Local News

  • Ceremony marks opening of new Calabash Community Park

    CALABASH—Calabash’s new 1-acre community park is officially open.

    Opening ceremonies and festivities took place Nov. 17 at the new park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    About 100 people braved cold temperatures to attend.

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance said the park was built using funds from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant Program, matching funds from the town, and private donations.

  • Friday last day for poster contest entries

    The Brunswick Beacon is sponsoring a poster contest to help spread the message of wearing seat belts.

    The contest is open to people of all ages, but children are most strongly encouraged to participate.

    “In October, we lost seven people on Brunswick County roads in vehicle crashes,” managing editor Stacey Manning said. “We know how very dangerous our roads can be, and we want to do our part to try to save lives. Our campaign to promote seat belt usage is one small way we can do that.”

    The rules for the contest are simple:

  • Hospital Authority turns over $455,000 to Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Hospital Authority knew its time was up.

    The board, whose role was managing the now-closed Brunswick Community Hospital, had already begun planning to dissolve at its July 11 meeting.

    Sitting in the conference room of the hospital’s replacement—Brunswick Novant Medical Center—last Wednesday night, members just had to make it official. 

    The only issue remaining for the hospital authority was whether to turn over to Brunswick County money collected from Novant’s buyout of the old hospital.

  • Interim chief James hired as Leland’s new police chief

    LELAND—Leland took the interim tag off Police Chief Mike James’ badge.

    Town manager David Hollis announced at the Nov. 15 Leland town council meeting James was his choice for the permanent position after a two-month search.

    James was hired as interim police chief Feb. 20, 2012. He has worked in law enforcement 29 years, starting in Rockingham County.

  • Waterford residents tell town they don’t want planned apartments

    LELAND—Leland’s planning staff was talking text changes to the town’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at last Thursday night’s town meeting, but residents of the Waterford subdivision were only hearing that unwanted apartments were coming to their development.

    The concern grew out of changes proposed to add multi-family zoning to the UDO and to conditional zoning permits.

  • Newborn quintuplets a picture perfect opportunity for photographer

    WILMINGTON — For Katie Mathews, a photographer in Wilmingtom who specializes in newborn images, Carmen and Mike Matthews’ quintuplets were a challenge too big to miss.

    “I heard about them when she first got pregnant,” Mathews said.

    “People told me about them. They liked my work and thought I could do something good,” Mathews said. “So I thought, ‘I’ve got to get a hold of that family.’”

  • Leland family adjusts to life with quintuplets

    LELAND­—Carmen and Mike Matthews recently had a family photo taken—the parents holding their five 2-month-olds.

    In the photo, they almost appear to be juggling all those children, an appropriate metaphor for the daunting task of raising quintuplets.

    But the picture doesn’t tell the whole story.

    Outside the frame there are plenty of spotters to help with the babies, but the parents haven’t lost their grip.

  • Commissioner honored to finish what husband started

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—At first she said no, but to carry on her husband’s deep commitment of being a public servant, she said yes.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Carolyn Parker Blythe was sworn as a new town commissioner filling the position left empty after her husband, C.D. Blythe, died on Sept. 4. C.D. was elected in 2009 to a four-year term ending in 2013. Carolyn Blythe will serve the remaining 13 months of his term until December 2013.

    “I decided I wanted to finish what he had started,” Carolyn said.

  • Candlelight service honors victims of violent crimes

    LELAND—There was hope and there was strength.

    And Friday night at the 17th Annual Justice for Citizens Vigil there was rememberance.

    “While God has a plan, sometimes criminals have a plan too,” District Attorney Jon David said as he welcomed the audience for the candlelight memorial service on Friday, Nov. 19, at First Baptist Church of Leland. “It is hard enough to deal with loss, but how much worse is it when our loved ones are taken by the criminal acts of someone else? It’s a whole new level.”

  • Santa comes a little early for some in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Santa Claus has made a special delivery to Shallotte Senior Center.

    The senior center received 200 Fraser fir trees fresh from the North Carolina mountains last week.

    This year for the first time, the center will sell Christmas trees at its Main Street location. All proceeds will go to the up-fit of the new Shallotte Senior Center on Express Drive.

    The first day the trees arrived, volunteers sold five before the lot was completely constructed.