Local News

  • Brunswick County merges sewage treatment with Ocean Isle Beach

    BOLIVIA—After five years of negotiations, Brunswick County and Ocean Isle Beach have agreed to merge their sewer systems.

    “Sometimes slow and steady wins the race,” Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce told county commissioners at the Nov. 19 meeting after the two sides reached an agreement to transfer Ocean Isle Beach’s wastewater treatment plant to the county.

  • West Brunswick Interact students travel to New York City

    West Brunswick High School Interact Club members had a weekend to remember Nov. 2-4.

    They flew to New York City and experienced the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy hit the city a week earlier.

    “The Interact Club of West Brunswick High School was very fortunate to have the chance to attend National Rotary Day at the United Nations,” Millie Venegas, a West Brunswick High School teacher and Interact sponsor, said.

  • Classic car show planned to help diaper drive reach goal

    LELAND—Tonia Atkinson has a goal of delivering a half-ton of diapers to Brunswick Family Assistance to start the new year.

    The Smithfield’s Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q general manager is thinking big in the third year of her annual donation drive, which hit 800 pounds last Christmas.

    The collection has already begun, but the heavy lifting will start Dec. 4 during the year-ending classic car show at Smithfield’s in Waterford Village from 5 p.m. until dark.

  • Shallotte Christmas parade this weekend

    SHALLOTTE—Hundreds of people will line the streets of Shallotte on Saturday, Dec. 1, as the town’s annual Christmas parade passes through.

    On Saturday, Main Street in Shallotte will be lined with hundreds of spectators cheering for their favorite parade participants. This year will marks the 60th year that Shallotte has had a parade.

    “We will be closing the streets at 8:30 a.m. until around noon,” said Cheryl Lewis, parade organizer.

  • Holden Beach lights Christmas tree Thursday, flotilla canceled

    Holden Beach will light its town Christmas tree Thursday at 6 p.m. at the town pavilion under the bridge.

    A host of activities are planned around the pavilion, town clerk Heather Finnell said.

    The town will also host a chili cookoff. Ten participants have already signed up and will begin cooking at 5 p.m.

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will serve as judges, selecting a first-place winner and one runner-up, who will be announced before the tree-lighting ceremony.

    The Holden Beach Chapel choir will lead a sing Christmas songs.

  • Apartment developer faces questions from Waterford residents

    LELAND—An information session for a proposed apartment complex next to Waterford subdivision brought out a number of residents with tough questions for the developer.

    Hunter Gibson of Easlan Capital hosted two informational meetings Nov. 20 at the Leland Recreation Building at town hall. While a few Waterford residents said they attended just to find out what was planned, several more were vocal opponents.

  • Falling through the cracks

    SUPPLY—Every day is pretty much the same for one Supply couple.

    She is confined to bed. He is barely able to move from his recliner.

    Wayne and Debbie Elliott get by the best they know how. They moved to Supply in 2003 from South Carolina. Seven years ago, Debbie had an accident that has since confined her to a bed.

    “I had fallen at work and at the grocery store, but the third fall is what put me in the bed,” Debbie said.

    She crushed her hip and broke her wrist in the third fall.

  • Be a pearl: Recycle that oyster shell

    Oyster shells have been keeping area filmmakers busy this fall.

    The North Carolina Oyster Shell Recycling Program has been at the N.C. Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach and the Varnamtown Dixon Chapel Methodist Church Oyster Roast.

    According to Sabrina Varnam, oyster shell recycling coordinator for the Resource Enhancement Division of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, the Oyster Festival is the largest oyster roast/festival function in the state for the program.

  • The Red House Specialty Shops


    SHALLOTTE—Shopping in Shallotte can help others.

    Communities in Schools recently began operating The Red House Specialty Shops on Main Street.

    There are 40-plus vendors and a portion of every purchase is donated to CIS.

    The store rents booth/shelf space to vendors. A portion of the rent and fees from items sold are set aside for CIS.

    Volunteers work in the store and are available to help shoppers find the perfect item.

  • County unemployment rate drops slightly to 9.5 in October

    Unemployment rates have decreased in 76 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Brunswick County.

    According to the latest data released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from 9.8 percent this past September to 9.5 percent in October.

    The county’s latest monthly unemployment rate is 1.6 percent lower than it was a year ago, when it was 11.1 percent in October 2011.