Local News

  • Mystery remains cause beachcombers to call police

    Unidentified remains found on the beach Sunday in Holden Beach led a Shallotte couple to take it to the police for identification.

    Nina Clark and her husband Bob found an unusual item while walking their dogs.

    “I saw something in the distance on the beach. I thought it was a conch shell, but it was not a conch shell,” Clark said.

    Clark said they were at the point—the eastern end of the island—when she found what she described as a thigh bone and shin bone connected by knee cartilage and tendons.

  • Leland man charged with second-degree murder for fatal wreck

    DELCO—Leland resident Martha Mintz was killed in a head-on collision Friday, a wreck that has led to a second-degree murder charge against Pierre Walker.

    According to a report by N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper M.E. Campbell, at around 3:24 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Walker, 26, of 9453 Grady Way NE, Leland, was involved in two collisions while traveling on U.S. 74/76.

    Walker, who was driving a 1998 Cadillac Deville, hit another vehicle while both were traveling east on N.C. 74/76 in Brunswick County.

  • No justice for Jaronn

    SHALLOTTE—March 1, 2013, marks one year since 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister was killed in Shallotte.

    There are still no charges related to his death.

    “I’m personally responsible and accountable for what happens and for making sure we get charges and do everything we can to get a conviction,” Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said. “It’s my responsibility, and I’m not making excuses. I don’t want to blame anyone else. Everyone has worked very hard on this case.”

  • Volunteering: More than a passion, it’s a way of life

    BOLIVIA—Ted Carlsen retired from a career as an Army colonel, but he couldn’t sit idle.

    Carlsen retired to St. James after spending 32 years in the Army National Guard. He spent 22 years on active duty.

    Originally from California, Carlsen’s career took him to Europe for a three-year tour and to Washington, D.C., where he worked in the Pentagon for eight years. He worked for a number of years as defense contractor after retiring from the Army National Guard. Carlsen relocated to the area in 2004.

  • Award-winning Rupert Wates performs at Playhouse 211 Thursday night

    Award-winning New York singer-songwriter Rupert Wates will be  in Brunswick County on Thursday night to perform at Playhouse 211 in St. James.

    Wates’ Feb. 28 performance, which starts at 7 p.m., is a stop on his latest tour promoting his fifth album, “At The Losers’ Motel.”

    The London-born soloist’s genre is described as “melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.”

  • Residents converge on Sunset Beach Town Hall for 50th-anniversary tickets

    First thing Monday morning, Sunset Beach Town Hall was overrun with residents.

    No, they weren’t upset or picketing town issues.

    They just wanted to get their hands on one or two of the available 600 tickets for the town’s upcoming 50th-anniversary reception.

    Residents converged after invitations for two upcoming parties celebrating Sunset Beach’s half-century-mark went out in the mail. The postcards announced tickets for the first event on March 26 would be available starting this past Monday, Feb. 25, through March 15.

  • Residents rush to aid injured eagle in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Beth Stout was tuned to the Wake Forest-vs.-Georgia Tech basketball game when the eagle landed.

    She estimates the big bird was about 20 feet from her condominium in The Colony at Oyster Bay in Sunset Beach.

    “It was in plain view from the sliding glass door where I was sitting,” Stout said.

    Seconds earlier, her husband, Jeff, pulled up in his Jeep in the complex parking lot.

  • Retirement party Saturday for St. Brendan's Kathy Doyle

    For nearly 13 years, Kathy Doyle has been a vivid presence at St. Brendan Catholic Church, overseeing social ministries for the largest church in Brunswick County and its diocese.

    That will soon change now that Doyle has announced her retirement.

    A party in her honor is planned for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in Brendan Hall at the church tucked between the Harley dealership and Brunswick Funeral Service on U.S. 17.

  • Town Creek Elementary dedicates Peace Pole to promote safety at school

    WINNABOW—Town Creek Elementary students have pledged to make their school safer, and kinder.

    Stella Tucker, parent and community involvement coordinator at Town Creek, said during the current school year students are participating in the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee’s Project: Do Something, which encourages activities in keeping with the philosophies and principles of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Leland rolls out new logo

    LELAND—To present a new image of Leland, officials have unveiled a new town logo.

    Leland has used its town seal as its main symbol, but town manager David Hollis was interested in rebranding with a new logo—one that represents the things that make Leland an appealing place to visit or to live.

    The logo was originally created in 2009 by Southern Sign Co. in Wilmington for the then relatively new Parks and Recreation Department, which the town formed in 2008.