Local News

  • Writer examines the history of East Coast beach music, local personalities

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer


    Write what you know.

    Author Howie Thompson gave that advice to aspiring writers last Thursday at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, where he was speaking as part of the gallery’s Coffee with the Authors series.

    However, Thompson wanted to write about beach music, and to follow his own advice, he had to spend a lot of hours researching and interviewing for his two books.

  • Dismissal sought for Sea Trail bankruptcy case

    The bankruptcy administrator for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Wilmington has filed papers with the court to dismiss the Sea Trail Corp. bankruptcy case.

    A hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, in room 208, 300 Fayetteville St. in Raleigh.

    People whose rights may be affected in the case are urged to view documents for the bankruptcy case, No. 11-07370-8-SWH, available at the bankruptcy administrator’s office or on the court’s web page at www.nceb.uscourts.gov.

  • Budget, administrator on Sunset Beach work agenda

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the town hall conference room.

    Council will discuss the proposed 2013-14 budget.

    Council is also scheduled to discuss determining what traits, characteristics, skills, education, experience and special qualifications are desired in the next town administrator.

  • Greener pasture sought for rescued horse

    Wanted: One good home for one deserving rescued horse who just needs a happy pasture to live out the rest of his days.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services has put out a request on behalf of Trigger, a 25-year-old white quarter-horse mix rescued last September from starving, “deplorable” conditions at a Brunswick County residence.

    BCSAPS director Lt. Tommy Tolley said Trigger’s owners in Leland surrendered him to the shelter’s care because they were having difficulty feeding and caring for their herd of horses.

  • Budgetary first reading passes muster in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Carolina Shores town board of commissioners has approved first reading of the town’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.

    The vote for the projected $1,080,467 budget came at the board’s monthly meeting last Thursday, May 9.

    Town commissioners will work on any budgetary refinements at their next monthly workshop June 3, followed by final adoption at their monthly meeting June 6.

  • Coastal Harmonizers showcase barbershop singing

    By day, they’re ordinary men going about their business in non-matching shirts.

    On Thursday rehearsal nights and beyond, they and their colleagues spiff up as The Coastal Harmonizers, a group of melodic men with a common interest in barbershop-quartet singing.

    There’s nothing common about these guys, though. They’re invested in promoting four-part harmony throughout the world, especially in Brunswick County.

  • Sea Trail event putting food in backpacks

    WINGS Ministry will try to supersize its Backpacks Full of Blessings program with a fundraiser to stomp out hunger Saturday.

    Stomp Out Hunger with the Voices of Destiny is the first event WINGS has organized to combine fundraising and donation collections with performances and activities at the Sea Trail Convention Center on Saturday, May 18, from 4-7 p.m.

  • Community rallies around firefighters who lost home in blaze

    A May 7 fire destroyed a family’s home in the Ash community, but the community is pulling the family from the ashes.

    The Waccamaw Fire Department received an alarm at 8:59 p.m. for the fire at 2358 Butler Circle.

    The fire was in the home of two of the department’s firefighters, Jeffrey and Janice Milligan, Waccamaw assistant fire chief Jason Coveyou said.

  • Commissioners resolve to recognize Gore as state’s top clerk

    As clerk to Brunswick County’s board of commissioners, Debby Gore typically doesn’t let anything get by her before, during or after a meeting.

    Recording the minutes is part of her job, after all.

    But the board members and administrative staff conspired to slip a special resolution into the May 6 agenda.

    Chairman Phil Norris presented Gore with a plaque recognizing her selection as Clerk of the Year by the North Carolina Association of County Clerks, and the board voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

  • Former ADA pleads down to misdemeanor

    Former Assistant District Attorney Elaine Kelley has agreed to a plea arrangement to avoid felony charges.

    Kelley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misprision of felony in Brunswick County Superior Court May 9. Misprision of a felony is failing to report knowledge of a felony to the appropriate authorities.

    She was indicted by a grand jury Aug. 20, 2012, with former District Attorney Rex Gore.

    The Attorney General’s office handled the prosecution of Gore and Kelley.