,” Williams said.

    Williams drafted the proposal to create the commission for Brunswick County’s business community to provide feedback to county leaders to streamline permits and regulations.

  • UPDATED: "My name is my brand, just like Coca-Cola"

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County jury has found media strategist Edward Lee Rapp guilty of libel against a local judge.

    Now he has to pay $105,000 to Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    The 12-member jury’s verdict came at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the third day of testimony, after an hour-and-a-half of deliberation.

    The jury awarded $5,000 in presumed damages and $100,000 in punitive damages in connection with Rapp’s Facebook and blog postings on Carolina Talk Network about Lewis from April 2010.

  • New revenues for transportation costs on Rep. Iler’s mind

    A new legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly begins in Raleigh on Jan. 30.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, Rep. Frank Iler and Rep. Susi Hamilton will represent Brunswick Countians during the session.

    Rep. Frank Iler serves District 17, which covers most of Brunswick County. The district was redrawn in 2012. A section of northern Brunswick County including Leland, Northwest and Navassa, is now part of Hamilton’s District 18, which also covers New Hanover County.