Local News

  • Sunset Beach: Public to be part of Sunset Boulevard vision plan

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is ready to move forward with a vision plan for Sunset Boulevard.

    Landin Holland with Holland Consulting Planners of Wilmington said it would involve a two-part public effort. Then work will proceed with town council to document how the plan will unfold regarding the look and feel of the Sunset Boulevard corridor.

    “The goal is to come up with preferences of the public,” Holland said at a Jan. 9 town workshop. “Ultimately, council will decide the appropriate route to take.”

  • Carolina Shores: Town seeks public opinion regarding gates, medians

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners wants to hear from residents about future maintenance and authority over community gates and medians.

    The Carolina Shores Property Owners Association recently indicated in a letter to the town it can no longer maintain such properties it believes are owned by the town.

    Properties referred to include residential “gate roads,” such as those lining Country Club Drive, as well as medians along several town streets.

  • Dreams live on with MLK Jr. Day tributes

    Nearly 50 years after his famous “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered during the March on Washington, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. lives on.

    Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day events kick off with a Memorial March at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The march will begin at International Longshoremen’s Association Union Hall at the corner of 10th and Lord streets in Southport.

  • Games over: Law shuts down sweepstakes businesses

    Sweepstakes businesses in Brunswick County have officially shut down.

    Official closures ensued last week as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office started serving notice on the businesses throughout the county.

    The closures have come in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for local law enforcement to enforce a ban on sweepstakes games.

    Enforcement was delayed for a few days as the sheriff’s office awaited direction from the Brunswick County District Attorney’s office.

  • Calabash: Mayor, commissioner debate motion to remove powers

    CALABASH—Mayor Mary Knight has taken town commissioner Jody Nance to task for his motion in December to remove Knight’s powers.

    Knight, speaking at the town board’s Jan. 8 meeting, said Nance himself stated at the Dec. 11 meeting she had done nothing wrong.

    That was when the town board of commissioners voted 3-2 to “remove the powers” of Knight after she spent $1,152 for new office flooring at town hall.

    Knight cited prior employees who had problems with mold and odor in the room now used as her office at town hall.

  • Calabash: Future of unfinished development still in limbo

    CALABASH—Eight pastel-hued townhouses stand along Kingfish Boulevard, still pretty but empty in the unfinished Kingfish Bay development.

    Six years ago when times were good, Kingfish Bay was touted by Wakefield Development Co. as a deluxe community of townhomes and villas, with amenities extending all the way from the entrance fronting Beach Drive down to the Calabash River.

    Then the economy tanked, and so did construction.

  • Fire destroys Brierwood Estates home Monday

    SHALLOTTE—A Monday afternoon blaze destroyed a home at 29 Country Club Drive in Brierwood Estates.

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said the department received a call of visible smoke and flames on Fairway Drive at around 12:26 p.m.

    “Before we arrived we were diverted to Country Club Drive,” Dunwell said, adding the fire was at a residence behind 34 Fairway Drive.

    According to a fire report, flames could be seen on the back porch of the house, endangering adjacent property.

  • Two in custody for drug trafficking

    Two suspects are in custody for trafficking in opium or heroin.

    The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested Chris Todd Ussery and Christina Ann Mintz in the Southport area on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

    Ussery, 45, 4987 Glenn Cove Drive, Southport has been charged with conspiring to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance and trafficking in opium or heroin. He is in the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Obesity, cancer, lack of information affect county health

    The Brunswick County Health and Human Services Department ended 2012 by presenting county commissioners with an update of its efforts to improve the county’s overall health.

    Health services director David Stanley said health issues they work on each year are based on the Community Health Assessment, a review completed every four years involving surveys and focus groups.

    The last assessment was in 2011.

    Using priorities identified in the assessment, they focus on issues they can bring in line with state levels.

  • Social Services offers training to add foster families in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services could use more foster parents.

    Tamela Jones, DSS licensing supervisor, is encouraging people to take part in a 10-week training program to become licensed as a new foster parent.

    There are 145 children in DSS’ care. The children range from only a few months to 18 years old.

    The county has 16 foster parents/families licensed by DSS.

    Jones said that’s not many, and it’s the reason they are recruiting more.